Mark Chapman (broadcaster)

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Mark Chapman
Chapman in 2013
Birth name Andrew Mark Chapman
Born (1973-10-11) 11 October 1973 (age 40)
Rochdale, Lancashire, England
Show 5 Live Sport
Station(s) BBC Radio Five Live
Style Sports presenter
Country United Kingdom

Andrew Mark "Chappers" Chapman (born 11 October 1973) is a sports presenter on Radio 5 Live and is the presenter of Match of the Day 2.[1]

Early life[edit]

Chapman was born in Rochdale, Lancashire, but spent the majority of his youth in Sale on the other side of the city of Manchester. He attended Manchester Grammar School, and during his time there developed an interest in radio broadcasting, wanting to work for Radio 1 from the age of 13. He went on to achieve a degree in French and Business Studies from the University of Hull.[2]

Broadcasting career[edit]


Chapman began his career in 1996 as the cricket correspondent for BBC North East radio.[3]

He worked as a continuity announcer on BBC Television before joining Radio 1.[4] Chapman later stated that he got the job as a continuity announcer because the BBC were specifically looking for somebody with a northern accent.[5]

Chapman worked on Sara Cox's Breakfast Show before taking up the role of sports newsreader and Mills' sidekick on the Scott Mills Show on BBC Radio 1 in the afternoon.[6] On 24 December 2009, Chapman made his final appearance on the Scott Mills Show,[7] stating that he had enjoyed the past 10 years at Radio 1, but it was time to move on to a more serious commitment to sports presenting.

In February 2010, Chapman began a regular spot on BBC Radio 5 Live hosting a new Monday evening sports and discussion show from 19:00 to 22:30.[8]


Chapman replaced Colin Murray as the presenter of Match of the Day 2 from August 2013 and took over the hosting of the BBC's coverage of Rugby League after Clare Balding left at the start of 2013.[citation needed]


Chapman wrote a monthly column for Shoot Monthly magazine. In 2010, he released his first book, entitled Heroes, Hairbands and Hissy Fits: Chappers' History of Modern Football, in which he gives a harsh critique of modern football and players both professional and part-time.

Personal life[edit]

For Sport Relief in 2008, Chapman and Comedy Dave ran 32 miles at 32 Premier League clubs in England and Scotland.

Chapman completed the 2008 and 2010 London Marathons for children's cancer charity CLIC Sargent. In 2012, he was part of a team that cycled from Land's End to John o' Groats in aid of the Donna Louise Children's Hospice Trust in Stoke-on-Trent.[3][9]

On 29 December 2008, Chapman appeared on Celebrity Mastermind. His specialist subject was Premier League football. He came second with 25 points.[citation needed]

Chapman is a Manchester United football fan. He lives in Hale, Greater Manchester with his wife Sara and their children Ben and Jessie.[5]


  1. ^ Sale, Charles (21 January 2013). "Murray axed from Match of the Day 2 presenter as BBC substitutes him with Chapman". Daily Mail. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Chappers and Dave". Unofficial Mills. Jono Read. 2007. Archived from the original on 26 January 2008. Retrieved 6 June 2007. 
  3. ^ a b Rider Profile: Mark Chapman This is Staffordshire, 1 June 2012
  4. ^ "Reporter Profiles: Mark Chapman". BBC Radio 1. Retrieved 6 June 2007. 
  5. ^ a b McKeegan, Alice (19 February 2013). "The BBC took me on because they were short of northern voices ...I think Salford is changing all that". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "About Chappers". BBC Radio 1. Retrieved 6 June 2007. 
  7. ^ "Bye Bye Chappers". BBC Radio 1. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  8. ^ Laughlin, Andrew, Mark Chapman grabs regular 5 Live slot Digital Spy, 15 January 2010
  9. ^ TV Sports Presenter Mark Chapman swaps the studio for the saddle The Donna Louise Childrens Hospice Trust, 24 May 2012

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