The new football sea­son fi­nally kicks off

Macclesfield Express - - TVWEEK -

She's the artist for­merly known as Kelly Dal­glish, a woman with football rac­ing through her veins, and she's one of the co-hosts of Chan­nel 5's new Football LeagueTonight pro­gramme (Satur­day, Chan­nel 5, 9pm). Kelly Cates (as she's been called since her mar­riage to her longterm boyfriend Tom Cates in 2007) is the daugh­ter of Liver­pool leg­end Kenny Dal­glish, and was born in 1975, while her fa­ther was still play­ing for Celtic. You would think that she had grown up a fan of the Reds, but not so, Black­burn Rovers be­came her team dur­ing Kenny's four-year spell as man­ager at Ewood Park. Hope­fully she will be able to re­main pro­fes­sion­ally de­tached when­ever they ap­pear on this pro­gramme, although, as football sup­port­ers will tell you, be­ing im­par­tial where the beau­ti­ful game is in­volved is al­most im­pos­si­ble. De­spite the grow­ing num­ber of fe­male football jour­nal­ists, some peo­ple still raised eye­brows when Kelly's name was an­nounced. But, thanks to her bril­liant CV, which in­cludes work­ing for Sky, Se­tanta, ITV, ESPN and BBC 5 Live, she will easily prove any naysay­ers still liv­ing in the dark ages wrong. She's joined on-screen by another 5 Live alum­nus, Ge­orge Ri­ley. He's an all-rounder who has pre­sented shows about a wide va­ri­ety of sports, but is per­haps best known to Twit­ter fans for his online flir­ta­tions with Andy Mur­ray's mother Judy, which be­gan in 2013 and re­sulted in him join­ing her to watch her son play at Wim­ble­don. Per­haps the big­gest news sur­round­ing the pro­gramme is that it is be­ing broad­cast by Chan­nel 5, who are tak­ing over screen­ing Football League fix­tures from the BBC. Itís also show­ing in a much ear­lier times­lot, which means that fans will no longer have to wait un­til the wee small hours to see their team in ac­tion. The big kick off does, of course, take place to­day. It may only seem like a few short weeks since the last sea­son ended, but for football-starved fans, it feels as if it was an eon away. No doubt the Premier League, thanks to its su­per­star play­ers and man­agers, not to men­tion the over-in­flated wages, will grab the ma­jor­ity of Sun­day's head­lines, but there are another 72 pro­fes­sional clubs out­side the top flight whose sup­port­ers are just as ea­ger to get the 2015-16 sea­son started. The build-up will have be­gun at the end of June when the fix­tures were an­nounced.

Goals Ge­orge Ri­ley and Kelly Cates present high­lights.

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