Category Archives: The Commentary Box

Almost Christmas on the Commentary Box

It’s almost Chrismas and the normal football fixtures and going to be building up. With only Scottish football being played on Christmas eve and notEnglish games until Monday we looked forward to the festivities.

Not easy for two players in the premiership. Luis Suarez and John Terry. With all that is being chucked about in regards to the racism both Suarez and Terry have allegidly said. How can there still be racism in football in the 21st centaury?

With still 60 days to go before motorsports comes back to our screens to look at what is going on in F1, BSB,World SBK and MotoGP. With new contracts, new teams and team name changes in all the formulas of motorsports.

News of Mark Cavendish winning the BBC sports personality of the year a trully diserving winner of this award along with Novak Djokovic winning overseas SPOTY with England winning the team and coach Tim Flowers winning the Coach of the year leading England to the Ashes in 2011.

Next Friday being the end of the year Steve and myself will be looking back of the last twelve months of sporting greats and not so greats. There will alos be a few moments to think of those who lost there lives in 2011.

Merry Christmas to all everyone.

Dave Turner

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Friday in the Commentrary Box

Well another Friday and another set of international games being played. Most important game of the night Was the Republic of Ireland’s away game in Estonia. With a great 4-0 away win they have one foot on the plane to Poland and Ukrane for next years European championship.

I have to admit that I’ve gone off the focus of England games due to the poor showing over the last few years in both competitve and friendly games. But still we did mention the game coming up on Saturday with both Worlf and European champions Spain. Looking like a foregone conclusion of a Spanish win we chose not to dwell too long on this game.

Looking for ward to the almost never ending F1 season we had a look at the free practice 1 & 2 taking place at the Yas Marine circut in the UAE. As normal I tend not to take too much from these practice sesions as anything can happen in qualifying for the race day. So, it is still nice to see both Jenson Button and Lews Hamilton back up there. After all the noise made by the press over the previous few races that Lewis Hamilton is no longer the racer he use to be. With just one more race left of the season in Brasil in a couple of weeks time we all know who is the best and who got the wooden spoon for the 2012 seaon.

Still on motorsport we wished Rob Guiver all the best as instead of taking a couple of weeks off work he choose to take a busmans holiday and race in the last two meetings of the Spanish championship. With one race on Sunday 13th and last race next Sunday 20th any more track time for these guys is a bonus. Many of the Brits are iding in both races and what a way to spend 10 days off of work.

And not forgetting the Essex Spartans having there try outs for the 2012 season on Sunday 20th and 27th at Hannikins Farm, Billericay from 12-2pm.

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Rob Guiver live on air

Last night we were joined in the studio by Rob Guiver from the Sunoco British 125 GP championship. After his 3rd place in the support series to the British super bike series Rob has now called it a day on the 125’s and is hoping to move up to the 600 class. With the big money needed to move it looks hard not just for Rob but for many other riders to be able to get a seat next season. But with good backing he can go far next season.

There are also some great games over the weekend including Arsenal’s visit to Chelsea, Man City take on Wolves again in just a few days after Wolves lost 5-2 in the Carling Cup. Local games includ Colchester at home to Notts County; Macclesfield v Southend and Dagenham to trip to Bristol Rovers.  Brentwood Town traveling this week to Waltham Forrest after a great 5-0 away win at Cheshunt.

Next Friday from 8pm we will be talking about the last few F1 races from South Korea and India after Sebastian Vettel clinch the world championship at the Japanese GP at Suzuka.

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Try outs for Essex Spartans

Almost forgot, if you are a fan of American football and fancy giving it a go yourself then you can go and try out for the Essex Spartans on Sundday 20th and Sunday 27th November at Hanakins Farm, Billericay or go to for further details.

We will keep you upto date on all the goings on as they head towards a new season next year.

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Update from the Commentary Box

This was a very exciting evening that I’d been wait for a few days now. We were joined in the studio by SteveWatson and Sean Beaton from Essex Spartans American football team. The guys popped in to talk about this weekends big game between Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers taking place at London’s very own Wembley. This is the one game a year that takes place here in the UK so it was time for a good chat about all the gongs on within the NFL since the league started a few weeks ago.

Then it was time to talk about our very own domestic league of soccer. Sorry football. With the biggest game this weekend being City v United of Manchester taking charge. Also looking at local teams Dagenham & Redbridge v Aldershot who will be up against Manchester United on Tuesday night. Brentwood face Lowerstoft in the FA Trophy Saturday.

Next Friday we will try to get a full update on all the local teams involved in the FA trophy from this weeknd and also, the studio guest for next Friday will be British 125GP rider Rob Guiver all from 8pm only here on Phoenix FM.



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It all went Pete Tong!!!!!

Just got the bad news from Steve Watson of the Essex Spartans that the first play off game ended badly. Sorry to say the boys from Billericay lost 7-0 to Lancashire Wolverines today.

So it’s back to the drawing board for Steve Sean and the rest of the boys and hopefully next season will bring better luck.

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Friday’s Commentry box

Looking forward to another full fixture of football, British Super bikes and the Essex Spartans play off game agaist Lancashire Wolvernes.

Live on air was Rob Guiver leader in the Sunoco British 125 GP championship. As normal Rob was very optermistic at the chance of winning this weekend. With his race not starting until 5.30pm there’s lots of spaire time to get physced up for the last race of the day late on Monday evening.

We also wished Sean and Steve of the Essex Spartans the very best of luck against Lancashire in the days play off for Sunday afternoon.

Plus F1 is back again kicking off the second half of the season from Spa in Belgium. Can we get another British win with McClaren looking strong after a three week break?
Catch up with all the goings on every Friday evening from 8pm with myself Dave Turner going over all the latest sports.

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The weekend sporting round up

With another Friday upon us allready and the Scottish football league kicking off on Saturday it was time to talk football. With Rangers kicking things off with an early 12.45 KO and the rest on Saturday afternoon and one game on Sunday. Such a short time since the end of league and start of a new season we are now looking forward to all the English games starting in a couple of weeks time.  Southend entertained Ipswich on Friday night with a 1-1 draw in this local friendly. Plenty of football coming up the next few weeks both friendly and competitive games we will be following as many as possible.

F1 had there day again on Sunday witha  quick preview of the German GP and a review of the British GP at Silverstone. Great racing from Alonso with Red Bull showing they are beatable.

Odd sport of the week came in the shape of Bog snoggling from Wales. Yes a sport for some and silly by others.  Further invvestigations into weard and wonderfull strange sports coming up over the coming weeks.

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Back on track

Just a couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of having current BSB 125 championship leader Rob Guiver in the studio for the full two hours. Was great to find out how life is like on the 125 circuit. With looking forward to the next round that was at Knockhill in Scotland Rob couldnt wait to get back in the saddle and get racing. Talking about the magic man behind the bike is a certain Steve Patrickson. This man has raced agaisnt some of the biggest and best names on two wheels. From world chamions Car Forarty, Loris Capirossi, to legands of two wheels such as Nobby Ueda, Jorge Martinez, Dirk Raudies, Fausto Gresini. Even some of the best classic BSB riders, John Reynolds, Leon Camier, Michael Laverty, Leon Haslam, Ian Lougher, Rob Orme, And little know Moto GP world champion Casey Stoner


Over the remianing part of the season I will be talking to Rob and everpopping over to Brands Hatch to see how the season pans out for the local rider from Rainham.

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It’s all football

It was with great pleasure that Friday we spoke to Steve Watson and Sean Benton from the Essex Spartans American football team. With just three games to go of the normal season and with an eye on the play offs for a place in Division 1 east next season. With last home game of the season being played on Sunday afternoon against Maidstone Pumas the Spartans made easy work of winning 50-0 to leave just two games remaning of the season. We will hopefully manage to talk to Steve in the next couple of weeks to ensure they have made the play offs. You can keep upto date on


Also in the studio for the first time in over two months was Mike Burchett. Talk local community football and how great the Forest Glade 5 a side competition run at the end of May. With over 130 teams taking part agin this was a great sucess for Forest Glade.  Now we are getting close to the start of a new football season parents and kids are now looking for new teams to play for. Along with teams searching for new players of all ages both boys and gilrs alike.

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John Moncur Chats to Phoenix FM

Last Saturday Brentwood Town FC celebrated St Georges Day in style with their Help for Heroes charity day.  A crowd of 763 included former West Ham players Julian Dicks and John Moncur.

Julian Dicks and John Moncur

John spoke to me about the gap between Premier League football and that in the Ryman League and discussed whether former professional players can really influence the current state of English football.

To listen to the interview click below

Phoenix FM Interview With John Moncur

The last home match of the season is at the Brentwood Arena on Saturday from 3PM against Wingate & Finchley. The result of this match will determine who Brentwood Town plays in the play-offs.

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Local Sport 15th of April

Last week on the Commentary Box we spoke to Keith Woodcock, breaking the news that both Julian Dicks and John Moncur will be at the St Georges Day match at the Brentwood Arena against Cheshunt.  Gates open tomorrow at midday with the fun starting at 12.15.

The fixture is in aid of Help For Heroes.  The Mayor of Brentwood Cllr David Tee will be there, as will The Romford Drum and Trumpet Corps Marching Band performing on the pitch.  Tune in to the Commentary Box tonight for more news on the fixture and a recap on the auction lots including an England shirt and FA pennant signed by Sir Trevor Brooking and 2x season tickets for Brentwood Town’s campaign next year.

In last week’s show we also covered an exciting night in Super League and the Football League with both Southend and Norwich winning.  We also previewed an exciting weekend of sport at the time of year when cricket and football feature heavily.

We looked ahead to the Chinese Grand Prix, arguably one of the most exciting Grand Prix races in recent history.

Join Dan Westram and Dave Turner along with me this evening from 8.

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The Sport Show – 8 April

This Friday Dan Westram and I looked forward to the Malaysian Grand Prix along with Mark Falcon. We were also joined on the phone by Brentwood Town’s Keith Woodcock, speaking about the Help For Heroes fundraiser at the Brentwood Arena on the 23rd of April – Gates open at 12.30 and the match v Cheshunt starts at 3. Keith also promised us some exclusive news on this week’s show.

We also spoke to Mark Sexton from The Lakeside Hammers as they started their season with a win at home to Belle Vue.

Join us this coming froday from 8pm for the exclusive Brentwood Town news.

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Cage Fighting on the Commentary Box

We were joined in The Commentary Box by Spencer Hewitt and Jonathan Williams, prior to the Ultimate Cage Fighting Championship round at the Brentwood Centre.

Spencer spoke about his anticipation for the event, preserving his undefeated record. Jonathan ahead of his debut.

We discussed the preconceptions of cage fighting, incorporating martial arts, how quickly some of the fights can last as well.

To listen to the interview again, click here.

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Romford Retired Greyhound Owners’ Association on The Commentary Box

This week on The Commentary Box we were joined in the studio by Caroline from the RGOA, the Romford retired greyhound owners’ association. Caroline discussed the work of the association in rehoming well over 100 ex-racing greyhounds each year.

Located in North Ockendon, the RGOA are always looking for volunteers, help with fostering dogs or anyone interested in rehoming a greyhound. The association makes sure a dog is well suited to each specific home environment, matching child-friendly or cat-friendly dogs when required.

Caroline spoke about the ability to sponsor a dog from £5 a month if homing a greyhound is not possible.

There are a number of fundraising events, including curry nights and sponsored walks, which Caroline spoke about. To listen again to the interview click here.

More information is available from the RGOA website at

The RGOA can also be contacted daytimes on 01708 640895.

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The Commentary Box – 25 February

This week on The Commentary Box Steve Robertson, Dan Westram and Dave Turner discussed football with the Carling Cup final one of the highlights if the weekend. We looked at the latest in the Cricket World Cup as Ireland looked to be the top of the non test playing sides.

We were also joined by Mark Falcon, previous host of the 5 Speed Cassette podcast. We spoke to Mark about his views for the formula one season after looking at early testing. We also discussed whether the Bahrain Grand Prix is likely to be rescheduled.

Local football again suffered at the hands of the weather.

Join us this Friday from 8-10pm for The Commentary Box, talking greyhounds and cage fighting.

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The Commentary Box in February

This month we’ve already had Mike Burchett from Forest Glade FC in the studio speaking about the latest goings on in youth football. Mike was also joined in the studio by Sean Briscomb, head of the youth section for Essex Redbacks Baseball Club, who are located at Forest Glade.

All the information on Essex Redbacks Youth is available from their website at

Forest Glade FC’s website is at

Join Dan Westram and Dave Turner along with Steve Robertson every Friday for weekend sport previews and a review of the past week’s action. Over the next few weeks we’ll have a few guests in the studio from sports as varied as cage fighting and greyhound racing.

The Commentary Box, every Friday on Phoenix FM from 8-10pm.

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The Commentary Box – 18 February

On The Commentary Box tonight Steve Robertson, Dave Turner and Tony Smith looked ahead to what turned out to be a reduced football programme in the Ryman League Premier and Division One North. Many fixtures were called off due to waterlogged pitches, including the matches involving both Brentwood and Billericay.

The local league sides still played, keeping up their run of recent form.

We looked ahead to the Cricket World Cup, speaking of the bust time England’s cricketers have had since the Ashes series begun

We discussed the Formula One Championship as the race in Bahrain was looking less likely. The season opening Grand Prix will now be on the last weekend in March in Australia.

Join us every Friday for the Commentary Box on Phoenix FM.

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The Commentary Box – 28 January

This Friday on The Commentary Box we kept an eye on the evening’s football action, as Colchester came a goal down in just 35 seconds to beat Peterborough 2-1 at the Western Homes Community Stadium. We also looked forward to the weekend’s action nationally and locally and in the 4th round of the FA Cup.

Local Results as follows:

FA Cup:-
Swansea 1-2 Leyton Orient

Npower League Two:-
Barnet 0-2 Southend

Blue Square South:-
Braintree 2-0 Woking
Staines 2-1 Chelmsford
Thurrock 2-1 Eastleigh

Ryman Premier:-
Hornchurch 0-2 Horsham
Billericay 4-2 Folkstone I
Concord R 1-6 Wealdstone
Hastings 0-1 Canvey
Sutton U 2-1 Aveley

Ryman Div 1 North:-
East Thurrock 1-2 Heybridge
Harlow 1-0 Great Wakering
Ilford 1-2 Tilbury
Maldon & Tiptree 1-1 Brentwood
Redbridge 0-2 Enfield
Romford 1-3 Needham Market
Waltham Abbey 2-0 Grays

We were full of optimism for Andy Murray and his plan to become the first British winner of a Grand Slam tournament in 75 years. We also featured disability sports with the World Paralympic Athletics Championship in New Zealand.

Join us next Friday for the Community Football Surgery, with Forest Glade FC’s Mike Burchett.

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The Commentary Box – 21 January

This Friday on The Commentary Box, Steve Robertson & Dave Turner kept up to date with the very latest from Roots Hall as Southend eventually drew 1-1 with Bury after a goal 5 minutes into injury time.

As well as looking forward to the League matches on Saturday, including a 2-2 draw for West Ham at Everton and Liverpool’s first win theis century under Kenny Dalgleish we also looked forward to the local matches, results as follows:-

Blue Square South
Braintree Town 3 – 1 Hampton & Richmond
Chelmsford 4 – 1 Bishop’s Stortford
Maidenhead 1 – 3 Thurrock

Premier Division
Aveley 0 – 1 Billericay Town
Canvey Island 3 – 0 Maidstone United
Carshalton Ath 0 – 0 AFC Hornchurch
Horsham 1 – 3 Concord Rangers

Division One North
Brentwood Town 2 – 0 Romford
Grays Athletic 4 – 1 Thamesmead Town
Great Wakering Rvs 1 – 3 Waltham Abbey
Heybridge Swifts 2 – 3 Redbridge
Needham Market 3 – 0 East Thurrock United
Potters Bar Town 0 – 1 Ilford
Tilbury 2 – 0 Harlow Town

We also had our regular update on the press coverage for the 2012 Olympics, again mainly concerning the stadium tennants after the game.

Good news for British tennis at the Australian Open for both Andy and Jamie Murray. Andy looking on form and Jamie doing well in the doubles.

The Commentary Box. Every Friday from 8-10pm.

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The Commentary Box – 14 January

As usual on The Commentary Box, we had a look back at the week’s sport and looked forward to the weekend’s fixtures results as follows:-

Ryman Premier:-
Aveley 1-0 Horsham
Canvey Island 2-0 Margate
Sutton united 1-1 Concord Rangers
Tonbridge Angels 3-1 Billericay Town

D1 North:-
Cheshunt 2-3 Romford
East Thurrock 3-2 Great Wakering
Harlow Town 1-2 Grays Athletic
Ilford 0-1 Waltham Forest
Tilbury 3-4 Heybridge Swifts
Wingate & Finchley 0-2 Ware

Other talk included a look ahead to new car launches and driver changes in Formula One, the very latest cricket news from down-under as England play Australia in T20 and 50 over matches and more discussions about the Olympic stadium use after the 2012 Olympics.

Join Steve Robertson, Dan Westram and Dave Turner every Friday from 8-10PM.

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The Commentary Box – 7 January

A week into 2011 and we were celebrating England not just retaining but winning the Ashes. Much of the news coverage was on the same subject.

As well as looking forward to the weekend’s FA Cup round 3 action with Dave Turner and Mike Jones , we had our usual look at the weekend’s local non-league fixtures and local action away from football. We had just got the news through that Roy Keane hed left Ipswich and at the time of the show Roy Hodgson was still officially the manager of Liverpool, proof that a week is a long time in sport as well as politics.

Dave Turner paid tribute to former British Boxing Champion Gary Mason, who passed away at the age of 48. Described by Lennox Lewis as the hardest hitter of his time.

Snooker has us turning to The Masters and we kept an eye on the Rugby updates.

Join Steve Robertson, Dave Turner and Dan Westram tomorrow for a look over the past week’s sport and ahead to the weekend’s action.

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