Football League Show’s stars and where they are now – from Manish to Clem
The EFL has had multiple highlights shows down the years, but for fans of a certain vintage, nothing can come close to the Football League Show.
A programme that made viewers stay up until 1:10am on a Sunday morning to watch a 30-second round-up of Accrington Stanley 0-0 Crawley Town shouldn't have worked, yet it did.
Anchored by the imperious Manish Bhasin and trusty sidekicks Steve Claridge and Leroy Rosenior, FLS, as it was affectionately known, ran from 2009 until 2015 when Channel 5 won the rights away from the BBC. With a new EFL season now upon us and highlights set to return to ITV, Daily Star Sport takes a look at where the original Football League Show cast are now.
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The streets will never forget you, Manish. The Football League Show's iconic host was there from the very start until the very end, skippering viewers through six years of EFL ups and downs.
When FLS hot-footed it four channels across to Channel 5, the 46-year-old Leicester City man remained loyal to the BBC, where he still works today. Manish also fronts programmes for Premier League Productions, which is not available in the UK.
Every centre-forward needs an able partner, and Steve Claridge – an actual striker during his playing days – was the Dennis Bergkamp to Manish Bhasin's Thierry Henry.
Offering 829 games worth of experience as a player, Claridge's analysis often divided fans, but there can be no getting away from the fact that the show would not have been the same without him.
These days, Claridge, who is now 56, is the manager of Southern League Premier Division South side Salisbury, a post he has held since 2015.
The second half of the Football League Show's legendary punditry team, ex-Torquay United manager for ten minutes Leroy Rosenior was another familiar face alongside Manish.
Rosenior also appeared on regional BBC football show Late Kick Off, regularly contributing his thoughts on the BBC South, West and South West editions of the show alongside Graeme Murty and James Richardson.
The 57-year-old continued to work in the media following the culmination of FLS and now pops up regularly on Sky Sports to give his thoughts on the game's biggest issues.
Lizzie Greenwood-Hughes covered the 2006 Commonwealth Games and the 2008 Olympics and Paralympics before landing a job on the Football League Show.
Unlike Manish, Leroy and Claridge, who offered punditry and analysis, Greenwood-Hughes ran the email segment of the show, where fans could write or text in and give their thoughts on the day's action.
The feature was dropped from the start of the 2011-12 season, and Greenwood-Hughes now works as a regular presenter of sports news on the BBC News Channel and BBC Weekend News.
No good football programme is complete without a roving reporter. Sky Sports have Geoff Shreeves, ITV have Gabriel Clarke, and the Football League Show had Mark Clemmit, better known as Clem.
A font of EFL knowledge, Clem would often be sent to one of the organisation's 72 clubs for a feature-length segment or to deliver a "potted history" on one of the teams.
Seven years on from the end of the Football League Show, Clem continues to work for the BBC in a variety of guises. He is a reporter on Football Focus, part of the wider presentation teams on Final Score and Match of the Day Live, and a regular voice on 5 Live.
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