Despite the resurgence in football match attendance in recent years, when Saturday afternoon comes, if you can't be at the game and you want to keep up with the latest goals, dodgy offside decisions and red cards, there is really only one place to get your kicks.
Sky Sports Soccer Saturday last for six hours each Saturday afternoon and it is, essentially, just a televised version of five blokes sat in a pub chatting about football. Except they are no ordinary bunch. Holding court and presiding over the whole affair is Jeff Stelling, a Hartlepool fan and sports broadcaster of the very highest calibre. Jeff is joined by a range of pundits, each keeping an eye on one of that afternoon's key games.
The line-up usually includes former players Matt Le Tissier, Paul Merson, Phil Thompson and Charlie Nicholas. Alongside Stelling, the four pundits deliver an easy-going narrative on that day's action and views on who'll win what and what happened that time. It's a bit daft, a lot of fun and, whatever your allegiances, there's no doubt that it's entertaining.
And the quintet are taking their bonhomie and their considerable collective experience on the road with their first live shows this spring and summer. The group will be joined by Chris Kamara, the roaming correspondent who supplies many of the programme's laughs. The Soccer Anyday Live shows will include personal reflections from the former pros on their own careers as well as the current state of the beautiful game. As the Premier League season comes to an end and Euro 2012 looms, there'll be plenty to discuss.
Jeff and the team will be kicking off (oof) their arena tour in Bournemouth on 19th March, followed by Liverpool and Newcastle (both May), and finally Birmingham's National Indoor Arena on 8th June 2012.
We will have tickets for all dates when they go on sale at 9am on Friday 27th January, priced £32.50 for Wembley and £29.50 for all other venues.
The Birmingham, Newcastle and Liverpool dates were rescheduled to take place in October/ November, but have now been cancelled. Ticket holders should contact their point of purchase to obtain a refund.