“The Football League Show” – The Verdict


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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16 Responses

  1. Bored Statto with free time says:

    Oh god, I thought the woman in a toilet was some kind of euphemism.

    Hahahaha ‘An eye-catching opener’. I’ve just found the video.

  2. Sports Balls says:

    So true! It an eye-catching opener. It was hilarious though. lol

  3. HM says:

    If they cut out the e-mails and texts and less of the boring and not very good analysis, it could finish at about 12.30am instead of 1am so we could all have a bit more of a sleep!! It was also boring too. We’re watching it for the goals, not for analysis and e-mails

  4. Carruvers says:

    I felt like I was watching Crimewatch or Watchdog with a little Most Haunted thrown in. It was a format the BBC are comfy with but football fans dont want emails or artistic camera motion and eye catching sets. We just want to see the football. I do look forward to staying up till 12.30am to see “CrimeFootballLeagueWatchDog”. I wont have time to have nightmares as I will be getting up in a few hours.

  5. Joe Matthew says:

    I’m delighted by the decision of briging a new manager in to Norwich City so soon. Brilliant result today and hopefully we can keep that up.

    Joe Matthew

  6. sirjeet singh says:

    ooh great.. its about time the championship and league 1 have a propper show. great teams in the leagues such as middlesbrough, newcastle, leeds united, west brom. well in bbc =D

  7. Chris says:

    Well now we’ve had 3 of these shows and I know it’s easy to kick the BBC but lets be fair, they were bloody good. You said the BBC was a bit smug in the past but I don’t think that can be said about this show. I sort of agree about E Mails but even that got a lot better, some added info not just ‘We are going to win the League.’ Well done Auntie Beeb!

  8. Chris says:

    I think its terrable, the worst piece of football coverage on the planet.

    how can anyone moan about missing the championship in the morning it was on after 10 am God who ever don’t wake up before that dont love football enough.

    And the coverage was great, the commentry never told you when a goal was coming or anything they gave the viewer pure anticipation and also the show was rarely Bias, unlike ‘the football league show’

    Furthermore league 1 and 2 get far more coverage then they deserve, I personally dont think they have the prestige and havent earnt the right too be on for as long as they are and have analysis as well.

  9. Adam says:

    “how can anyone moan about missing the championship in the morning it was on after 10 am God who ever don’t wake up before that dont love football enough”

    Followed by;

    “Furthermore league 1 and 2 get far more coverage then they deserve, I personally dont think they have the prestige and havent earnt the right too be on for as long as they are and have analysis as well.”

    So basically you love football but only if it’s regarding your team and the division they’re in (i’m asssuming you support a championship side). What happens if your side gets relegated to League One? Do they suddenly become insignificant and undeserving? No doubt you complain about the money the Premier League clubs get and the coverage they enjoy as well, but of course that’s different isn’t it. I do like how you refer to 5 minutes discussing how great Leeds are as analysis as well, if anything the show is too bias towards the big clubs (surprise). It’s something you could maybe forgive Sky for to an extent, what with being purely driven by profits, the BBC though i’m not so sure.

    The coverage is far better than you used to see on sky’s ‘football league review’ though and we no longer have to suffer that moron reading facts off a clip board about various teams he knows nothing about. The Championship was ok, but like has been said, it never had a regular slot and looked fairly amateurish, truth be told. An improvement no doubt, but there are some things to address (the needless emails and texts bit for a start, most of which seem to come from the ‘knee jerk’ section of each clubs supporters, “sack the manager etc etc etc”).

    While we’re all bashing the Beeb actually, can we get Lee Dixon on MOTD as well as MOTD 2 please? That way we can have some actual tactical analysis instead of Hansen saying ‘look at this defending, terrible, look at this, terrible, look at this, terrible, repeat to fade’, Shearer reeling off ‘this boys got everything, pace, power bla bla bla’ and Lawro just making stupid one liners that frankly get pretty tiresome within the first minute of the show. That is not what so called professional pundits should be saying, they’re there to point things out that we may have missed as they apparently know the game better than us through their years of experience, not just point out the obvious. Ahh glad I got that off my chest, feels good, man.

  10. So Steve, got any more cliches? says:

    The Football League Show is shockingly bad.

    The only way they could possibly make it worse is by not showing action from the Football League which they kind of did, for a short while, on the first show with the ‘woman in the toilet’ interlude.

    The boring, manufactured, plastic commentary, the uninsightful, pathetic, platitude ridden analysis, the embarrassing and dispicable token interactivity, everything about it, except for the actual film of the football, is pure rubbish!

  11. tommyboy says:

    Being an Ipswich fan I refused to watch it till we won a game, so you understand it was only recently I had the opportunity to enjoy the show. Imagine my excitement as MOTD ended and the Football league show begun, within 5 seconds it was obvious my season continues its misery, as the titles are bad, really, really bad. As stated the set is from Crimewatch with an editorial approach that treats us like we are watching a digital music TV channel that runs badly spelled text messages at the bottom of the screen. This means the new broom BBC sports producer thinks we have the attention span of a village idiot (no tractor jokes please). I have complained to the football league with no reply and now I am going to track down the CREATIVE behind the sequence and demand an answer.

  12. Bantamite says:

    i said crimewatch within the first few minutes of it being on!

    its like a newsround version of a football show! bhasin is really grinding with that whine of his! ITV had the right idea – just stupid timing!

  13. dylan says:

    hi it dylan big forest fan good job today boyz and derby aka sheep lost you redss

  14. chip says:

    i said to my brother that it was a bit like newsround because it was so patronising to the average football fan – then i found out that lizzie actually used to present for newsround. WHAT ARE THEY DOING?

    Without Claridge, or Leo, it wouldnt be a show. OK, ok, football is for everybody and is a family game, but at the same time – no 9 year old is up at night watching this and over half of the football fans in this country are working class men. so trying to make it softer or more accessable is really just an invitation to make it both annoying and frankly boring. its flat, predictable, constantly trying not to offend (as if they could somehow?). Get rid of Lizzie’s bit (she’s cool but nobody cares about her emails and texts not even Manish and Steve in the background…). speed the whole show up – or if you do try and analyse then please concentrate on one team or aspect in lots of detail rather than skimping the details of every team – i’ve wasted so much time waiting to basically just hear them say the name of my team and grunt in a way that suggests that they have looked at the form table for 5 minutes. And Manish, well he’s nice but I have 2 things i dont like. firstly he’s a robot, isnt he? He seems to say the same thing with even the same intonation in his voice every week. The only time i saw him try and change it up a bit was when he started an episode coming through a door… and secondly, he doesnt have anything to do with football. this bugs me more than it does most people but when linekar is in the chair on MOTD i feel like he knows the ins and outs of the game a bit. Manish doesnt, he’s paid to sound like he does. Can you imagine what would happen if they swapped gary and manish one weekend? it wouldnt work would it. The show also needs a new set, you can sometimes hear the echo in their voices, bad bbc, bad, do it properly. I would LOV IT, LOVE IT! if they stopped messing around and treated us real football fans with more respect.

  15. Lewis says:

    All I am going to say is come on you saints you can do it!!

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