Better ‘Late’ than never..

The BBC’s new regional coverage of the Football League is, in my opinion, the very format The Football League Show at weekends should be.  Less of the aimless wandering around a late night office, and very much like the Match of the Day 2 format.  I think the industry call it more of a ‘magazine’ show – whatever that means.  The presenter, Manish Bhasin, talks more about it in The Evening Post here, and comes across very well I thought – it must grate having to smile as you describe your team being annihilated 5-1 by a hated rival!

Either way, it means that Manish Bhasin – who despite his Leicester-affiliations is a decent presenter – gets to sit down on a settee with panelists who vary.  Whilst Steve Claridge is very knowledgable, there isn’t much charisma there – a bit of variety would be nice.  Even the cartoon villain Robbie Savage being present wasn’t too much of a problem, a sly ‘Notts Forest’ was more than made up for by Bhasin forcing him into admitting Forest were ‘fantastic’ and surely ‘deserved favourites for promotion’.  That must’ve been horrible.

It does rather make you question the conflict of interests in a current player punditing, but then Billy Davies was a guest of Sky for Newcastle’s game against West Brom – and came across very well I thought.  The game worked out well too, personally I didn’t think any result on the night would be without advantages for us – but perhaps both sides dropping points is preferable from our position in between them.  West Brom can recapture second with a win over Blackpool in their game in hand, but only on goal difference.

Back to ‘Late Kick Off’ – it worked well for me, features and interviews – even though Forest weren’t featured – were interesting, and it was great to see how many mentions we got spontaneously despite not being a featured team!  The proof of the pudding will be in next weeks show – I saw the dreaded email address and text number advertised, please don’t ruin what promises to be excellent regional football coverage with a godawful “and now, over to Lizzie with your emails and texts!” feature.

Those of you who missed it, or are in the UK but not the midlands, you can catch up with BBC’s iPlayer.  For those ex-Pats or Reds from far and wide out there, I’m afraid you’ll need to have a scout about for torrents or similar.

14 Responses

  1. I think that was the first time I have seen BD act as a pundit for a match since he joined the Redsand I too thought he came over well. I would expect him to feature on occassions at that was an appropriate match to do so – plus it saved him sitting outside!! However, I don’t think you can compare that to Lilly who is popping up on TV and Radio all the time. Clearly in the twilight of his playing career he is trying to do a Lineker and to be fair he came over well too in the prog last night. However, if I were a Mutton then I would be a little concenred at the level of distraction with all these appearance but in my case, if it make matters worse for them, then great. As for the show, the jury is still out for me but I agree that it was better to not have the ‘godawful Lizzie section’.

  2. Just a quick note, for some silly reason the iplayer is only giving a link to the London edition of the programme for some reason, however there are ways and means of watching the whole programme if you’re creative enough with Google. Well worth a watch.

  3. lizzie greenwood-hughes is enough reason to watch it in my books…..

  4. It was total tosh! But I haven’t seen it yet…so who am I to comment!


  5. As I said in your previous blog, TVU will give the show as I watched it in Venezuela.

  6. You can see the whole thing here

  7. For those of you who live outside the East Midlands, but have Sky – you can watch (and record) future programmes via Channel 980.

  8. Y would anyone want to watch the BBC’s love-in with the ewe tubes and anything to do with them? What has masterclough done at direby? Who cares what lily the fag thinks?

    Really get a grip all of you?

  9. You can watch the show wherever you are in the country via the “late kick off ” specific website; ( ) , which has all the regional variants of the show on it. So even us London reds can tune in.

  10. perch to the toon ????……..

  11. If you are outside the east midlands, but you have sky, use channel 980, bbc1 east mids. Works fine!

  12. The Geordies seems to think they’ll get him for £500k.I’d be gutted – he’s a class act and now shoreys gone gunts can go to the left. Also Pompey offered £1.5m in the summer

  13. It really is silly season with Calderwood thinking Billy will release one of our best versatile players.
    Perchy, as with the rest of our squad, is going nowhere !!!

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