Stamford Bridge, Sky Sports News and Scuba Therapy.
In October 1998, the landscape of sports broadcasting in the UK changed forever, with the arrival of the first 24 hour rolling sports news channel, Sky Sports News. Rob Wotton, one of the original presenters during the early days, still works as a presenter to this day.
Aside from being a mainstay of the UK's primary sports media outlet, Rob is also a registered scuba diving instructor, and possibly even more surprisingly, a counsellor with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Rob is also a life long Chelsea fan, but try not to hold that against him.
In our final interview of 2020, we discuss the early days of Sky Sports News, its impact on the football industry, Rob's role as a therapist, and his innovative alternative form of treatment, Scuba Therapy.
You can find us on Twitter @marking_man and don't forget to use the hashtag #WheresTheTalkingLads
If you have been affected by any of the themes discussed in today's episode, we have listed some organisations below who are there if you need to talk:
Samaritans Call 116 132 for free
Papyrus UKCall 0800 068 41 41
CALM ZONE0800 58 58 58
We will have one final special episode out on Christmas Day, we'll then be taking a break until mid January.
To everyone who has listened and supported the Man Marking podcast over the past eight months, we wanted to thank you. It means an awful lot that people are listening and engaging with something we're all incredibly passionate about. 2020 has been a truly awful year for everybody, but hopefully the podcast has been able to provide at least some comfort and entertainment during low and difficult moments.