BBC5 Live from the museum
Special 2 hour radio commentary celebration broadcasts from the museum0
BBC 5 Live Sport and BBC Regional Radio stations around the country were united for a special live programme from the National Football Museum last night (Monday 28 May).
The BBC Radio Football Commentary Collection was broadcast to celebrate 85 years of football commentary on the wireless. Host Colin Murray was joined at the museum by Manchester United's 1968 European Cup-winning goalkeeper Alex Stepney and Manchester City great Mike Summerbee as well as 5 Live's John Murray and commentary legend Stuart Hall.
The 2 hour long show was the first time all the BBC regions had come togther to simultaneously broadcast one show. Listeners were treated to some of the defining moments in the BBC archive, with the historical taking its place alongside the hysterical as were heard how the clipped tones of George Allison in 1928 gave way to the likes of Raymond Glendenning and Peter Jones. Alan Green's commentary on the dying seconds of the 1999 Champions League final had the hairs standing up on the necks of the Manchester United fans in the audience, while everyone could feel a pang of sympathy for BBC Radio Wiltshire's Stuart Mac as he broke into tears following a 7-0 defeat to Bolton.
Over the coming weeks every BBC regional radio station will be nominating three classic moments of commentary for each of the 92 league clubs to take their place here in the museum.
The show is available to listen again on BBC iPlayer until Monday 4 June.
The BBC Radio Commentary Collection is at the National Football Museum, with thanks to
- The Football Association
- The Premier League
- The Football League
- The Football Conference