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Le Saux joins Five Live for new Premiership season

Category: Five Live; Sport

Date: 26.07.2005
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Graeme Le Saux will join BBC Radio Five Live's football punditry team for the new football season.


The former England international, who recently retired from the game, will be joining Five Live's roster of commentators when the season kicks off with the Coca Cola leagues on 7 August and the Premiership on 13 August.


Five Live once again promises to bring to the listener an unrivalled array of coverage of every game, right through the season.


Last season, 2004/5, Five Live broadcast more football commentary and reports than any other broadcaster, commentating on 329 matches including Premiership, Coca Cola Cup, European, Scottish and womens' games - with a further 83 on sister station Five Live Sports Extra.


With a reporter at every game, Five Live has the most comprehensive coverage and expert analysis of the new season.


There will be input from key Premiership managers and players including Alan Curbishley, Matt Holland, Gary Speed and Kevin Campbell. Mark Clemmit also rounds up the Coca Cola leagues.


Five Live's expert team includes commentary from the the award-winning Alan Green, Chief Football Correspondent Mike Ingham, Jonathan Legard, Simon Brotherton, Nigel Adderley, John Murray, Ian Brown, Conor McNamara, Ian Dennis, Darren Fletcher and Jacqui Oatley.


Mark Saggers presents Sport on Five on weekday evenings (Monday to Thursday from 7.00 to 10.00pm). Mark Pougatch presents on Fridays (7.00-10.00pm) and Saturdays from noon.


Eleanor Oldroyd presents Sunday's Sport on Five from 1.00pm, bringing listeners all the action, results, interviews, and behind-the-scenes news.


Looking forward to England's busy qualification schedule in the run-up to the World Cup in Germany, the commentators are backed by an expert team of analysts including England internationals Terry Butcher, Chris Waddle and Jimmy Armfield as well as former England Manager Graham Taylor and former QPR and Chelsea player Gavin Peacock.


Once again 606 will be the essential phone-in debate programme on all the football action around the country from whatever league. Call 0800 909 693 to take part.


Saturdays hosted by Alan Green - 6.06pm

Sundays hosted by Adrian Chiles - 7.00pm

Wednesdays hosted by Spoony - 10.00pm


The Radio Five Live team


Alan Green is one Five Live's most senior football commentators, and winner of a Sony Radio Academy Award for Sports Broadcaster Of The Year. He estimates that he sees between 100 and 120 matches a season.


Alan has won the admiration of fans for his honest assessments of games and players' performances, and fans of his inimitable style will be keen to hear his uncompromising opinions of players' and teams' performances in the 606 phone-in.


Mike Ingham, BBC Radio's Chief Football Correspondent, took up his post when the legendary Bryon Butler retired ten years ago. He has been commentating on football for the BBC since 1984, and with Alan Green makes up Five Live's senior commentary team. Authoritative and professional, his experience of football is respected throughout the game.


Graeme Le Saux was a Premier League winner - with Blackburn Rovers in 1995 - and England International. He won FA League Cup and European honours during two spells at Chelsea before joining Southampton. He retired in 2005.


Mark Saggers is the host of Midweek Sport on Five from Monday to Thursday. Mark's broadcasting career has encompassed local and national BBC Radio, as well as a spell at Sky News.


Terry Butcher, a Five Live regular, is an ex-England and Rangers defender who won 77 caps for his country. He is Manager of Motherwell FC and previously won honours at Ipswich and Rangers as a player.


Mark Pougatch is a key presenter right across Five Live and regularly hosts Five Live Breakfast and Drive. He presents Five Live's Sport on Five every Friday and Saturday throughout the football season, ensuring listeners get all the sporting results as they happen.


He is a general sports voice and a golf expert, covering the recent Open.


Eleanor Oldroyd is the first-ever women to have presented the iconic Sports Report on Five Live. She has reported on sport for the BBC since 1984, starting as a sports reporter on local radio in Worcestershire and Shropshire.


She started at Radio 1 Newsbeat in 1988 and has reported on the 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2004 Olympics. Ellie has been a key voice on Five Live since it started in 1994, and will present Sport on Five on Sundays.


Notes to Editors


BBC Radio Five Live - on 909 & 693 AM, online and on digital - has exclusive national rights to all Premiership and FA Cup games, along with unrivalled coverage of European competitions.



Category: Five Live; Sport

Date: 26.07.2005
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