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Football: Dolphin for Beeb.

A SEARCH by BBC bosses for an expert on England's Euro 2000 clash ended with a former dolphin trainer broadcasting live to the nation.

The on-air clanger happened after producers at BBC Radio 5 tried to enlist Celtic and Scotland defender Tommy Boyd to offer his thoughts during coverage of Saturday's crucial Wembley tie against Poland.

Presenter Eleanor Oldroyd was put through to interview the "footballer" - only to conduct an increasingly confused conversation with a mystery individual at a loss to explain the details of this weekend's soccer internationals.

Beeb chiefs later admitted that its Sport on Five programme had unwittingly played host to the footballing wisdom of Tommy Boyd - breakfast radio host and dolphin trainer in his youth.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 29, 1999
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