MARK CHAPMAN: sports presenter

Photography by: Nathan Ianos

Words by Harry Potts


Mark Chapman is one of the country’s leading sports presenters. He was born in Rochdale in 1973, but spent most of his youth in Sale. His passion for sport developed as a regular spectator with his dad at Altrincham Football Club, Lancashire Cricket ground, Sale F.C Rugby and his beloved Manchester United. He chose the Sale F.C, Heywood Rd Rugby Stadium for his Greater Mancunians photo shoot.

Mark Chapman: back to his sporting roots

Mark attended Manchester Grammar School in which time developed an interest in radio broadcasting and an ambition to work on Radio 1. After graduating from Hull University, he began his career as a continuity announcer on BBC Television, primarily working on BBC TWO, before becoming the cricket correspondent for BBC North East radio.

Revisiting his old stomping ground, Sale F.C

He fulfilled his ambition of presenting on Radio 1 working on the Sara Cox show and later with Scott Mills as a sports reporter, where he was affectionately nicknamed Chappers.

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Broadcasting for 5Live from the British Open Golf (Photo: David Cannon/Getty)

He joined Radio 5Live to host 5Live Sport in 2010 and has since become the show’s main presenter across the week hosting a range of sports. Subsequently Mark has become the main presenter on Final Score, Match of the Day 2 as well as presenting the network’s Rugby League coverage, The NFL Show and major events including the 2014 World Cup, Glasgow Commonwealth Games, Euro 2016 and the Rio Olympics. Away from live sport he has written and presented a range of documentaries and has written for a range of publications including The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independent, Four Four Two and Shoot Magazine.

Mark’s sporting knowledge and his down to earth personality make him one of the countries most popular presenters

An enthusiastic and regular fund raiser, Mark has taken on numerous sporting challenges for a variety of charitable causes. He lives with his wife and his three children in Hale, Greater Manchester.

Where it all started … time to reflect


Student reflection: Nathan Ianos

Nathan & Mark

I photographed Mark at Sale F.C Rugby Club’s Heywood Rd Stadium where he was a regular visitor with his dad in his younger years. He then went on to tell us that he celebrated his 21st birthday in the club’s function room. Firstly we took full advantage of the club’s dressing rooms, the rough and ready spaces gave the images of  a very honest grass roots vibe. We then moved onto the pitch and the terraces to continue the photography. The humble backdrop for the shoot reflected Mark’s very down to earth personality. He was extremely cooperative and was very supportive of the project. At the end of the session, Mark exclaimed, “That was a real Mancunian photo shoot, I was never asked to smile once.” This was true… but candidly I believe I did manage to capture Mark’s true personality – including more than a few smiles.”


Gotcha! Mancunians do smile from time to time.
© All images – The Manchester College (unless otherwise stated)


Related links:

Mark Chapman Sports Website


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