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Two Upfront On Match Of The Day

Last night my wife got the rare chance of a bit of internet time as I relaxed on the sofa in the company of the worlds favorite shark.

Many years ago I developed quiet a talent of not listening to the Mrs yet still being able to quote her should the situation require.

As I watched Jaws tuck into a couple of American teens (why couldn't you scran that screaming cow on the boat?) the wife babbled on with the usual clap trap, until she uttered the words 'female commentator'.

For once she had my attention.

Now before I carry on I am in no way a sexist bloke, I believe all women are capable of doing most jobs that don't include driving!!

As it transpires, a lady by the name of Jacqui Oatley will become the first ever female commentator on the BBC's Match of the day tomorrow as she takes charge of the Fulham vs Blackburn game.

I realise we are in a time of change, where nothing can stand still, but I am the only one who will find it strange to have a women commentating? I'm not saying it's bad, just strange.

Some of the key moments in football have been preserved for ever in history by the immortal voices of football commentators. Would life be still the same had a woman uttered the famous words 'And Arsenal come streaming forward in what will surely be their last attack. A good ball by Dixon, finding Smith, to Thomas, charging through the midfield.......IT'S UP FOR GRABS NOW!!!'.

I think I may struggle with it for a while, indeed I'm still not comfortable with a Scouser commentating on our games.

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday April 20 2007

Time: 9:50PM

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MOTD is a good show, they just need real pundits....
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20/04/2007 21:57:00

What to say? This will be strange to say the least, but I thought woman commentary is for woman football and man for mens football? This ain't got nothing to do with the fact BBC1 has lost its live tv rights for 2008?
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20/04/2007 22:00:00

I am a girl and it would be strange even to me.
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20/04/2007 22:09:00

I'm glad to hear I'm not alone kidK, I'm not sure they have the required vocal tones to pull it off, especially when there's a particularly dramatic moment.
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20/04/2007 22:11:00

Let's see how she does first. Anything's better than John Motson.
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20/04/2007 22:15:00

I wonder if she will scream out in ecstasy when someone sticks one in?! Seriously il confirm judgment until ive heard her commentate.
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20/04/2007 22:19:00

The art of commentating died with Brian Moore. Nobody can/could capture the feeling of a game like dear old Brian. I'll certainly be tuning in though to see how she gets along.
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20/04/2007 22:19:00

*reserve judgement!
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20/04/2007 22:19:00

We best wind den, as if we lose I never usually watch MOTD.
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20/04/2007 22:19:00

Pity she can't replace Andy Gray on Sky! It's okay for you guys who are lucky enough to see the games live. Unfortunately the rest of us have to endure that man's bag of over used cliches and fly ridden bull**** every match. I would turn the sound off, but I love listening to the funny p*** taking chants that fly back and forth between the supporters during the game.
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20/04/2007 22:20:00

I bet I would make a good comentary. although not in english :P
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20/04/2007 22:52:00

flv...."take a bow son!"
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20/04/2007 22:54:00

lol Cheers Ice! That's just enough to send me over the edge! Watch the news tomorrow and you'll see me hanging from the Severn Bridge 8-)
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20/04/2007 23:05:00

does anyone remember when andy gray went bonkers when errard scored against olympiacos that was hillarious !
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20/04/2007 23:05:00

I hope she won't be as bias as some of the commentators we have now.
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20/04/2007 23:07:00

Swift-ee "yooooouuuu beauty" was the call I belive!
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20/04/2007 23:20:00

Sorry, but the article title has got to be praised, great work. :D
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21/04/2007 00:26:00

I agree with you simmy, and how apt is the photo that accompanies the article showing two tits and a fanny. 8-)
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21/04/2007 00:48:00

how old is that picture :D im just going to wait and see how she does than have a rant about it.
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21/04/2007 01:12:00

I'd have to say it is a bit strange, Rocky. But I want to withold any judgment till we see how she does. Now this is a side question, but a while back there was some controversy regarding a female linesman in the 2nd league was it? How would you feel about a female linesman in the premier league? Oh, and I dunno about the women you're around, but all the girls I know are great drivers! :P
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21/04/2007 01:59:00

My point is...we need an unbiased commentator...and if a woman can fill those boots it would be an example to the current crop of idiots. Its would definitely be something different but I think most people are thinking of a Suprano voice here. I don't think she's going to be shrill. Lets see what comes of it. of luck to Oatley. :D
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21/04/2007 08:36:00

What makes a great commentator? I'd say a sound knowledge of the game, both present and historical, so that there's always something to say when there's not much going on on the pitch (eg if chelski is playing). Also a charismatic voice, such as Martin Tyler or that crazy english gent on bbc 5live. Furthermore, an objective approach to the match, regardless of the teams playing. These are the criterion upon which we should judge, and there are plenty of male commentators that fail the test...
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21/04/2007 09:51:00

Women commentators would sound plain wrong...
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21/04/2007 10:49:00

I'd say after the death of Brian Moore, Martin Tyler became the best commentator on the box, it's just a shame he has to be accompanied with that w@nker Gray.
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21/04/2007 10:54:00

Well, I've heard female commentary for cricket, and it sounded good to me, coz she knew what she was saying. Compared to the nonsense we have now for football, I think its high time this happened. I hope she knows what she is talking abt though, coz there will be more focus on her.
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21/04/2007 16:20:00

i must admit that i didnt enjoy the female presenter on match of the day last week,was it gaby roslind?
fran merida
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21/04/2007 21:59:00

na it was gabby logan,she was rubbish in my opinion
fran merida
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21/04/2007 22:05:00


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