Take A Look At Soccer Commentator Nick Barnes' Cheat Sheet (10 pics)

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Hey go easy on the guy, Nick Barnes has a lot of information to remember. There's not shame in using a cheat sheet in the world of professional sports commentary.



1 Take A Look At Soccer Commentator Nick Barnes' Cheat Sheet (10 pics)


2 Take A Look At Soccer Commentator Nick Barnes' Cheat Sheet (10 pics)

Despite the hours that Barnes pours into each page, he uses his notes only sparingly during actual gameplay. “They are there purely as a crutch and a point of reference if need be,” he said. “If I was a newspaper reporter, I could keep my match reports, but radio is transient, so my notebook is my personal record of the matches I cover.”


3 Take A Look At Soccer Commentator Nick Barnes' Cheat Sheet (10 pics)


4 Take A Look At Soccer Commentator Nick Barnes' Cheat Sheet (10 pics)

Barnes creates a detailed two-page spread for each match he commentates for BBC Radio Newcastle. The notes are divided into two color-coded segments: The left-hand page contains background information on Sunderland’s opposition—the club’s starting XI from its last fixture, previous results, and stadium details—while the right-hand side is updated in real time as the action happens.


5 Take A Look At Soccer Commentator Nick Barnes' Cheat Sheet (10 pics)


6 Take A Look At Soccer Commentator Nick Barnes' Cheat Sheet (10 pics)


7 Take A Look At Soccer Commentator Nick Barnes' Cheat Sheet (10 pics)


8 Take A Look At Soccer Commentator Nick Barnes' Cheat Sheet (10 pics)

Sometimes the action gets ahead of Barnes’s pen and paper. “There have been a couple of occasions when I’ve been writing something down during the match and there has been a goal or an incident,” he said. “Then I have to thank [Gary Bennett, Barnes’s co-commentator] for being beside me or the monitor which will hopefully replay it.”


9 Take A Look At Soccer Commentator Nick Barnes' Cheat Sheet (10 pics)


10 Take A Look At Soccer Commentator Nick Barnes' Cheat Sheet (10 pics)


11 Take A Look At Soccer Commentator Nick Barnes' Cheat Sheet (10 pics)


12 Take A Look At Soccer Commentator Nick Barnes' Cheat Sheet (10 pics)


13 Take A Look At Soccer Commentator Nick Barnes' Cheat Sheet (10 pics)


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