EXCLUSIVE: Sky confirm Soccer AM will be AXED at the end of the season after nearly 30 years on TV as final decision is made on the popular show’s future… with the last episode set to air on May 27
- Soccer AM first aired in 1995 and has proved a popular show with football fans
- It was reported in March that the show could finish at the end of the season
- After a consultation process, it has now been confirmed the show will be axed
Soccer AM is to be axed, bosses have confirmed.
In March, it was reported that the longstanding Saturday morning show would finish at the end of the season after close to 30 years on the nation’s screens.
However, presenter John ‘Fenners’ Fendley later took to social media to deny a final decision had been made. And Sky themselves remained tight-lipped, other than to say the channel’s coverage would be evolving as part of a consultation process.
Mail Sport can disclose that the consultation has now concluded and the 27 May episode of the 90-minute programme will indeed be the last.
The move brings down the curtain on what was, at its peak, a matchday staple.
John ‘Fenners’ Fendley denied that a decision had been made on the show’s future in March, but Soccer AM will now be axed after Sky made a final call following a consultation process
Tim Lovejoy (left) and Helen Chamberlain (right) were closely-linked with the show that started back in 1995
Created in 1995 on the back of the mid-90s music and football boom, it combined the pair and kick-started the careers of a number of bands.
Features, including car park and crossbar challenges, captured the imagination while Soccer AM was also responsible for a campaign to introduce a gold star to England’s shirt to recognise the 1966 World Cup win.
The two presenters most closely-linked to the show, Tim Lovejoy and Helen Chamberlain, left in 2007 and 2017 respectively. Its final hosts are Fendley and former Wigan, Fulham and Peterborough playmaker Jimmy Bullard.
Sky Sports Managing Director Jonathan Licht said: ‘We’d like to thank the Soccer AM team for their professionalism during a difficult period. We would also like to thank them, and all their former colleagues, for their contribution to Sky Sports over three amazing decades.’