Match of the Day 2

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Match of the Day 2
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Presented by Current:
Mark Chapman (2013–present)

Colin Murray (2010–2013)
Adrian Chiles (2004–2010)

Stand-in presenters:
Manish Bhasin
Gabby Logan
Jason Mohammad
Country of origin United Kingdom
Location(s) Studio HQ3, MediaCityUK[1]
Running time 45-90 minutes
Original network BBC Two (2004–12, 2015–)
BBC One (2012–)
Original release August 2004 (2004-08) – present
Related shows Match of the Day
Football Focus
Final Score
The Football League Show
The Premier League Show
External links

Match of the Day 2[2] (abbreviated to MOTD2 or MotD2) is a football highlights programme shown on BBC One in the United Kingdom having previously been shown on BBC Two until 2012. It was created in 2004 when the BBC regained the right to broadcast Premier League highlights.

Usually broadcast on Sunday evenings, some time after 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.[3]

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 Euro 2008 and former Arsenal defender Lee Dixon was the staple pundit on the show from 2006 until his departure to ITV in 2012.

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.

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 this occasion returned in 2015. 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.[4]

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, Graeme Murty, Ashley Williams, 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, and Neil Warnock have also appeared as guest pundits on the show.

Additionally, some celebrity football fans have appeared as guest pundits on the show such as Manchester City fan Noel Gallagher in 2015.


  1. ^ "Match of the Day 2 Studio". 
  2. ^ TVGuide. "When is Match of the Day 2 on TV next? - TV Guide UK TV Listings". Retrieved 2017-01-09. 
  3. ^ "Colin Murray will present MOTD2". BBC News. 22 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "Match of the Day moves to BBC One" Premier 5 July 2012 Retrieved 5 July 2012

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