As a footballer, Gareth Southgate is remarkable for two reasons:
one, he habitually speaks in words of more than two syllables, often
without saying ’erm’; and two, he missed the penalty which lost England
the European Championship semi-final in 1996.
But it seems that not everyone was glued to their TVs on that dreadful
June night four years ago, or to the pizza commercials which followed.
In fact, there are some people who do not know who Gareth Southgate
MatchON.com did not worry about this when it hired him to launch its
real-time football entertainment web site. His identity may have been a
complete mystery to some of the female footie enthusiasts gathered round
him, but that won’t stop Southgate providing what MatchON.com calls his
special ’football insights’ to the web site. Liverpool’s Sami Hyypia and
referee Roger Milford will also be providing encouragement from the
’It’s the pulse of football whenever and wherever you are,’ says MatchON
marketing manager Joe Culleton.
A final thought: Kenneth ’they think it’s all over - it is now’
Wolstenholme was also at the launch. Considering he uttered those words
34 years ago, you get some impression of how long Southgate’s moment of
notoriety may be remembered. By those who know who he is, obviously.