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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.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Friday April 20 2007
Time: 9:50PM


MOTD is a good show, they just need real pundits....
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?
20/04/2007 22:00:00
I am a girl and it would be strange even to me.
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.
20/04/2007 22:11:00
Let's see how she does first. Anything's better than John Motson.
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.
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.
20/04/2007 22:19:00
*reserve judgement!
20/04/2007 22:19:00
We best wind den, as if we lose I never usually watch MOTD.
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.
20/04/2007 22:20:00
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