Manchester Sports

Manchester Sports is a radio programme broadcast on BBC Radio Manchester whenever a major sport event involving a local team takes place. They are branded as the largest sports programme in the North West. The most common of these programmes is broadcast on a Saturday afternoon during the football season, usually starting at 2 o'clock and finishing at 6 o'clock with a live commentary game of one of the 3 o'clock games.

Presenters, commentators and summarisersEdit

Jack DeardenEdit

Jack Dearden is the main commentator for the Bolton Wanderers game but if Bolton are not the main commentary game, he will give updates from the game. Jack is also a presenter of Manchester Sports and usually presents the show when there is a midweek or Sunday game and also covers rugby league.[1] He also previously commentated for Oldham Athletic.

Bill RiceEdit

Bill Rice is the sports editor at BBC Radio Manchester, presents Saturday Sport and commentates on Manchester United. He will also report at other local teams.

Liam BradfordEdit

Liam Bradford is the main reporter for Manchester United. He is also the executive producer of BBC Squad Goals which goes out across BBC Local Radio on BBC Sounds during EFL match commentaries.

Dom DietrichEdit

Dom Dietrich is a commentator and reporter for local teams and Manchester United Women.

Mark CrossleyEdit

Mark Crossley is a presenter of the programme.

Paul RowleyEdit

Paul Rowley is the main reporter and summariser for Wigan Athletic and gives regular updates on the game.

Mike MinayEdit

Mike Minay is the main commentator for Manchester City, he also presents the programme or does updates from other games.

Arthur AlbistonEdit

Arthur Albiston is an occasional summariser for Manchester United, and therefore rarely appears on the show.

Notable former presentersEdit

Jimmy WaggEdit

Jimmy Wagg was the main Saturday presenter for Manchester Sports[2] and is known for being a Manchester City fan. Jimmy began presenting the programme in 1989 and his last programme was on Saturday 1 August 2020. He commonly attends the commentary game but is also regularly in the Radio studio. He also presents the Sunday Morning Show. He has presented the show in its various guises since 1988. In September 2015 he reached a milestone of 1,000 shows as presenter of Manchester Sports. Jimmy presented the programme for over 30 years and never missed a Saturday.

Ian CheesemanEdit

Ian Cheeseman was the main commentator for the Manchester City as well as other local lower league games.[3]

Local teams coveredEdit


Rugby League

Rugby Union


  1. ^ BBC. "Jack Dearden".
  2. ^ BBC. "Jimmy Wagg".
  3. ^ BBC. "Ian Cheeseman".