Wednesday, May 24, 2006

BBC World Cup Guidelines for commentary team.

[This is not mine, but I was emailed it and thought I should pass it on to the widest possible audience!]

1 -Within 1 minute of kick off in the opening match (Germany v Costa Rica),
the commentator must mention England.

2 - Regardless of what two teams are contesting the final, England have to
be mentioned within the first minute.

3 - The commentator shall refer to the Falkland Isles in passing at some
point in the match if England play Argentina.

4 - Whenever a hat trick is scored, comparisons with Geoff Hurst will be
made within seconds of the third goal hitting the net.

5 - Should England wear their red jerseys, then '1966' should be mentioned
approximately 20 times.

6 - 1966 will be mentioned approximately 10 times a match, or only on 4 or 5
occasions for matches not involving England.

7 - Prior to the captain of the winning team lifting the trophy, the
commentator will mention Bobby Moore. And 1966.

8 - When Germany are playing, they must be referred to as being arrogant by
the commentator on at least 14 occasions. This must refer to their style,
their passing, their haircuts and their general footballing ability.

9 - Should England play Germany, mentions of Winston Churchill, Dambusters,
The Luftwaffe and Adolf Hitler will be compulsory. And 1966.

10 - All Scottish members of our commentary team must continue to refer to
England as "we" and "us".

11 - We must ensure that nationlistic stereotypes are adhered to. Of course,
the Germans are arrogant. The Spanish are bottlers, The Ivory Coast are fast
but bad at defending, The Angolans are disorganised, The Argentinians are
cheats and the French are only good because their best players play in

12 - For matches not involving England, we must only discuss the players
that are playing in England. (eg - Holland v Argentina should be referred to
as Van Nistelroy v Crespo).

13 - The mythical "bulldog spirit" phrase should be used as often as

14 - Each match involving England should begin with the phrase "England

15 - Should any player be involved in an injury that involves the loss of
teeth, then references to Nobby Stiles and 1966 are compulsory.

16 - If in doubt, mention 1966.

17 - Praise all of the stunning new stadiums in Germany but emphasise that
they lack the presence of Wembley, the spiritual home of football since

18 - Commentators should feel free to imitate the style of Kenneth
Wolstenholme, the hero of 1966.

19 - Should any team feature brothers playing together, then Jackie and
Bobby Charlton should be mentioned.

20 - When England bow out after the first stage, we must emphasise that it
is a massive blow to football and a serious loss to the World Cup.


  1. Lovin' it!!!

    I've sent it to all my English friends...and I'm loving their responses :)

    Of course, if Ireland was actually in the competition, I'd really have a leg to stand on, but hey, I'm Irish, so I'll use every opportunity.

    In the meantime, I'm supporting Trinidad and Tobago, and Switzerland :)

  2. Brilliant I'm going to send it to my English friend and his Scottish wife as well as all my other Scottish friends!! They'll love it too!