Down The Clubhouse: BT Sport to premiere new sports debate series

Led by the presenters behind The Socially Distant Sports Bar podcast, Down The Clubhouse is an entertaining journey through the history of sport’s forgotten, rarely seen, iconic and hotly debated moments.

Published: 25 July 2022 - 11.17am

BT Sport will premiere the first episode of new sports debate series, Down The Clubhouse, on Sunday 31 July at 9.15pm on BT Sport 1 – with all eight episodes available from that date via the BT Sport app and btsport.com/downtheclubhouse.

Down The Clubhouse is a light-hearted and entertaining journey through the history of sport’s forgotten, rarely seen, iconic and hotly debated moments.

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Led by the presenters behind The Socially Distant Sports Bar podcast - the popular show formed in response to the lack of live sport during the Covid 19 pandemic - Elis James, Mike Bubbins and Steff Garrero explore stories, personalities and moments from sport’s past.

In each show the three presenters focus on a particular theme such as rivalries, controversies and shocks. Every Sunday evening a new episode will be broadcast on BT Sport 1, around 9pm (check our schedules for the latest information).

“From the first meeting with BT Sport, we knew that they understood what we do on The Socially Distant Sports Bar and they wanted to help us translate it to TV”
- Steff Garrero

Episode 1 - Shocks: the team pick their favourite sporting upsets

Episode 2 - Controversies: cheating and controversial moments from a range of sports

Episode 3 - Last-Gasp: last-minute winners and intense final laps

Episode 4 - Commentators: favourite moments involving those behind the microphones

Episode 5 - Youth & Vintage: the amazing achievements of athletes young and old

Episode 6 - Mavericks: individuals who have changed the face of their sports

Episode 7 - Rivalries: some of the most fierce and interesting rivalries across sport

Episode 8 - Heartbreak: the most crushing moments in sport

Elis James, Mike Bubbins and Steff Garrero host Down The Clubhouse

Among the moments the show re-lives and discusses are:

  • Dennis Taylor’s shock defeat of Steve Davis in the 1985 World Snooker Championship
  • Des Lynam’s commentary of Ben Johnson controversial men’s 100metre final win – and subsequent disqualification over drugs use – in the 1988 Seoul Olympics
  • Rob Howley’s last gasp try for Wasps in their stories 2004 Heineken Cup win
  • Bjørge Lillelien famous 1981 Commentary after Norway had beaten England 2-1 in a World Cup Qualifier
  • Martina Navratilova’s famous Wimbledon triumph in 1978, making her one of the youngest Grand Slam winners ever
  • Zola Budd’s best moments as one of athletic’s most colourful personalities
  • In rivalries, Bobby Fischer vs Boris Spassky’s classic chess matches in 1972
  • Jimmy White’s heart-breaking loss to Stephen Hendry in the 1992 World Snooker final

Sally Brown, executive producer of BT Sport Films, said: “Continuing the style of The Socially Distant Sports Bar podcast, the three presenters in Down The Clubhouse embark on many wonderful unscripted tangents, providing a joyful romp through some of the most iconic moments and personalities from the world of sport.

“For example, a discussion around the Borg v McEnroe rivalry of the late 1970s and early 1980s naturally leads to talk on whether it is a good idea to talc your feet, and conversation about long-distance running takes a tangential shift to a debate about whether it is faster to run on a beach or in a supermarket. BT Sport customers are in for a treat with Down The Clubhouse.”

Garrero said: “From the first meeting we had with BT Sport, we knew that they understood what we do on The Socially Distant Sports Bar and they wanted to help us translate it to TV. No one has ever had a linear conversation about sports in real life - you go off on tangents and make each other laugh.”