BHAFC Premier League Commentaries 2017/18

img_1598Brighton made their Premier League debut – and first top flight campaign for 34 years – in the 2017/2018 season. With this step up in opponents came a step up in television coverage. Every Premier League game receives a full commentary for the world feed and also for the BBC Highlights show Match of the Day, in addition to the separate commentaries used on the live matches selected by UK rights holders Sky Sports and BT Sport. The world feed commentaries are used by international broadcasters showing the games live, and are also deployed on the extended delayed coverage on Sky; 30 minute highlights of every non-live UK match as well as the best Saturday 3pm kick-off shown again in full at 8.30pm as ‘Game of the Day’. Sky Sports viewers in the Republic of Ireland have a bonus live Saturday 3pm match, so the opportunity to see the Albion in action here and around the world had never been greater.

Here are the full commentary details of Brighton’s debut Premier League season.

# Date Fixture H/A UK TV Live / World Feed Match of the Day
1 Sat 12th Aug Manchester City (L2-0) H BT; Darren Fletcher, Steve McManaman & Glenn Hoddle Jonathan Pearce
2 Sat 19th Aug Leicester City (L2-0) A Tony Jones & Don Goodman Steve Wilson
3 Sat 26th Aug Watford (D0-0) A Jonathan Beck & Tony Gale Guy Mowbray
4 Sat 9th Sept West Brom (W3-1) H Tony Jones & Don Goodman John Motson
5 Fri 15th Sept Bournemouth (L2-1) A Sky; Bill Leslie & Jamie Carragher John Roder
6 Sun 24th Sept Newcastle United (W1-0) H Sky; Rob Hawthorne & Andy Hinchcliffe Jonathan Pearce
7 Sun 1st Oct Arsenal (L2-0) A BT; Ian Darke & Martin Keown Simon Brotherton
8 Sun 15th Oct Everton (D1-1) H Tony Jones & Keith Andrews Jonathan Pearce
9 Fri 20th Oct West Ham United (W3-0) A Sky; Bill Leslie & Jamie Carragher Mark Scott
10 Sun 29th Oct Southampton (D1-1) H Sky; Bill Leslie & Alan Smith Steve Wilson
11 Sat 4th Nov Swansea City (W1-0) A Phil Blacker & Garry Birtles Conor McNamara
12 Mon 20th Nov Stoke City (D2-2) H Sky; Alan Parry & Andy Hinchcliffe No highlights
13 Sat 25th Nov Manchester United (L1-0) A Ian Crocker & Davie Provan Steve Bower
14 Tue 28th Nov Crystal Palace (D0-0) H Bill Leslie & Tony Gale Tony Husband
15 Sat 2nd Dec Liverpool (L5-1) H Alan Parry & Davie Provan Martin Fisher
16 Sat 9th Dec Huddersfield Town (L2-0) A Jonathan Beck & Keith Andrews Guy Mowbray
17 Wed 13th Dec Tottenham Hotspur (L2-0) A Martin Tyler & Tony Gale Simon Brotherton
18 Sat 16th Dec Burnley (D0-0) H Gary Taphouse & Garry Birtles Steve Wilson
19 Sat 23rd Dec Watford (W1-0) H Tony Jones & Keith Andrews Jonathan Pearce
20 Tue 26th Dec Chelsea (L2-0) A Gary Taphouse & Andy Walker Jonathan Pearce
21 Sat 30th Dec Newcastle United (D0-0) A David Stowell & Davie Provan Alistair Mann
22 Mon 1st Jan Bournemouth (D2-2) H Sky; Bill Leslie & Andy Hinchcliffe Jonathan Pearce
23 Sat 15th Jan West Brom (L2-0) A Daniel Mann & Garry Birtles Conor McNamara
24 Sat 20th Jan Chelsea (L4-0) H Sky; Alan Parry & Alan Smith Simon Brotherton
25 Wed 31st Jan Southampton (D1-1) A Tony Jones & Efan Ekoku John Roder
26 Sat 3rd Feb West Ham United (W3-1) H Ian Crocker & Davie Provan Jonathan Pearce
27 Sat 10th Feb Stoke City (D1-1) A Rob Palmer & Tony Gale Martin Fisher
28 Sat 24th Feb Swansea City (W4-1) H Phil Blacker & Iain Dowie Steve Wilson
29 Sun 4th Mar Arsenal (W2-1) H Sky; Alan Parry & Alan Smith Steve Wilson
30 Sat 10th Mar Everton (L2-0) A Gary Weaver & Davie Provan Steve Bower
31 Sat 31st Mar Leicester City (L2-0) H Gary Taphouse & Keith Andrews Tony Husband
32 Sat 7th Apr Huddersfield Town (D1-1) H Phil Blacker & Garry Birtles Steve Wilson
33 Sat 14th Apr Crystal Palace (L3-2) A Rob Hawthorne & Andy Hinchcliffe Jonathan Pearce
34 Tue 17th Apr Tottenham Hotspur (D1-1) H Sky; Martin Tyler & Davie Provan No highlights
35 Sat 28th Apr Burnley (D0-0) A Jonathan Beck & Keith Andrews John  Motson
36 Fri 4th May Manchester United (W1-0) H Sky; Rob Hawthorne & Gary Neville Jonathan Pearce
37 Wed 9th May Manchester City (L3-1) A Ian Crocker & Keith Andrews No highlights
38 Sun 13th May Liverpool (L4-0) A Sky; Martin Tyler & Gary Neville Steve Wilson

Matches 13, 15, 26, 30 & 33 were shown live on Sky in the Republic of Ireland only.

Matches 11, 13, 15 were shown delayed in full as the Game of the Day.

Final Premier League position; 15th [Key; WIN, DRAW, LOSE]

MNF 2017 Brighton


Sky Sports Match Choice 2017/18

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Match Choice provided 30 minute highlights of every single non-live Premier League game throughout the season. The title sequence was the same as the Live Super Sunday, Friday Night Football and Premier League Live intro, using Tom Grennan’s “Found What I’ve Been Looking For” as the theme tune. The titles feature each of the twenty Premier League teams with a stat, nickname or line of info about the club along with a player to represent them. This season Anthony Knockaert was the main man for the Albion. The programme itself just uses commentary, with no host or voiceover linking in and out. Graphics were the same as the Live Sky Sports set. Game of the Day followed the same pattern.

BBC Match of the Day 2017/18

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The Match of the Day titles used this season were similar to the set introduced in the previous season, with a few minor tweaks with updated players and teams. Each Premier League club featured in the intro sequence, and each of the day’s fixtures were incorporated in text form. Brighton were represented by club captain Bruno and grouped together with the two other South Coast teams Bournemouth and Southampton. The theme tune, as ever, was the regular MotD theme.

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The studio design had been the same for the previous couple of seasons, with Gary Lineker hosting on the left and his two pundits on the right. The red coloured panels behind the presentation team last season replaced the previous gold scheme retained after the show’s fiftieth anniversary celebrations in 2014/15. Above are Jermaine Jenas and Danny Murphy; other regulars used throughout the season included Alan Shearer, Ruud Gullit, Phil Neville, Ian Wright, Martin Keown, Kevin Kilbane and Frank Lampard. Graphics were tweaked for the new season with a yellow and white background and a sleeker wipe animation, with augmented reality providing virtual graphics all over the studio. These were used across the BBC Sport output.

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Match of the Day 2 on Sunday nights used the same studio and set, but with host Mark Chapman now sat in the middle with his two pundits either side of him. The titles were broadly the same as the main show, except Bruno was replaced by Anthony Knockaert, as most of the teams had a different representative for MotD2.


As an aside, due to the Albion’s progress in the FA Cup to the quarter final stage, here are the commentary details of that Cup run featuring two live games and two matches chosen for extended highlights.

FA Cup 2017

R3 Mon 8th Jan Crystal Palace (W2-1) H BT Live; Ian Darke & Adam Virgo
R4 Sat 27th Jan Middlesbrough (W1-0) A MOTD highlights; Vicki Sparks
R5 Sat 17th Feb Coventry City (W3-1) H MOTD highlights; Jonathan Pearce
QF Sat 17th Mar Manchester United (L2-0) A BT Live; Ian Darke & Steve McManaman. MOTD Steve Bower


The 2017/2018 season saw another 15 live matches for Brighton, in the process taking the historic total to more than 100 live UK televised games. A win over Crystal Palace in the FA Cup saw the first time VAR could be called upon if necessary for the club, for the stadium and the competition. The best away performance of the season was televised, courtesy of an outstanding, comprehensive victory over West Ham at the London Stadium. A big defeat of Arsenal in March goes down as a highlight. But the moment of the season was a famous victory over Manchester United in May, courtesy of Pascal Gross’ goal-line-technology-approved winner, ensuring the club’s Premier League status for a second season. Which means we get to do this all over again next year!

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