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A typical Football Focus Friday

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Dan Walker | 07:11 UK time, Thursday, 4 November 2010

This week's Football Focus programme comes live from Old Trafford. Our on-the-road shows tend to divide opinion but we've already been to Arsenal, Spurs and Manchester City so it's about time we dropped in at the home of Manchester United.

And it is an appropriate time to visit for several reasons:

It is the 100th year of the Theatre of Dreams;The ground witnessed its 1,000th Premier League goal last weekend;
And Sir Alex Ferguson celebrates his 24th year in charge this weekend.

In the meantime, I thought I would give you an idea of what a typical busy Friday is like for the Focus team. Last week involved a morning of filming, an interview in the afternoon and an early evening of script writing and tweaking.

It all started at...

0655 BST - Rise like a salmon to the strained combination of 'dada' and 'daddy' coming from the girls' bedroom. Change various nappies and have the world's fastest shave, leaving myself with a little nick under the left nostril.

0720 - Speedy shirt-ironing required. No need to do the back because I'm wearing a jumper.

0745 - Breakfast consists of finishing off my eldest daughter's bowl of cereal and a hastily prepared piece of toast with lashings of honey and marmite.

0821 - Emotional Railway Children-style goodbye at front door before I leg it to the station to catch the train to Waterloo.

0920 - Arrive at Waterloo and meet producer Emma and camera warrior Carol. They are both necking large coffees. Our job is to film the opening, which is all about the clocks going back and the arrival of winter. We knock off the link under the big clock and power walk down to the Millennium Wheel.

0955 - Film a link walking alongside the Wheel and then with Big Ben in the background. We reposition slightly before knocking off Friday Focus at the side of the Thames.

1040 - Walk back to Waterloo carrying the camera tripod. A nobbly bit at the top catches me next to my shoulder, bringing about the same symptoms as a Vulcan death grip.

1050 - Get in the van and leave for the Greenwich Observatory to film the last two sections of the opening. Hunger sets in after I see a couple tucking into some burgers.

1124 - Arrive at Greenwich and film in front of a gathered crowd of about 100. Take number three goes down particularly well and receives a ripple of applause. They are all German exchange students and want to know what on earth we are doing.

Filming in GreenwichOut and about in Greenwich

1148 - Stomach starting to grumble. Consider stealing a child's packet of crisps but talk myself out of it.

1218 - Leave Greenwich and head towards West Ham. Drop Emma off at Bromley-By-Bow tube to head back to the BBC to start editing. Pick up a couple of packets of crisps and hope that Carol opts for Ready Salted rather than the Thai Sweet Chicken. Sadly, she goes exotic and I'm lumbered with the dull one.

1255 - Stop at Newbury Park tube to pick up Tim, who is producing the Avram Grant interview. Tim has Shaun from a BBC apprentice scheme with him but sadly Carol's van only has three seats so Shaun has to huddle down in the back for 30 minutes.

1325 - Arrive at West Ham's training ground. Bloke on door says "you can't bring that van in here" but the friendly press officer steps in and guess what? We can fit the van in.

1335 - We lug all our lighting guff and equipment into the press area and stop for a quick cuppa and ginger crunch cream.

1336 - Abandon crunch cream as we are asked to set up in sports hall next door while Mr Grant holds his press conference.

1348 - Waiting around in the sports hall doing keepy-uppy with a football the players have left behind.

1410 - Press officer awkwardly opens the door to tell us that Mr Grant will be five minutes just as I am getting a sweat on practising my Cruyff turns.

1417 - Grant arrives.

1435 - Interview completed, we shake hands and Mr Grant disappears back towards his office to mull over West Ham's trip to Arsenal.

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1455 - Leave training ground for long drive back. Editor rings to say Manchester United have confirmed we can do the show live from Old Trafford next week and we'll interview Rio Ferdinand on the Friday. Start thinking about how we can make the show work and what other elements we need for it. Would be nice to get David Gill on to answer some questions from supporters.

1620 - Abandon car on the A40 with Carol in dire traffic. Hop on the tube back to BBC TV centre.

1655 - Arrive back at base camp and go through the script and check various emails.

1700 - Pop down to the mail room to pick up the new Premier League football that has arrived. Boot it down the corridor, narrowly missing a fire alarm.

1715 - Call from the BBC News Channel to say I am not needed as a guest on Sportsday at 1830 because they are doing wall-to-wall coverage of the latest bomb scare.

1725 - Fiddle with the script for our weekly round-up (60 seconds in Focus) and then pop down to the edit suite to voice it. On the way back, pick up a chocolate croissant from the BBC cafe.

1755 - Drop in on the News Channel to give them some interviews for their weekend bulletins and then meet the Focus editor to watch all the pieces for the show. The good thing about this is that most of the edit suites have a selection of fruit in them and, occasionally, a three-pack of bourbons.

1925 - Back in the office to tinker with the script, discuss rough areas of chat before going back downstairs to watch the rest of the pieces.

2030 - Jump in the car and head home with everything in place safe in the knowledge that I will be back in precisely 11-and-a-half hours.

Hopefully that gives you a bit of an idea of what goes into the show. This week - as mentioned - the whole thing comes live from Old Trafford. For those wondering, Sir Alex will not be making an appearance but Nicky Butt will be our guest alongside Lee Dixon.

You'll also hear from Rio Ferdinand, Olly Murs and Kevin Doyle. We've also got an exclusive interview with Liverpool's new owner John W Henry ahead of the Chelsea game.

If you've got any questions about the show or want to suggest a classic Premier League Old Trafford goal (for or against United) then let me know.

As promised, here is the latest themed football team from twitter ( I give you the Oceans XI squad.

Edwin Van Der Shark
Cod Wallace
Prawn Wright-Phillips
Sole Campbell
Sebastian Bass-ong
Eels de Bilde
Japp Clam
Salmon Kalou
Oystern John
Langoustine Babayaro
Sting Ray Parlour
Julian Moby Dicks
Delroy Plaice-y
Herring Berg
Carp Ji Sung
Whale Clichy
Shipjack Wilshere
Wayne Troutledge


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  • Comment number 1.

    very very happy to find another marmite/honey combo lover.

  • Comment number 2.

    Disappointing news about shaving Dan, you're not taking part in Movember? My work has a 'tache team, what style do you reckon i should adopt? At the moment I'm heading towards WWI fighter pilot, although "The Trucker" is also a consideration.

    Jermaine Jonah (not technically a fish but its on the right lines)

  • Comment number 3.

    Excellent Blog, Dan.
    Looking forward to the show from Old Trafford, but you've gotta mention FC United in the FA Cup R1 too...
    Best Premier League goal at Old Trafford for me has GOT to be Eric Cantona against Sunderland in 1996.
    I remember the reaction of the crowd as he lobbed Perez, we all thought it had gone over...

  • Comment number 4.

    Really great blog Dan. Why don't you make yourself a nice packed lunch to take with you when your filming?! Then you wouldn't resort to considering stealing children's crisps! But seriously, clearly a lot of time and effort goes into making the show, and you can tell. I hope you get Sundays off!

  • Comment number 5.

    What an absolute reeker of a miss Dan... even with the shoes on!

    You should bring you team up to Scotland and do an investigative piece on the drama with Ref's up here the now.. if you bring that van you had in the above piece you could film it in a Scooby Doo style with the Mystery Machine..

  • Comment number 6.

    Hi Dan, nice piece..hell of a lot of travelling and loads of waiting around by the sound of things (nearly 5 hours all in all for the 18 min interview with the Baron) - not all glamour then but variety is the spice of life!?

    You need one of those time management experts (sure there's loads lurking the corridors of the Beeb)...iron weeks shirts all in one go, make a packed lunch for those tedious road trips ;)

    Why do all these American highflyers always use their middle names' initial - John 'Dubya' Henry?

    Did you get to keep the new Premier League ball in the end or did it end up in Warehouse 13 with Garth's Wayne Rooney interview? You should take it with you and get all the celebs and alike to sign it for Pudsey bear.

    Steve Guppy

  • Comment number 7.

    Really good blog, Dan. But how come you caught the train in to London in the morning but drove home from BBC TV Centre in the evening?

  • Comment number 8.

    peanut butter and banana for me.

    At first glance,the ocean's XI looks like a load of old pollocks,but rather than clam up,I'll offer some razor sharp suggestions.

    Rick Stein's kids,Mark and Brian(langus) Stein
    Frank Scallop
    Steve Gurnard
    Frank Lampray
    Ricky Eelia
    Pilchard Neal

    Would they all play for Tottenham Lobster?

    Sarah Jane Smith

  • Comment number 9.

    Mark Fish
    Carlos Marine-lli

  • Comment number 10.

    'Emotional Railway-Children style goodbye' - this cracked me up.

    However, honey and marmite? You need help Dan. Try strawberry jam and banana on toast, you'll find you're no longer shunned by people when you breath on them.

    Also, just a quick question in case you have the time to answer it, what do you think of all the Bale hype? I'm a Spurs fan and love him (and our performance Tues) but think its getting a bit out of hand...

  • Comment number 11.

    Without re-reading it, so I might make a plonker of myself, didn't you start your journey by running for a train, and then finishing it by jumping in the car home? had you left the car at the job then over night?
    By the way, that is not the breakfeast of champions.

  • Comment number 12.

    Hi Dan, Great blog. Cancel the work experience offer. I'm tired after reading it.

    Two bits of advice:
    1. Please clarify, 25 min to iron your shirt (Longer than Mr Grants interview)? Maybe worth doing the night before for that extra 25 min beauty sleep.
    2. Bring a 50Litre cool box with you for 2 reasons. Your daily food intake obviously and to sit on when waiting around. Oh and thirdly for your camera woman to stand on now and again when filming you!!

    Really enjoyed the Baron interview. No doubt he is a sound bloke if working with him everyday.

    Very impressed with the BBC's equal opps policy having a female camerawoman and producer. Can you say things like this now a days. Keep it to yourself.

    Back to food, try a tuberware box of the foloowing from tescos. Soyo Beans, dried bananas and the dried pineapples hits the spot if you've a sweet tooth.

    It shows us the long hours the BBC team do, but no doubt you forgot to tell us your off Sunday and Monday and and half day somewhere else to compensate. (Only joking), but seriously you deserve 11 1/2 hours off after a day like that. If its like my house, your handed 2 babies when you walk through the door and you look forward to going back to work for the break/rest.

    Sorry but I'm useless at those themed teams. Nothing to offer.

    So looking to FF on Saturday. Enjoy. Back to my Jamaica Ginger cake.


  • Comment number 13.

    A shame it was just the best premiership goals otherwise I'd have plumped for the Beckham Greek effort of 2001.

    I believe it should be narrowed as the best goals scored by the away side at Old Trafford, as this makes it even more special.

    For this, I opt for the Tiago effort of 2005. Amazing strike, keeper stands and watches, and the reaction from Mourinho still has me laughing to this day.

    I also remember an amazing Hasselbaink diagonal half volley thunderbolt in around 2000 or 2001 which was pretty special.

    Oceans 11 - I like Oystern John but prefer John Oyster (Oster)

    Stacks Edwards

  • Comment number 14.

    Interesting article Dan, especially for all those students of media like myself. As you mentioned in your opening paragraph, the on the road show divides opinion. Unfortunately, I am on the side of disliking it. I find the shows format very disconcerting for some reason, probably as I usually watch on Saturday morning eating my breakfast and find the show to busy. While the FF format did need to be updated, some times less is more, and all I require are; some interesting interviews, nice goals/skills and humorous footy analysis / anecdotes. A perfect to start the Saturday.

  • Comment number 15.

    John Scales perhaps?

    And also, if you're looking for memorable goals at Old Trafford, perhaps you could dabble in a bit of David Backham. I heard a rumour that he 'virtually played Greece on his own' in 2001 before slotting home a trademark. A couple of football fans might remember that moment (at a push of course). The same man also scored a pearler against Wales.

    Just to rub it in, I was not only at both games, but was sitting behind the goal for THAT free kick. My then 20 year old sister cried in her seat next to me.

  • Comment number 16.

    I'd like to offer an Ipswich goal at Old Trafford,but there is no footage available.They used to do drawings for it back then.

    Mahatma Coat.

  • Comment number 17.

    Alternative Oceans XI

    Carlos Codicini

    Sebastien Bassong
    Neil ‘Razor’ Haddock
    Garry Monk-fish
    Pike-ah Richards

    Quinton Fortuna
    Nicky Hali-Butt
    Fish-tiano Ray-naldo

    Clam Vimba-Gar of Hatchetfish
    Ole Gunnel-Sole-skjaer
    Andy Coley

    Managed by
    Carlos Anchovy with Ossie Sardine-es as an assistant.

    The Vennegoor of Hesselink one might be a step too far….

  • Comment number 18.

    The Vennegoor of Hesselink one might be a step too far….

    Especially in tandem with former WBA player Gera.

    Zoltan Vennegoor,together in harmony.

    Les Batters-by

  • Comment number 19.

    #3 Notice you mention FC United. Even as Liverpool fan I think it's great what they are doing and fully deserve their FA Cup date. Just finished reading the FC United 'Tears of a fan' article on here and with the mention of AFC Wimbledon got me thinking as to what the reaction from former Man Utd or even current players has been to FC United. I know the situation is different with Wimbledon because the previous incarnation of the club is gone but I know former players have been very involved with them and in the case of Marcus Gayle even played for the club.

  • Comment number 20.

    Great blog Dan! One of your best. Some lovely food mentions as well so keeps me happy.

    I'll chuck in a couple of substitute forwards for the Ocean's XI

    Marlin King and Robin Van Per-sea horse


    Armin Tamzarian

  • Comment number 21.

    p.s Managed by the fishy duo of Roy Codgson and Glen Roe-der

  • Comment number 22.

    Its no coincidence that Vanilla and Escape can both procede the word pod.
    Both can save your life.

    Anyway Dan, those three advisors you recommended to me, absolutely awful, Phil doesnt know his left from right, Calvin thinks we should invade everywhere on the map and im not even sure Frank the teleworker should be allowed out in the open, certainly not near the public.

    But that said I can pay them in Ravioli and they seem happy enough. Ill just make my own decisions and keep them along for entertainment and skipping practice.

    In terms of fishy footballers

    Stephen Carp
    Jimmy Floyd Stickleback
    Glen 'defends like a jellyfish' Johnson

    Emelius Browne

  • Comment number 23.

    After all that, I meant precede, not procede.

    That was franks suggestion.

  • Comment number 24.

    It can surely only be Eric Cantona V Sunderland (1996). Absolute moment of genius from the moment he picked the ball up in the middle of the pitch.

  • Comment number 25.

    Would you stop promoting junk food to your readers? Use the power of your blog for good.

  • Comment number 26.

    Re: 25. At 12:41pm on 04 Nov 2010, Imagine Reason wrote:

    Would you stop promoting junk food to your readers? Use the power of your blog for good.


    Get a life mate!

  • Comment number 27.

    You strike the ball exactly like me and you miss the gate! More than 2 meters ... ahahah ... and no goalkeeper around.

  • Comment number 28.

    Dan - excellent blog as always, makes my lunch hour, coupled with some hot garlic mushrooms and spicy potato go a little bit quicker.....

    Here is some attempts of mine

    - Gabriel Batistuna (Gabriel Batistuta)
    - Titus Bramble Shark
    - Andy Shrimpey - (Andy Impey - ex-qpr lad)

    and of course, Mark Fish and Mike Salmon, both formerly of Charlton

  • Comment number 29.

    As far as former United players commenting on FC the best so far has been Eric Cantona himself saying that the club has a great philosophy. Think it all came from the 'Looking for Eric' film a few years ago when he was made aware of it. A few former players have done Christmas dinners but not exactly played. The closest we've got is Tunji Moses (son of Reme) and Rhodri Giggs (brother of Ryan). Thats as much as I know of.

    Without wanting to blow my own trumpet, I don't get along to FC United games as I still have Season Tickets at Old Trafford. It's not an excuse, I just don't want someone to take my place and treat the place like a Theme Park.

    Insidentally: Has anyone said Mark Fish yet?

  • Comment number 30.

    @25 The most promoted food on this blog is Fish this week, hardly junk food unless you stick them in batter and serve with Chips, now there's a thought......

    A few players for Oceans 11

    Mark Fish
    Paul Shoals
    Ebbe Sand
    Neil Shipperley
    Phil Crab

    If they can't make the Oceans 11 team perhaps they could play for Fisher Athletic?

    Owner could be

    David Gold-Fish

  • Comment number 31.

    Geoff Pike
    Emmanuel Eelboue
    Dirk Trout
    Jody Haddock
    Lukasz Crabianski

    And who better to announce the results of an Oceans XI than Tim Gudgeon?

    Another great blog, Dan.

    Des Lynam

  • Comment number 32.

    Frank Scallop
    Steve Gurnard
    Frank Lampray
    Ricky Eelia
    Pilchard Neal

  • Comment number 33.

    Dan, Good to be back,I've missed the last few of your blogs but spent more time bagging whitetails. :-) :-O

    It appears that you have quite interesting days; you provided a good enough piece of writing to suggest you actually work for a living- this might keep the license fee grumps silent for a week or two. (When living in rip-of-Britain I was one of them .)

    Glad that you journalism / TV presenter skills surpass your footie skills, at least as evidenced in the short clip embedded in this blog.
    All the jabber about food, mainly junk food, always makes me hungry. Had too much seafood of late to join in the Oceans 11 banter. Living on the coast of New England we have access to fine sea food, it is not in any way a shame that my wife does not like anything from the ocean.

    As far as showing a Man U goal please could you put minute or two of footage showing Ruud Van N. missing that penalty with Keown then in his face? Or the Nani goal which I still have not seen. Turn a blind eye to licensing agreements.

    Keep up the entertaining work! I'm sure Mottie-the-mentor is proud of you.

  • Comment number 34.

    # 31....

    Dirk Trout - Brillaint.

    Heard he's having a great season for Livershoal...!

    Dan, great blog my friend...although that shot was embarrassing! Drop and give me 50..

    Les Sealey

  • Comment number 35.

    How about Sturgeon John??

    Best Goal at OT - It was scored by Christiano Ronaldo vs Portsmouth in 2008

    Snake Plisken

  • Comment number 36.

    32. At 2:03pm on 04 Nov 2010, Why Did You Ngog Rafa wrote:

    Frank Scallop
    Steve Gurnard
    Frank Lampray
    Ricky Eelia
    Pilchard Neal

    Know any ipod jokes Ngogo?

  • Comment number 37.

    Great work Dan - I think you might have drawn your whole Ocean's XI from White Hart Lane:

    Carpo Cudicini
    William Gullas
    Sea-Basstien Bass-ong
    Ledley Kingfish (aye aye Captain)
    Benoit Assou-Ekotow-boat
    Luka Codric
    Wilson Plaiceios
    Jamie O'Harbour
    Gareth Whale
    Rafaeel Van Der Vaart
    St.Peter's Crouch

    Manager: Harry Redsnapper

  • Comment number 38.

    Few signings for Oceans 11

    Javier Basscherano - Barcelona
    David Prawn - Blackpool
    Scott Sharker - West Ham
    Man Friday - Lazio
    Steve Guppy - Ex Leicester

  • Comment number 39.

    Know any ipod jokes Ngogo?



  • Comment number 40.

    Just throwing a few more out there...

    Juan Pablo Angel fish
    Dimitar Barbatov
    Danio Agger
    Blenny McCarthy
    Dirk Koi-t

    All of their games could be analysed by Gar-th Crooks

  • Comment number 41.

    Of course the alternative Oceans XI would have Clooney, Pitt and Gould in it but Oceans XIII would of course allow two substitutes.

    Looking forward to seeing what issues will be discussed on Focus this weekend with City faltering a little in the league, the rumoured ructions there, and the nonsensical rumours at Newcastle.

    Harry Pearce

  • Comment number 42.

    Keep on forgetting the sign-off;

    Bob Genghis Khan

  • Comment number 43.

    I was going to say that goal that Paulo Wanchope scored against MU on his Derby debut, but I think that was at Derby. Never mind.

    Sir Robert MacAlpine

  • Comment number 44.

    Cheers for that!

  • Comment number 45.

    Dannyboy, no negative comments this week, the morons mustn't be on today. Another interesting blog my friend.

    A few more for you:

    Steve Stonefish
    Jamie Pollock (ex Middlesborough)

    Surely there should be a spot for Billy the Fish somewhere too?

    The last one, please don't abuse me, Christian Ziege - Ziege is a type of Carp apparently. How boring am I?

  • Comment number 46.

    A great blog dan and i really enjoyed it.

    I just wanted to know if the BBC is going to bring back Blindfold pennys because it was very funny when the teams to score pennys when they are blindfolded.

    Keep up the good work.

  • Comment number 47.

    Sorry, sign off

    Lugs Angelo

  • Comment number 48.

    Dan - nice jumper, even if you do look like a bit of a CIGM!

    Love Sir Steve

  • Comment number 49.

    Good stuff Dan - an enjoyable guide into what is a pretty hectic day it must be said.

    Neil Fisher (aka Billy the Fish)

  • Comment number 50.

    Reverting to the nautical theme, rather than the Danny Ocean one...

    Prawn Wright Phillips
    Ryan Sharkross
    Rudd Van Nistelrooy
    Seabasstian Bassong
    Whale Clichy
    Fabio Auwhaleio
    Andy Sole
    Herring Berg

    Assistant Manager would be Pike Phelan.

    Dmitri Shostakovich

  • Comment number 51.

    Will be on soon comrades

    Reggie Blinker

  • Comment number 52.

    Danny boy,

    I'm not quite sure why you felt the need to provide us with a chronology of your day, I found it somewhat dull. And why iron a shirt at all if you're wearing a jumber. All you really need to do is make sure the collar's ironed. And as for starting with a feature on the clocks going back and the arrival of winter, well, zzzzzzzzzz. What next, the fact that it's getting darker earlier, or that Santa will shortly be getting his sleigh and reindeers ready for the kiddy-widdies? But one good thing has come out of this; with your blog I now have the perfect cure for my chronic insomnia, hurrah!

  • Comment number 53.

    Great blog as usual, always a cracking read. For the greatest goal at Old Trafford, what about Pedro Mendes for Tottenham, was a cracker, even though a little bit of cheating involved meant was not allowed!!

  • Comment number 54.

    52. At 4:36pm on 04 Nov 2010, Windsor Horne Lockwood III wrote:

    .....What next, the fact that it's getting darker earlier.....

    You noticed that too, I thought I was going mad!!!

  • Comment number 55.

    It's okay, I have a solution!
    I've just switched my lights on and its bright again!

    Will McKenzie

  • Comment number 56.


    Hang on, im gonna try this..........

  • Comment number 57.

    .......cant say it has done that much but apparently in about half an hour i will be able to see again, and I will have saved energy, gotta love the planet and all that!!

  • Comment number 58.

    The alternative would be to do what Del Boy and Rodney did once for their local Chinese restaurant, and thats to get some industrial flourescent paint which shines bright yellow even when its dark. The perfect solution with the nights closing in, as long as you own a pair of sunglasses.

    Uncle Albert

  • Comment number 59.

    Brilliant it would be like living in iceland for six months of the year.

    Kerry katona

  • Comment number 60.

    Full of cheap sausage rolls and mini pizzas.

    Marlene Boyce

  • Comment number 61.

    Oh, and some David Bowie LP's.

    Andy Millman

  • Comment number 62.

    "1148 - Stomach starting to grumble. Consider stealing a child's packet of crisps but talk myself out of it."

    Why? Were they a cheap supermarket brand?

    Quentin Crisp.

  • Comment number 63.

    Here we go then!

    Thanks for the comments so far.

    Ddsmsrt #2 sadly I look like even more of a goon with facial hair

    ThreeLungPark #3 don't worry pal FC united are in there

    Mikey #5 I know. What really hurts is that I'd been nailing them in before the interview but then produced a sclaf when the cameras were on

    JoC #6 ball is in my car as we speak ready for action

    StaticCentreHalf #7 & collie21 #11 tremendous attention to detail. I left the car at work overnight.

    alicePulley #10 bale is class but not as great as everyone is making out. Let's not forget he was monstered by phil Neville and Rafael recently.

    Big Diesel #14 point taken but I do think the on the road stuff is a good eye opener if a little jerky over your cornflakes.

    Imagine Reason #25 come on... I think I mentioned a banana about 6 months ago!

    Back in a mo... just got some family based stuff to attend to.

    Hacksaw Jim Duggan

  • Comment number 64.

    Fake glasses and nose along with the natural face fuzz, and no-one would recognise you - although you might get people thinking you're Groucho Marx reincarnated.

    Nawab of Pataudi

  • Comment number 65.

    Sardine Windass?

  • Comment number 66.

    Now I'm not on the wind-up, but remember when I told you that it said HORSE R****T at the top of this blog? Well it says it again!?

    It doesn't appear anywhere else on the BBC website (I've been checking all week) but appears here.

    I have a feeling you won't believe me so I'll email you a couple of pictures of my monitor at some stage this weekend.

    As I mentioned last week, it doesn't offend me in anyway, I find it amusing but feel you should know as it might be on a few other people's Dan Walker Blog around the country.

    Bleeding Gums Murphy

  • Comment number 67.

    Sounds like an after-effect or a medical condition...

    Ian Fleming

  • Comment number 68.

    Quite a marathon day there daniel son. agree with #11 you missed out on the breakfast of champions. but perhaps you need to pack a lunchbox of champions? reggae reggae wraps are particularly astonishing.

    would be interested to know what rio's favourite OT moments are. rooney v newcastle (2006?) and cantona's chip over the defence for irwin to score (can't remember who against) would be amongst my faves.

    read an old article you did in a newspaper about your faith and not working sundays. its fantastic that the bbc has accomodated you in this way. i have always had the same belief but my employers are far less accomodating.

    The Butterscotch Flamingo

  • Comment number 69.

    Made jelly last week.

    Spot on!

    So had to start again,

    No one wants spotty jelly

  • Comment number 70.


    Supreme Chancellor Palpatine

  • Comment number 71.

    Everyone is being suspiciously nice this week. What's happening here?

    I'm concerned.

    Grand Moff Tarkin

  • Comment number 72.

    I miss Kevin, and his advice on how you could significantly improve the programme and your blog. I found him not at all condescending. I'm sure that if he were here, he'd tell you to pull your finger out and justify your position with the British Broadcasting Corporation.

    Jar Jar Binks

  • Comment number 73.



    lots of love

    King Me

  • Comment number 74.

    Dan i didnt mean that,

    That was phils advice.

    I really shouldnt listen to him, Id ask calvin but as mentioned before he is to busy playing Risk with an AA road map.

    Infact if anything your face brings nothing but joy to me.

  • Comment number 75.

    John Logi Baird

  • Comment number 76.

    Good blog again Dan. Nice to have something a bit light hearted and also a blogger that returns and comments when people have made the effort to say something.
    How about
    Shoal-a Ameobi
    Jack Codwell
    Marlin Harewood

    Kevin Ratcliffe

  • Comment number 77.

    Now I know how much work goes into making such a good programme. Thanks for that. Just 1 think thats been in my head

    Do you know if this will affect any of the great coverage we get on a match weekend from BBC Sport?

    Gareth Bala Shark

  • Comment number 78.

    Despite Dan's entreaty, there still isn't really anyone "carping" on about his blog, waste of tv license, etc is there?

    Jim Hacker, MP

  • Comment number 79.

    06:55 awoken by the calls of the girls from their bedrooms?

    May I ask what it's like to get a bit of a lie in on a week day? I'm lucky if it gets much past 05:30 before the 'daddy', 'daddy', 'daddy' starts.

    Marmite and honey is just wrong, even though I am a massive fan of marmite (especially on taost with melted butter and cheese).

    Right, at work so can't be writing on here all day, I've got oceans related footballers to be thinking about.

  • Comment number 80.

    Hi Dan,

    Thanks for another refreshing and insightful blog. I think you have been a breath of fresh air for football focus and it's clear you are putting a lot of effort in to finding new ways in which to present the programme and how it is made.

    I was really disappointed to read all the negative comments for your last blog I think these people are simply too demanding and 99% couldn't do anywhere near as good a job as you do. I'd definitely wager most of them are older viewers/readers as I know you are definitely very popular with younger people, at least all the ones I kow!

    As a student of film, television and media i really enjoy your relaxed and progressive form of presenting. I think if you had been lucky enough to have a decent footballing career you could be a long term successor to the great Linekar on MOTD.

    Having said all the above I would probably steer clear of SOME of the bacon sarnie type stuff but it IS part of what makes your style unique and refreshing.

    Keep up the good work and I have everything crossed for a bombshell return to the beeb of Sir Alex!!!!


  • Comment number 81.

    Everyone seems to be asleep today...

    Rip Van Winkle

  • Comment number 82.

    Not exactly on theme but - Lee Buoy-er!!

  • Comment number 83.

    #81 - You could say they're grabbing some kippers

  • Comment number 84.

    Guess this movie theme tune

    Der deder deder

    Der deder dederderder

    Der deder dederrrr

    dederded dederded dededededer

  • Comment number 85.


  • Comment number 86.


    Richard Kiel

  • Comment number 87.

    Nope and nope

    Harrison Ford

  • Comment number 88.

    In that case, Superman.

    Lex Luthor

  • Comment number 89.

    hi dan,

    got a look-a-likey for you..

    Avram Grant and Neil Diamond .. the latter was on Jools holland last week, hes the spitting image of Avram.. Go on, have a look..

    Ricky villa

  • Comment number 90.

    Clue was in the sign off!

  • Comment number 91.

    I'm assuming you aren't referring to Frantic or Air Force One, so must be Star Wars...


  • Comment number 92.

    Definitely Indian Jones

  • Comment number 93.

    Obviously that's supposed to be INDIANA Jones.

  • Comment number 94.

    I've now counted the der's and I'm having second thoughts. I've also had a mental block of how the Star Wars theme goes!

    Jabba the Hut

  • Comment number 95.

    I'm happy to report that the naughty phrase at the top of my screen has now been replaced with "SIGN IN".

    Good work guys!

    The ghost of Christmas past.

  • Comment number 96.

    Bert Trout-man (Goalie from a while back, broken kneck and all that ...)

    John (S)Pratt (Tottenham, again a while back ...)

    and ...

    Ian Holloway (because he's always CARP(ing) on about something!

  • Comment number 97.

    #91 close it was clear and present danger!!

    Luke giles you were right,Indiana jones.

    Now its your turn!!


  • Comment number 98.


    I dont know what a kneck is but I sure dont wanna break mine!!

  • Comment number 99.

    Here you go then #91

    Oh yeah... oh yeah... oh yeah... hello... beautiful... so beautiful... you're beautiful... oh yeah... oh yeah... oh yeah...

    Inspector Gadget

  • Comment number 100.

    Der der derrr der der derr
    Der der derrr der der derrrr
    Der der derrr der der derr
    Der derrr der da da da


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