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Tim Lovejoy’s Luck Finally Runs Out On The BBC

Over the weekend, the BBC gave football fans the length and breadth of the world the news that they’d waited years to hear. Finally, after 13 years of clueless ramblings, smug arrogance and a frighteningly poor knowledge of the game he professes to love, Tim Lovejoy is to be booted off as a regular presenter of 5 Live’s 6-0-6 football phone in show. A variety of failed shows on a multitude of channels have yet to deflate the ego of this man of football who’s speciality is replacing the idiot who stands next to you in the pub.

Now perhaps you’re not aware of the worst football pundit in Britain, but unfortunately fans in the UK have had to suffer his dreadful insights, punditry and attempts at comedy on a variety of channels. A man derided by fans the length and breadth of the country, he’s the kind of presenter that football in the modern era has given us, knowing nothing about the game pre-Premiership yet somehow became one of the most recognisable faces in televisual football journalism. A “new” Chelsea fan, who claimed to also support Watford, Real Madrid and L.A. Galaxy, he encapsulated the worst of the cliche ridden muppets that began to corrupt the footballing airways in the mid to late 90’s.

He created Soccer AM, which became a cult hit when arrived back in 1996 on Sky, but as the show continued to regurgitate the same old jokes, boring features, sexist agenda’s (no women allowed on as fans of the week), banal features and having guests that knew even less about football than Lovejoy for 11 years , it became clear that Lovejoy had developed a messiah type complex.  By moving from TV to radio, at least fans were spared his grinning lunacy as he rambled on like a chimpanzee on mogadon.

I would recommend that if you ever want to buy a book so unintentionally funny it’s hilarious, you’d be hard pressed to beat Lovejoy’s “autobiography” that was released in 2007. This reviewer clearly adored it, but his abysmal attempts at being a proper football presenter on 6-0-6 have really been a treat for anyone who likes a football presenter to know nothing unless it’s written down for them or available to click on a PC. Things he doesn’t like are “rubbish”, players he likes are “the best in the world”.

His radio show is the audio equivalent of having your teeth pulled with no anaesthetic as he berates callers who don’t think England are the greatest team in the world, sticking up for Ashley Cole (no really), and generally defending one of his celebrity mates who callers dare to think isn’t one of the greatest players in the world.He also had a lovely conversation last week where he showed his delightful arrogance for two minutes. He just never says anything of any depth at all, calls League One, League 3, and feels he actually has INFLUENCE on the Premier League.

It’s hard to find any pundit that evokes the same level of hatred amongst football fans in the UK regardless of the team they support, hell even Chelsea fans hate him. It’s a great day for football fans that the BBC have finally seen sense and given him the boot for next season. Thankfully we only have to put him with him for another 3 weeks at the most and he can go back to his cookery and lifestyle programme on Sunday mornings and his dreadful web channel that seems to have been designed by a 5 year old child high on skittles.

Thankfully, the BBC have brought Danny Baker back and stolen Colin Murray permanently, so if you want to listen to two of British media’s best shows, then you can do a lot worse than listen to Danny when he host’s the Tuesday night 6-0-6 or Colin when he presents Fighting Talk. Once you’ve listened to those two shows, then try and last more than 5 minutes listening to this drivel.

Thank you BBC, now you just have to get rid of Spoony and you may have a half decent football phone in show again.

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  1. Shelley of Ashby

    April 1, 2012 at 5:33 am

    I was looking for something else and came across this post, and even though its over 2 years old it is as relevant today as it was back then!! Lovejoy is an idiot of the highest order, however how he continues to get jobs on TV one after the other astounds me. Last month my heart soared when I heard that he was finlly being axed from the BBC. I loved the concept of Something for the weekend, but could not stand his banal ramblings, his mega-ego, and his constant talk about Chelsea FC. How does someone with the intelligence of an amoeba continue to get promoted as some kind of presenter extraordinaire??? Channel 4 must be desperate for ratings if they think this tw*t represents good TV. He speaks at a rate of a million words a minute, and even if you wanted to go to the website, you would have to be superwoman to understand his words which run into each other.
    Basically just get rid of him, he gives professional presenters a bad name, and makes Simon Rimmer look idiotic too, when I am sure he is probably not. I cant wait for the day when TV companies finll realise he is an IDIOT!!!!

  2. weymo

    November 29, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    lovejoy is a legend. paul bestall you are an absolute c_nt

  3. Adam

    January 6, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Tim Lovejoy…


  4. Carl

    June 26, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Lovejoy is a legend! Opinionated ( about the wrong teams! ) but passionate about footy + his team which every fan is!! When Huddersfield lose + if I had to do my job straight after I would have my say too!!! Give him a break!!!!!!!

  5. Isaac Vivian Alexander

    May 23, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Tim Lovejoy is a pernicious little cock.

  6. Tom

    May 12, 2010 at 8:46 am

    Lovejoy is a great bloke and a top presenter
    He’s not too forceful, not too casual, the sort of guy you want to go for a drink with.
    Leave him alone, get on with your little life running a blog with 50 readers and let him have his fame, because he’s earnt it.

    Lovejoy is a ledge

  7. BluCanuck

    January 3, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Over the top Bestall. You must have a grudge. I agree completely with todd that this is written in a “Hateful & Mean” manner.
    I would much rather listen to Lovejoy than Danny Baker any day. (but I stop at slagging him off like you did Lovejoy because many enjoy his shows) To be honest I don’t bother with 606 if he is presenting. (Which many do with Lovejoy I’m sure)
    I admit some presenters are more knowledgeable students of the game but they need more than that single quality to present a program like 606 to EVERYONE.
    James Richardson is, without a doubt, the number one presenter in Britain (and would be brilliant on 606) however, Lovejoy is still around for a reason. He is entertaining to many football supporters, me included.
    Anyway, like I said, “over The Top” and a completely unnecessary spewing of bile from an obviously prejudiced point of view.

  8. eastendgirl

    January 3, 2010 at 5:51 am

    I agree with the comments about Tim Lovejoy. I’m watching him right now on the ‘lifestyle’ programme mentioned and he’s awful on that too – he’s like some 13 year old teenager who never grew up, the Bevis and Butthead of British tv. No wonder his wife left him, such behaviour is really not attractive in a man approaching his 40s.

  9. apostrophe

    December 11, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    If you are going to write; learn how to use a goddamn apostrophe.

    • ovalball

      December 11, 2009 at 2:27 pm

      People who spend their time berating others for errors in punctuation on a blog site really need to look into getting a life.


  10. MediciPopes

    October 9, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    ‘get real, lovejoy is a legend’

    and we’re done here…

  11. lee

    September 1, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    get real, lovejoy is a legend.
    he actually brings a bit of humour to 606,
    and danny baker hardly ever talks about football.
    stuff like the best things beginnning with l… boring.

    and actually tim used to GO to watford wit his dad as a kid, and only SUPPORTS chelsea.

  12. ScottSMFC

    July 30, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    I cannot believe you are all getting on at Lovejoy for doing what all football fans would do and defend their team ! Maybe not the most professional thing he has done but we all get worked up when it comes to our own team.

    Also you’s must be the only people in the football world who dont like him. He’s hillarious and gets on with everybody, and who are yous to sit there and say he’s a bad presenter and stupid. you’s just dont have anything better to do with your time !

  13. MediciPopes

    June 28, 2009 at 10:28 am

    Nice piece Paul. The 606 show has been all the worse for the celebritisation of the anchor spot. The broadcast used to be a ‘must listen’ in the car coming home from games whether my lot won. lost or drew. Views, opinion, and death threats phoned in on dodgy mobiles from supporters racking up 120mph weaving through M25 to club PR weasels from the Boardroom denying ‘we understand that… 5live’ stories they had released earlier to a presenter at a very minimum, had been at a game, perhaps even commenting earlier.
    Lovejoy was of his time. And now he’ss not. No one really cares do they? Was there ever any value to his insights on to game. A nuance, a tactical move, a player marking differently or anything that would add to enjoyment of the match that’s not just stating the bleeding obvious. No. It was Hello! football. Now wave goodbye Timbo.

    He was no Gary Richardson.

  14. FredtheRed

    June 2, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Todd, you are Tim Lovejoy and I claim my ten pounds.

    Lovejoy is a knob.

    • paul

      June 14, 2009 at 3:53 pm

      I agree with some comments here but it amuses me how someone who clearly hates lovejoy with a passion has taken a lot of time to write an article on him. Bit pathetic to me.he’s had/got 2 great programmes on the bbc, had a successful show on sky, columns for magazines but all this writer has is the ability to slag off an easy target.

      • FredtheRed

        June 14, 2009 at 4:33 pm

        Lovejoy is a complete c**k and Paul did you support Liverpool before becoming a Chelsea fan?

  15. Jalebwwfc

    June 2, 2009 at 1:48 pm


  16. DComedian

    May 27, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Tim Lovejoy’s radio show in the aftermath of Chelsea being knocked out by Barcelona was one of the most disgraceful things I’ve ever heard on BBC radio.

    His constant whinging about how overrated Barcelona were, and how they couldn’t really compete with the top clubs in England has just been shown up for the laughable nonsense it was by Barcelona’s “annihilation” of Manchester United in the Champion’s League final.

  17. The Gaffer

    May 24, 2009 at 9:13 am

    Hi Todd,

    I appreciate your honest feedback and criticism, but I think your following of World Soccer Daily is clouding your vision when it comes to EPL Talk.

    EPL Talk has always been a media watchdog in terms of Premier League coverage. We’ve always reviewed new podcasts, shared our opinions about commentators (and how woeful some of them are), praised the podcasts that are remarkable, etc.

    In this particular article, Paul Bestall called out Tim Lovejoy. And I totally agree with him. Lovejoy has to go down as one of the worst broadcast professionals in the history of the English game.

    The EPL Talk Podcast continues. That hasn’t gone away. Kartik is doing a fine job at providing intelligent topics and debate (this week features a Champions League Final roundtable discussion with Martin Rogers, Phil Schoen and Jeff Rusnak).

    The blog still provides lots of exclusives. This week alone we were the first to publish the TV listings for the final day of the Premier League season. We were the first to reveal ESPN’s plans for its Champions League TV coverage. We were the first to reveal FSC’s viewing parties for the FA Cup. We were the first to announce Fox’s 7 hours of Sky Sports coverage. We were the first to reveal the teams for the Premier League 2009 Asia Trophy. And so on. Mixed in with these firsts were several intelligent articles and opinion pieces by other EPL Talk writers.

    The reality is that as this site grows, it’s harder to see that the community exists. But many of them are still here — EPLNFL, Griff, Kartik, Lonnie, Phil from Soccer Shout, AtlantaPompey, Chris and others.

    You may not agree with the articles I wrote about WSD. You obviously don’t, but I ask that you give EPL Talk another chance. You may think we’ve changed a lot, but I don’t think we have. The things we stood for before, we still stand for now.

    The Gaffer

  18. IanCransonsKnees

    May 24, 2009 at 4:03 am

    Without a shadow of doubt the best British pundit is James Richardson. Gazetta Football Italia in the 90s was fantastic because he made it, he’s ticking over on Setanta at the minute. How Sky or the BBC haven’t snapped him up I have no idea.

    As for ex players as pundits you can do a lot worse than Stan Collymore. Doesn’t shirk any issues and seems to have little apparent bias or worry about upsetting friends in the game.

  19. todd

    May 24, 2009 at 2:58 am

    epltalk was never a blog to me. the gaffer is not a fat ugly slob who types spiteful dumb rants. this site is about a smart, informative podcast. eventually though it stopped being about community and perspective and started generating hits. gaffer… chris…. you had a very genuine formula. you are endearing and your podcast was enjoyable. this is one example of how becoming mainstream is not a good move. if you wanna be another blog, ill stop visiting. the spiteful hatemongering lately is not why i came to epltalk before. it was the great interviews, the interesting perspective and the community (the old matchday chat). but guys like me dont pay the bills.. i get it

  20. eplnfl

    May 23, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    I have to say the piece is a bit on the spiteful side.

  21. Jaime

    May 23, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    I may not be the biggest fan of some of the articles on this site but when it comes down to it, this is a blog. What do you expect? Not everything has to be news, thats why they have the likes of BBC and the Gaurdian. God forbid someone posts their opinions on a blog site…

  22. todd

    May 23, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    more articles on epltalk berating presenters. sure, tim lovejoy’s show is the least enjoyable of the 606s. but an entire article about him being removed as a presenter without a single fact or journalisitic insight. its a complete disgrace that this article exists. its hateful, mean and completely what i expect from epltalk anymore. a blog that i used to enjoy for information, exclusives, and the genuine american perspective of the english game has become nothing more than a spiteful internet meme.

    sure, have an opinion. but why does this article have to be about how big of a tit lovejoy is. that point has been made by anyone with ears. to take the time to write and then post this says so much about how credible epltalk has become. sorry gaffer, but there is a cost for all the “publicity” you have sought lately. hope its worth it

  23. Matt O'Brien

    May 23, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    Now he might come back to soccer AM. He’s the only guy for the job for that show

  24. Jaime

    May 22, 2009 at 10:38 am

    Finally. Im tired of hearing everything Chelsea from him. They can do no wrong in his world, his show after the CL match was priceless.

  25. Nigel

    May 22, 2009 at 10:19 am

    Wonder if he’s pals with Steven Cohen?

  26. bob

    May 22, 2009 at 9:40 am

    Surely everyone in their right mind hates Lovejoy?

    The last time I seen/heard him on anything was on some programme when the actor who plays Tim in The Office observed Lovejoy wearing a Ramones t-shirt. He asked Lovejoy to name any Ramones album. After much cringing and pathetic ‘help me’ looks to the camera, Lovejoy couldn’t name one.

  27. A. Fullwood

    May 14, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    Spot on, Gaffer. As a review of his book on Amazon says, “As Ally Ross of The Sun pointed out,there are 38 pictures of himself in the book.8 more than Nelson Mandela used in his autobiography.”

    As for Danny Baker, he’s moving to Saturday mornings (in the UK) next season. 6-0-6 is undergoing a complete makeover apparently.

  28. The Gaffer

    May 14, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    Good riddance Tim Lovejoy. I agree with Kartik. Lovejoy’s attitude on the 606 Show was unbecoming of someone representing the BBC. Let’s hope Lovejoy fades into football obscurity.

    The Gaffer

  29. Kartik Krishnaiyer

    May 14, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    Lovejoy’s performance last Wednesday after Barca eliminated Chelsea was one of the most amateurish displays ever by a presenter on radio. He will not be missed.

  30. Matt

    May 14, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Danny Baker’s 6-0-6 in my opinion is just arcane whimsical crap, if there is an audience for this rubbish then it certainly isn’t immediately after a game where fan’s surely wish to discuss the match. Why not air it on a weekend morning or better still, remove it and forget that his dated and excruciating attempts at humour ever existed.

  31. Ryan

    May 14, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    I think Danny Baker can be a bit over the top, but you know what, to each their own. It’s funny to hear jokes and anecdotes about the game we all love.

    If you are listening to Danny Baker for actual football information from that day, you won’t get it, but you will get a laugh.

    As pedro said, you can look to the Guardian, The Times, The Game, for great podcasts that are very insightful.

  32. Pedro

    May 14, 2009 at 3:30 am

    I completely agree It’s a breath of fresh air having Danny Baker back on the show he started (I think) And Colin Murray is a revelation on fighting talk (which is terrible when he’s away and they have guest presenters). But I’d recommend the podcasts by The Times, TheGame and The Guardian’s Football Weekly. If you want some proper journalists talking about the game we all love.

  33. Doug

    May 13, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    He’s obviously a dumbass if he supports the Galaxy.

  34. odessa steps magazine

    May 13, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    I’d rather have Tim Lovejoy than Alan Greene. That’s the one 606 to which I won’t listen each week.

  35. Red Ranter

    May 13, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    To be honest I find Danny Baker jarring. He goes over the top with his ‘humour’ and it really isn’t that funny. At least not in his 6-0-6 avatar. Consider this: the situation is after the Champions’ League semi final, you want to listen to what callers think about the win of your favourite team. And you have Danny Baker saying, you know what, who wants to talk Champions’ League, let’s create some imaginary football league based on blah blah blah.

    Er, it’s the Champions’ League semi finals, and you want to talk about that?

    I agree with you on Lovejoy though. His crying conspiracy over UEFA, following the Chelsea defeat was a disgrace.

    Colin Murray is amazing, although my vote goes to James Richardson. His puns are delightfully brilliant. 🙂

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