Match of the Day 2

Match of the Day 2
Match of the Day 2
MOTD2 logo.png
Match of the Day 2 logo
Format Sports highlights
Presented by Colin Murray (2010-)
Adrian Chiles (2004-10)
Country of origin United Kingdom
Running time Varies
Original channel BBC Two
Original run August 2004 (2004-08) – present
Related shows Match of the Day
Football Focus
Final Score
The Football League Show
External links

Match of the Day 2 (otherwise known as MOTD2 or MotD2) is a football highlights programme shown on BBC Two in the United Kingdom. It was created in 2004 when the BBC regained the right to broadcast Premier League highlights.

Broadcast on Sunday evenings, usually later than 10 p.m., it is advertised as a "light-hearted look at the Premier League's action", referring to its more fan focused presentational style than the Saturday night version. Launched with an anchor of Adrian Chiles and analysis from two pundits. Adrian Chiles became popular in this role. In 2010 he was replaced by Colin Murray who left Channel 5 to take up the position at the beginning of the 2010/11 season and to also host the BBC World Cup coverage in 2010. [1]. Like its sister programme, it is broadcast from MediaCityUK in Salford Quays on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal in Greater Manchester.



The show features fewer games than Match of the Day due to there being fewer fixtures on a Sunday, therefore the latter half of the show is dedicated to recapping Saturday's action.

The programme follows a similar format to Match of the Day, with highlights of the days football followed by post match interviews and tactical analysis from the pundits.

Former Arsenal defender Lee Dixon is the staple pundit on the show as opposed to Alan Hansen of the Saturday night edition.

He is usually joined by a current/former manager such as Neil Warnock or Lawrie Sanchez or a current/former player such as Danny Murphy or Robbie Savage.

Occasionally when there is a big match Alan Hansen or Mark Lawrenson will feature alongside Lee Dixon. Previously on MOTD2 Gordon Strachen and Gavin Peacock featured as guest pundits but have since left the show.

The show originally featured a "Top 5" countdown based around a current event or a guest pundit on the show, such as "Worst Haircuts", "Shocking refereeing decisions" or "Golden Oldies". This was replaced by "2 Good, 2 Bad" which offered a humorous look at the goings on of the football weekend in England, such as embarrassing gaffes, unusual celebrations, intimacy between players and managers or supporters falling asleep.

Occasionally, the show features comical animations of rival managers or players, for example a mock up boxing match between former Manchester City manager Mark Hughes and new manager Roberto Mancini.

Since Colin Murray took over from Adrian Chiles, the 2 good 2 bad theme has not appeared in the same capacity, however at the end of each show Murray usually looks at something he has noticed from a game or off-field event in a similar format to 2 good 2 bad.


In March 2009, Alan Pardew was condemned for his own gaffe on the show when he seemed to say that Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien had "absolutely raped" Manchester City player Ched Evans during a midfield tussle for the ball.[2][3]

Selected pundits

Occasionally footballers who are still playing with a Premier League team are invited onto the show to express their views. They usually have played on Saturday, therefore allowing them to appear on Sunday night. These have included D.J. Campbell, Clarke Carlisle, Brad Friedel, Marcus Hahnemann, Danny Murphy, Graeme Murty, Linvoy Primus, Jason Roberts, Paul Robinson and Robbie Savage as well as Serie A star Clarence Seedorf. Notable managers such as Gordon Strachan, Chris Coleman, Alex McLeish, Roberto Martinez, Slaven Bilić, David Moyes, Alan Curbishley and Phil Brown have also appeared as pundits on the show.


External links

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