Match of the Day
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|Match of the Day|
|Presented by||Gary Lineker|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Original channel||BBC Two (1964–65)
BBC One (1965–)
|Original run||22 August 1964– present|
Match of the Day 2
The Football League Show
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Match of the Day (often abbreviated as MOTD or MotD) is the BBC's main football television programme. Typically, it is shown on BBC One on Saturday evenings during the English football season, showing highlights of the day's matches in English football's top division, the Premier League. It is one of the BBC's longest-running shows, having been on air since 22 August 1964, though it has not always been aired regularly. The programme is broadcast from MediaCityUK in Salford Quays on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal in Greater Manchester.
MOTD is presented by former England captain Gary Lineker, who is usually joined by England teammate and former Newcastle United captain Alan Shearer and Liverpool and Scotland defender Alan Hansen as well as Mark Lawrenson. Over the years many famous and respected sports broadcasters have fine-tuned their skills on the programme, including Kenneth Wolstenholme, David Coleman, Barry Davies, John Motson, Jimmy Hill and Des Lynam.
The first edition of Match of the Day was screened on BBC2 in August 1964, and showed highlights of a game between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield. The programme's audience was estimated at only 20,000, less than half of the attendance at the ground.
The BBC had been showing live games before Match of the Day, the first being an FA Cup semi-final game between Fulham and Manchester United in 1958. Although Match of the Day primarily screened First Division matches, under the BBC's initial contract with The Football League, they had to screen three Second Division games per season as well. The following year it also extended its coverage to Third Division matches and started showing highlights of FA Cup matches. Additionally, in its inaugural season, Match of the Day screened a Fourth Division match between Oxford United and Tranmere Rovers, though it would not do so again until 1978, when Watford's 1–1 draw with Southend United was featured.
Match of the Day was not universally welcomed in the football world; in 1965 several clubs attempted to block a renewed deal with the BBC in fear of a drop in gate attendances at matches. Eventually a compromise was reached where the BBC agreed not to reveal which match was to be shown until after the day's play had concluded, an arrangement that remained until 1983. The show moved to BBC1 the same year, though occasionally in later years highlights of FA Cup matches were screened on BBC2. The first colour edition of Match of the Day was shown on 15 November 1969, between Liverpool and West Ham United.
By then, Match of the Day was not the only football highlights programme on English television; the BBC faced competition from 1968 as ITV started to show highlights on a regional basis on Sunday afternoons; London Weekend Television's The Big Match, which later became the programme for the entire ITV network, was first broadcast in 1968. Match of the Day responded by increasing the number of matches to two per programe .
1970s and 1980s
Slow motion replays were first introduced in 1971. However, at the end of the decade the BBC lost a significant share of matches, with a new four-year deal in 1979 splitting the rights between the BBC and ITV (ITV had originally won exclusive rights, but a ruling from the Office of Fair Trading ordered that the rights be split). Match of the Day was moved to Sunday afternoons for the 1980–81 and 1982–83 seasons.
In 1983, the programme reverted to being shown on Saturday night, although that year four broadcasts were lost due to industrial action.
As the 1980s progressed, Match of the Day focused more and more on the First Division. The final Fourth Division game to be on the programme, between Blackpool and York City, was shown on 4 February 1984. Coverage of the Second and Third Divisions dwindled until it was finally dropped in 1986. However, other competitions were shown; the League Cup Final was covered live for the first time by the BBC in 1985.
1990s and 2000s
With the breakaway of the top clubs in England to form the Premier League in 1992, the BBC regained highlights of matches (though Sky gained exclusive live rights), and regular Match of the Day programming resumed with highlights of three main games and for the first time all the goals from the other games played that day. Sky's emergence made the TV rights market more competitive, with the BBC losing European Cup matches after UEFA's revamping as the Champions League in 1993. In 1997, the BBC lost all live rights to the FA Cup meaning Match of the Day's live coverage was restricted to UEFA Cup and Cup Winners' Cup matches. However the BBC were still able to show Saturday evening highlights of FA Cup games. However things got much worse for the network when, in 2001, the Premier League awarded highlights rights to ITV in a three-year contract.
Match of the Day did not totally disappear; the same year the BBC regained full live coverage of the FA Cup and England's World Cup qualifying matches, as well as retaining UEFA Cup coverage. ITV's league highlights programme, The Premiership, fared poorly and, in 2004, Premier League highlights returned to the BBC with an innovative new deal. MOTD would show highlights of all the Premier League games played on a Saturday, with commentators at every ground.
In 2009 the BBC announced they had retained their Premier League rights, allowing them to continue showing Match of the Day.
From the 2011–12 season a new web-only Match of the Day 3 programme was launched on Monday mornings as a light-hearted addition to Match of the Day 2. Although broadcast as a separate programme and with its own unique title, it is recorded immediately following the conclusion of Match of the Day 2 on Sunday night. In November 2011 the program moved to Salford from London to a brand new studio as part of the BBC's relocation north. At the start of 2012–13 season Match of the Day 2 moved to BBC One. If there is an important fixture on a Monday then MOTD2 will move to Monday evening with no programme on Sunday.
Presenters and commentators
Current presenter, former England captain Gary Lineker, joined as a pundit in 1995 before becoming the main presenter after Lynam's departure in 1999. Ray Stubbs was a stand-in presenter on the programme for 17 seasons, from the start of the Premier League in 1992 until he left the BBC in 2009. Other stand-in hosts have included Gabby Logan, Mark Pougatch, Mark Chapman, now the MOTD2 presenter, Dan Walker, main presenter of Football Focus, Celina Hinchcliffe, the show's first female presenter and Jake Humphrey, who became the youngest presenter of the show but left the corporation in 2013 to front BT Sport.
Currently Lineker is typically joined by two pundits for highlights shows. Since 2007, the weekly Saturday edition of MOTD has used any pairing of Alan Hansen, Mark Lawrenson, and Alan Shearer in rotation but from the 2013–14 season the BBC are pairing one of Hansen or Shearer with new pundits such as Danny Murphy, Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen . Match of the Day 2, aired on Sundays, is presented by Mark Chapman, who replaced Colin Murray for the 2013–14 season and features either two or three pundits. Hansen, Shearer, Lawrenson Martin Keown, and Robbie Savage are the most regular pundits, although current or former players and managers also contribute. Comedian Kevin Day used to provide supporters-led reportage at a particular match each weekend.
The main commentators are Jonathan Pearce, Steve Wilson, Guy Mowbray and Simon Brotherton. The longest-running commentator is John Motson, who made his first appearance on 9 October 1971. He continues to feature on the programme, although is no longer the BBC's principal commentator for live matches, having retired from live coverage after Euro 2008. Other freelance commentators used include: Alistair Bruce-Ball, Laurence Herdman, Nigel Adderley, John Murray, Ian Dennis, Conor McNamara, John Roder, Dan O'Hagan, Martin Fisher, Ian Gwyn Hughes, Steve Bower, Alistair Mann, Louis Browne, Russell Vernon, Roger Johnson and Paul Mitchell.
Previous commentators include: Barry Davies who featured between 1969 and 2004, Stuart Hall, Alan Weeks, Alan Parry, Gerald Sinstadt, Idwal Robling, Harry Carpenter, Clive Tyldesley, Jon Champion, Des Lynam (voiced some games in the early 1980s) and Tony Gubba.
Occasionally, guests have been known to take part in the show. On the final day of the 1993–94 season, Fantasy Football League presenters Frank Skinner and David Baddiel were present as studio pundits, offering a somewhat lighthearted slant on the role. In February 2010, Croatia manager Slaven Bilić made a guest appearance on the show, on a weekend when many Croatian players were in action for their clubs. In the 2012–13 season Michael Owen and Vincent Kompany featured as guest pundits.
The show has been criticised by some elements of the English media and by players for its bland and boring content. Notable players and former players, such as Rio Ferdinand and Stan Collymore, have described the show as "boring" and as a "dinosaur" with Collymore also questioning the quality of the pundits' analysis. Further criticisms aimed at MOTD are its format is tired and out of date compared to Sky's football coverage and new, more enthusiastic pundits are required with the atmosphere between the current presenter and pundits deemed "an old boy's club". In 2010, United States goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann criticised the show for showing bias towards the bigger clubs in the Premier League, particularly Manchester United.
Premier League licensing
The BBC have purchased the rights to televise highlights of Premier League matches. In 2012 the BBC signed a three-year extension to their agreement which expires in 2015/16 season at a cost of £179.7m. BBC director of sport Barbara Slater said that "The new contract will see MOTD celebrate its 50th birthday".
The current theme tune for the series is called "Match of the Day" and was written especially for the programme in 1970 by Barry Stoller, and has become so ubiquitous in British culture that it is associated not just with the programme but football in general. It is often incorrectly labelled with the title "Offside", which was actually the name of an alternative commercially-released version in 1970, which was conducted by Mike Vickers. In May 2010, PRS for Music revealed that the Match of the Day theme tune is the most recognisable in the UK.
- The BBC's coverage from World Cups is usually under the World Cup Match of the Day banner
- Between 1995 and 1999, the BBC broadcast Match of the Seventies (1995–96), Match of the Eighties (1997) and Match of the Nineties (1999). Each series acted as a chronological review of seasons through each decade, presented in a slightly off-beat style, and relied heavily on footage originally included in Match of the Day broadcasts. Presenters included Dennis Waterman, Danny Baker, Mark Radcliffe and Marc Riley
- From the 2004–05 season a second programme, Match of the Day 2, has also been aired
- From the 2009–10 season onwards, the BBC have picked up the rights to all Football League highlights and ten live games. Live games were broadcast under the Match of the Day Live banner but highlights are shown on a new programme named The Football League Show (or, for League Cup games, The League Cup Show)
- From the 2013–14 season, the NBC Sports Network has broadcast an American version also called Match of the Day
Match of the Day Annual
A Match of the Day Annual book is also produced.
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- "MOTD through the ages". BBC Sport. 3 August 2004. Retrieved 12 May 2010.
- "Blackout". World of Sport.
- "Premiership back on the BBC". BBC Sport. 8 August 2003. Retrieved 6 November 2011.
- "BBC retains Premier League rights". BBC Sport. 28 January 2009.
- "Match of the Day gets first woman commentator". Reuters. 19 April 2007.
- "Rio rant-MOTD is so boring" The Sun 5 September 2012 Retrieved 23 January 2012
- "Match of the Day 'dinosaur' is a TV turn off, says Stan Collymore" Daily Mail 21 September 2012 Retrieved 23 January 2013
- "Colin Murray has gone... but does Match of the Day need a proper shake-up to close the gap on the champions at Sky Sports?" Daily Mail 22 January 2013
- "Wake up Gary, or Match of the Day's old boys' club may close for good" Daily Mail 9 December 2012 Retrieved 23 January 2013
- "BBC renews Match of the Day deal". Manchester: BBC Sport. 25 May 2012. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
- Sayid, Ruki (2010-05-11). "Match of the Day voted the most recognisable theme tune on TV". Mirror. Retrieved 2013-08-17.
- "Match of the Day Annual 2012: The Best Footy Annual! (Hardback)". BBC Shop. Retrieved 23 June 2012.
- Match of the Day at BBC Programmes
- Behind the scenes with the Match of the Day commentary team
- Match of the Day at the Internet Movie Database
- Match of the Day at TV.com