The Football League Show
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|The Football League Show|
|Also known as||The League Cup Show (Football League Cup highlights)|
|Presented by||Manish Bhasin|
|Theme music composer||Snow Patrol|
|Opening theme||"In the End"|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Running time||75 minutes|
|Original network||BBC One|
|Picture format||576i (SDTV)|
|Original release||8 August 2009– 25 May 2015|
|Preceded by||The Championship (ITV)|
|Followed by||Football League Tonight (Channel 5)|
|Related shows||Match of the Day
Match of the Day 2
Late Kick Off
The Football League Show was a BBC One football television show which was hosted by Manish Bhasin and featured match highlights from the Championship, League One and League Two. It began on 8 August 2009, at 11.45pm and immediately followed Match of the Day on Saturdays. Similar to other BBC Sport studio shows, UK-based users of the BBC website could watch a live simulcast of the programme. The programme was made in Studio C at IMG studios, London. Football League highlights moved to Channel 5 for the 2015–2016 season, thus ending the BBC's version of the programme.
The programme had a similar format to ITV's Championship Goals, with a featured match receiving full highlights and all the goals from the other games. There could also be extensive highlights of any games covered live by Sky Sports or the BBC itself. The programme was studio based.
The first ever episode featured Steve Claridge alongside Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway but from the second episode onwards only featured Claridge as pundit or on some occasions former Torquay United and Brentford manager Leroy Rosenior. Occasionally both Claridge and Rosenior have appeared on the same programme offering analysis of games.
When there were only Championship or League One and League Two games played, the show was pre recorded from the stadium of the featured match, rather than being live from the studio. These shows were often shorter than the regular ones. On 23 March 2013 the show was only 20 minutes long, this being the shortest show in the series and the first not to have a featured game.
Presenter, commentators and reporters
The presenter of the show was Manish Bhasin, who left Football Focus to present. Whenever Bhasin was unavailable, the programme was hosted by Mark Chapman, Mark Clemmit, Damian Johnson or Jason Mohammad.
Freelance journalists regularly voiced goal round-ups. These included Channel 5's UEFA Europa League commentator Dave Beckett, Nick Halling who is best known as Sky Sports' American Football expert, ESPN and talkSPORT's Jim Proudfoot and Peter Brackley who also works on ITV.
Freelance commentators primarily working with the BBC such as John Roder, Jonathan Legard and Alistair Mann also appeared, commentating both on round-ups and featured games. Tony Jones and John Helm have also commentated on the show. Other commentators included Kevin Keatings, Jon Champion, Peter Drury, Jonathan Pearce, Guy Mowbray and Steve Wilson.
There was also an interactive email segment where fans expressed their points of view. These emails were read out by one of the BBC's sports news presenters, mainly Jacqui Oatley or Lizzie Greenwood-Hughes. This feature was dropped from the start of the 2011–12 football season.
The BBC's rights deal with the Football League also included the Football League Cup, where the programme was rebranded as The League Cup Show. Highlights of the Football League Trophy final were also shown on the BBC, where the show was simply branded as the Football League Trophy Final. Rather than being broadcast live from a studio, it was recorded pitchside from Wembley Stadium, the venue of the final. Highlights from the earlier rounds were available on the BBC Sport website up until the 2011–12 season.
A regional spin-off programme, Late Kick Off, launched on Monday 18 January 2010, broadcasting weekly from January until the end of the season.
End of the programme
In 2015, The BBC lost the rights to the Football League to Channel 5 beginning in August of that year, with Channel 5 offering the same money that the BBC paid for the previous three years but promising to show highlights at 9pm, rather than after Match of the Day, which had been the traditional home while on the BBC. The last Football League Show aired on 25 May 2015, with highlights of the Championship play-off final from Wembley Stadium between Middlesbrough and Norwich City. The final few editions of the Football League Show featured memories and highlights from the past six seasons and featured credits naming all who worked on the show. Channel 5 now show highlights from the Football League's competitions on its own programme, Football League Tonight.