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01/02 Season - In Review

01/02 Season - In Review
A summary of broadcasting rights, presenters, commentators and key moments from the 2001/02 season.

Broadcasting Rights

Barclaycard Premiership
66 live games shown live on Sky Sports, usually Sundays 4pm and Mondays 8pm, plus occasional Saturday lunchtimes.

40 live games on Premiership Plus/ITV Sport Select, usually Sundays 2pm. Highlights moved to ITV who initially showed highlights at 7pm before moving to a more traditional slot, a separate highlights show also aired on Mondays.

FA Cup
Rounds 1 and 2, one live match on BBC, Sunday 1pm, and one live match on Sky Sports, usually Saturday teatime.

Rounds 3-6, two live matches on BBC, usually Sundays at 1pm and 7pm, and two live matches on Sky, usually Saturday 12pm and Sunday 4pm. One semi-final live on each channel, both showed the final live.

Worthington Cup
One live match per round on ITV Sport Channel, regional highlights on ITV. One semi-final live on ITV, other on ITV Sport Channel, final live on ITV.

Nationwide Football League
Live games on ITV Sport Channel and pay-per-view on ITV Sport Select. Live games also shown on all ITV regions except Tyne Tees (who only had two Football League clubs at the time, both in the bottom division).

Highlights shows for all three divisions on ITV Sport, regional highlights and Football League Extra on ITV (as well as occasional First Division goals on The Premiership). The First Division Play-Off Final was live on ITV.

UEFA Champions League
Tuesday games live on ITV Sport Channel and ITV Sport Plus, highlights on ITV. Wednesday games live on ITV and ITV Sport.

In the first week of second group stage, Liverpool vs Barcelona was live in all ITV regions on Tuesday, apart from Carlton who showed Deportivo vs Arsenal on Wednesday.

Manchester United's semi-final second leg, played on Tuesday, also shown live on ITV due to ITV Sport's imminent closure.

Ad hoc live matches on BBC1, BBC2 and Channel Five. The Final was screened on BBC2 due to no British interest.

Competitive home matches live on BBC and Sky, friendlies live on Sky with highlights on BBC. Only one away qualifier this season, vs Germany, which was shown live on BBC and Sky.

Other rights
Serie A aired on Channel Four but no live games this season, only highlights. Brazil and Argentina matches were screened live on ITV Sport. Iran vs Ireland live on BBC2. African Cup of Nations covered with nightly highlights and final live on BBC2.

Presenters and Commentators

Gary Lineker was the main presenter on live games and FA Cup highlights shows. Ray Stubbs hosted Football Focus, Final Score and lesser FA Cup games. Garth Crooks presented African Cup of Nations and makes a right mess of it.

Commentators John Motson and Barry Davies are joined by Steve Wilson, promoted to third choice after the departure of Jon Champion, whose first live game is the African Nations Cup Final.

Wilson's second game was an FA Cup Fifth Round tie between Everton vs Crewe a week, while Davies is at the Winter Olympics. This was only the second ever live FA Cup match on the BBC not to feature either Motson or Davies (after Sheffield United vs Aston Villa in 1995/96 with Clive Tyldesley).

John Motson commentated on FA Cup Final, Barry Davies on UEFA Cup Final. Simon Brotherton also goes to the African Cup of Nations. Tony Gubba commentated sporadically throughout the season.

Main co-commentator for the season is Trevor Brooking - Mark Lawrenson doesn't co-commentate at all, others used on the FA Cup are Joe Royle and Mick McCarthy.

Barry Davies commentated on all ninety minutes of Iran vs Ireland alone, and not from commentary box but sat on the side of the pitch. UEFA Cup match Varteks vs Aston Villa is possibly the worst match ever shown on TV.

Des Lynam presented Premiership highlights, live Champions League games and League Cup Final, Gabby Logan presented the Monday Premiership highlights (and most Sunday shows) and one leg of the live League Cup semi-final (Chelsea vs Spurs), making her the first woman to present live football on terrestrial TV.

Bob Wilson presented Champions League highlights, one Sunday Premiership and other leg of League Cup semi-final, Matt Smith presented Nationwide League Extra and First Division Play-Off Final.

Commentators Clive Tyldesley, Peter Drury, Peter Brackley and Guy Mowbray are joined by Jon Champion, defecting from the BBC. Jon Champion commentated on League Cup Final, Peter Drury on Play-Off Final, Clive Tyledsley on Champions League Final, all with Ron Atkinson.

Other co-commentators used this season on Champions League are David Pleat, Jim Beglin and, once, Bryan Hamilton.

Richard Keys presented live Premiership and FA Cup games, Marcus Buckland presented Premiership Plus. Martin Tyler remains number one commentator, with Alan Parry moving over to Premiership Plus, so Rob Hawthorne becomes Premier League number two after Football League moves to ITV Sport.

Andy Gray is main co-commentator, Brian Marwood co-commentated on Premiership Plus games.

Channel Five

Only a small number of live matches this season including Torpedo Moscow vs Ipswich and Inter Milan vs Ipswich (the BBC had the home legs).

Steve Scott presented, Jonathan Pearce commentated, often with Joe Royle or Peter Taylor.

ITV Sport
First match screened was Man City vs Watford, presented by Gabby Logan, others presented by Matt Smith, who also did the First Division highlights show.

Bob Wilson presented Premiership pay-per-view games. Clive Tyldesley commentated on opening match, Guy Mowbray is the regular main commentator, as well as the rest of the ITV team. Premiership coverage uses Alan Parry's commentary. Guy Havord also used regularly.

Writer:Steve Williams
Date:Monday October 4 2010
Time: 10:04PM

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