Ian Payne

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Post by txwharfrat » Wed Aug 30, 2006 8:34 pm

is he doing any live games any more?



Whenever I turn on SSN he seems to be on there all the time nowadays!

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Post by Johnnie » Thu Aug 31, 2006 10:33 am

I think he was assigned to FA Cup games...

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Post by txwharfrat » Thu Aug 31, 2006 1:21 pm

oh OK Johnnie - do you know whether he'll be doing any other competitions e.g. Carling Cup, England U21 internationals?

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Post by bouncebackability » Thu Aug 31, 2006 2:55 pm

I would imagine he will do pretty much the same live output as last season; U-21's, FA & Carling Cup etc. Although this month he hasn't done any live matches, missing out on an U-21 match & a Carling Cup tie, I think he will be back for the Carling Cup 2nd Rd matches next month. If he has been taken off live matches altogether, at least he went out on a high with a truly great FA Cup Final.

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Post by me » Sat Sep 02, 2006 7:08 am

Wish they could go back to Ian doing Monday Night Football with the Fanzone but I gather BBC tried to poach Jeff Stelling away in the summer of 2005 and they decided Jeff do Monday Night Football instead

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Post by Johnnie » Sat Sep 02, 2006 7:10 am

Jason1970 wrote:Wish they could go back to Ian doing Monday Night Football with the Fanzone but I gather BBC tried to poach Jeff Stelling away in the summer of 2005 and they decided Jeff do Monday Night Football instead





I think it was ITV..



I noticed Jim White was presenting the under 21 international games tonight (Friday)

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Post by bouncebackability » Sun Sep 03, 2006 2:43 am

BBC wanted Jeff to do Score and ITV wanted him for the World Cup, Sky wanted (rightly) to keep him so gave him MNF.



No surprise that Jim White was doing yesterday's Scotland match, he normally does. I should have put the England U-21's in my previous post, as that is what Payne has covered for the last couple of seasons.

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Post by txwharfrat » Sun Sep 03, 2006 1:58 pm

the funny thing is, they gave him a new contract and MNF to keep him at Sky, but this season they've all but axed games on a Monday night and i think Monday matches will be on Setanta from next season, so he's back to where he started really!



this stuff about the BBC wanting him is news to me - it was ITV who publically courted him (and Richard Keys) as they had a new boss is isn't very keen on Gabby - it looks like they've replaced her with Steve Rider on their Champions League coverage this season.

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Post by bouncebackability » Sun Sep 03, 2006 6:10 pm

Yeah, although I believe Gabby has got the UEFA Cup.

The BBC tried to poach Jeff around December time of last year, although it was a half-hearted attempt. ITV were much more serious about it.



Hopefully from next season with less and less Monday matches (possibly a new regular Football League slot??) Jeff will be able to do midweek Soccer Specials. It ain't the same with Rob McCaffrey



Also, Ian Payne was presenting Sports Saturday on SSN this afternoon and from the couple of hours I saw, he did quite a good job.

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Post by xxx » Mon Sep 04, 2006 8:30 pm

Yes, I also think that maybe Ian Payne could take over the midweek Soccer Specials from Rob McCaffrey, not much of a fan of his.

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