BHAFC Premier League Commentaries 2019/20

img_1598Brighton just about scraped their way to safety following a dismal run towards the end of the 2018/19 campaign, surviving over Cardiff by just two points. Manager Chris Hughton seemingly paid the price as he was sacked the morning after the season concluded. Swansea boss Graham Potter was the chosen one to replace him for the Albion’s third successive top flight season. 2019 saw the start of a new Premier League broadcasting contract, with Sky and BT remaining as the dominant partners. Also entering the fray were online streaming giants Amazon, who held the rights to show two midweek rounds in full Live. Whilst the money from this domestic deal was slightly down on the previous one, there was a significant increase from overseas broadcasters making the Premier League once again an embarrassment of riches. Sky no longer held rights in Ireland but did continue to show all non-Live matches in thirty minute highlight form, meaning every game enjoyed full commentary.

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

# Date Fixture H/A UK TV Live / World Feed Match of the Day
1 Sat 10 Aug Watford (W3-0) A Tony Jones & Tony Gale Mark Scott
2 Sat 17 Aug West Ham (D1-1) H Guy Havord & Tony Gale John Roder
3 Sat 24 Aug Southampton (L2-0) H Gary Taphouse & Keith Andrews Simon Brotherton
4 Sat 31 Aug Manchester City (L4-0) A David Stowell & Keith Andrews Martin Fisher
5 Sat 14 Sep Burnley (D1-1) H Guy Havord & Andy Walker Robyn Cowen
6 Sat 21 Sep Newcastle (D0-0) A Sky; Bill Leslie & Alan Smith Guy Mowbray
7 Sat 28 Sep Chelsea (L2-0) A Gary Taphouse & Tony Gale Jonathan Pearce
8 Sat 5 Oct Tottenham (W3-0) H BT; Darren Fletcher & Glenn Hoddle Simon Brotherton
9 Sat 19 Oct Aston Villa (L2-1) A Rob Palmer & Iain Dowie Jonathan Pearce
10 Sat 26 Oct Everton (W3-2) H Gary Taphouse & Andy Walker Conor McNamara
11 Sat 2 Nov Norwich (W2-0) H Guy Havord & Garry Birtles John Roder
12 Sun 10 Nov Manchester United (L3-1) A David Stowell & Iain Dowie Conor McNamara
13 Sat 23 Nov Leicester (L2-0) H Guy Havord & Davie Provan Simon Brotherton
14 Sat 30 Nov Liverpool (L2-1) A David Stowell & Davie Provan Steve Wilson
15 Thu 5 Dec Arsenal (W2-1) A Amazon; Clive Tyldesley & Alan Shearer Mark Scott*
16 Sun 8 Dec Wolves (D2-2) H Sky; Bill Leslie & Andy Hinchcliffe Simon Brotherton
17 Mon 16 Dec Crystal Palace (D1-1) A Sky; Bill Leslie & Alan Smith No highlights
18 Sat 21 Dec Sheffield United (L1-0) H Gary Taphouse & Andy Walker Tony Husband
19 Thu 26 Dec Tottenham (L2-1) A Amazon; Guy Mowbray & Glenn Hoddle Guy Mowbray
20 Sat 28 Dec Bournemouth (W2-0) H Sky; Martin Tyler & Alan Smith Steve Wilson
21 Wed 1 Jan Chelsea (D1-1) H BT; Peter Drury & Glenn Hoddle Simon Brotherton
22 Sat 11 Jan Everton (L1-0) A Rob Palmer & Davie Provan Martin Fisher
23 Sat 18 Jan Aston Villa (D1-1) H Gary Taphouse & Davie Provan Steve Wilson
24 Tue 21 Jan Bournemouth (L3-1) A Rob Palmer & Garry Birtles Tony Husband
25 Sat 1 Feb West Ham (D3-3) A Tony Jones & Keith Andrews Simon Brotherton
26 Sat 8 Feb Watford (D1-1) H BT; Ian Darke & Jermaine Jenas Jonathan Pearce
27 Sat 22 Feb Sheffield United (D1-1) A Rob Palmer & Keith Andrews Alistair Mann
28 Sat 29 Feb Crystal Palace (L1-0) H BT; Darren Fletcher & Martin Keown Jonathan Pearce
29 Sat 7 Mar Wolves (D0-0) A Rob Palmer & Keith Andrews Jonathan Pearce
30 Arsenal H
31 Manchester United H
32 Norwich A
33 Liverpool H Sky;
34 Manchester City H Sky;
35 Southampton A
36 Newcastle H
37 Leicester A
38 Burnley A

Matches 10 & 14 were shown delayed in full as the Game of the Day.

*Goal clips with commentary were shown on Football Focus as MOTD aired the night before match 15.

The season had a temporary break with all football postponed from 13th March due to the global outbreak of the coronavirus.

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

The Amex as seen on Premier League Match Pack

Sky Sports Match Choice 2019/20

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Match Choice provided 30 minute highlights of every single non-Live Premier League game throughout the season. There was a new title sequence for this campaign, used across the Live Super Sunday, Friday Night and Saturday Night Football shows; soundtracked as the theme tune by Labrinth’s “Something’s Got to Give”. The programme remained sponsored by Renault. The titles featured each of the twenty Premier League teams with a player posing behind the team name representing them. With Anthony Knockaert leaving the Albion for Fulham, he was replaced after two seasons on Sky’s titles by Jose Izquierdo. With the winger out injured for the majority of the season, Pascal Gross was edited in to replace him on the Live coverage from December. The programme itself just uses commentary, with no host or voiceover linking in and out. Graphics were the same as this year’s Live Sky Sports set, which in itself were a tweaked version of the previous season’s graphics. Game of the Day followed the same pattern.

BBC Match of the Day 2019/20

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Match of the Day went through an overhaul of its look this season, with all football related programming now being presented via a fully virtual ‘stadium studio’. This enabled the background to constantly change according to the discussion at the time. Some things should never change though, and thankfully that familiar theme tune remained in the titles. 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 both a flying seagull (above, bottom left) and then star striker Glenn Murray (above, bottom right), who stood alongside Harry Kane near the end of the sequence.

MOTD 19-20 Live link up MOTD Studio 360 19-20

The studio in Salford incorporated 360 degree virtual reality technology for the first time. Gary Lineker hosted on the left with his two pundits on the right. Pictured above are Alan Shearer and Ian Wright; other regulars used throughout the season included Danny Murphy, Jermaine Jenas, Phil Neville, Kevin Kilbane and Martin Keown as well as newcomers Peter Crouch, Micah Richards, Tim Cahill and Karen Carney. Graphics were unchanged from the last couple of seasons. Team line ups used images of the players laid out in formation if it was a main game, shorter highlights edits had the player pictures animate on the lower third of the screen. Lineker would often speak to one manager after the match (above, top left) via videolink, with the commentators conducting the rest of the chats.

MOTD 19-20 MOTD Brighton Background 2019 MOTD line up 2019 MOTD Line ups 2019

BBC Match of the Day 2 2019/20

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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, new signing Neal Maupay was the Brighton man featured in the MotD2 opening sequence fresh from his debut goal. 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 virtual stadium seating colours to contrast it with the red on the main show. In the screenshot below left, Chapman was joined by Tim Cahill and Danny Murphy. The show utilised the regular pool of BBC pundits listed above but also included guests from the world of football such as current and former managers, current players and footballers recently out of retirement. Additionally, semi-regular pundits who didn’t tend to appear on the main show did on MotD2 and the FA Cup highlights; Mark Lawrenson, Dion Dublin, Alex Scott, Jon Walters and Leon Osman. 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.

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VAR; Video Assistant Referee

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The use of VAR was introduced to all Premier League matches from the beginning of the season, having been trialled in the FA Cup and League Cup in the previous year or two and at the FIFA World Cup in Russia 2018. This was given its own graphics and font used across all broadcasters worldwide. Although there were teething problems and a lack of clear communications, VAR was implemented to aid the on-field referee using replays and various angles and graphics to try to eliminate match changing mistakes. Stockley Park in West London was the location of the VAR room for all Premier League matches this campaign. The implementation of it was a total shambles.

FA Cup 2017

BBC Match of the Day broadcast highlights and goals from the FA Cup this season, many with full commentary edits, whilst both they and BT Sport held the Live rights. After last season’s run to the Semis, Brighton crashed out at the first stage this year to Championship side Sheffield Wednesday.

R3 Sat 4 Jan Sheffield Weds (L1-0) H World Feed & MOTD; Matt Davies-Adams

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