Nick Matthew column: I always say ‘Yes!’ to Question of Sport

Nick Matthew, backstage at the recording of Question of Sport
Nick Matthew, backstage at the recording of Question of Sport
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The BBC quiz show a Question of Sport is my favourite programme. I love the show and so does my wife Esme. It was great to take part in the programme again a week ago. The episode won’t be screened on television for a couple of months so I can’t give too much away!

People don’t go on a Question of Sport for money. You go on the show because it’s great fun. Everyone looks after you behind the scenes. You arrive an hour before filming and you go through make up and everything like that. You have a bite to eat and meet some great athletes. You just have a laugh. I always jump at the chance to take part in the show when I get asked. I fancy myself as a bit of a sporting geek which is why it’s one of my favourite things to do.

Esme is due to give birth to our first child next month so we’ve said we are going to try and stay close to home. Esme is not great in the car at the moment but we thought we would make an exception for Question of Sport! In the episode I was involved in, they did a bit of a Commonwealth Games special. Two of the four guests were people who’ve won gold medals or are high profile athletes.

Eilidh Child and former England cricketer Steve Harmison were on Matt Dawson’s team. I was on Phil Tufnell’s team with former Wednesday striker Mark Bright. I told Mark I was a Wednesdayite and went to Wembley for that epic Steel City FA Cup semi-final in 1993 when he scored the winner. He acted like he didn’t really like talking about it and then he started reeling off what happened which was quite funny!

It is the third time I have been on the show. I’ve been on Matt’s team on the previous two occasions and lost both times so he obviously dropped me! I was hoping to make it third time lucky after moving over to Tuffers team.

n I completed the Ice Bucket Challenge at the English Institute of Sport to raise money and awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) yesterday. I avoided getting nominated for a while but then five people put my name forward in a week, including badminton star Chris Adcock, swimmer Lewis Coleman and table tennis player Darius Knight!

I’m going to nominate Mark Bright, which possibly might tell you something about his performance on a Question of Sport, Ellery Hanley and Joey Barrington. Joey, the son of legendary squash player Jonah Barrington, is a good friend of mine but he is one of the lead commentators for Squash TV and dishes out a lot of stick to me so I thought I’d get one back!

It’s for a fantastic cause so if you are nominated, please put your hand in your pockets.