Sky Sports is cancelling Soccer AM after 30 years on air, so here’s where the ex-presenters are now – from Helen Chamberlain to Tubes.
Soccer AM is reportedly being pulled off-air after almost three decades on Sky Sports. The comedy football talk show premiered in 1995 every Saturday morning and only 10 episodes remain. The final show will air on May 27, 2023, the day before the end of the 2022-23 Premier League.
The show has rotated through at least 12 presenters; it became a major favourite in its early days under the lead of Helen Chamberlain, the only female host, and Tim Lovejoy.
The presenting duo exited in 2017 and 2007, respectively, so HITC takes a look at their whereabouts today.
Soccer AM presenters today: Helen Chamberlain, Tim Lovejoy, Soccerettes and more
Chamberlain is one of Soccer AM’s original presenters. She graced the screen for 22 years until 2017 and was replaced by Lloyd Griffith and former footballer Jimmy Bullard.
Since leaving the talk show, the 55-year-old switched her focus to darts; she has presented countless darts events, including the 2022 and 2023 World Darts Seniors Championship.
Helen played in pub leagues in her younger years and claims she beat former world number one Eric Bristow in a casual game.
Not much is known about her personal life since her split from darts pro James Wade. They dated for about two years around 2008.
Tim Lovejoy joined the cast in 1996 and left after just over a decade. Unlike Chamberlain, he continued his career in football as the host of BBC Radio 5 Live’s phone-in show, 6-0-6, as well as the defunct internet TV channel, Channel Bee.
He also participated in series 6 of Celebrity Masterchef. Although his cooking skills didn’t take him to the Masterchef final, it didn’t stop Lovejoy from presenting Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch, a show featuring cookery.
Tim split from his partner, English netball player Tamsin Greenway, in 2016. They are parents to a daughter called Jamie, born May 2013. He has twin daughters from his marriage to Jade Lovejoy.
The Soccerettes were young females who modelled football shirts in front of male guests who cheered as they strutted on the set. The segment was cancelled in 2015 over criticisms it was exploitative.
The female guests went on to become sports presenters, and Big Brother stars.
Brentford fan Natalie Sawyer is now a talkSport radio presenter and podcast host.
Bury FC supporter Gemma Atkinson went on to become a Hollyoaks and Emmerdale actress.
She has also appeared in films, including How To Stop Being A Loser, alongside Pamela Anderson and Richard E Grant.
- Chantelle Houghton – Big Brother star
- Jennifer Metcalfe – Hollyoaks and Emmerdale actress
- Lucy Pinder – Glamour model, Big Brother star, and actress
- Tamsin Greenway (Tim Lovejoy’s wife) – head coach of Scotland’s national netball team
Tubes (Peter Dale)
Although not an official presenter, Tubes quickly became a fan-favourite with his regular “one question and one question only” feature.
He was originally an assistant producer on Soccer AM and now travels between clubs for interviews with football’s famous faces. He recently interviewed West Ham’s Jarrod Bowen.
The presenter went on a Soccer AM hiatus after suffering an unexpected heart attack in January 2018.