The Match (TV series)

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This article is about the Sky One show. For the ITV show known as "The Match" between 1988 and 1992, see The Big Match. For the XLEAGUE.TV eSport TV show known as "The Match", see The Match (XLEAGUE.TV series).

The Match is a reality TV show on Sky One in which a group of celebrities form a football team to compete against a team of former professional footballers (The Legends). The show begins with a large squad of celebrities who train and live together, all aiming to be selected for "The Match" against the team of legends. The show has also been published in Switzerland in 2006 and 2008 on SF 2.

In Great Britain, three editions of the programme have been made, one in early 2004, one in late 2005 and one in October 2006. The program is hosted by Mark Durden-Smith, Ulrika Jonsson (2004) and Zoë Ball (2005 & 2006). The matches are played at St James' Park, Newcastle. In the Swiss version, the matches were held at Espenmoos in St. Gallen (2006) and at Allmend Stadion in Lucerne (2008).

Participants[edit]

The show features one of English football's best known managers, Graham Taylor, who manages the celebrity team. Players on the legends team have included Ally McCoist, Matt Le Tissier and John Barnes, among others. Notable members of the celebrities team have included Jonathan Wilkes, Ralf Little, Philip Olivier, MC Harvey, Terry Alderton and Darren Campbell. The Match has never been won by the celebrities - losing 2-1 in 2004 and 2-0 in 2005 and 2006. The only goal the celebrities have ever scored was one that many believe to be a fluke by Jonathan Wilkes when his apparent cross looped over the head of 63-year old goalkeeper Peter Bonetti.

In Switzerland, the Celebrities ("Die Promis") lost 1-6 against the Legends ("Die Legenden") in 2006 and 1-2 in 2008.

The Match: Series 3 (2006)[edit]

Series 3 of The Match was shown during September and October 2006.

Participants[edit]

Final match[edit]

Celebrities starting XI[edit]

Name Position Fame
Mark Bosnich Goalkeeper Ex- Manchester United F.C. and Chelsea F.C. goalkeeper
Danny Young Fullback (Right) Coronation Street
Alec Stewart Defender (Centre) (Captain) Former England Cricketer
Thomas Craig Defender (Centre) Coronation Street
Ralf Little Fullback (Left) Actor
Anthony Hutton Winger (Right) Big Brother Series 6 winner
Chris Hollins Midfielder (Centre) Sports journalist
Jeff Brazier Midfielder (Centre) Television presenter
MC Harvey Winger (Left) Musician
Sam Robertson Striker Coronation Street
Darren Campbell Striker Athlete

Legends starting XI[edit]

Name Position Notable Clubs
Andy Goram Goalkeeper Rangers, Manchester United
Denis Irwin Fullback (Right) Manchester United, Oldham Athletic, Wolverhampton Wanderers
Colin Hendry Defender (Centre) Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City, Rangers
Des Walker Defender (centre) Nottingham Forest, Sheffield Wednesday, Sampdoria
Nigel Winterburn Fullback (Left) Arsenal, Wimbledon, West Ham United
Chris Waddle Winger (Right) (Captain) Newcastle United, Sheffield Wednesday, Olympique Marseille, Tottenham Hotspur
David Batty Midfielder (centre) Leeds United, Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle United
Gary McAllister Midfielder (centre) Leeds United, Liverpool, Leicester City, Coventry City
Paul Merson Winger (Left) Arsenal, Middlesbrough, Aston Villa, Portsmouth, Walsall
Ian Rush Striker Liverpool, Juventus, Leeds United, Newcastle United
Peter Beardsley Striker Liverpool, Newcastle United, Everton, Bolton Wanderers, Fulham
October 8, 2006
20:25
Celebrities 0–2 Legends
Rush 17"
Waddle 57"
St James' Park
Attendance: 52,000

Match report[edit]

The Celebrities started the match on top and, for the first 15 minutes, had the vast majority of possession and goal chances. However, when Ian Rush scored for the Legends (a goal typical of his predatory style during his playing career) on 17 minutes, the game turned in the favour of the ex-professionals. For the remainder of the match the Legends used their superior passing ability and vision to keep hold of the ball and keep the Celebrities chances to a bare minimum. The commentary team even mentioned that it had become the most one-sided match in the short history of this fixture.

Celebrity winger MC Harvey was sent off late in the game for a second bookable offence. Upon leaving the field he had a row with goalkeeping coach Tony Coton which sparked aggression between many players and staff of both teams. This explosive reaction from Harvey seemed to amuse some of the Legends players, such as Paul Gascoigne who was seen laughing and making hand gestures.

Match history[edit]

Year Winner Scorers Runner-up Scorers Score Venue Attendance
2004 Legends Gary Pallister (45)
Ally McCoist (90 + 4)
Celebrities Jonathan Wilkes (85) 2 - 1 St James' Park 52,000
2005 Legends Nigel Winterburn (5)
Ally McCoist (67)
Celebrities - 2 - 0 St James' Park 52,000
2006 Legends Ian Rush (17)
Chris Waddle (57)
Celebrities - 2 - 0 St James' Park 52,000

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