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Sports Commentary Team

Football from St Mary's Stadium


Southampton Hospital Radio was formed in 1952 and its very first broadcast was from The Dell when Saints played Doncaster Rovers on 18th October 1952.

Leslie Arthur Sullivan (Sully) was the commentator (and founder of our station) and he was joined in the commentary box by Frank Le Druillenec and 'Inky' Bean.

Inky left the group in 1960 and Ken Flood, who had previously been the technical engineer took over the vacated microphone. In 1971 Frank moved away and the third seat was then shared between Bryan Dowding and Ken Fielder - until 1977 when Sully eventually retired.

This left Ken Flood, Bryan Dowding and Ken Fielder in command and this (young) trio remained on duty for every home game for over 25 years, untill just a few years ago when Ken Flood retired from 'service' after working for 42 years as an active member on the hospital radio team.

Commentary is now headed by Martin Ingoe at St. Mary's stadium, who with his team of dedicated and knowledgeable commentators who will keep you entertained throughout the season.

The commentary team are also connected to two induction loop circuits around two sections of seats inside the stadium whereby the hard of hearing and visually impaired supporters (both home and away) can sit - and with the aid of an earpiece supplied by the stewards - they can tune in and listen to our live running commentary.


Throughout the Summer we also bring you cricket commentary from the Ageas Bowl, where Hampshire play in the County Championship, T20 (Bash) and Royal London One Day Cup and the Southern Vipers play in the Kia Super League, plus we are proud to bring you scheduled International games as well. Our team of commentators have a breadth of experience that would be hard to surpass anywhere else in the country.

Headed by Ken Maxted, Roger Hart, John Young and Dave Allen have all officially retired from their main careers, but have accumulated decades of tireless work for Hampshire CCC and HBA. Most recently they have also been assisting BBC Radio Solent with their championship "ball-by-ball" commentaries.

You can also listen to their live commentaries via the internet link on our home page when games are scheduled. See our listings for this and next months matches.