- Mark Chapman (broadcaster)
Mark Chapman Birth name Andrew Mark Chapman Born 11 October 1973
Rochdale, Lancashire, England
Show 5 Live Sport Station(s) BBC Radio Five Live Time slot Various Show Talk of the Terrace, Mark Chapman's World Cup Years Style Sports Presenter Country United Kingdom
Andrew Mark "Chappers" Chapman (born 11 October 1973 in Rochdale, Lancashire), also known as Chappers, is the main sports presenter on Radio 5 Live as well as presenting for BBC Sport on television, his mother is Emily Chapman and his father is Peter Chapman.
Chapman was born in Rochdale but spent the majority of his youth in the town of Sale on the other side of the city of Manchester. He attended Manchester Grammar School, and during his time there developed an interest in radio broadcasting, wanting to work for Radio 1 from the age of 13. He went on to achieve a degree in French and Business Studies from the University of Hull.
On 24 December 2009, Chappers made his final appearance on the Scott Mills Show, stating that he had enjoyed the past 10 years at Radio 1, but it was now time to move on to a more serious commitment to sports presenting.
In 2007, Chapman began presenting Five's Football Night, taking up the position following John Barnes' move to a more peripheral role on the show. He also narrates the Rugby League Raw show on BBC One that follows rugby league clubs taking part in the National League play-offs. He also presented Football Italia, on Five with Laura Esposto, when Five acquired the rights to show football matches from Serie A for the 2008/09 season from Bravo. He narrates the camera clip television show, When Sports Goes Bad. Chapman has also presented Match of the Day, The Football League Show and occasionally presents Final Score. Other work for the BBC includes hosting the London and South East edition of Late Kick Off, the BBC's regional Football League show, as well as a one-off documentary for Inside Sport about homosexuality in sport.
Chapman joined ESPN in 2009 as part of their Premier League coverage, hosting Talk of the Terrace along with Kelly Cates, as well as The Umpire Strikes Back on ESPN Classic. Chapman also presents the UK version of Steve Bunce.
On 29 December 2008, Chapman appeared on Celebrity Mastermind. His specialist subject was Premier League Football. He came second with 25 points.
Chapman wrote a monthly column for Shoot Monthly magazine. In 2010, he released his first book, entitled Heroes, Hairbands and Hissy Fits: Chappers' History of Modern Football, in which he gives a harsh critique of modern football and players both professional and part-time.
He also presented the Championship Manager Podcast Chappers' Premier League Podcast along with regular hosts Kevin Day and Graham Poll. However, as of the end of the 2010/2011 English Premier League season, the podcast is defunct.
Along with his ESPN colleague Kelly Cates, Chapman works as the in-ground host of all of the senior short-form international cricket matches played in England.
Chapman completed the 2008 Flora London Marathon for children's cancer charity CLIC Sargent.
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