The Football League Show

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The Football League Show
The Football League Show.jpg
Also known as The League Cup Show (Football League Cup highlights)
Genre Sport
Presented by Manish Bhasin
Theme music composer Snow Patrol
Opening theme "In the End"
Ending theme "Adultery"
Composer(s) Little Comets
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Running time 75 minutes
Original network BBC One
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
Original release 8 August 2009 (2009-08-08) – 25 May 2015 (2015-05-25)
Preceded by The Championship (ITV)
Followed by Football League Tonight (Channel 5)
Related shows Match of the Day
Match of the Day 2
Football Focus
Final Score
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[edit]

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.

BBC Radio 5 Live's Mark Clemmit was the roving reporter, who visited a ground to spend the day with a team each week. This was similar in style to Kevin Day's reports on Match of the Day 2.


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.

Other programmes[edit]

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.[1] 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[edit]

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.[2] Channel 5 now show highlights from the Football League's competitions on its own programme, Football League Tonight.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Football League Trophy Final BBC Online – Sport. Retrieved 13 Jun 2012
  2. ^ "Channel 5 win Football League Rights". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. 5 May 2015. Retrieved 5 May 2015. 

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