#10: Stoke 3-1 Brighton 01/03/2002

#10 STOKE 3-1 BRIGHTON Division Two
Friday 1st March 2002 ITV Sport Channel grab

STO Titles

PRESENTER Simon Hill GUESTS Tony Dorigo & John Hendrie
COMMENTATORS Guy Havord & Jim Beglin REPORTER Peter Stevenson
7.45pm Kick Off; Britannia Stadium, Stoke      7.30-10pm Football League Live on ITV Sport Channel

STO Promo STO Sponsor STO Intro

Context of the Match: The second and final match of Brighton’s to be broadcast Live on the ITV Sport Channel saw the Albion travel to the Potteries on the first Friday of March. The fixture promised to be a crucial one in the race for promotion to Division One, as second place travelled to fourth; five points separated us from Stoke. With a game in hand over table-toppers Reading, and six points worse off, a win for Brighton would not only close the gap on the leaders but also widen the difference from the chasing pack; only two would be automatically promoted. When these two met back in September at Withdean, the Albion ran out one-nil victors thanks to Paul Watson’s last minute winner. Since the last televised match back in January – the horrific four nil defeat at Brentford on ITV – Brighton had lost just once in seven, away at Oldham. The home form at fortress Withdean had been excellent all season for Peter Taylor, just a solitary defeat thus far to the Bees of Brentford. It was on the road where defeats were on the increase, with three since the turn of the year. With ten games remaining, both teams were in a good place to secure a top six spot. But, having been near the top all season, the Seagulls wanted more. They were eyeing up the automatic places for the second successive season. With six further games to come in March, this was the beginning of a crucial period as matches came thick and fast. Gudjon Thordarson’s Stoke side knew all about that end of season pressure, having been unsuccessful in the Play Offs in each of the previous two seasons. After an indifferent start, it was the defeat at Brighton which sparked Stoke into life, winning eight and drawing two of their next ten games. However, things began to fall apart after the new year, losing five out of nine. They got back to winning ways at the Britannia last weekend thanks to a four-nil victory over Bury. Tonight’s match, a few days ahead of the thirtieth anniversary of Stoke’s famous League Cup triumph over Chelsea at Wembley, was sure to be crucial in the fight at the top. The ITV Sport Channel team were present and correct to beam it direct to our screens.

STO Stoke STO Formation STO Brighton

The Teams: The Albion made three changes from the midweek draw at Bournemouth. Simon Morgan was rested for that one, but his presence is required up against a physical, tall Stoke side. Youth product Adam Virgo dropped out. The key absentee remained Bobby Zamora, serving the third and final match of his suspension following a red card during the two-nil defeat at Oldham. Eighteen-year-old Chris McPhee took his place for the first two matches, marking another full debut for an academy player, but Lee Steele was preferred tonight. The third change saw Gary Hart come into the eleven in place of Steve Melton. Junior Lewis linked up with Peter Taylor once again, having worked together most recently at Leicester. The loanee joined at the start of February and has featured in all six games since. Brighton’s formation will be a 4-3-3 come 4-5-1, placing emphasis on the wide play of Hart and Paul Brooker to get forward and support Steele as much as possible. Robbie Pethick joined in the summer ahead of the step up to Division Two, having spent six years and around 200 appearances at Portsmouth. Two years at Bristol Rovers followed for the versatile defender pushing up into midfield here. Richard Carpenter formed the lynchpin in the middle of the park. He protected the back line featuring the ever-dependant Danny Cullip and long-serving full backs Paul Watson and Kerry Mayo. Michel Kuipers kept goal, returning to the side at the end of January having missed the previous month through injury. Peter Taylor did not name a goalkeeper on the bench for the sixth game in a row, with only the inexperience of Will Packham and coach John Keeley eligible ‘keepers on the books. Twenty-one-year-old midfielder David Lee did make the substitutes list, he joined from Hull in February and came up through the Tottenham youth system. Also in the squad was Daniel Webb, son of ex-Chelsea and QPR defender David. He joined on loan from Southend but found his opportunities with the Shrimpers limited after his father’s resignation from the managerial position back in October.

Stoke’s Icelandic manager Gudjon Thordarson switched to three up front for Tuesday’s four-nil win over Bury. It paid dividends and stuck with the trio of Chris Iwelumo, who scored twice in that match, Arnar Gunnlaugsson, on loan from Leicester, and Deon Burton, a Derby loanee, again tonight. The four-three-three formation would rely on full-backs Clive Clarke and Wayne Thomas bombing down the channels to support the attacking threat as the midfield three were quite narrow. That comprised ever-present Bjarni Gudjonsson, Belgian Jurgen Vandeurzen and Irishman James O’Connor. The latter came through Stoke’s youth ranks and been a part of the first team since 1998. Gudjonsson was previously on the books of Newcastle and Genk before moving to the Potteries in 2000 to link up with his dad, the current Stoke boss. More of the Icelandic contingent were on the bench, Stefan Thordarson and Brynjar Gunnarsson. Also warming up on the sidelines was former Dutch international Peter Hoekstra. Refereeing was Bill Jordan.

STO Hill STO Hendrie STO Dorigo STO Commentary Team

Presentation Team: This match was hosted by Simon Hill, more commonly found reporting on the touchline for the ITV Sport Channel. Hill moved across from BBC Radio 5 Live where he was host and reporter on their domestic and European coverage. He was no stranger in front of the camera though this season, co-hosting Division One’s Saturday evening highlights programme Football First with regular Live host Matt Smith. The format of that show allowed Smith and his pundits in the main area to dissect the key games, whilst Hill and his pundit looked at the rest of the Division over the other side of the studio. He was the leading match reporter for the regular Thursday and Sunday night Live games in a busy season for ITV. Joining him in the Britannia Stadium studio were pundits John Hendrie and Tony Dorigo. They were two of four regulars on ITV, with Russell Osman and Garry Nelson the others. Hendrie also covered our last Live match, the four-nil horror show at Brentford, and was back looking at things from an Albion perspective again tonight. The former Bradford, Middlesbrough and Barnsley striker won this Division with the Bantams back in the 1984/85 season. Tony Dorigo spent his final season playing for Stoke where he was club captain before retiring at the age of thirty-five. He moved straight into punditry with the ITV Sport Channel with his familiar Aussie accent, growing up in Adelaide before writing to more than a dozen English football clubs as a teenager asking for a trial. Aston Villa accepted and the defender went on to play more than a century of matches in claret and blue in the eighties before moving to Chelsea for four years then Leeds for a further six. At the Blues he won the second tier Championship and the Full Members Cup, whilst at Elland Road lifted the last top flight trophy before the launch of the Premiership in 1992. He earned fifteen senior England caps and Player of the Year awards at Villa, Chelsea, Leeds and in his one and only season at Italian side Torino. Before seeing out his career at the Britannia Stadium, Dorigo spent two years with Derby County.

STO Studio

In the commentary box were Guy Havord and Jim Beglin. Havord was one of Sky Sports voices of La Liga for four seasons before moving to ITV Digital. He was also used on the world feed coverage of 3pm Saturday Premiership matches, highlights of which were also used by Sky. As well as reporting on the pre-cursor to Sky Sports News, Sky Sports Centre, he was part of the team that covered the 2000 FA Cup Final when he was at the Chelsea team hotel. Prior to his television work, Havord was a commentator on BBC Radio Lancashire covering the success of the likes of Manchester City and Burnley in the North West in the early 90s. Jim Beglin’s successful playing career was devastatingly cut short in 1991 through the recurrence of a serious knee injury aged just 27. His leg was badly broken four years earlier and whilst recovering from that, Beglin picked up a knee cartilage injury too. He spent six years at Liverpool, playing over a century of matches and winning the League and Cup double in 1986 as well as the Charity Shield later that year. He played fifteen times for the Republic of Ireland and lifted the old Second Division title at Leeds in 1990. With his playing days curtailed early, Beglin moved into punditry both at home in Ireland as well as in the UK. He built up a career in the North West with ITV region Granada from the mid-90s, co-commentating on matches, punditing in the studio and even presenting sports bulletins and voicing goals round-ups for the local evening news on Granada Goals Extra and Granada Soccer Night. Beglin was utilised nationally by ITV from the 2000/01 season, working across their domestic and UEFA Champions League portfolio before becoming a prominent voice on the ITV Sport Channel this campaign. Both Beglin and Havord would be playing a part in ITV’s coverage of the 2002 World Cup. Completing tonight’s line up was touchline reporter Peter Stevenson. Like Beglin, his career had largely been based in the North West of England, spending the 1990s on regional news programme BBC North West Tonight. He started as a desk journalist writing bulletins for the programme’s hosts as well as producing studio items before moving out into the field himself. He specialised in sport and, in particular, football covering the likes of Manchester United’s European adventures and the European Championships in 2000. He joined ITV for the launch of the Sport Channel and spent much of his time still in the North West reporting on the clubs in that region for highlights shows and Live match features.

STO League Cup 1972 STO Conroy STO Thordarson STO Brighton team

The Coverage: Tonight’s build up came on-air at 7.30pm, fifteen minutes prior to kick off. This was the regular programme time for a Friday night Live match on the ITV Sport Channel. The Matchday Programme, previewing the entire Nationwide League weekend preceded the Live game from 6.30pm presented in the studio by Lisa Rogers and Albion fan Dave Beckett. This weekly show looked ahead to all the key games over the weekend, whilst an additional Sunday afternoon edition did similar for that evening’s Live match. Our Division Two clash with Stoke was one of up to fifteen matches from the third and fourth tiers of English football to be broadcast Live. The graphics were used across all of the ITV Sport Channel output, heavily relying on different shades of blue and using either a fade in or a smooth reveal across the screen. During the match, replay transitions saw the ‘ITV Sport’ part of the logo wipe from top-left to bottom-right and flipped over to reveal ‘Channel’ at the end. The most fun graphic though was when getting a yellow or red card, as an animated arm would appear and wave the card. The coverage was sponsored by Nationwide and the theme music remained a short library clip to introduce the show. Background music throughout the programme, and indeed the season, was the excellent Another Chance by Roger Sanchez. Presentation came from a studio located in the corner of the stadium. In host Simon Hill’s introduction, he outlined the potential for this Stoke City club to go places – awake “the sleeping giant” – with a stadium fit for First Division football. Meanwhile, the question was asked about how Brighton would cope without “hot-shot striker Bobby Zamora”, suspended tonight as fourth hosted second. After introducing pundits John Hendrie and Tony Dorigo, it was straight down to business. Stoke were celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of their League Cup triumph, a two-one win over Chelsea in the 1972 Final. We saw the goals from that match, complete with original Brian Moore commentary, before going down to pitchside where reporter Peter Stevenson was with the first goalscorer from that day, Terry Conroy. When it cut back to the studio, the team joked that his appearance resembled snooker great Dennis Taylor now!

STO Video Scouting STO Video Scouting analysis STO Junior Lewis STO Matches to Come

Once again, each pundit was loosely designated a team to concentrate on; John Hendrie looking at Brighton whilst, of course, Tony Dorigo focussed on his old team Stoke. Hendrie’s overall assessment of the Albion was of two sides; “Excellent at home, they’ve been absolutely magnificent at home. It’s just the past couple of months away from home, form has been a wee bit patchy.” He had watched Brighton three times in six weeks and, disappointingly, he hadn’t seen a win or even a goal from the Seagulls. Peter Stevenson spoke with the Stoke boss Gudjon Thordarson for his pre-match thoughts. He explained it was a crucial match if they were to be in the hunt for the top two; “It’s a six-pointer. We’re a bit behind and very important for us to catch up and collect the points. It [automatic promotion] will be difficult if we don’t get something out of this game.” The studio team then took a quick look at the two line-ups, singling out Stoke’s front three and Albion’s Lee Steele in “the Bobby Zamora role this evening”. Up next it was the turn of the Video Scouting reports, which you can view at the bottom of this post. Dorigo looked at the problems Stoke have had since changing their formation and style, going narrower making it easier to defend against them and lacking in width. Hendrie looked at the contrast for the Albion when playing with, and without, Bobby Zamora. With him there were chances galore, as he’s able to find space and use his creativity to conjure something up. Whereas without Zamora, the Albion lack a real target man. Clips were shown from the Oldham defeat where Danny Webb was leading the line and did not have the same positive effect. With the build-up done, time to hand over to the commentary team, at a noisy Britannia, of Guy Havord and Jim Beglin. At half time, the studio team spent around five minutes reviewing the key moments from the first half. Specifically, the opening goal from Stoke’s Chris Iwelumo and the Lee Steele chance just before half time for the Seagulls. The ‘John Hendrie jinx’ continued, having watched Brighton four times now and not yet seen them score, losing the previous three. But he was complimentary about the style of play, citing it as the best he’s seen so far from Albion. He praised the closing down and the midfield battling in particular. Just before the start of the second half, another of Stoke’s 1972 League Cup winners spoke with reporter Peter Stevenson; this time Denis Smith. Stoke wore a replica of that ’72 kit, with added modern-day sponsorship, in tribute to the thirtieth anniversary.

STO Yellow Card STO Sub STO Match Analysis STO Coming Up

At half time, the studio team spent around five minutes reviewing the key moments from the first half. Specifically, the opening goal from Stoke’s Chris Iwelumo and the Lee Steele chance just before half time for the Seagulls. The ‘John Hendrie jinx’ continued, having watched Brighton four times now and not yet seen them score, losing the previous three. But he was complimentary about the style of play, citing it as the best he’s seen so far from Albion. He praised the closing down and the midfield battling in particular. Just before the start of the second half, another of Stoke’s 1972 League Cup winners spoke with reporter Peter Stevenson; this time Denis Smith. Stoke wore a replica of that ’72 kit, with added modern-day sponsorship, in tribute to the thirtieth anniversary. Upon the full time whistle, after the commentators took a quick look at the match highlights, Stevenson caught up with Man of the Match; Stoke’s midfield engine James O’Connor. He paid tribute, half in jest, to pundit Tony Dorigo for showing Clive Clarke the ropes during their time together last season. After the break, around ten minutes of the programme remained for the studio team to wrap up and review. A look at the table showed the Albion six points off Reading with ten games left to play. Stoke in third closed the gap on Brighton to two points but having played once more. They analysed the Stoke penalty incident which restored the home side’s lead, clearly highlighting the foul from Cullip which may have been missed by viewers first time round. In his interview with Peter Stevenson, Gudjon Thordarson said it “was a tense start” but “was meant to be a very, very tight game.” He blamed a lapse in concentration for the Albion equaliser but the decision to award his side a penalty just moments later was the correct one. There wasn’t quite time to hear from Peter Taylor during the Live show, or any Brighton representative. The man usually so calm and collected on the sidelines was getting increasingly irate during the match, clearly upset with some of the officiating and furious with some costly errors. The pundits were quick to point out that, although the result was disappointing for the Seagulls, they were still second and flying, Bobby Zamora would be back available for the next match and this was the first season back at this level for six years. Things were definitely still shaping up for another terrific season and with six of the remaining ten matches at home, their destiny was in their own hands.

STO Kick Off STO Comms STO Referee STO Iwelumo goal

Story of the Match: The Seagulls got the game underway, kicking from right to left in the first half, wearing the change shorts of blue so as not to clash with Stoke’s white. The home side signalled their intentions in the third minute when a Deon Burton header went just over from close range; Kerry Mayo the defender doing just enough to put him off. That sparked the supporters into their familiar, and very loud, rendition of Tom Jones’ classic, Delilah. Albion, keen to get behind the Potters defence, were caught offside four times in the opening dozen minutes. Just that bit too eager. Stoke’s confidence grew and Michel Kuipers was called into action on a number of occasions to thwart their long range efforts. At the other end, City’s ‘keeper Neil Cutler got into a tangle with his defender Sergei Shtaniuk which almost presented Lee Steele with a tap in when the ball was dropped to the ground. Unfortunately for Steele, it didn’t come down quick enough for him to swing a leg at and the defender cleared eventually. But it was a goalkeeping error from Kuipers in the twenty-ninth minute which saw the home team break the deadlock. Clive Clarke swung a ball into the box from the left. Chris Iwelumo was the target, around twelve yards out, jumping with Simon Morgan. Kuipers thought the ball should have been his and came flying out of his goal to claim. He mistimed it, aiming a punch nowhere near and allowing Iwelumo to head into an empty net for his third goal in four days. Cue more cries of Delilah from the Staffordshire club. Kuipers had to be alert to get down low and save from Gunnlaugsson’s header just a couple of minutes later. The Dutchman’s agility keeping that effort out with Stoke firmly in the ascendancy. The rebound from Burton was fired into the side-netting. The Albion confidence dropped noticeably for the remainder of the half after the goal. However, a fantastic opportunity found its way to Lee Steele four minutes before the interval. A long ball from Richard Carpenter over the top sent Paul Brooker clear on the right wing. When the bounce settled he whipped in a fabulous first-time cross to the centre where Steele was unmarked. Six yards out, the striker stretched his leg and met it on the volley hoping to just guide it home. But Neil Cutler was alert and spread himself so it hit an outstretched arm for a vital, goal-saving block. It was by far Albion’s best opportunity. The half time whistle gave a chance to regroup with the scoreline kept to just one goal to nil. Stoke began the second half well too and could’ve doubled the advantage but for Kuipers save. Iwelumo continued to cause Albion problems, winning a header to knock it down to Gunnlaugsson. His touch took it past Junior Lewis in the box before Jurgen Vandeurzen took over to shoot. Kuipers blocked with his knees, via a little deflection on the way.

STO Penalty decision STO Missed penalty STO Equaliser STO Full Time

What followed next was a dramatic five minutes in which the game ebbed one way then the other. Lee Steele received the ball around forty yards from goal and showed real desire to take on all-comers. With four Stoke players around him he burst his way through into the penalty area before being upended by Wayne Thomas. The referee gave the penalty. It did look quite soft but the hip of Thomas just seemed to brush Steele and when running at pace it doesn’t take much to knock you off stride. After seeing a replay, cue the surprise of seeing Robbie Pethick placing the ball on the spot in front of 998 travelling Seagulls supporters. This was a man who had not scored for Brighton before and, as far as I could see, had never scored a penalty in his career. Pethick’s kick was tipped round the post by Cutler superbly. However, the drama continued from the resulting corner taken by Paul Watson. The left-footed in swinger was flicked on by Steele to Hart. His instincts stuck out a leg to prod the ball goalwards. Cutler spilled the tame effort right at the feet of Steele to nab an equaliser from just a couple of yards out. Cutler went from hero to zero in less than a minute. Immediately Stoke almost regained the lead direct from a Gunnlaugsson free kick on the edge of the box, Pethick penalised for a foul with a yellow card. To complete this bonkers few minutes, the rebound scrambled around the area before referee Bill Jordan gave Stoke a penalty. The Brighton players were infuriated. The replay showed Danny Cullip’s attempt at blocking off Gudjonsson to be illegal, using the length of his forearm to chop at the neck and correctly a penalty was awarded, with a yellow card to boot. Up stepped Arnar Gunnlaugsson to tuck the dead ball away, low in the corner to his right for his first City goal. Brighton were level for all of three minutes. The hour mark signalled a change for Peter Taylor, in both personnel and formation, bringing Pethick off for Daniel Webb. Lee Steele’s frustrating night was summed up when he was booked for diving when actually there was clear contact. And followed up a minute later when a great pass from Watson sent him through on goal. His touch took it away from firstly Thomas, then the goalkeeper but, off balance, his shot was sliced horribly wide when there were better placed options available. With a quarter of an hour to go, the frustration of Webb got the better of him when he was the next name to go in the book for a wild barge into Cutler. The absence of Zamora loomed large over Brighton. The final roll of the dice saw Steve Melton replace Gary Hart in the middle. Brighton piled on the pressure but Stoke dug deep and restricted them to no serious chances in the closing stages. But it was the red and white stripes who had the final say, clinching victory with another goal four minutes from time. Full back Clive Clarke was the unlikely scorer, his second ever League goal, running in from the left and playing a great one-two with substitute Peter Hoekstra. Clarke continued his run and hit a delightful left-footed strike to almost loop over the defenders and out of Kuipers reach to fly into the far side of the net. A sublime way to round off a vital win for Stoke. Full time under the lights with a fantastic atmosphere, Stoke City three, Brighton and Hove Albion one. The small matter of the leaders Reading was to come for the Albion in eight days’ time; get a result there and not only automatic promotion was very much on, but also the title. The final home match of the campaign against Swindon would turn out to be a celebratory one to cap off a magnificent season for the Seagulls.

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STOKE 3 BRIGHTON 1
Iwelumo, Gunnlaugsson, Clarke Steele

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#43: Brighton 2-0 Newcastle 05/01/2013

#43 BRIGHTON 2-0 NEWCASTLE FA Cup Round Three
Saturday 5th January 2013 ITV1 logo 2010

ITV Titles

PRESENTER Matt Smith GUESTS Gordon Smith & Gordon Strachan
COMMENTATORS Peter Drury & Jim Beglin REPORTER Ned Boulting
12.30pm Kick Off; Amex Stadium     12-3pm FA Cup Live on ITV1

ITV Ident ITV Sponsor ITV Intro

Context of the Match: After reaching Round Five of the FA Cup in each of the past two seasons, Brighton went into the competition this year hoping to build on that. FA Cup days have brought some of the best memories for Albion fans, stemming from our first televised match – the 1983 Final against Manchester United. Trips to Premier League Aston Villa, Stoke and Liverpool more recently might not have brought about success, but it did give the Albion license to ply their trade against the country’s elite teams in what we hoped to be practise for joining them in the not too distant future. In the Fourth Round a year ago, Brighton defeated Newcastle United by a goal to nil. In the Third Round this campaign, the same opponents were returning to The Amex looking to avoid another upset. You’d have to go all the way back to 1930 for the last time the Toon beat Brighton in the Cup. Since then, four meetings have resulted in three Albion victories and a draw. When the two teams faced off last season, Newcastle were going well in the Premier League and challenging for a European spot. Fast forward twelve months and they were struggling in fifteenth and leaking goals. They hadn’t won an away game in any competition at all this season. Brighton had enjoyed another decent first half of the season in the Championship, sat in the top half ahead of this match. Both clubs were knocked out of the Capital One Cup at the first attempt earlier in the season; Brighton losing heavily at Swindon in Round One whilst Newcastle were knocked out by Manchester United in Round Three. They had made it out of the group stages of the Europa League though, with a trip to Kiev to come the following month. ITV chose today’s fixture for broadcast; our first Live game on terrestrial television since the League defeat at Bournemouth in 1995, and our first national terrestrial outing since the 1984 FA Cup win over Liverpool. The country awaited this early Saturday afternoon clash. Owing to the form of the two clubs, some bookmakers even made the Albion favourites.

ITV Line Ups ITV Newcastle ITV Brighton

The Teams: Compare and contrast from the two starting line-ups this year with last season’s fixture and you’ll find only five Albion players and four Newcastle men started both. At the back skipper Gordon Greer and Adam El-Abd survived, as did the key to the midfield Liam Bridcutt. Ashley Barnes and Craig Mackail-Smith going forward were the other two to feature in both. Brighton’s tradition of using a Cup specific goalkeeper continued, with Casper Ankergren relegated to this role since Tomasz Kuszczak arrived. Ankergren was in the Leeds side that famously won at Old Trafford in this competition three seasons ago, beating Manchester United side that included Kuszczak. Man of the Match last January Will Buckley was not fit enough today. New arrivals this campaign were Wayne Bridge at left back, David Lopez filled in at right back for the injured Bruno when he was more used to starting in midfield, and further forward was fellow Spaniard Andrea Orlandi. Dean Hammond started centrally; he previously worked under Alan Pardew for his parent club Southampton. On the bench, Kazenga LuaLua joined the Seagulls from Newcastle. The Magpies that featured both today and in the previous encounter were restricted to James Perch and Davide Santon at the back, captain Shola Ameobi up top, and Mike Williamson whose deflection separated the sides. Newcastle wasted no time in engaging in some early transfer business during the January window, as star striker Demba Ba was sold yesterday to Chelsea and defender Mathieu Debuchy coming in from Lille. Sammy Ameobi linked up with his brother to become the first Newcastle Cup brothers to start for sixty years. The referee, as he was for the meeting last year, was Lee Probert.

ITV Matt Smith ITV Strachan ITV Gordon Smith ITV Studio

Presentation Team: Matt Smith was in the hotseat for today’s Live broadcast at The Amex. He joined ITV in 2001 to launch the new ITV Sport Channel, hosting the majority of their Live Football League games. The channel unfortunately ceased broadcasting at the end of that season, with Smith hosting the final programme – the Division Two Play Off Final between Stoke and Brentford. That summer he chaired the daily World Cup highlights for ITV before taking over The Premiership on Monday the following season for the final two years of ITV’s top flight round-up shows. He has hosted hundreds of Live games since, from World Cups and European Championships with the channel and has been the regular FA Cup highlights presenter since rights transferred in 2008. He also had the opportunity to front the FA Cup and Champions League Finals Live for ITV in 2010 when they were in-between changing their number one presenter from Steve Rider to Adrian Chiles and it all got a little bit complicated. Matt Smith is the consummate professional and an excellent broadcaster. His regular pundit this season has been Gordon Strachan, usually the highlights programme pairing. Strachan has never been short of work since retiring from playing in 1997, following spells at Aberdeen, Manchester United and Leeds amongst others. Since taking charge of Coventry in 1996 he’s also successfully managed Southampton, where he got them into Europe, and won the lot domestically at Celtic. When not managing, he’s called upon to analyse for television as a pundit. He was the resident guest on Match of the Day 2 when that begun with Adrian Chiles in 2004, and since leaving Glasgow has taken up a regular spell on ITV’s Cup and Champions League coverage as well as going to Euro 2012 with them. Joining Smith and Strachan in Brighton was our former striker Gordon Smith. Even if you knew next to nothing about the history of the Albion, Smith’s name would be immortalised because of that Cup Final in 1983. “And Smith must score” were the words uttered by BBC Radio commentator Peter Jones, one of the most incredibly respected voices of football, when Smith had a golden chance to win the Cup for Brighton in the last-minute of Extra Time with the scores at two-two. Gary Bailey saved and Manchester United won the Replay, that much everybody knows. Gordon Smith’s autobiography was titled “And Smith did score” in retaliation at the famous commentary, referencing the oft-overlooked goal he did get during the ninety minutes of that original match. He spent three years on the South Coast in the 80s playing over one hundred games, having moved down from Rangers for a record transfer fee of £440,000. After retirement he spent time as an agent before heading up the Scottish Football Association as Chief Executive for three years. He was also no stranger to the studio, having appeared frequently on BBC Scotland before.

ITV Comms ITV Coming Up

In the commentary box were Peter Drury and Jim Beglin. This was a familiar partnership on ITV, covering numerous World Cup and European Championships together over the past decade as second choice behind Clive Tyldesley and Andy Townsend. Drury joined from BBC Radio 5 Live for the 1998 World Cup where he immediately made a mark with his poetic style and excellent use of language. He remained as ITV’s second choice since that summer, calling Europa League Finals Live as well as League Cup and Play Off Final highlights. When England failed to qualify for Euro 2008, Drury was given the chance to call the Final of that tournament when ITV opted not to show the culmination Live. Jim Beglin’s playing career was cut short at the age of 27 due to an horrific leg injury and subsequent sustained knee damages. He was most remembered for his time as Liverpool but also featured for Leeds and the Republic of Ireland. Since then he forged an excellent career in the media, both with RTE and ITV. He began covering Manchester United and Liverpool matches regionally for Granada as pundit, co-commentator and even occasionally voicing round-ups. His wider break came during the ITV Sport Channel season when he was featured heavily on the Football League coverage nationally and remained a big part of ITV’s European and domestic coverage since. Reporting on the touchline was Ned Boulting. He was another ITV Sport Channel graduate, joining that from Sky’s Soccer Saturday. During the 2001/2002 season he hosted lower League highlight programmes Football 2nd and Football 3rd as well as reporting on the touchline during Live games. He was kept on at ITV after that, going to the major tournaments as a reporter, following the Republic of Ireland during Euro 2012 as well as occasionally fronting highlights programming. Away from football he’s the reporter on all ITV’s darts events and has been there every step of the way for ITV4 on Le Tour de France each summer.

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The Coverage: ITV regained Live terrestrial rights to the FA Cup in 2008 after seven seasons away. They get the first pick of every round, with ESPN their current satellite partners. Between them they broadcast up to 40 FA Cup matches each year. At the beginning of this season ITV launched new graphics and title sequence for their coverage. The specially composed music was by Jim Copperthwaite, a composer who had worked on several television and advertising soundtracks, and was simply known as ‘FA Cup’. The cinematic titles include various famous Cup moments from the ITV archives, including the great Brian Moore welcoming us to the coverage. The clips all form part of the trophy that slowly came together during the sequence. The graphics were silver and black predominantly, with a smooth sliding animation to enter and exit. Replays were transitioned by several blocks forming the trophy sliding across the screen. Today was the first of two Live Third Round matches on ITV that day, with West Ham versus Manchester United playing at 5.15pm with Adrian Chiles. Both matches were presented on site so separate teams were required. In the North Stand glass box was our host Matt Smith, next to pundits Gordon Strachan and Gordon Smith. They made good use of the studio, decorating it out with their Cup backgrounds used in their regular base on the South Bank. By contrast it looked cramped and small when Sky had been in there in the past couple of Live games. Build-up began thirty minutes before the 12.30pm kick-off, starting with an intro recalling some of the classic Third Round underdog stories of yesteryear. The nostalgia continued, quite rightly with Gordon Smith present, with a quick look at the 1983 FA Cup Final; showing both his goal and his, erm, other chance. Thirty years on, it’s still something that Smith has to live with. “I made a mistake, I take full responsibility for it, I should’ve scored. I actually should’ve lifted the ball a little bit, if I’d lifted the ball, he’d already committed himself.” He also credited the Brighton supporters who had been “fantastic” to him over the years since. Fast-forward to the present and the team line-ups were laid out in formation for the studio team to talk through. The spotlight was turned on Gus Poyet with Ned Boulting’s pre-recorded feature taking the Uruguayan back through his career in England, gaining the ‘radio’ nickname for his non-stop chatter and how he took notes on his former manager Gianluca Vialli. It was clear several in that Chelsea dressing room would go onto manage, and Poyet discussed his successful time at the Albion so far before finishing on his FA Cup exploits, winning the competition in 2000. Reporter Boulting spoke with Newcastle boss Alan Pardew on the day before the teams emerged from the tunnel and Matt Smith threw to the break. Only a brief run through the line ups occurred immediately before kick-off from commentator Peter Drury before the match got underway.

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Going in and out of the advert breaks this season, ITV used a couple of great instrumentals as backing tracks; including The Heavy’s “What makes a good man” and Katy Perry’s “Hot ‘n’ Cold”. At half time we had around five minutes or so to review the first period. Gordon Smith surmised that Brighton deserved the lead, having created the better chance. Newcastle didn’t have enough going forward to assist Shola Ameobi up front. Gordon Strachan’s analysis of the goal praised the attacking side for the nice move and “back-hand volley” style finish but criticised the lack of urgency or press from Newcastle; namely Williamson at the back and Obertan’s failure to track back Bridge. Co-commentator Jim Beglin named his Man of the Match as Albion’s Liam Bridcutt for his tenacious tackling and efficiency on the ball. After the break, reporter Ned Boulting spoke to the two goalscorers; Andrea Orlandi and Will Hoskins. Then around twenty minutes were afforded to the studio team to wrap things up. When analysing the second goal, credit was given to Hoskins for the timing of his run. There was concern about the performance from the away side, not just the result but how it came about and how little they threatened Brighton. They both thought the red card for Shola Ameobi wasn’t deserved, both challenges for the yellow cards had minimal contact. Gordon Smith believed they actually played better with ten men. Newcastle boss Alan Pardew agreed with the pundits regarding the sending off during his post match chat, saying he was disappointed with David Lopez’s reaction. Gus Poyet told Ned Boulting “Technically they are ten times better than you, and today maybe it was a bit more equal in general play. Which that gave us maybe a little advantage.” The last five minutes of the programme was devoted to the rest of the Third Round, including ITV’s second Live match of the day coming up from 4.30pm; West Ham v Manchester United. Reporter Gabriel Clarke was at Upton Park to provide a preview and chat with Hammers boss Sam Allardyce. Matt Smith and Gordon Strachan would be back at 11pm, joined by Andy Townsend, for the day’s highlights so bid farewell, for now, just before the 3pm matches kicked off.

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Story of the Match: The home side began the brightest, enjoying possession and bringing the game to their Premier League opponents. A David Lopez cross found its way through to the far side of the six yard box to be met by the head of Gary Dicker. James Perch had to get back to clear just in front of the goalline. As was often the case, Brighton saw a lot of the ball without really creating many clear-cut chances. It took until the twentieth minute for Newcastle to have a shot on target, comfortably parried away by Ankergren. The deadlock finally broke in the 33rd minute through Andrea Orlandi. A long cross-field ball from Greer at the back went searching for Wayne Bridge charging down the left-wing. He somehow managed to keep the ball in and deliver a ball in the box to Orlandi. His first touch sent the ball up in the air and with his second he flicked it into the back of the net with a smart finish on the volley. Williamson in the defence stood off Orlandi to allow him to recover from a slightly loose initial touch to give Albion a deserved lead. At the start of the second half, commentator Peter Drury pointed out that Newcastle in the League had not won a single game having fallen behind whilst Brighton hadn’t lost after taking the lead. Shola Ameobi picked up a yellow card for a late challenge on Dicker just minutes into the half. After an hour, Kazenga LuaLua came on to replace goalscorer Orlandi, giving the former Newcastle winger a chance to get one over his old team. He had said apparently if he were to score he would not do his trademark backflip celebration. It went from bad to worse for the away side when their captain was sent off for a second yellow card. Both bookings were for minor, late fouls and the combination was a little harsh to result in red. For the second, he clipped Lopez just after the ball had gone. LuaLua’s introduction gave Brighton an extra dimension going forward, he took on players and got behind the defence to provide crossing opportunities. Additionally his pace and trickery put opponents on the back foot straight away. Poyet changed it up again with twenty left on the clock, as Will Hoskins replaced a relatively quiet Craig Mackail-Smith in a straight change up front. Despite being a man down and a goal down, Newcastle still posed a threat. A header on from Williamson following a long punt forward caused an aerial battle. The resulting ball dropped to Marveaux to shoot, Liam Bridcutt threw his body on the line to block for a corner. They didn’t show much in the second half but the top teams usually have that one moment of quality which separates them from the lower Divisions. The longer the game went on, the longer the ball was kicked forward in persuit of the equaliser. Casper Ankergren didn’t have many touches but had to be alert when a Sammy Ameobi cross was deflected towards his own goal by Greer, the Dane managed to claw it away. Back at the other end LuaLua continued to impress, going close with a long-range strike into the side-netting. The game was put beyond any doubt with three minutes left of the ninety when Ashley Barnes and David Lopez linked up well on the right touchline. Lopez found space to provide a killer pass through for Will Hoskins who shook off his marker. One-on-one with the goalkeeper Hoskins did not disappoint to slot the ball through the legs and double the lead. “Done and dusted! Barely past lunchtime on Third Round Saturday and we have the first Third Round upset”, cried commentator Peter Drury. The run was timed well, the ball played to perfection and that wrapped it all up. The final action of the match summed up the Albion’s commitment to the cause, when three bodies were all in the way trying to charge down a late Newcastle shot in the box. That was blocked, they were blocked and the Seagulls marched on to Round Four once more. The reward in the draw was a home tie against Premier League Arsenal. Bring it on!

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