BBC Radio Commentary Exhibit to launch at
The National Football Museum
Radio 5 live and BBC Local Radio are compiling an archive of hundreds of the most memorable BBC radio football commentary clips, for a permanent exhibit that will be on display at the National Football Museum in Manchester, when it opens in the city later this summer.
Radio football commentary at its best can capture all the passion of the beautiful game – it can make you laugh, cry, cheer or shout, and to make sure that no audio gem is missed, the BBC is asking for you to send in your suggestions via the BBC Sport website from Monday 16th April.
Which spectacular wins, Cup runs, promotions, super survivals, glorious goals or bumbling bloopers are etched on your memory? Which local or national commentator has provided a soundtrack to your club’s top moment?
The exhibit will include memorable commentary clips from every Premier and Football League team, along with highlights from the England national team.
Outstanding clips that might make it into the exhibition include the 1953 FA Cup Final, with Raymond Glendenning commentating on one of Blackpool’s and Sir Stanley Matthews’ finest moments; Peter Jones and Alan Clarke’s commentary as Manchester United became the first English team to win the European Cup in 1968; Derek Lacey, the 'voice of Carlisle,’ describes the famous last-minute goal by goalkeeper Jimmy Glass which saved Carlisle in 1999; and Abdul Osman's winning penalty as Northampton knocked Liverpool out of the League Cup at Anfield in 2010.
Commenting on commissioning the exhibition, Radio 5 live Deputy Controller, Jonathan Wall said: “This is a huge partnership between 5 live and BBC Local Radio with a chance for football supporters to help us select the favourite clips. Memories will be evoked along the way and it will result in a treasure trove of radio commentary for visitors to the museum to cherish.”
To celebrate the commentary collection, Radio 5 live and BBC Local Radio will host a live show presented by Colin Murray on 28th May at 8pm. The show will broadcast from the museum, with a special preview ahead of the official opening in July
National Football Museum Deputy Director David Pearson said: “We are delighted to be working with BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Local Radio to bring together such an astounding collection of clips, which are so integral to football supporters’ memories and experiences of football history.
“It’s such an impressive project to undertake and will feature some of the greatest names in football commentary. We would very much like to thank the BBC for their help and assistance in compiling this fascinating collection for our visitors.
“The museum will provide a world-class home for the greatest collection of football memorabilia ever assembled, and we’re confident that it is set to become one of the biggest visitor attractions in the UK.”
The BBC Radio Football Commentary Collection will be available for football fans to enjoy in its permanent home at the National Football Museum in Manchester, which opens to the public on 6th July.