11 Jan 2019 by John Edwards

Lights, camera, action - Alty are on BT Sport!


Altrincham’s promotion showdown with Chorley has attracted national television coverage after BT Sport announced that they are sending a reporter and camera to Victory Park tomorrow.

Launched a couple of years ago to give Sky’s Soccer Saturday a run for their money, BT Sport Score provides comprehensive score updates, reports and opinion from all the Saturday afternoon football action up and down the country and even across Europe.

Tomorrow, there is a non-League spotlight on one fixture from the Vanarama National League South and one from the Vanarama National League North, with Alty’s trip to table-topping Chorley winning the vote for this half of the country.

Presented by Mark Pougatch, with a panel of experts, and aired on BT Sport 1, the programme runs from 2.45pm to 5pm, and the intention is to have regular on-camera contributions from Victory Park throughout the afternoon.

A spokeswoman for the programme explained the level of coverage Alty fans can expect, by saying: ‘Our reporter onsite will be Connie McLaughlin, and she will be sending live reports into our show from the game. She will be on-site to do single camera in-vision reports, interviews and behind-the-scenes pieces.

‘We are delighted to welcome Altrincham and all their supporters to our programme, and we are hoping to provide pre-match interviews, post-match interviews and full-time flash interviews. These could be on the gantry, pitchside or in the dug-outs.

'Also, we actively encourage clubs and fans to contact us via our twitter handle, which is @btsportscore, throughout the day, and we try to be as interactive as we can.’

BT Sport have asked both clubs to co-operate with their proposed schedule for the day, and Alty boss Phil Parkinson readily agreed to be as accommodating as possible with plans that include a pre-match interview with the manager and/or a player, a 10-second in-game interview with the manager or a senior member of the coaching staff, 10-second half-time walk-and-talk interview with the manager or senior member of the coaching staff, full-time flash interview with the-man-of-the-match or captain and post-match interview with the manager and/or a player.

Parkinson and his players are hoping Alty fans are able to travel in their usual numbers and provide the sort of support that has proved so crucial to the team's success over the past 18 months, but those who can't make the game can now follow events on BT Sport, as well as Radio Robins.


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