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 43)
Rochdale, Lancashire, England
Show 5 Live Sport
Station(s) BBC Radio 5 Live
Style Sports presenter
Country United Kingdom

Andrew Mark "Chappers" Chapman (born 11 October 1973) is the presenter of Match of the Day 2 and also hosts 5 live Sport.[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[2] and Business Studies from the University of Hull.[3]

Broadcasting career[edit]

Chapman began his career in 1996 as a continuity announcer on BBC Television before becoming the cricket correspondent for BBC North East radio.[4] Chapman then joined BBC Radio 1 as a sports reporter working on the Sara Cox show, where he was nicknamed Chappers, before joining Radio 5 Live to host 5 live Sport. Chapman also hosts Match of the Day 2 and the BBC's coverage of Rugby League.[5]


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.[6]

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.[4][7]

Chapman is a Manchester United football fan. He is also a fan of Hull F.C. owing to his time at university in Hull. He lives in Hale, Greater Manchester with his wife Sara and their children Ben, Jessie and Milly.[8]


  1. ^ Sale, Charles (21 January 2013). "Murray axed from Match of the Day 2 presenter as BBC substitutes him with Chapmal lived in Wolverhampton for 10 years". Daily Mail. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Sports presenter Mark Chapman on the Premier League, celebrities and taking over Match of the Day 2". The Independent. 
  3. ^ "Chappers and Dave". Unofficial Mills. Jono Read. 2007. Archived from the original on 26 January 2008. Retrieved 6 June 2007. 
  4. ^ a b Rider Profile: Mark Chapman This is Staffordshire, 1 June 2012
  5. ^ "Bye Bye Chappers". BBC Radio 1. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  6. ^ "Radio 1's Sport Relief Challenge". BBC. 
  7. ^ TV Sports Presenter Mark Chapman swaps the studio for the saddle The Donna Louise Childrens Hospice Trust, 24 May 2012
  8. ^ 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. 

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