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. His autobiography is a candid, comprehensive and sometimes controversial, account of how the world of broadcasting and football changed beyond recognition during his time.
In a radio career of over forty years, Mike attended eight World Cups, commentated on twenty-eight F.A. Cup Finals, worked with ten full-time England managers from Ron Greenwood to Roy Hodgson and saw the team lose six tournaments in a penalty shootout. Now he has had the time to consider his broadcasting experiences, spanning the Heysel tragedy, covering Diana, the Princess of Wales’ funeral, fulfilling his childhood dreams by introducing Sports Report, commentating on World Cup Finals and even presenting his own music show on Radio One.
After Extra Time and Penalties shares Mike’s experiences working alongside and often becoming friends with broadcasting, footballing and musical heroes. He is able to offer his own personal insight into legendary sports commentators who became his colleagues like Peter Jones, Bryon Butler and John Arlott. He recalls the many occasions he found himself in Brian Clough’s company and reminisces about meeting sporting legends George Best and Muhammad Ali and getting an audience with knights of the realm Elton John and Rod Stewart. Over the years, Mike has enjoyed working with a who’s who of personalities from the world of football including Jimmy Armfield, Denis Law, Mark Lawrenson and Chris Waddle 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.
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