WE’RE 20 YEARS OLD NOW BUT WE’RE STILL HA VING FUN

The Football League Paper - - JEFF STELLING -

WHILE I don’t want too much drama where Hartle­pool are con­cerned, we’ve reached the re­ally ex­cit­ing time of the foot­ball sea­son on Soc­cer Satur­day – and the pres­sure is on us not to slip up.

You don’t want to rel­e­gate some­one if they’re not rel­e­gated and you don’t want to pro­mote some­one if they’re not re­ally pro­moted.

We make sure we know all the pos­si­ble sce­nar­ios that might hap­pen.You can guar­an­tee fans know ev­ery per­mu­ta­tion in­volv­ing their club. And they will hap­pen.

There are just so many dra­matic mo­ments.

Ser­gio Aguero’s goal to win the Premier League, Don­caster Rovers scor­ing that break­away goal at Brent­ford on the last day of the sea­son and Wat­ford do­ing the same thing against Le­ices­ter. That’s the magic of foot­ball.

It’s funny. I go around and bump into peo­ple who say: ‘Jeff, I’ve grown up with you on my tele­vi­sion screen’. I think ‘crikey’ be­cause it has been go­ing 20 years now. When it started, I don’t think any­body imag­ined it would be go­ing a cou­ple of decades on.

The key thing is the vide­printer and the re­porters around the grounds.We get you those scores and de­tails as quickly as hu­manly pos­si­ble.

Then, we’ve got a great chem­istry on the panel. Merse’s hu­mour, Thommo’s pas­sion, Char­lie’s in­sight, LeTissier’s re­laxed man­ner.

It’s al­ways got to be fun and peo­ple for­get that. Though there are lots of jobs in­volved, and I un­der­stand that, foot­ball is part of the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try.

You don’t want po-faced pre­sen­ters on sports shows. You’ve got to have fun and games, which we try to do.

And we’ve got Chris Ka­mara.You can only have one Chris Ka­mara!

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