BBC confirms 'Late Kick Off' presenters
Wednesday, January 13 2010, 12:34 GMT
By Andrew Laughlin,
The BBC has confirmed presenters for each regional variation of its new Monday night English Football League show Late Kick Off.
Starting simultaneously on January 18 at 11.35pm (subject to regional variation), a tailored-made version of the programme will be broadcast in the North West, North East and Cumbria, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, West and East Midlands, the East, London and South East, and the South and South West.
The programme, aired on BBC local services in each region, will feature match highlights from non-Premiership clubs, along with "in-depth coverage" from behind the scenes.
BBC Match Of The Day commentator Guy Mowbray will front the Yorkshire and Lincolnshire version, with coverage from 12 teams - Chesterfield, Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield United, Barnsley, Rotherham, Doncaster, Leeds United, Huddersfield Town, Bradford City, Grimsby Town, Scunthorpe United and Lincoln City.
Mowbray, who still lives in his home city of York, said: "Us football commentators lead quite a nomadic existence at times, so it's great to be closer to home and getting stuck into what's happening in our region.
"The football will be taken very seriously - I do live by Bill Shankly's famous quote myself - but we're going to have a lot of fun with it as well. We're definitely not Panorama!"
The Midlands edition will be fronted by BBC Football League Show presenter Manish Bhasin and feature action from Burton, Cheltenham, Chesterfield, Coventry, Derby, Hereford, Leicester, Lincoln, Notts County, Nottingham Forest, Port Vale, Shrewsbury, Walsall and West Bromwich Albion.
Bhasin, who will be joined in the studio by Derby midfielder Robbie Savage and former England goalkeeper Tim Flowers, said: "It's always exciting to be part of something that is completely new and its good news for Football League fans who'll get to see more of their local teams on television but in a way they may not have seen before."
BBC commentator Jonathan Pearce will present the South and South West edition, with action from Aldershot, Bournemouth, Brighton, Bristol City, Bristol Rovers, Cheltenham, Exeter, Plymouth, Reading, Southampton, Swindon, Torquay, Wycombe and Yeovil.
"The show will bring you all the updated news from your local Football League teams with interviews, goal action and thought-provoking comment from our guests," said Pearce, who lives in Sussex.
"Football has been my life since my first connection with Bristol City when I was 12. I am lucky enough to be able to commentate on matches and now returning to studio presentation is a bonus on top."
Taking charge of the London and South East edition will be BBC Radio 5 Live sports presenter Mark Chapman, who will discuss events affecting Crystal Palace, QPR, Millwall, Charlton, Leyton Orient, Barnet, Watford, Brentford, Brighton, Gillingham, Dagenham & Redbridge and Wycombe.
"I have been given the chance to watch football, talk football and meet some of the region's biggest football names so there aren't many supporters who wouldn't want this job," said Chapman.
Former Ipswich Town and Republic of Ireland international Matt Holland will oversee the East edition, with action from Norwich City, Ipswich Town, MK Dons, Colchester United, Peterborough United, Southend United and Northampton Town.
"I'm hoping as an ex-player to provide fans with in-depth match analysis but, also, to go behind the scenes at their club and give an insight to life outside the 90 minutes!" said Holland, who will be joined in the studio each week by expert guests.
North West Tonight host Tony Livesey will front the North West edition covering 11 teams, including Stockport County, Accrington Stanley, Macclesfield Town and Tranmere Rovers.
Morecombe manager Sammy McIlroy will join Livesey in the studio for the first programme, which will also feature never before seen pre-war footage of Stockport County.
However, the presentation team for the Cumbria and North East programme has not yet been confirmed by the BBC.
All editions of Late Kick Off will be made available on BBC iPlayer shortly after transmission.