The Footy Show (rugby league)

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The Footy Show
The Footy Show (rugby league) logo.jpg
The Footy Show logo
Genre Sport/variety
Presented by Peter Sterling 1994-2006, 2010, 2016-present
Brad Fittler 2010-2011, 2016-present
Andrew Johns 2016-present
Darryl Brohman 2010-present
Theme music composer Kid Mac
Opening theme Times We Had
Ending theme Times We Had
Composer(s) Kid Mac
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 22
No. of episodes 623 (as of 27 August 2015)
Executive producer(s) Gary Basini
Glenn Pallister
Location(s) TCN-9 Willoughby, New South Wales
Running time 90 minutes (inc. adverts)
Original network Nine Network
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original release 1 September 1994 (1994-09-01) – present
Related shows The Sunday Footy Show, The Sunday Roast
External links

The Footy Show is an Australian Logie Award-winning sports variety television programme covering professional rugby league in Australia. It is shown on the Nine Network and is currently hosted by former rugby league footballer and commentator Paul Vautin and co-hosted by Erin Molan with various panellist, including Beau Ryan and Darryl Brohman. Having aired on Thursday nights since 1994, the programme is largely entertainment-based, with some football-related content included, such as previews of the weekend's fixtures and interviews with players.

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


Current presenters[edit]

  • Paul Vautin (1994–present, Main Host)
  • Darryl Brohman (2010–present, Co-Host)
  • Beau Ryan (2009–present) (regular appearance 2009-2014, co-host 2014 - present)
  • Erin Molan (2012–present) (regular appearance 2012 - 2013, co-host 2014 - present)
  • David Middleton (2013–present, Stats Man)
  • Joel Caine (2014–present, betting segment presenter)

Regular appearances[edit]

Former presenters[edit]



The NRL version of the show airs twice each week in the form of a:

  • Thursday night programme, shown at 8.30 p.m. AEST, and
  • Sunday morning programme, shown at 11:00 a.m. AEST

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 New South Wales, Queensland, Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory, the NRL version of The Footy Show is aired on Thursday evenings, and the AFL version would air later that night. In the AFL dominated states of Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania, the air time is reversed.

The Thursday night NRL version is based around variety with segments, bands and a serious discussion about current issues in the game and past/future match-ups.

Former segments included National Naan News (with Mahatir Mohammad), Daredevil Dudes, Going.. Going.., "Crack-a-Fat", One Versus One Directio, Their House (with Ryan Girdler), Reg Reagan and That's Gold. Crack-a Fat returned as a segment in 2013, while That's Gold returned in 2014.

Perhaps the most popular segment introduced on The Footy Show in 2010 is "Stuff You May Have Missed", a weekly wrap-up of bloopers that viewers may have missed during the previous NRL round plus many bloopers from various television programs, not just on Channel Nine but other stations. The segment was dropped in 2013.

Current (2015) segments on the show include "Kick or Grab", "The Footy Show Row Show", "The Molan Moles", "Beau Knows", "That's Gold", "Perfect Partners", "Stuff You May Have Missed", and "Player Probe".

The show's 500th episode aired on 11 August 2011.


The Sunday Footy Show is hosted by Peter Sterling, Andrew Johns and Brad Fittler, along with regular panellist Erin Molan. The show also includes "The Sunday Roast" hosted by Tim Gilbert.

In all AFL dominated states, The Sunday Footy Show is shown on delay at 2 p.m. on GEM which is immediately followed at 4 p.m. by Nine's broadcast of Sunday afternoon football (the telecast into SA was controversially cancelled in early 2014 but returned in late 2015). Before 2013, The Sunday Footy Show was not broadcast into the AFL dominated states.



The Footy Show debuted in finals week of 1994 at the same time as a sister program The Footy Show (AFL). The original hosts (in 1994) were 'Fatty' aka Paul Vautin, 'Sterlo' (Peter Sterling), and 'Blocker' (Steve Roach), with regular appearances by Ray Hadley. Contrary to what was seen on air, Hadley and Roach did not have a good relationship with the rest of the team, and both left at the end of the 1999 season for varying reasons. Hadley had become disillusioned as a result of the confirmation that the Super League competition would take place in Australia in 1997 (see Super League War). This meant that the Footy Show would be required to give fair coverage and discussion of both the Super League and ARL competitions during its broadcast. Hadley had been a stout supporter of the more traditional ARL, believing that Super League's agenda was backed by money and greed and was not prepared to lend his support to the rival competition, thus leading to his eventual departure from the show. Hadley left at the end of 1996, and returned to the show in 1998, before leaving for good. Roach, on the other hand, had been involved in an altercation, allegedly assaulting a heckler in a Sydney pub. Channel Nine, not wanting to condone such conduct and wishing to preserve its reputation, were quick to terminate Roach's contract as a result of his actions.

For two years, Vautin and Sterling presented the show by themselves, often with guest hosts such as Phil Gould, the Johns brothers (Andrew and Matthew), Ryan Girdler with his highly popular segment, Their House, the name a parody of the Australian TV programme Our House (a lifestyle programme).


In 2001, a contest was held to find a new co-host, via a parody of the hit show Survivor (also shown on Nine), and popular Newcastle premiership winning captain Paul Harragon, also known as 'Chief', was selected. In 2003, fellow former Knights player Matthew Johns joined as the fourth host, following the success of his appearances as alter egos Reg Reagan and Trent The Flight Steward the previous year. A new character, Randy Discotelli, based upon an American fitness instructor, was introduced in 2005.

Paul Harragon's introduction to the show brought popular segments such as 'That's Tops', which involves giving the 'thumbs up' sign with both hands simultaneously. 'That's Tops' ran from 2002 until the end of 2004. Mario Fenech, aka The Falcon, also appears often as a host. In 2005 'That's Gold' was introduced, a hand gesture which involves placing an upright clenched fist on an open palm; both gestures have become popular throughout Australia and New Zealand and are often 'performed' at NRL-related sports venues across the country (the That's Gold segment was re-introduced to the show in 2014).

In May 2005, due to declining ratings, former host Ray Hadley was invited back to the show. However, he declined this offer due to his radio commitments on 2GB. Rebecca Wilson was also invited to be part of the show and she accepted. However, Vautin and Sterling disapproved of this move due to personal reasons, and Wilson appeared for only one episode.

The show has spawned three "best of" video/DVDs, a compilation CD, the Reg Reagan All of Me DVD and the single "Am I Ever Gonna See the Biff Again?" by Reg Reagan and the Knucklemen (Reagan is a parody of a stereotypical ocker football players from the 1970s).

For a period of ten weeks in 2005, the show was hosted by Matthew Johns, due to head injuries suffered by Vautin while filming a comedy sketch for the show. Vautin returned in September 2005.

The Footy Show is more a variety show than a typical sports programme. This is evident through the many games that the members play such as Going, Going, GOOONE! and segments such as Daredevil Dudes. It was on one Daredevil Dudes segment where Vautin suffered his head injury when he fell and hit his head on a concrete gutter. Only one match is previewed in significant depth, it generally being the Friday Night showcase.

In 2007, Peter Sterling decided not to return to the show so he could concentrate on commentating. The show decided to keep the three hosts (Vautin, Harragon and Johns). In 2008, Laurie Daley joined the show as a fourth host.

In early 2009, it was announced that Paul Harragon had quit the show, Laurie Daley had returned to Foxtel (where he first began his television career) and Andrew Voss would join to replace the departing hosts. In May 2009, Matthew Johns was sacked by the network in controversial circumstances.


In 2010, the show underwent a format change. Andrew Voss was removed as host (but still remained on the show as a supporting presenter), and Paul Vautin was joined by three other hosts (Peter Sterling (who returned as a co-host after a three-year absence), Wendell Sailor and Darryl Brohman) who alternated their appearances weekly.[1] In 2011, Wendell Sailor and Peter Sterling left as hosts and the show returned to having three weekly hosts with Vautin, Brohman and Brad Fittler. 2012 has seen Fittler leave the show, and former test cricketer Michael Slater become co-host along with Vautin; Brohman was dropped off as co-host and replaced Andrew Voss as a supporting presenter (most notably presenting the segment "Stuff You May Have Missed"). He returned to being a co-host in 2013.

Michael Slater's place on the show has been questioned by fans who continue to ask why a former cricketer is the host of a rugby league oriented television show. Andrew Voss was replaced on the show after 2011 when he was sacked by Nine after comments he made about the statue of the stations lead rugby league commentator Ray "Rabs" Warren in Warren's home town of Junee.

Brisbane Footy Show[edit]

The Brisbane Footy Show was the original concept of an NRL Footy Show devised by the QTQ9 Production Manager John Evans. The show started in 1993 for two years before Channel 9 headquarters in Sydney believed it was a waste of money and resources to have different footy shows airing in different states. The Brisbane Footy Show started as a high-budget "live" show almost solely concerned with League discussion and a music act. The set was large, encompassing the entire of Studio B including a studio audience of more than 100, with a complete green floor (simulating grass) and a large set of goalposts. There were several areas where interviews were conducted, including "controversy corner" and the "bar room" as well as the main panel desk. The show was generally hosted by Chris Bombolas, Gary Belcher, Kevin Walters (doing Street Beat), Peter Jackson, Mario Fenech, Laurel Edwards and Steve Haddin with a weekly live cross from Sam Newman from the Channel 9 Melbourne AFL Footy Show, who would usually make sarcastic comments towards Mario Fenech. Today, the Sydney version is shown in Brisbane and Queensland.

The Footy Show Fight Night[edit]

The Footy Show Fight Night is a boxing event, with the inaugural event occurring on 31 January 2015, headlined by Sonny Bill Williams and his bout against Chauncy Welliver.The third fight night was as real as a $2 rolex (which Fenech would be able to determine its authenticity quite easily). It is the slow cooking death of Australian boxing by former boxing great and watch thief Jeff "Brick Top" Fenech, and the first Footy Show Fight Night was hosted by Erin Molan and Beau Ryan, with commentary from Ray Hadley and boxers Jeff Fenech, Danny Green and Anthony Mundine.[2]

Special editions[edit]

During May 2006, the town of Beaconsfield, Tasmania was rocked when news of two mine workers were trapped down a mine shaft. Miraculously, 34-year-old Todd Russell and 37-year-old Brant Webb escaped with aid from emergency workers. To celebrate, both the AFL and the NRL Footy Shows had a special programme dedicated to the two surivours. This included a cross to Eddie McGuire who held an interview with Brant and Todd.

In 2006, to celebrate the State of Origin decider—which was to be held in Melbourne for the first time in years—the two shows were filmed in adjoining rooms, in Nine Network Melbourne's complex. On the AFL Show, Fatty went over from the NRL Show to join as a guest for a few minutes. Upon his return, a quiz was held between AFL Show regulars Billy Brownless and Sam Newman, with Matthew Johns and Peter Sterling representing the NRL side. Most of the questions were about either the Melbourne Storm for the NRL boys, since it was a celebration of Melbourne Rugby League, and the Geelong Football Club who Newman and Brownless both played for in the AFL. The AFL boys won the quiz. Also during the show, Newman showed the two boys what he thought of their 2006 Logie by destroying a (presumably) fake Logie while Fatty was on their show.

In 2006, the AFL and NRL produced a special broadcast from Germany. This was to coincide with the Socceroos FIFA World Cup campaign. It was co-hosted by Eddie McGuire and James Brayshaw. Unlike the traditional versions, the special was solely based around the Socceroos' World Cup Campaign.

In July 2014, The Footy Show was broadcast from the Newcastle Entertainment Centre in the lead up to the "Rise for Alex" round in support of 22-year-old Newcastle Knights player Alex McKinnon who had suffered a career ending neck injury earlier in the season which has (currently) confined him to a wheelchair. As the show was in Newcastle, guests included former Footy Show presenter and current Knights CEO Paul Harragon, as well as other Knights legends Andrew Johns and Danny Buderus. Newcastle coach Wayne Bennett also appeared for the first time on the show. The show featured interviews Erin Molan had conducted with both McKinnon and Bennett.


The Logie Award for Most Popular Sports Program has been going on since 1996 (except 1999 where the award was not given out). The show has won or been nominated every year since this award has been out.

Logies won:

  • 9 times (2000, 2005–07, 2009–10, 2013-15)

Logies nominated:

It has also been nomitated for:

Criticism and Controversy[edit]

The Footy Show has attracted criticism for its often crass, low-brow humour[3] and been accused of "celebrating" alcohol in sport. The programme once featured alcohol advertisements throughout, and alcohol advertising on the set. The show has also received its share of criticism for its lowbrow humour and poor productions values.[4]

The Sunday Footy Show[edit]

International broadcast[edit]

The programme is currently shown live in New Zealand on Sky Sport.

Due to the time difference the show is broadcast on tape delay in the United Kingdom on Premier Sports and in the Republic of Ireland on Setanta Sports. It normally airs at 10pm on Thursday night, although Premier and Setanta will sometimes show the programme earlier in the day in an early evening slot, as well as the 10pm showing.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rothfield, Phil (March 2010). "Channel Nine dumps Andrew Voss from Footy Show for Sami Lukis, Wendell Sailor and Mario Fenech". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 3 July 2010. 
  2. ^ JAMES HOOPER. "Channel Nine backs Sonny Bill Williams versus Paul Gallen superfight". THE DAILY TELEGRAPH. Retrieved 29 January 2015. 
  3. ^ Headon, David (October 1999). "Up From the Ashes: The Phoenix of a Rugby League Literature" (pdf). Football Studies Volume 2, Issue 2. Football Studies Group. Retrieved 7 July 2009. 
  4. ^ The Australian newspaper, 31 March 2007 Story: "The time has come to end glamourising alcohol sponsorship"[1]

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