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If you're not that into football, you might want to avoid BBC channels on Saturday, May 30.
The BBC has announced plans to devote a whole day to Fa Cup final coverage, bringing back its tradition of dedicated programming for the football event.
Danny Cohen, the BBC's director of television, said: "The BBC has delivered so much unique Fa Cup programming to audiences since its return to BBC TV this season, it's only fitting to end the competition on such a high."
The full list of highlights is as follows:
BBC Breakfast (6.30am - 10am, BBC One)
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Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer has admitted he was “disappointed” and “surprised” with club captain Fabricio Coloccini’s bizarre open letter to supporters this week urging them to “support the team” during their crucial Premier League run in.
Sections of the Newcastle fanbase have protested against owner Mike Ashley in recent weeks and even staged a boycott of the club’s 3-1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur at St James’ Park last month.
Yet John Carver’s side have lost eight games in a row for the first time in the club’s Premier League history and the Magpies are just two points and three places above Sunderland, who are 18th, with three games remaining.
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And Shearer, who scored a club-record 206 goals in 405 appearances for Newcastle between 1996 and 2006, does not support the decision of the Magpies skipper to write to the support base, »
- Chris Waugh
Peter Robinson’s knowledge of the beautiful game leaves everything to be desired, so he’s the ideal man to hang with the ex-pros on the BBC’s football preview show
Villa Park. A 42,682-capacity stadium. Home to Aston Villa since 1897. The first English ground to stage international football in three different centuries. Various facts, each copied off Wikipedia on account of the fact that, while I know that my visit to BBC1’s pre-match magazine show Football Focus has brought me to the “hallowed turf” of a famous stadium, my knowledge of football leaves everything to be desired.
Happily, Football Focus’s charming anchor, Dan Walker, is willing to overlook my sporting ignorance when he joins me for a chat and a biscuit in one of several BBC outside broadcast trucks situated in Villa’s car park. He hobbles his way over: having snapped his achilles tendon, one leg’s in a cast. »
- Peter Robinson
• Former Oasis guitarist to appear on Sunday night show
• Gallagher follows in footsteps of Russell Brand, and Skinner and Baddiel
• Match of the Day’s funniest moments
Noel Gallagher will once again dabble in football punditry as a guest on the BBC’s Match of the Day 2 on Sunday. The former Oasis lead guitarist and Manchester City fan interviewed the club’s then striker Mario Balotelli for Football Focus in 2012, after the Italian agreed to give his first major interview in England to the BBC because it would be with Gallagher. The striker criticised the English media, saying: “They’re just lying, they don’t even know.” Gallagher will appear on Sunday night’s programme to discuss Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United, Everton v Leicester City and Southampton v Liverpool. Gallagher, who is preparing to release his second solo album, will also front a feature on City’s match against Newcastle, »
- Press Association
The High Flying Birds frontman and life-long Manchester City fan will join the show's regulars this weekend as a guest pundit - so consider this your 'Sunday Morning Evening Call'.
Gallagher will host a feature on his team's fixture against Newcastle United - if it doesn't work out for the Blues at the Etihad, he might be left asking 'Where Did It All Go Wrong', naturally.
The former Oasis star will also offer considered observations on Sunday's fixtures - Southampton v Liverpool, Everton v Leicester and Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham - giving him a national platform to 'Go Let It Out' (ahem).
Balotelli reportedly insisted that Gallagher conducted the 15-minute interview, »
5 items from 2015
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