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Life's a Pitch is Back
Monday, 13th Jun 2022 07:30

BBC Radio Suffolk’s Life’s a Pitch is to return ahead of the 2022/23 season.

Life’s a Pitch was halted during the pandemic and has been missing from the schedules for the last two seasons.

However, the show will return on July 9th with host Mark Murphy joined by legend-in-residence Terry Butcher, TWTD’s Phil Ham and Tractor Boy.

Murphy will be moving to weekend shows this summer with Life’s a Pitch, which will be back in its usual 12-2pm slot, part of a new four-hour Saturday programme, The Show of Two Halves.

“I’ll be finishing the breakfast show on 24th June,” Murphy explained. “The 3.30 alarm calls have taken their toll but I’m super-excited to be hosting two new big weekend shows.

“The Saturday show will include the return of the much-missed Life’s a Pitch, which will see the whole gang return, Terry Butcher, Phil Ham, a now very tall Tractor Boy and even Captain Canary. We’ll have some big name ITFC guests dropping by each week.”

Ham added: “I'm looking forward to spending my Saturday lunchtimes with Mark, Terry and Tractor Boy once again, hopefully during a season to remember. You never know, I might finally even get my own jingle.”

Life’s a Pitch began in August 2011 with Kevin Beattie the show’s original legend-in-residence joining Ham, Murphy and a wide variety of Town-related guests, from Blues stars of the past and present, club staff and supporters from all over the globe.

Photo: Tractor Boy's Dad

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Tractorgirlforever added 07:40 - Jun 13
So pleased to hear this will be returning. I have some great memories from this show, especially having my photo taken with 'the beat'. Much treasured x

sohamblue added 07:55 - Jun 13
Brilliant, part of the match day build up listening to Murph Butch and Phil on our 50 mile journey to Portman Road.

CavendishBlue added 08:11 - Jun 13
3-1 !!!!

itsonlyme added 08:20 - Jun 13
Great news! Listen to it in the car on the way to the ground!

ellaandred added 09:01 - Jun 13
Good news. I,also, listen in the car on the way to the ground.

OldClactonBlue added 09:01 - Jun 13
Excellent news

ericclacton added 09:23 - Jun 13
Wonderful stuff Phil, i love that show.

not_a_witty_name added 09:37 - Jun 13
It'll be great to hear it again

herfie added 09:51 - Jun 13
Great news - much missed, but now another step towards ‘reassuringly normal’!

Interesting will be the club’s approach to the show’s return. Hopefully will see it as a great opportunity to connect and communicate meaningfully with supporters. Rather than, under previous regimes, viewing it with a degree of suspicion, with stilted and ‘say nothing much’ interviews! COYB!

muccletonjoe added 10:10 - Jun 13
Love this programme. Has been sorely missed

Bobbiesboys added 10:19 - Jun 13
Great to see it returning. I

bluediver added 10:59 - Jun 13
Great to know that it's returning as I used to listen every week. No idea why Radio Suffolk dropped it in the first place as it was so popular. Maybe Phil is taking a pay cut to let it come back ;)

Monkey_Blue added 11:50 - Jun 13
Love the show but living in kent won’t benefit me. 😢

DJR added 13:06 - Jun 13
Monkey Blue: you can listen to it live on the BBC Sounds app. You can also listen on the app to the build up to the match from 2pm, and Final Whistle from 5pm, but not to the match itself (without subscribing through I-Follow). I listen to Final Whistle on the way home on the train after home games.

IpswichT62OldBoy added 13:18 - Jun 13
And the joy goes on.

Wooly74 added 15:21 - Jun 13
Can’t say it interests me personally, the BBC’s coverage of us is terrible and bias towards that lot up the road

Edmundo added 15:36 - Jun 13
Give it a shot, Wooly, you might just love it.

FramlinghamBlue added 15:37 - Jun 13
Good point well made Wooly. Insightful comment

PhilTWTD added 16:16 - Jun 13

Indeed, me, Mark and Terry Butcher are well-known for our Canary sympathies.

Tufty added 18:42 - Jun 13
Glad to see it's back. No show like it back at home in Derbyshire. Radio Derby just have the show with the commentary. Enjoy listening on the way to PR. Helps the journey pass once you get to Cambridge

tearsofthetown added 18:48 - Jun 13
I thought the show had gone forever. Great news! A proper programme!

bingboast added 23:04 - Jun 13
Lets start the new season of with a major transfer to bring the town better chances to win games, transfer Alex Mathie to Norwich, my wife is fed up of me saying, "well thats another game lost", when ever his name came up as second commentator at our games last seaon, hes a jinx I'm afraid, good player but bad omen. !!!!!

Wooly74 added 07:06 - Jun 14
I do love how my obvious comments can attract negativity from others. I’m expressing a personal opinion and I’m sort of it doesn’t meet everyone’s approval. The very obvious left wing BBC needs to look at its general coverage is all I’m saying on football in this part of the World, especially if it wants more Town fans to tune in as we head to PR on a Saturday.

Wooly74 added 07:07 - Jun 14
I’m sure

IpswichT62OldBoy added 09:25 - Jun 14
Thank you Wooly,
I had not thought of Life's a Pitch as crypto-Maxrxist sleeper cell run by the BBC to promolgate theories of class war and politicise the masses.
Now the blinkers are removed I shall only listen with my fingers in my ears.

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