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Apparently the BBC have a TV show called 'MOTD Kickabout' as part of CBBC, in which various kids TV presenters shout at the audience in typically patronising manner.

Us neither, but Adam Johnson was on the latest edition, taking part in a 'quick fire' Q&A session in which he was asked about his best friend in football.

After looking pensive for a few seconds, he replied in a somewhat reluctant manner: "Andrew Taylor."

Cut back to the studio and the presenter squarked "HE TOOK HIS TIME TO THINK OF HIS BEST FRIEND IN FOOTBALL, DIDN'T HE?" Before adopting a deeply curious falsetto to say: "SOOOOOOO LONELY!"

Well yes. It could be that. Or it could be that it's been fairly widely reported that his best friend in football was the late Dale Roberts.

Inspector Anthony Slade, Monday, 24 January 2011 14:44 (nine years ago) link

guilty lol tbh - let the kids get away with bad researching

travel by railchoad (a hoy hoy), Monday, 24 January 2011 14:55 (nine years ago) link

ha...god. bit of a clanger.

I see what this is (Local Garda), Monday, 24 January 2011 22:16 (nine years ago) link

Late Kick Off In The North is amazing. Watching Guy Mowbray trying to have banter with Dean Windass really is quite something.

William Bloody Swygart, Monday, 24 January 2011 23:22 (nine years ago) link

Anyone for Headers and Volleys?
Dan Walker recalls the football games he played as a kid

William Bloody Swygart, Thursday, 27 January 2011 15:16 (nine years ago) link

do we have a thread on football punditry in general? The Guardian's Secret Footballer columnist weighs in on how shallow it is:

Antoine Bugleboy (Merdeyeux), Saturday, 29 January 2011 19:20 (nine years ago) link

worth starting imo

Ismael Klata, Saturday, 29 January 2011 19:34 (nine years ago) link

quite enjoyed motd kickabout

cozen, Saturday, 29 January 2011 19:37 (nine years ago) link

i like the secret footballer and want to know who he is.

acoleuthic, Saturday, 29 January 2011 19:56 (nine years ago) link

but most of all i want to correctly guess who he is

acoleuthic, Saturday, 29 January 2011 19:56 (nine years ago) link

sadly danny mills is no longer a premiership footballer otherwise he'd be odds-on

acoleuthic, Saturday, 29 January 2011 19:56 (nine years ago) link

Secret Footballer has Andy Gray down pat.

What particularly riles me is when you hear a pundit or co-commentator say something like, "I can't understand, Martin, why Drogba is not on the post here. That header would have fallen to him and if I'm Petr Cech I'm saying: 'Go on son, clear that off the line for me!'"

onimo, Saturday, 29 January 2011 21:56 (nine years ago) link

I still want men on the post at corners though so I guess I'm an idiot, along with all the managers who agree (more than half of them I reckon).

onimo, Saturday, 29 January 2011 21:58 (nine years ago) link

Presumably the Secret Footballer plays for a team that doesn't put men on the posts so that should help narrow it down a bit.

onimo, Saturday, 29 January 2011 21:59 (nine years ago) link

Ronan's "he'll be saying, don't sack me, don't gimme my P45" in the immediate aftermath gave me the best laugh I've had this week

Ismael Klata, Saturday, 29 January 2011 21:59 (nine years ago) link

three months pass...

that focus forum is a fucking joke. they've set themselves a challenge of having a guest every week and exposed the fact the bbc has ZERO pulling power when it comes to football guests. so it's whoever the fuck happens to be in tvc that day, which sometimes is just motty or lawro, and hey let's not film it somewhere nice, an office will do the trick, really exciting television guys. the lack of imagination would make you cry.

Phelan Nulty (Local Garda), Wednesday, 18 May 2011 09:38 (nine years ago) link

four weeks pass...

Wembley was a superb host for this year's Champions League final

was it, thanks for that bit of news bbc...

Wembley's hosting of this year's final was a resounding success.

another news fact, thanks.

MAYBE YOU SHOULDN'T BE LIVING HERE!! (Local Garda), Wednesday, 15 June 2011 21:03 (nine years ago) link

the 2012 final should be at Wembley too

Ismael Klata, Wednesday, 15 June 2011 21:12 (nine years ago) link

wembley hosting the 2012 final would be likely to be superb, bbc sport understands.

MAYBE YOU SHOULDN'T BE LIVING HERE!! (Local Garda), Wednesday, 15 June 2011 21:13 (nine years ago) link

That's Wembley 2013 sorted, now for Wembley 2012 I say. Is it too late to have the 2010 final there too?

Ismael Klata, Thursday, 16 June 2011 15:43 (nine years ago) link

two months pass...

dun dun dunnnnnn

r|t|c, Wednesday, 24 August 2011 13:51 (nine years ago) link

I'm picturing him prancing into training like Brett Anderson

Ismael Klata, Wednesday, 24 August 2011 14:07 (nine years ago) link

all that microphone swinging and slapping was a cover for Brett crossing himself - good tip there for Carlos to avoid the wrath of the Ibrox hordes

Um yeah, hi, that's (onimo), Wednesday, 24 August 2011 15:15 (nine years ago) link

Bit of camp flamboyance always goes down well there, it's true.

Ismael Klata, Wednesday, 24 August 2011 15:42 (nine years ago) link

GIS for "camp footballers" no 2 result:

Stevie T, Wednesday, 24 August 2011 15:46 (nine years ago) link

fucking dressed liked twins

Richter scale? I hardly even knew 'er! (darraghmac), Saturday, 27 August 2011 21:33 (nine years ago) link

If you'd played the game you'd know those are two completely different shirts.

William Bloody Swygart, Saturday, 27 August 2011 22:03 (nine years ago) link

they've been ok tonight tbh, given straight & clear opinions on each talking point that i've agreed with for the most part

Richter scale? I hardly even knew 'er! (darraghmac), Saturday, 27 August 2011 22:05 (nine years ago) link

I liked Lee Dixon's Downing analysis. I like Lee Dixon.

Chris, Saturday, 27 August 2011 22:46 (nine years ago) link


better with keown tho

Richter scale? I hardly even knew 'er! (darraghmac), Saturday, 27 August 2011 22:47 (nine years ago) link

fuckin ell

Number None, Sunday, 28 August 2011 12:57 (nine years ago) link

ha, wrong thread

Number None, Sunday, 28 August 2011 12:58 (nine years ago) link

Brentford fan Archer believes Cash Machine Man City will be Living for the Weekend against Wigan, Sunderland will be Good for Nothing versus Chelsea and Newcastle, without a defeat so far this season, will remain Hard to Beat in their match at QPR.

Whoever wrote this is a problem with BBC coverage

Also two separate people, one of them inevitably Lawro, acting like "Stracqualursi" is some next-level unpronouncable shit, as if you couldn't even take a crack at saying those four terrifying syllables out loud

MPx4A, Friday, 9 September 2011 12:45 (nine years ago) link

is it better to say it then get it wrong though?

Gary Numan, or Gary Fletcher (ken c), Friday, 9 September 2011 13:21 (nine years ago) link

i mean, some people even mispronounce single syllable words like 'rake'

Gary Numan, or Gary Fletcher (ken c), Friday, 9 September 2011 13:23 (nine years ago) link

the proms here is a big problem with the bbc's football coverage.

second only to popcorn (or something), Saturday, 10 September 2011 21:46 (nine years ago) link


zvookster, Saturday, 10 September 2011 21:48 (nine years ago) link

true, but worth catching this year imo

hipstery nayme (darraghmac), Saturday, 10 September 2011 21:49 (nine years ago) link

Italian football stereotype? Check.

Chris, Saturday, 10 September 2011 23:47 (nine years ago) link

have they actually decided to make a policy of featuring the most fucking horrendous rock bands in the uk as a key element of their football coverage wherever possible? or do they just actually have such woeful taste?

"rock and football" in that post-oasis way makes me want to cry.

LocalGarda, Sunday, 11 September 2011 16:25 (nine years ago) link

Huge thumbs up for using Rizzle Kicks for Goal of the Month, though.

Chris, Monday, 12 September 2011 00:00 (nine years ago) link

one month passes...

jesus this is just fucking AWFUL

they flag every event in advance, the commentary is shit, the editing/replays are rubbish, the whole thing's just shoddy

generation lmbo (darraghmac), Wednesday, 26 October 2011 23:52 (nine years ago) link

Would swap you every day of the week for BBC Scotland's coverage. Almost had to mute the telly last night, except that the radio coverage is actually even worse.

ailsa, Thursday, 27 October 2011 11:24 (nine years ago) link

re flagging every event, BBC Scotland's SPL highlights always have that drama-killing commentary that doesn't even pretend to be live. Sure we may know what's going to happen, but we also know that Jack Nicholson's going to go crazy in The Shining, and that doesn't mean that a narrator outlining every scene before it happens wouldn't make it a lesser viewing experience.

sunn :o))) (Merdeyeux), Thursday, 27 October 2011 23:42 (nine years ago) link

i don't mind summary-style commentary on highlights at all, but the bbc previewing everything when they have no commercial breaks is maddening. we're already watching.

zvookster, Thursday, 27 October 2011 23:46 (nine years ago) link

BBC Scotland's SPL highlights always have that drama-killing commentary that doesn't even pretend to be live

This is extremely annoying, yes. I have no clue either why they always give Liam McLeod live telly games, the man has zero clue and just peddles the same old shite every time he's on. Craig Paterson as co-commentator is worse. He went into Wednesday's game with one solitary opinion about Celtic ("James Forrest is a pretty good player") and just parrotted it every two minutes despite Forrest giving the ball away almost every time he got it. He seemed to treat Forrest's second-half revival as some sort of vindication of his first-half opinion, even though his entire first-half commentary just made him look like he couldn't actually see what was going on and was just commenting on a general hunch rather than on what he was watching.

Oh, and I fucking hate Pat Nevin talking about himself in the guise of talking about football, and he's on every bloody week. Well done, you've read a book and heard of Vini Reilly. Now fuck off.

ailsa, Friday, 28 October 2011 08:47 (nine years ago) link

nevin doubt

nakhchivan, Friday, 28 October 2011 08:52 (nine years ago) link

blimey, i'd always assumed that little indie wanker was off limits round here

r|t|c, Friday, 28 October 2011 09:20 (nine years ago) link

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