|Presented by||Jason Mohammad
|Opening theme||"Pumpin Blood" by NONONO|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Running time||1430-1800 (Red Button & Online)
45 Minutes (BBC One / Two)
|Original channel||BBC One
BBC Red Button
|Picture format||576i (16:9 SDTV)
|Original run||1958– present|
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Final Score is a BBC Television programme produced by BBC Sport. The programme is broadcast on late Saturday afternoons in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, usually on BBC One. BBC Northern Ireland opts away during the last ten minutes to cover local results. BBC Scotland runs a different programme altogether – Sportscene Results. Final Score is also broadcast on Boxing Day, New Year's Day and Easter Monday plus a special Sunday edition on the final day of the Premier League. The programme, predominately presented by Jason Mohammad, provides viewers with the results from the main football league matches played on that day.
Final Score is also broadcast on Saturday afternoons on the BBC Red Button and online for two hours before the BBC One broadcast begins. This programme features a live studio discussing the day's play as it is being played while also showing audio coverage clips of a large number of matches that are being played. After the domestic broadcast concludes, an additional half-hour is also broadcast live on BBC World News, the BBC's internationally-broadcast news channel.
The round-up covers games from the Premier League to the Conference National, in Scotland from the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) to Scottish League Two as well as the Welsh Premier League and the Irish League.
The programme includes interviews with managers, players and studio pundits. It concludes with the day's scores being read by Mike West. Tim Gudgin used to read the scores until his retirement in 2011. There is also a review of the league tables for most divisions.
It is a rival show to Sky Sports' Soccer Saturday, which started its Saturday afternoon sports/football scores service in 1998.
Final Score had been part of BBC's long-running show Grandstand as far back as 1958. The football results appeared on a device dubbed 'the Teleprinter', with each character of the results displayed one-by-one. In the early days, the presenter stood next to the Teleprinter with a camera pointed at the actual printer.
The results would come from the Press Association (PA), who appointed a correspondent to attend each match and report back the half-time and full-time scores to its offices in London. The PA would then use the technology of the day to provide a feed to BBC Television Centre. The Press Association provided the vidiprinter results service until Opta Sports took over the contract for the 2013/14 season onwards.
The host of the main Grandstand programme used to present the scores and often try to reflect how each result affected the league, which meant meticulous preparation was necessary.
After the majority of the results came in, the scores would then be collated and announced as the 'Classified Football Results' in alphabetical order starting with the highest leagues first. Remarkably, only three people have regularly read the football results on the programme: the Australian Len Martin (from the first programme until his death in 1995) and Tim Gudgin. Gudgin read the results for the last time on 19 November 2011, then retired at the age of 81. He cited the BBC's decision to move the programme from London to Manchester as one of the reasons for his departure and the difficulty of travelling from his home in Hampshire, particularly in winter. The classifled results were then followed by the pools news and score draws and then the league tables, although the pools news element has been dropped in recent years due its decline.
Whilst football was always the mainstay of Final Score, news and results from other sports, such as rugby union, and in the early days, racing were also included. A brief version, usually lasting for 5 to 10 minutes, was aired during the summer when football was out of season.
Technology has gradually improved and by the 1980s a live shot of the actual Teleprinter had been replaced by a computer screen version, at which point the Teleprinter became referred to as 'the Vidiprinter'. However, the modern-day vidiprinter used by the programme still emulates the original typing system. There are now Goalflashes throughout the afternoon for every match played in the English and Scottish leagues, the Conference, Welsh Premier League and Northern Ireland.
During its last few years there was no longer a main presenter for Grandstand, so from the start of the 2001/02 season Final Score was broadcast as an individual programme with Ray Stubbs as the regular presenter. At this point, Final Score became a football-only programme. The half time round-up remained part of Grandstand until the start of the 2004/05 season when the extended version of the programme was launched. Initially called Score Interactive, the programme is broadcast from 1430 on the BBC's interactive service, the BBC Red Button. The show starts its broadcasts to viewers with pundits analysing the games ahead (or in progress), and all goal flashes and incidents are broadcast on screen when the vidiprinter appears at 1500.
In November 2007 a midweek version of the show was introduced. Rather than being a programme in its own right, it is a simulcast of BBC Radio 5 Live with graphics and vidiprinter. Audio options were occasionally made available for BBC Local Radio commentaries of games involving Championship sides. The midweek version was shown when there were primarily Premier League or important UEFA Champions League matches taking place. It is a Red Button exclusive, so therefore does not appear on BBC1 or BBC2.
Since October 2012 Midweek Final Score has not been used for Tuesday games. This coincided with the BBC deciding to broadcast just a single Red Button feed on all platforms, as opposed to multiple feeds on the internet, cable and satellite.
In the autumn of 2011 the programme moved to new BBC studios in Salford from studio TC5 at TV Centre in London, which had been its home for many years. The last programme from TC5 was broadcast on 19 November 2011.
The current presenter of Final Score is Jason Mohammad, taking over from Gabby Logan. It was previously presented by Ray Stubbs until he left the BBC in 2009. Pundits who appear on the programme have included Garth Crooks, Steve Claridge, Robbie Savage, Martin Keown, Matt Holland, John Hartson, Gary Pallister, Les Ferdinand and Mark Bright. The show has reporters stationed at every FA Premier League and Football League Championship, as well one at a Scottish Professional Football League game.
After the main BBC television broadcast has finished (but continuing on the BBC World Channel and Red Button), it will also feature interviews with managers after the game, conducted by the commentators for Match of the Day.
The current theme tune is "Pumpin Blood" by NONONO and has been since the start of the 2013–14 football season. Previous themes have included "The King And All Of His Men" by Wolf Gang used between 2011 to 2013 and "Jump In The Pool" by Friendly Fires used between 2009 to 2011.
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