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

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.

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.

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.

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.



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.

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.

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.

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.

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.