The AFL Footy Show
is a Logie Award
winning Australian sports television program
, shown on the Nine Network
and its affiliates.
This show is the original of the two versions of the program, which is dedicated to the AFL and Australian rules football. The other relates to the NRL and rugby league on The NRL Footy Show. As they are shown in distinct geographical regions, according to areas where one or other sport predominates, there is little room for confusion.
version of the show airs twice each week:
- A Thursday night program, shown at 9.30 p.m. AEST, and
- A Sunday morning program, shown at 11:00 a.m. AEST
, South Australia
, Western Australia
and Tasmania The AFL Footy Show
is aired. The alternate
version of Thursday's NRL Footy Show
would then go to air later that Thursday night. The alternate
show on Sunday is not aired in addition to the regularly scheduled version.
As of 2008 The AFL Footy Show could be seen live into most New South Wales and Queensland TV markets via the Nine HD channel.
The AFL Footy Show
on Sunday was followed by Any Given Sunday
, a show that looked at all sports around the world, as well as previewing the AFL matches for that day. Any Given Sunday
was discontinued in 2007.
Origins and Format
The AFL Footy Show
had its origins in 1993 when a special Grand Final Edition of The Sunday Footy Show
aired on the Thursday night before the AFL Grand Final
. The program was then extended and started as a regular program in 1994, and was hosted by former Network Ten
reporter Eddie McGuire
, and joined by former Geelong
champion John "Sam" Newman
and comedian Trevor Marmalade
. They are usually joined by three current and former football players in a panel format.
In 2006, after Eddie McGuire's appointment as CEO of the Nine Network, he stepped down as host of the program and has been replaced by former Melbourne star Garry Lyon and former state cricketer James Brayshaw.
The panelists discuss any news stories that arise during the week, review the last round of matches, and preview each match for the coming week including showing the lineups. Before 2000 no footage of any AFL games could be aired by the show as the rival Seven Network held the broadcast rights and refused to allow the show to air footage, in an attempt to stall the program's success. From 2001-2006, Nine had the rights to AFL broadcasts and footage was used liberally during the show. It would seem they will revert to not using footage from 2007, Nine having lost the rights to AFL broadcasting to the Seven network & Ten network until at least 2011.
- Almost Footy Legends' (by Trevor Marmalade) - Showcases local footy highlights (such as big marks and great goals) Originally started so that some football footage could be shown.
- Sam's Mailbag (by Sam Newman) or Billy's Sack (by Billy Brownless)- Sam or Billy reads and answers letters from the show's fans, often including at least one video email.
- Street Talk (by Sam Newman) - A satirical take on the vox pop by interviewing and making fun of various characters on the streets of cities around Australia. Billy Brownless, Shane Crawford or Brendan Fevola fill in as host of this segment when Sam is unable to fulfill his position.
- "Fyfe's Footy Flicks" - Cartoonist Andrew Fyfe produced a weekly satiric animation sending up the weekly events in football.
- Bill's Wheel - Billy Brownless went around to local footy clubs to have a competition where they won what would come up on the wheel.
- Almost Football Legends - An AFL player talent quest competition.
- House of Bulger - 5-minute parody of daytime soap operas featuring AFL stars such as Shane Crawford (as Hank Bulger) and other guest appearances.
- Bulger, MD - The sequel to House of Bulger, ending with Hank being shot dead by Dr. Pink (Nathan Brown) on the Grand Final show.
- Hatchet Jobs - Featured during 2006 towards the end of the show. Footage from coach interviews is chopped up and edited resulting in facetious one-liners.
- Marstermind - Each week Eddie would quiz someone.
- Pillow Talk - James Brayshaw interviews a wife or girlfriend of AFL footballers. Started in 2007.
Controversies involving Sam Newman
Sam Newman is the most controversial figure on the AFL Footy Show
, and has been the subject of many complaints to the Nine Network. In May 2008, the Nine Network removed Newman from the show indefinitely following a major controversy over allegedly sexist
Newman has also had a number of well-publicised off-screen incidents that are often brought up during the show.
Sunday Footy Show
On Sunday mornings, the Sunday Footy Show airs, now hosted by Tony Jones and featuring Brian Taylor, Mark Bickley, Danny Frawley and Billy Brownless on the panel. The show discusses the weekend's matches so far, showing scores and highlights, and often interviews players from some of the sides that have played that round. Before the Nine network obtained the TV rights to AFL matches, it was a lighter look at AFL, with a panel featuring the likes of Max Walker, Ted Whitten and Lou Richards. Lou Richards is still a part of the Sunday Footy Show today, through his Lou's Handball segment. This competition now runs every week and features Lou telling a joke before each competition.
The Sunday Footy Show was the original Footy Show, and following its success in 1993, it was decided to present a special Grand Final edition from the Rod Laver Arena. The success of this special meant that the Thursday night show was to be instilled as a permanent fixture in the Nine schedule. The Sunday Footy show has had numerous formats over the years running over two hours, but currently is one hour.
There was controversy on the Sunday edition of the Footy Show on 12 August of 2007, when AFL legend and former North Melbourne Football Club captain and Premiership player Wayne Carey responded to criticisms from Nathan Thompson by mocking Thompson's well-publicised bout with depression. In addition, on returning from a commercial break, he was heard to make references to 'necking himself', to the apparent delight of other members of the Footy Show panel. Carey and the Nine Network were quick to issue an apology over the incident, although no mention was officially made of the 'necking himself' comment.