Danny Baker

14 By Ted  |   The Ball  |   November 1, 2010  |     11

Over the past few weeks on his Saturday morning show on Radio 5 Live, it’s been growing increasingly apparent that Danny Baker’s illness-enforced absences were probably for something a little more serious than anyone had hoped, but that doesn’t make the confirmation of it any less numbing or unpleasant.

There are understandably few details beyond the necessary at this point, which is only right and proper.  Typical, too… the mark of a man who broadcasts for the benefit of the Reithian values of information, education and entertainment rather than to try and thrust himself into the pink top world of the personality cult.

In all of the overblown, over saturated media coverage of football that has mushroomed beyond all expectations in the past twenty years, Danny Baker’s input has – by comparison at least – been small, yet his contribution has been inestimably significant.  No other journalist has anywhere near the same understanding of what it is about the sport that makes people devoted it, nor does any other broadcaster put this understanding across with the same knowledge, warmth, passion, generosity or wit.

Everyone here at Twohundredpercent sends Danny Baker our best wishes for a swift recovery and return to the airwaves.



  • November 1, 2010 at 1:38 pm


    Well said, Ted

  • November 1, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Tim Vickerman

    Absolutely. Get well soon, Danny! Can’t wait for your return to the airwaves! Saturday mornings won’t be the same without you.

  • November 1, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Chris Winter

    Nice article for the best talk radio host. Having moved to Canada from West London I need Danny Baker to keep my entertainment sanity. Lovely country – terrible radio. ‘Danny, get well soon. We all need you pal’.

  • November 1, 2010 at 5:51 pm


    I would love to hear the first few 606’s again, to find if they sound as startling now as they did then. It was his rudeness and bravery that took me aback, the po-faced reverence his colleagues treated football’s rulers with he didn’t give a stuff about. Sadly they became preoccupied towards the end with the antics of that groupie.

  • November 1, 2010 at 6:34 pm


    KT, there are one or two old 606s here, along with a bucketload of Baker & Kelly shows and podcasts from other days gone by. Personally, I can only echo what Nedward said earlier today:


  • November 1, 2010 at 6:45 pm


    Also worth remembering is The Internet Treehouse, there’s a veritable goldmine of stuff in here:


  • November 1, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Dermot O'Dreary

    Really saddened to hear the news today, all the best Danny.

  • November 1, 2010 at 8:43 pm


    Sad news, but best wishes to Danny. A very dignified and touching statement.

  • November 1, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    Albert Ross

    I can remember listening to Danny doing the Breakfast Show on Radio 5 (before it went Live) and thinking that here was a radio genius… Baker and Kelly Up Front also provided happy memories, and so has his Saturday Morning show. Here’s hoping that it will be running for many more years yet!

  • November 1, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    Stephen Campbell

    Well said. Get well soon Danny.

  • November 2, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    jasper pegrum

    utter legend, all the best and positive thoughts going your way sir

  • November 4, 2010 at 1:43 pm


    Quite. There are all sorts of things you could say against Danny Baker and yet if you piled them on top of one another they wouldn’t come near to balancing the good things. Best wishes to him.

  • November 6, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Tony Mac

    Here’s to a speedy recovery Danny. All the best

  • March 3, 2011 at 10:38 pm


    All the best, Danny. Been through it with my Dad, and it is scarey.Hope to ‘hear’ you again soon, Hubby misses you. xxx

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