The Footy Show (AFL)

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The AFL Footy Show
Presented byAnthony Lehmann
Neroli Meadows
Brendan Fevola
Dylan Alcott
Opening theme"More Than a Game" by Chris Doheny
Ending theme“More Than a Game” by Chris Doheny
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons26
No. of episodes735 (list of episodes)
Production location(s)Melbourne, Victoria
Running time120 minutes (including commercials)
Original networkNine Network
Picture format576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original release24 March 1994 –
9 May 2019

The Footy Show was an Australian sports and variety entertainment television program which aired on the Nine Network. The show was dedicated to the Australian Football League (AFL) and Australian rules football. The show featured a panel of hosts and a rotating regular panel of guests. In its last three years, the show was produced by JAM TV, the company of former host Eddie McGuire, and sold to Channel 9.[1]

Under the show's initial format, which ran from 1994 to 2018, The Footy Show was hosted by Eddie McGuire, Sam Newman, Trevor Marmalade, Garry Lyon, James Brayshaw, Rebecca Maddern and Craig Hutchison, and won eight Logie Awards for Most Popular Sports Program. The show was hosted by Anthony Lehmann, Neroli Meadows, Brendan Fevola and Dylan Alcott in 2019.[2]

In December 2018, McGuire announced that the show would continue as a newly-formatted show from 2019 and that he and Newman, the show's original hosts, would host several specials throughout the year.[3] On 9 May 2019, seven episodes into the new season and less than an hour after that evening's episode had aired, the Nine Network announced that the show would be cancelled following weeks of poor ratings.[4][5]


The name The Footy Show derives from the diminutive form of the word football commonly used in Australian English.



From 1994 to 2012, The Footy Show usually aired at 9.30 pm AEST. However, on 28 November 2012, Nine announced that the show would air at 8.30 pm AEST.


In Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia, the show aired on Thursday nights at 8:30 pm during the AFL season.

In 2008, the AFL version of The Footy Show could be seen live into most New South Wales and Queensland TV markets via the Nine HD channel. However, this was discontinued before the launch of GO! when Nine HD ceased breakaway programming. Since then, the show aired at 11.30pm.

In 2019, following heavy competition from the rival Seven Network show The Front Bar, the Thursday night edition was axed.[5]


A related program, The Sunday Footy Show (AFL), airs between 10.00 am and 12.00 am on Sunday mornings.

Origins and format[edit]

The Footy Show had its origins in 1993 when a special Grand Final edition of The Sunday Footy Show aired on the Thursday night before the AFL Grand Final. The program was then extended and started as a regular program in 1994 hosted by former Network Ten reporter Eddie McGuire, former Geelong player Sam Newman and comedian Trevor Marmalade. They were usually joined by three current and former football players in a panel format.

The show is broadcast live from Melbourne with a large studio audience "warmed-up" each week by MC and comedian Michael Pope. From 1994 to 2010 (Seasons 1 to 17) the show is broadcast from Studio 9 at GTV 9 in Richmond. Following GTV 9's relocation to Docklands at the start of 2011 to Now, from (Season 18 to Season 26) the show is produced from Sound Stage 4 at Docklands Film Studios.

Over the years the show has also broadcast special live episode from locations including Geelong, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Hobart, London (2001 and 2004) and Munich (2006).

In 2006, after Eddie McGuire's appointment as CEO of the Nine Network, he stepped down as host of the program and was replaced by former Melbourne player Garry Lyon and North Melbourne Football Club director, later chairman, James Brayshaw, as co-hosts. In a bid to resurge the show[citation needed] in 2009, Trevor Marmalade was cut from the program to make way for former footballers Shane Crawford and Billy Brownless. In 2012 former Essendon player Matthew Lloyd was brought in with himself, Crawford and Brownless respectively rotating each week.

The panelists discuss any news stories which arise during the week, review the last round of matches and preview each match for the coming week, including showing the lineups. Before 2001 no footage of any AFL games could be aired by the show as the rival Seven Network held the broadcast rights and refused to allow the show to air footage in an attempt to stall the program's success. From 2002 until 2006, Nine had the rights to AFL broadcasts and footage was used liberally during the show. From 2007 they reverted to not using footage due to Nine having lost the rights to AFL broadcasting to the Seven Network and Network Ten until the end of the 2011 football season. From 2012 until 2019, footage was used from Fox Footy broadcasting all of the AFL games every weekend.

Former segments[edit]

  • Almost Football Legends - Formerly by Shane Crawford/Billy Brownless, Trevor Marmalade). Showcases local footy highlights (such as big marks, great goals, and unusual occurrences). Originally started so that some football footage will be shown. It became a talent quest with the winner receiving a prize, and some players featured in the segment (most notably Russell Robertson) have even been signed up by AFL clubs based on their performances.
  • Angry Al— Originally the Gary Coleman Medal, renamed the Gary Coleman Memorial Medal and then the Charlie Sheen Medal, and recently resurrected in homage to volatile Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson. A faux medal awarded to the AFL personality who lost their temper in the most major way in the previous week. Footage of other sport flare ups where also shown as 'nominations'.
  • Big Bill House - A one off segment which air on the show in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Was introduced in 2013 when Sam, Shane Garry got their centanty tips incorrect,all in the same round. Big Bill house featured challenges set by Big Bill (Billy Brownless) and are often humorous and stupid.
  • The Wheel (by Billy Brownless) - Brownless goes around to local footy clubs to have a competition where they won what would come up on the wheel. This segment come back in 2018 for only a couple of episodes.
  • Street Talk (by Sam Newman)—A satirical take on the vox pop by interviewing and making fun of various characters on the streets of cities around Australia. Brownless, Crawford or Brendan Fevola fill in as host of this segment when Newman was unable to fulfill his position.
  • The Footy Show Stakes (cartoon Andrew Fyfe) A satirical animation sending up the weekly events in football in the form of a house race (Formerly known as Fyfe’s Footy Flicks).
  • Sam's Mailbag by Sam Newman. Newman reads and answers letters from the show fans (even know it has really nothing to do with footy).
  • 2018 Sam’s Mailbag changed its name to social Sam reading social media post from the shows Facebook or Twitter or instagram and Sam’s own instagram or Twitter
  • Fyfe's Footy Flicks (by cartoonist Andrew Fyfe)—A satirical animation sending up the weekly events in football.
  • Mastermind (by Eddie McGuire)—Each week McGuire would have quiz someone.
  • Hatchet Jobs—Featured during 2006 towards the end of the show. Footage from coach interviews is chopped up and edited resulting in facetious one-liners.
  • House of Bulger—5-minute parody of daytime soap operas featuring Shane Crawford as Hank Bulger, and other presenters and AFL stars as recurring characters.
  • Bulger, MD—The sequel to House of Bulger, ending with Hank being shot dead by Dr. Pink (Nathan Brown) on the Grand Final show.
  • Shane's Mailbag—A simple mock of Sam's Mailbag that occurred occasionally in 2009. Crawford placed a sign in front of himself with the segment's name, whilst wearing a wide-brimmed hat & blowing a whistle.
  • Pillow Talk (by Brayshaw/Lyon)—Wives or girlfriends of AFL footballers are interviewed.
  • Under The Pump—A member of the panel would be asked poignant questions by other panelists and presenters, with a bike pump lowered above them for comedic effect.
  • That's What I'm Talkin' About (by Shane Crawford/Chris Sheedy)—Recurring segment in 2009. Crawford attempted to beat various Guinness World Records. Records that have been broken include kissing 96 people in 60 seconds and having 153 spiders crawl on his body for 30 seconds.
  • Pardon My Puzzle (by James Brayshaw/Garry Lyon)—Recurring segment in 2011. A sequence of images is displayed from which Newman and the panel must "piece together" the answer. Usually (but not always) they are the names of AFL players and coaches, and the images are deliberately amusing.
  • Hughesy's Spray (by Dave Hughes)—Involves Hughes attending a selected team's training and 'stirring them up' with humorous asides about their club and various players. This was similar to the BTG Super Spray (also done by Hughes on Before The Game)

Grand Final spectacular[edit]

Commencing in 1996, The Grand Final edition of the show was broadcast live from the Rod Laver Arena annually on the Thursday night before the AFL Grand Final in front of a crowd of around 12,000. The show includes the AFL Players Revue in which players dress up and dance to themes. It has included performances and cameos from players such as Shane Crawford, Brodie Holland, David Rodan, Brendan Fevola, Campbell Brown (footballer), Aaron Davey.


The Footy Show was nominated for the Logie Award for Most Popular Sports Program every year since 1996 (except 1999, when there was no Logie in this category).

Criticism and controversy[edit]

Sam Newman is the most controversial figure on The Footy Show and has been the subject of many complaints to the Nine Network.[citation needed] In May 2008, the Nine Network removed Newman from the show indefinitely following a controversy over allegedly sexist jokes.[6] He was reinstated soon after.

Newman has also had a number of well-publicised off-screen incidents that are often brought up during the show.

In 2015, there were questions raised after Sam Newman made remarks about Mitch Clark's depression issues.

International broadcast[edit]

The programme was currently shown in the United Kingdom and Ireland on Premier Sports the following night on Friday evenings at 8pm and Sky Sport in New Zealand at 10:30 p.m. Thursday Live.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Naghten, Tom (16 March 2019). "Neroli Meadows to co-host revamped AFL Footy Show in 2019". Sporting News. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ De Silva, Chris (16 March 2019). "Revamped AFL Footy Show line-up for 2019 revealed". Nine's Wide World of Sports. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Eddie McGuire announces massive changes for The Footy Show in 2019". Fox Sports (Australia). 7 December 2018. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  4. ^ Sutton, Ben (9 May 2019). "Channel Nine axes The Footy Show amid poor ratings". Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  5. ^ a b Welsh, Sophie; Garlick, Shelby (9 May 2019). "Channel Nine cancel The Footy Show". Herald Sun. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  6. ^ Laurie, Timothy; Hickey-Moody, Anna (2017), "Masculinity and Ridicule", Gender: Laughter, Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan Reference: 215–228

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