Match of the Day 2

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Match of the Day 2
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Presented by Mark Chapman (2013–)
Adrian Chiles (2004–10)
Colin Murray (2010–13)
Gary Lineker (2014- (Cover)
Country of origin United Kingdom
Running time usually 60 minutes
Original channel BBC Two (2004–12)
BBC One (2012–)
Original release August 2004 (2004-08) – present
Related shows Match of the Day
Football Focus
Final Score
The Football League Show
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Match of the Day 2 (otherwise known as MOTD2 or MotD2) is a football highlights programme shown on BBC One in the United Kingdom having previously been shown on BBC Two up until 2012. It was created in 2004 when the BBC regained the right to broadcast Premier League highlights.

Broadcast on Sunday evenings, usually later than 10 p.m., the show has been hosted by Mark Chapman since 2013. Adrian Chiles anchored the show from 2004-2010 and was replaced by Colin Murray who left Channel 5 to take up the position at the beginning of the 2010–11 season.[1]

The programme is broadcast from MediaCityUK in Salford Quays on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal in Greater Manchester.


The programme follows a similar format to Match of the Day, with highlights of the days football followed by post match interviews and tactical analysis from the pundits however the show features fewer games than Match of the Day due to there being fewer fixtures on a Sunday, therefore the latter half of the show is dedicated to recapping Saturday's action. They also have fun features and sometimes send reporters such as Kevin Day to matches. In the first season of the show Gordon Strachan appeared nearly every week, then Gavin Peacock appeared until he left the BBC after the 2006 World Cup and former Arsenal defender Lee Dixon was the staple pundit on the show from 2006 until his departure to ITV in 2012. Alan Hansen usually appears on the show once a month as he is the BBC Chief Football Analyst usually when a big match is played such as Liverpool v Manchester United or Chelsea v Arsenal.

As opposed to MOTD which usually feature the same pundits, MOTD2 have more current professionals and coaches on the show. MOTD2 have had Alan Pardew, Neil Warnock or Lawrie Sanchez or a current/former player such as Danny Murphy, Graeme Murty or Robbie Savage. Occasionally, the show featured comical animations of rival managers or players, for example a mock up boxing match between former Manchester City manager Mark Hughes and new manager Roberto Mancini. However this was discontinued following the move to BBC1.

The show originally featured a "Top 5" countdown based around a current event or a guest pundit on the show, such as "Worst Haircuts", "Shocking refereeing decisions" or "Golden Oldies". This was replaced by "2 Good, 2 Bad" which offered a humorous look at the goings on of the football weekend in England, such as embarrassing gaffes, unusual celebrations, intimacy between players and managers or supporters falling asleep. The Top 5 feature has recently returned on internet spin off Match of the Day 3. Since Colin Murray took over from Adrian Chiles, the 2 good 2 bad theme has not appeared in the same capacity, however at the end of each show Murray usually looks at something he has noticed from a game or off-field event in a similar format to 2 good 2 bad. From the start of the 2013/14 season the 2 Good 2 Bad section returned.

Move to BBC One[edit]

MOTD2 used to be occasionally shown on BBC One when BBC Two was occupied by other sporting events such as MotoGP, darts or snooker but was shown on BBC Two from 2004–2012. In July 2012 it was announced that Match of the Day 2 would be moving across to BBC One due to a high number of games being played on a Sunday. It airs around 10:25pm on Sundays.[2]

Selected pundits[edit]

Occasionally footballers who are still playing are invited onto the show to express their views. They usually have played on Saturday or are temporarily injured and so cannot play, therefore allowing them to appear on Sunday night. These have included D.J. Campbell, Clarke Carlisle, Brad Friedel, Shay Given, Marcus Hahnemann, Vincent Kompany, Danny Murphy, Graeme Murty, Jonas Olsson, Linvoy Primus and Paul Robinson as well as then Serie A star Clarence Seedorf.

Notable managers such as Sam Allardyce, Slaven Bilić, Phil Brown, Steve Bruce, Chris Coleman, Alan Curbishley, Roberto Martínez, Alex McLeish, David Moyes, Tony Pulis, Brendan Rodgers, Uwe Rösler, Gary Speed, Gordon Strachan and Neil Warnock have also appeared as guest pundits on the show.


  1. ^ "Colin Murray will present MOTD2". BBC News. 22 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "Match of the Day moves to BBC One" Premier 5 July 2012 Retrieved 5 July 2012

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