Former Soccer AM presenter Max Rushden criticises decision to not have former talent involved in final show
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Former Soccer AM presenter Max Rushden has criticised the programme's decision to not invite former hosts back for the final ever episode.
The 90-minute Sky Sports show, which brought legendary segments such as 'Crossbar Challenge' and 'Skill School', has been given the boot after 28 years on the air.
The news came to light in March and the final episode took place on Saturday morning, complete with a star-studded line-up including Jack Whitehall, Stormzy and Stephen Graham.
It proved to be a chaotic finale, as Whitehall caused Jimmy Bullard to walk off set with a brutal Rolf Harris Joke.
But Rushden, who anchored the programme between 2008 and 2015, believes the final edition could have done with some old presenters like Tim Lovejoy and Helen Chamberlain.
"Last ever Soccer AM today," Rushden tweeted, accompanied by a link up to a column he wrote about how the show changed his life.
"Wrote about it when it was announced. Think they’ve missed a trick not inviting everyone back. Unless they’ve invited everyone except me, which would be funny.`"
Bullard and John Fendley have presented the magazine show together since 2017 but it's been suggested that Saturday Social, another Sky programme, will take the focus going forward.
There was at least a huge moment for Soccer AM icon 'Tubes' on the final send-off. Hired as a production crew member at 16, Tubes, real name Peter Dale, took on a number of rules and was part of many iconic moments.
His signature segment saw him ask a guest 'one question only' after a hilarious rap freestyle and Tubes provided a bit of nostalgia by performing his schtick for one final time.
TUBESSSSS ☞— Soccer AM (@SoccerAM) May 27, 2023
Tubes has one last question, and one question only... 🙌 pic.twitter.com/KG5agCxzDk
Clearly nervous and emotional, he did pull it off and quizzed actor Graham on the best ever scene he has ever been involved in - generating a superb response as a result.