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Lochaber football fans have joined others from across Scotland to enjoy the wall-to-wall coverage by BBC Radio nan Gàidheal UEFA of the Euro 2020 competition.
For many Scottish football fans this is their first opportunity to hear experienced commentary teams reporting on their national team’s first appearance in a major international final since 1998 and their first appearance in a European Championship since 1996, when they also played England at Wembley.
And BBC Radio nan Gàidheal is committed to cover every kick of the ball and every twist and turn of the tournament, as Scotland begin their campaign to progress in the UEFA Euro 2020 competition.
Radio nan Gàidheal’s experienced commentary teams have promised to be at the heart of the action at the stadiums to keep their audience in touch with every heart-stopping moment and anticipate and analyse, celebrate and commiserate in their pre and post-match content.
For some of the Radio nan Gàidheal sports commentators it is their first time covering a major tournament with Scotland among the competing teams. Radio nan Gàidheal sports commentator Alasdair MacLennan said: ‘I was only four the last time Scotland’s men’s team were part of a major finals and have no memory of it.
‘Little did I think we would see Scotland at this year’s Euros after how the last 23 years have panned out and that we would be there, commentating on every twist and turn in Gàidhlig, something I’m immensely proud to be a part of. There are only three games in the group stage so, anything can happen.’
Sports presenter John Morrison worked with the BBC during the 1990 Fifa World Cup in Italy. He said: ‘It took me years to realise how fortunate I was to work for the BBC at Italia 90. At that time, we thought Scotland would be involved in every major competition but for 20 years we’ve been in the wilderness, watching other nations in the finals.
‘I can’t wait to see Steve Clarke’s team run out for the first game at Hampden. It will be a wonderful feeling to be back, and best of all you’ll hear every kick of the ball on BBC Radio nan Gaidheal.’
Tomorrow (Friday) presenter Niall Iain MacDonald and his A’ Mhadainn show on BBC Radio nan Gàidheal hope to spend time with up and coming audiences with a visit to Glasgow Gaelic School.
Also tomorrow, in anticipation of the meeting between England and Scotland, BBC ALBA will revisit a special programme in which fans recall memories of other occasions when the teams met at Wembley.
Scotland’s campaign will also be covered on BBC Radio nan Gàidheal’s scheduled news programmes as well as on BBC ALBA’s An Là and the regular Spòrscast podcast on BBC Sounds and Spòrs na Seachdain every Saturday morning between 9am and 10am.
The art of the commentator will be the subject of a special programme to be broadcast later in the tournament which follows one of the most familiar Gaelic football voices, Ailig O’Henley, in his journey from Uist to being in the hot seat connecting audiences with these premier events.
Football fans will hardly need reminding of the important dates in the tournament but listeners can note these important dates and times to tune in to Radio nan Gàidheal: Friday June 18, England v Scotland at 7.30pm to 10.30pm and Tuesday June 22, Croatia v Scotland from 7pm to 11pm.
Fort William fans Michael O’Mara and Callum MacLean face the camera on subjects ranging form ‘does Claggan Park have the best view of any football ground in Scotland’ to who they think will win the upcoming European Championships. The interview will be broadcast during programming on the Euros. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos
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