Ed Chamberlin looking forward to presenting Saints matches on Sky Sports

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ED Chamberlin cannot wait for his “dream” first date presenting Saints on Sky Sports.

The Southampton fan has seen his wish come true with his team back in the Premier League at the same time as he is the face of Sky’s coverage of the division.

That will mean a first ever opportunity to present a game featuring Saints when they get the prime slot on Sunday August 19, with a 4pm kick-off at champions Manchester City.

Chamberlin, though, insists he will remain neutral.

“I’ve never presented a Southampton game before,” he said.

“I’m not worried about it in the slightest though because you have to be professional, but my first Super Sunday of the season to have this game is a dream for me.

"Three years ago Saints and myself were in a similar situation – I was in Southampton hospital recovering from cancer and the club was going bust in front of my eyes"

Ed Chamberlin

“When I looked at the fixtures the first thing I looked at was when my first game at St Mary’s would be and it’s turned out to be another Super Sunday against Manchester United on September 2.

"Despite all that, it won’t be difficult at all to stay neutral – of course I would be disappointed if we got beat by seven at City but it’s work for me so it won’t be a problem.”

Chamberlin’s rise to the very top of the sports presenting world has had its highs and lows, most notably when he was diagnosed with stomach cancer in 2009 and had to take a period off work.

Now, though, he is riding high at the very pinnacle of his profession and is delighted to see Saints doing the same.

“I’ve ridden the ride,” he laughed.

“I’ve lived down here all my life and been through all the ups and downs.

“Three years ago Saints and myself were in a similar situation – I was in Southampton hospital recovering from cancer and the club was going bust in front of my eyes.

“I’m back in business and doing my job and I’m so glad Saints are back in business and doing so well too.

“If I’m being truthful, I pinch myself most days when I do my job as the face of the Premier League on Sky.

“When you come back from an illness and then when you throw what has happened with Southampton in the mix as well, it is magical.”

Chamberlin is also bullish about Saints’ Premier League survival prospects.

“Absolutely they can survive,” he reckoned.

“Southampton have got to take inspiration from Norwich and Swansea last season.

“It’s such a well run club and Nigel Adkins has got them so united.

“That togetherness is amazing.

“Jay Rodriguez is an excellent signing and, from what I hear, there might be three or four more.

“So they are in really good shape and I think they will be OK.”

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11:59am Fri 6 Jul 12

seany1966 says...

"WHAT YOU HEAR THERE MAY BE THREE OR FOUR MORE " Please tell us more ;0).. what did you hear... name names
"WHAT YOU HEAR THERE MAY BE THREE OR FOUR MORE " Please tell us more ;0).. what did you hear... name names seany1966

12:04pm Fri 6 Jul 12

Confucious says...

Play it carefully of course Ed, but maybe sneak in a touch of Saints bias under the radar. Eg: Opening question to studio pundits: "So, do you think, as the bookies suggest, the greedy, egotistical Man City posers, still fat from their ultra luxury holidays and tired from sh@gging their trophy wags and chavvy hangers on, will be able to overcome this lean, hungry, hardworking, down to earth, team-centred and thoroughly nice Saints squad, which is nonetheless littered with individual flair and talent?"
Play it carefully of course Ed, but maybe sneak in a touch of Saints bias under the radar. Eg: Opening question to studio pundits: "So, do you think, as the bookies suggest, the greedy, egotistical Man City posers, still fat from their ultra luxury holidays and tired from sh@gging their trophy wags and chavvy hangers on, will be able to overcome this lean, hungry, hardworking, down to earth, team-centred and thoroughly nice Saints squad, which is nonetheless littered with individual flair and talent?" Confucious

12:05pm Fri 6 Jul 12

ToastyTea says...

Didn't know he was a Saints fan, good stuff.
Didn't know he was a Saints fan, good stuff. ToastyTea

12:21pm Fri 6 Jul 12

St Retford says...

I thought he'd gone to Arsenal?
I thought he'd gone to Arsenal? St Retford

1:04pm Fri 6 Jul 12

Dickosfc says...

Just shows the difference in class doesn't it: We have Ed Chamberlin Sky's face of the Premier League and the fish fiddlers have their beloved Fred Dinenage! hahahaha
Just shows the difference in class doesn't it: We have Ed Chamberlin Sky's face of the Premier League and the fish fiddlers have their beloved Fred Dinenage! hahahaha Dickosfc

1:37pm Fri 6 Jul 12

kev63 says...

Confucious wrote:
Play it carefully of course Ed, but maybe sneak in a touch of Saints bias under the radar. Eg: Opening question to studio pundits: "So, do you think, as the bookies suggest, the greedy, egotistical Man City posers, still fat from their ultra luxury holidays and tired from sh@gging their trophy wags and chavvy hangers on, will be able to overcome this lean, hungry, hardworking, down to earth, team-centred and thoroughly nice Saints squad, which is nonetheless littered with individual flair and talent?"
That made me chuckle :-)
[quote][p][bold]Confucious[/bold] wrote: Play it carefully of course Ed, but maybe sneak in a touch of Saints bias under the radar. Eg: Opening question to studio pundits: "So, do you think, as the bookies suggest, the greedy, egotistical Man City posers, still fat from their ultra luxury holidays and tired from sh@gging their trophy wags and chavvy hangers on, will be able to overcome this lean, hungry, hardworking, down to earth, team-centred and thoroughly nice Saints squad, which is nonetheless littered with individual flair and talent?"[/p][/quote]That made me chuckle :-) kev63

2:04pm Fri 6 Jul 12

OzSaintDave75 says...

kev63 wrote:
Confucious wrote:
Play it carefully of course Ed, but maybe sneak in a touch of Saints bias under the radar. Eg: Opening question to studio pundits: "So, do you think, as the bookies suggest, the greedy, egotistical Man City posers, still fat from their ultra luxury holidays and tired from sh@gging their trophy wags and chavvy hangers on, will be able to overcome this lean, hungry, hardworking, down to earth, team-centred and thoroughly nice Saints squad, which is nonetheless littered with individual flair and talent?"
That made me chuckle :-)
Ah Confucious...in the uncertainty of the current times, us Saints supporters can always rely on you for strength of character and humour....may the force be with you (and the Saints)...always
[quote][p][bold]kev63[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Confucious[/bold] wrote: Play it carefully of course Ed, but maybe sneak in a touch of Saints bias under the radar. Eg: Opening question to studio pundits: "So, do you think, as the bookies suggest, the greedy, egotistical Man City posers, still fat from their ultra luxury holidays and tired from sh@gging their trophy wags and chavvy hangers on, will be able to overcome this lean, hungry, hardworking, down to earth, team-centred and thoroughly nice Saints squad, which is nonetheless littered with individual flair and talent?"[/p][/quote]That made me chuckle :-)[/p][/quote]Ah Confucious...in the uncertainty of the current times, us Saints supporters can always rely on you for strength of character and humour....may the force be with you (and the Saints)...always OzSaintDave75

2:11pm Fri 6 Jul 12

Alicesdad says...

Dickosfc wrote:
Just shows the difference in class doesn't it: We have Ed Chamberlin Sky's face of the Premier League and the fish fiddlers have their beloved Fred Dinenage! hahahaha
I remember when Fred Dinenage presented a TV programme called "How".

Fred was the comical one, Bunty James was the maternal one, Jonathan Miller was the science one and Jack Hargreaves was the huntin' shootin and Fishin one.

It was the last time Fred had anything like a good team around him.
[quote][p][bold]Dickosfc[/bold] wrote: Just shows the difference in class doesn't it: We have Ed Chamberlin Sky's face of the Premier League and the fish fiddlers have their beloved Fred Dinenage! hahahaha[/p][/quote]I remember when Fred Dinenage presented a TV programme called "How". Fred was the comical one, Bunty James was the maternal one, Jonathan Miller was the science one and Jack Hargreaves was the huntin' shootin and Fishin one. It was the last time Fred had anything like a good team around him. Alicesdad

3:31pm Fri 6 Jul 12

St Retford says...

Alicesdad wrote:
Dickosfc wrote:
Just shows the difference in class doesn't it: We have Ed Chamberlin Sky's face of the Premier League and the fish fiddlers have their beloved Fred Dinenage! hahahaha
I remember when Fred Dinenage presented a TV programme called "How".

Fred was the comical one, Bunty James was the maternal one, Jonathan Miller was the science one and Jack Hargreaves was the huntin' shootin and Fishin one.

It was the last time Fred had anything like a good team around him.
Wasn't that with Carol Vorderman and Gaz Top, or was this an earlier version?
[quote][p][bold]Alicesdad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dickosfc[/bold] wrote: Just shows the difference in class doesn't it: We have Ed Chamberlin Sky's face of the Premier League and the fish fiddlers have their beloved Fred Dinenage! hahahaha[/p][/quote]I remember when Fred Dinenage presented a TV programme called "How". Fred was the comical one, Bunty James was the maternal one, Jonathan Miller was the science one and Jack Hargreaves was the huntin' shootin and Fishin one. It was the last time Fred had anything like a good team around him.[/p][/quote]Wasn't that with Carol Vorderman and Gaz Top, or was this an earlier version? St Retford

8:38pm Fri 6 Jul 12

lordshill loyal says...

nice one ed.from one saints fan to another.please join the campaign to save oaklands swimming pool.all the best for the future.c o y r
nice one ed.from one saints fan to another.please join the campaign to save oaklands swimming pool.all the best for the future.c o y r lordshill loyal

9:03am Sat 7 Jul 12

Condor Man says...

Alicesdad wrote:
Dickosfc wrote:
Just shows the difference in class doesn't it: We have Ed Chamberlin Sky's face of the Premier League and the fish fiddlers have their beloved Fred Dinenage! hahahaha
I remember when Fred Dinenage presented a TV programme called "How".

Fred was the comical one, Bunty James was the maternal one, Jonathan Miller was the science one and Jack Hargreaves was the huntin' shootin and Fishin one.

It was the last time Fred had anything like a good team around him.
you're right there, I watched Meridian Tonight yesterday and it made South Today look professional
[quote][p][bold]Alicesdad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dickosfc[/bold] wrote: Just shows the difference in class doesn't it: We have Ed Chamberlin Sky's face of the Premier League and the fish fiddlers have their beloved Fred Dinenage! hahahaha[/p][/quote]I remember when Fred Dinenage presented a TV programme called "How". Fred was the comical one, Bunty James was the maternal one, Jonathan Miller was the science one and Jack Hargreaves was the huntin' shootin and Fishin one. It was the last time Fred had anything like a good team around him.[/p][/quote]you're right there, I watched Meridian Tonight yesterday and it made South Today look professional Condor Man

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