After Extra Time and Penalties

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  • Author Name: Mike Ingham
  • Publication Date: 28/03/2020
  • Format: Paperback

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After almost a quarter-century as the BBC’s Chief Football Correspondent, Mike Ingham MBE shares a candid, comprehensive and sometimes controversial account of how the world of broadcasting and football changed beyond recognition throughout his career.

His broadcasting experiences saw him attend eight World Cups, commentate on twenty-eight F.A. Cup Finals, work with ten full-time England managers, introduce Sports Report, present his own music show on BBC Radio 1, and he even covered Princess Diana’s funeral. He has enjoyed working with a who’s who of personalities from the world of football and has tales to tell about all of them…

This book is a timely reminder of England’s campaigns in tournaments over the last half-century with a detailed and eyewitness account of what the atmosphere was really like over the years behind the scenes in the England camp.

Mike Ingham MBE was the BBC’s Chief Football Correspondent for almost a quarter of a century and only the third person to hold this post after Brian Moore and Bryon Butler. In a radio career of over forty years, Mike attended eight World Cups, commentated on twenty-eight F.A. Cup Finals and worked with ten full-time England managers.

Starting out as a DJ in a nightclub, music and football have been his twin obsessions and often the two worlds have bounced into each other as many of his musical heroes have also been football fans. The start of his broadcasting career at BBC Radio Derby coincided with the glory years for Derby County with Brian Clough and Dave Mackay and his final commentary for the BBC was at the Maracanã Stadium‎ in Rio for the World Cup Final of 2014.

Shortly after his retirement Mike became the first broadcaster to be given a Lifetime Achievement by the Sports Journalists Association. What made this even more special for him was to be presented with this honour by four of the men he respected most of all in the industry, Hugh McIlvanney, James Lawton, Jeff Powell and Patrick Collins.

2 reviews for After Extra Time and Penalties

  1. Greville Waterman

    This was a pleasant surprise. An erudite and well-written account of the life of one of the best of the BBC’s recent football correspondents.

    As a near contemporary of his, I really enjoyed his account of growing up in the 60s but what is far more memorable is his potted history of both the football and broadcasting scene over the past forty years.

    He has opinions and is not shy of expressing them forcefully.

    Some ears will be burning at the BBC and the FA but there are also sympathetic portraits of some of his colleagues such as Peter Jones and Bryon Butler who were inspirations to him.

    Well worth a read.

  2. George 1

    If you said the name Mike Ingham to me, I would immediately know who you were talking about. If I heard his voice, again I would recognise who it belonged to. However, he could pass me in the street and I would not have a clue that it was him. Such is the fate of many a radio broadcaster.

    Mike Ingham was one of the best. In a career that included both commentating and sports reporting for the BBC, he witnessed the profound changes to both, football and his employer.

    In this fascinating autobiography, Mike narrates his early life watching football on the terraces of first Plymouth Argyle and then Derby County.

    This was a time, when one eagerly awaited the next issue of Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly, or when at a game one would obtain the halftime scores of other matches by means of the alphabet system against the perimeter wall.

    Living in Derby it would be a natural progression to join BBC Radio Derby, where he would learn his trade. Later he would go to Broadcasting House and commence his national career.

    The book is resplendent with the great commentators of the past, many of whom he worked with. In terms of radio football commentators, at the apex would be the iconic pairing of Peter Jones alongside Bryon Butler.

    There are so many football stories and anecdotes here that there is no room to list them here. Just as interesting is Mike’s increased despair at the direction sports coverage is going on the BBC. A particular gripe is the now use of only one instead of two commentators at live football matches.

    For me, this was not only a wonderful walk down memory lane but a lucid examination of what the purpose of broadcasting should really be.

    A must-read if you believe pictures are better on the radio.

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