Matt Dawson joins A Question of Sport
England rugby union player Matt Dawson replaces
Frankie Dettori as the new team captain on A Question of Sport
for its 35th year.
Matt will be fulfilling one of his biggest childhood
dreams when he lines up against fellow-captain Ally McCoist and
presenter Sue Barker for the new series which starts on BBC ONE
on 17 September 2004.
Matt was a key member of the England team which won
the 2003 Rugby Union World Cup and with 65 caps he is the most capped
England scrum half ever.
He has also twice toured with the British Lions and
has recently signed for Wasps.
Away from rugby he is an accomplished golfer and in
his younger days he played wicket keeper for Buckinghamshire at school
level and attended trials with Chelsea boys.
Frankie Dettori, after nearly 50 appearances as team
captain, has left the programme to concentrate on his racing career
but - having enjoyed his time on the show immensely - hopes to return
as a guest.
Matt becomes the programme's 13th regular team captain
since 1970, following in the footsteps of sporting legends Cliff
Morgan, Henry Cooper, Fred Trueman, Brendan Foster,
Gareth Edwards, Willie Carson, Emlyn Hughes, Bill
Beaumont, Ian Botham, John Parrott and Ally McCoist.
Matt is delighted to be taking on the challenge: "It was my childhood
dream to be on A Question of Sport, so I was absolutely blown away when
I was asked to captain the team.
"When I was a child, we used to all sit at home
and play the game as a family, so it's a real honour to achieve my dream.
"It's a milestone in my career, along with winning
the World Cup!"
Wayne Garvie, Head of BBC Entertainment Group, looks
forward to some exciting contests between the two captains.
"A Question of Sport has been extraordinarily
lucky with the quality of its captains over the years," he says.
"Now we can say we have a World Cup winner on the
team which is certainly one up on that McCoist chap!
"Matt has proved a big favourite as a guest and
I'm sure he'll be even more popular as team captain.
"We wish Frankie lots of luck with his career and
are looking forward to him returning regularly as a guest."
A Question of Sport is produced by Gareth Edwards,
the series producer is Carl Doran and the executive producer is Caroline
Notes to Editors
A Question of Sport is the UK's longest running and
most popular sports quiz with more than five million viewers regularly
Next year will see the series celebrate its 35th anniversary
and there will be a one hour documentary called The History of A Question
of Sport which can been seen early next year on BBC ONE.
A Question of Sport - Team Captains
1970-1975: Henry Cooper OBE and Cliff Morgan OBE
1976: Henry Cooper and Freddie Trueman OBE
1977: Henry Cooper and Brendan Foster MBE
1979-1981: Emlyn Hughes and Gareth Edwards
1982-1983: Bill Beaumont OBE and Willie Carson OBE
1984 - 1987: Bill Beaumont and Emlyn Hughes
1988 - 1996: Bill Beaumont and Ian Botham OBE
1996 - 2002: Ally McCoist MBE and John Parrott MBE
Sept 2002-Sept 2004: Ally McCoist and Frankie Dettori MBE
Sept 2004 onwards: Ally McCoist and Matt Dawson