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Football Focus: behind the scenes with Dan Walker and pals

14 March 2015 1:59 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

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

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Noel Gallagher answers Sunday evening call as Match of the Day 2 pundit

20 February 2015 6:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

• 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

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Noel Gallagher to Go Let It Out as Match of the Day 2 pundit this weekend

20 February 2015 5:36 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Noel Gallagher is a man who always has something to say - so he should feel right at home on Match of the Day 2.

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).

Gallagher has appeared on BBC Sport before, interviewing former City striker Mario Balotelli for Football Focus in 2012.

Balotelli reportedly insisted that Gallagher conducted the 15-minute interview, »

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