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SIDWELL AND HIPGRAVE TO HOST PLAYERS' AWARDS

22 March 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Steve Sidwell and Lynsey Hipgrave

Steve Sidwell will co-host the Brighton & Hove Albion Players’ Awards Dinner with BT Sport's Lynsey Hipgrave.

Sidwell increased his media duties following his retirement from playing last summer and is a regular and popular pundit on Sky Sports and BT Sport.

Alongside his media roles, Sidwell has been assisting Ben Smith in coaching Albion’s under-16s and he is also an official club ambassador.

Sidwlell told BrightonAndHoveAlbion.com, “Having been on the stage to collect an award a couple of years ago, I never thought I would be the one handing them out!

“I really enjoyed fronting the Players’ Players piece last year, so I am definitely excited to take the step up, but I know I have some big shoes to fill as Richard Reynolds and Anna Bingham have always done a brilliant job.

“I know Lynsey already. She is a terrific presenter who I have enjoyed working with in the past, so it will help that I already have a rapport with her.

“I won’t lie though, there are a couple of nerves, but at the same time I am very excited and honoured that the club have asked me.”

Sidwell’s co-host, Hipgrave, is a lead presenter for BT Sports and BBC Five Live. She presents the live Champions League, Europa League & FA Cup football and the European Football show on BT, having previously presented the live WTA tennis and their daily show SportsHUB.

Lynsey co-hosted Channel 5’s EFL highlights show ‘Football on Five’ on Saturday nights with George Riley in 2016/17.

Albion's chief executive and deputy chairman, Paul Barber, added, “I have known Lynsey for a while now and she is a top-class presenter. As soon as her name was mentioned to me, I text her straight away to see if she would be interested, and luckily she was.

“She is a perfect fit for our event and we are thrilled to have her co-hosting with Steve.”

“Steve has shown his quality on camera and he is a great talker, so it seemed a natural fit for him to step into the role. He was also so good on the Players’ Players video last year, that I think his potential was clear to see.

“It is great to have a former Albion pro on the stage as well, as he gives a natural link to the first-team squad."


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