Belfast Telegraph

Own goal by BBC

Colin Murray, who is to leave BBC's Match of the Day 2 programme at the end of the season, will be sadly missed by many viewers. He brought the enthusiasm of the average fan to analysis of the games, daring to ask questions or make observations which chimed with supporters' views.

Lineker, Hansen, Shearer, Lawrenson and most of the other analysts of the main Match of the Day programme certainly have experience in the professional game to call upon, but their punditry is predictable and pedestrian, and seems as remote from the fans as the privileged players they comment upon.

Football is all about passion and Murray gave us that.

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