You’ve read the papers, you’ve scrolled Twitter and you’ve probably seen the story on your Facebook feed. Heck, it might have even been sent to you on WhatsApp. But those are the stories. Those are the plot lines. Those are the anecdotes. And behind every sporting story, there are core issues. Core issues that are real, tangible and most certainly deserve to be discussed. That’s exactly what we do. Once a week, for two whole hours, we take an in-depth look at the biggest sporting headlines over the span of seven days, and we dissect the stories, analyse the narratives and debate the outcomes. Best part? No holds barred. You’ve picked up the paper, let us Hold The Back Page.
After watching England win the 1966 World Cup, Nottingham-born Bob Holmes worked his way around – steelworker in Denmark, famine relief worker in Ethiopia, bartender in New York - before watching the 1970 World Cup in Mexico. Eventually he started to write, convincing the sports editor of the Kenyan Daily Nation he knew enough Bill Shankly stories to preview the 1974 FA Cup final from a bar in Nairobi. After his gap decade, he made up for lost time, returning home to cover everything that moved in sport for The Observer, Evening Standard and Daily Telegraph - before eventually moving to Australia and finally Malaysia. He’s been an English football columnist on theSun for the last 23 years and is a regular on BFM’s football show for the past eight years. Last year, he wrote Living the Dream, a study of adventures of foreign owners of English football clubs, and is currently busy writing another book.
A first class degree in IT wasn’t enough to stop Roshan from pursuing his dreams of talking, connecting and communicating for a living. After taking the radio world by storm just over eight years ago, Roshan Narayan moved into live television, where he quickly established himself as one of the finest hosts in this region. He was the original member of the emsemble cast of Supersports’ popular Football Overload show, whilst contributing to other programmes including Bola@Mamak, BPL Weekend, The FA Cup and La Liga. Besides being the face of UEFA Champions League coverage in Malaysia until recently, Roshan has also hosted the last three FIFA World Cups for Astro Supersports, as well as the Copa America 2011, UEFA Euro 2012 & 2016 and not to forget the 2010 Asia Games.
After using two films - Dead Poets Society & 3 Idiots - to convince his parents to let him jump into the world of sports media, Keesh went on to work for a number of foreign football sites, before being brought into the Goal’s Asian set-up at the tender age of 17. He eventually became part of the team that helped formulate and launch Goal Malaysia back in 2012. Currently leading the Malaysian editorial team at FOX Sports Asia, Keesh previously worked for FourthOfficial.com, the Football Tribe Network and his writings have been syndicated on platforms like Yahoo! Sports. He’s also been an active guest on BFM’s Football Show before more recently diving into the world of football commentary with the Malaysia Football League (MFL).