BHAFC Premier League Commentaries 2018/19

img_1598Brighton kept their top flight status with a win against Manchester United in May 2017. As with last season, every Premier League game received 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, here and around the world, the Albion fight for another season amongst the country’s elite had never been greater.

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

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

Matches 22, 23 & 34 were shown live on Sky in the Republic of Ireland only.

Matches 4, 22 & 38 were shown delayed in full as the Game of the Day.

The 13 Live Premier League matches broadcast this season earned the Albion a whopping £15.7 million in TV income.

Final Premier League position; 17th                       [Key; WIN, DRAW, LOSE]

MNF 2018 Brighton


Sky Sports Match Choice 2018/19

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Match Choice provided 30 minute highlights of every single non-live Premier League game throughout the season. The title sequence again 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 for the second season running. The programme was now sponsored by Renault, replacing Nissan. 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. Replacing Brighton’s “Premier League Debut” of last year was simply “The Seagulls”, with Anthony Knockaert remaining 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 2018/19

MOTD 17-18 MOTD 18-19

The Match of the Day titles used this season again were similar to 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 last season’s key provider Pascal Gross 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 was kept the same as the previous few seasons, with Gary Lineker hosting on the left and his two pundits on the right. Above are Danny Murphy and Ian Wright; other regulars used throughout the season included Alan Shearer, Jermaine Jenas, Phil Neville, Ian Wright, Kevin Kilbane and Martin Keown. As with last season, Match of the Day 2 on Sundays was hosted by Mark Chapman sat centre of his two pundits. Graphics were the same as the previous season and World Cup 2018. As with last year, team line ups used images of the players and were laid out in formation.

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BBC Match of the Day 2 2018/19

MOTD2 titles 2018 MOTD2 Murray

Highlights of Sunday matches were broadcast on Match of the Day 2, shown on BBC One around 10.30pm each matchweek. The titles were a slightly modified version of the main show’s, with many clubs having a different player representing them on Sunday to Saturday. This season, Glenn Murray was the Brighton man featured in the MotD2 opening sequence. Once again, Mark Chapman was the regular host in the studio. He was sat in the middle of his two pundits, with the studio design adopting blue colours to contrast it with the orange on the main show. In the screenshot below, Chapman was joined by Ian Wright and Jermaine Jenas. The show utilised the regular pool of BBC pundits but also included guests from the world of football such as current and former managers, current players and footballers recently out of retirement such as Stephen Warnock and Matt Upson. The rest of the programme followed the familiar pattern with round ups of the previous day and a lighter look at the weekend. Graphics were the same as used on MotD.

MOTD2 Studio MOTD2 Stat


Due to the Albion’s progress to Wembley in the FA Cup, here are the commentary details of that Cup run. BBC Match of the Day broadcast highlights and goals from the FA Cup this season, many with full commentary edits. *However during our Round 3 & 4 matches, a voiceover report covered the limited highlights of the game whilst a longer edit featuring commentary was available on the BBC Sport website.

FA Cup 2017

R3 Sat 5th Jan Bournemouth (W3-1)


*World Feed; Gary Taphouse
R4 Sat 26th Jan West Brom (D0-0)


*BBC Online Highlights; John Roder
R4R Wed 6th Feb West Brom (1-1, W3-1 AET)


BBC Live; Steve Wilson & Kevin Kilbane
R5 Sat 16th Feb Derby (W2-1)


BT Live; Darren Fletcher & Adam Virgo MOTD Highlights; Robyn Cowen
QF Sun 17th Mar Millwall (2-2 AET, Win 5-4 on pens)


BBC Live; Jonathan Pearce & Jermaine Jenas
SF Sat 6th Apr Manchester City (L1-0)


BBC Live; Steve Wilson & Martin Keown


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