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Pat Nevin signs the ball on air
Pat Nevin signs the ball on air

Chelsea fan Phil meets ex-Chelsea captain and Scotland international Pat Nevin during an appearance on Radio 5 Live just before the opening ceremony…

Some outtakes from our encounter with Nicky Campbell and Pat Nevin, who interviewed us just before the Opening Ceremony.

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After being filmed by the BBC Six O’Clock News team when we arrived with the Ball at the World Cup stadium, we were rushed by the producer to the roof of a 16 storey tower block nearby. There, looking less than comfortable under a canvas canopy, we found the headphone-clad Radio 5 Live crew chatting away.

In contrast to my nervousness during the Six O’Clock News interview, the atmosphere here seemed wonderfully relaxed. As we waited to join the round table discussion, we listened to the presenters banter with one another as they tried to build a picture of the pre-match fervour. And then, with rain drizzling gently around us, we were on…

After the interview, Pat persuaded Phil to play a little keep-up. Like he needed any encouragement…

Pat skills
Anything you can do…

Phil skills
…I can do too.

Phil and Pat
Cheers Pat, hope you get to see a game.

Written by on Saturday, June 1st, 2002

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The Ball 2018 left England on 25th March 2018 and travelled to the World Cup in Russia.

The Ball 2014 kicked off from England on 9th Jan 2014 and headed to the World Cup in Brazil.

The Ball 2010 left England on 24th Jan 2010 headed to the Opening Ceremony in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The Ball 2006 travelled from London to the Opening Ceremony in Munich, Germany.

The Ball 2002 was carried 7000 miles across Europe and Asia to the World Cup finals in Korea & Japan.