Today shock news has broken that Soccer AM is being cancelled after almost 30 years on our screens.
The long-running show first aired in 1995 and has been a firm fan favourite ever since. Not just for its name sake of football coverage, but the show has also provided an invaluable platform for new music, a joy for casual clobber fashion fans as well as the undoubted comedy factor and comradery displayed between the presenters.
Soccer AM has indisputably been a Saturday morning staple for many a fan over the years and news of its axing has come as a major blow and shock to many.
Over the years, the show has showcased a number of presenters including Tim Lovejoy and Helen Chamberlain, and in more recent years by John Fendley (Fenners) and Jimmy Bullard who proved themselves to be an iconic duo.
Sky have said “Soccer AM has played an important role in our coverage of football for the past three decades, and we continually adapt to the evolving needs of our customers.“
Word on the grapevine states that the Soccer AM team were told about the decision on Tuesday (21 March), with employees said to be understandably devastated.
Fans of the show have also been upset by the news, with an outpouring of their distress via social media amidst reports suggesting that the show will be replaced by the Saturday Social.
Twitter comments have included:
“RIP Soccer Am quite possibly the best football show to grace the screens.”
“Soccer AM being cancelled for Saturday social, what a load of b*****ks @sky.”
“I’m fuming @SoccerAM will be AXED by @skytv at the end of the season. Surely a petition is already in place @jimmybullard @fennerstweets?”
“Save @SoccerAM!! unbelievable decision by @Sky @SkySports joke!! Idiots!!! Won’t be tuning into what they will be replacing it with anyway. I’m sure the lads will get snapped up by another network for a new show. @jimmybullard @fennerstweets Let’s make this happen #saveSoccerAM.”
The show sadly looks set to finish at the end of this football season.
We at The Songbird would like to thank Fenners and Jimmy for their support of music over the years, for having artists in the studio to chat, bands to perform live, songs played over the Goals of The Week feature as well as their featured Spotify playlist. All of these examples have, without doubt, been a major stepping block for new bands and artists. The dream of many bands and artists is to appear on Soccer AM, its a benchmark in their careers and to lose Soccer AM will be a major loss to the music industry as well as the football community.
The Songbird HQ