Everyone remembers Soccer AM presenter and Chelsea supporter Tim Lovejoy – but the show's first host was a die-hard Tottenham Hotspur fan and radio DJ.
Russ Williams was a key part of the programme's original line-up when Soccer AM debuted at the beginning of the 1995/96 season. The passionate Spurs fan led the show with Jane Hoffen, Gary A. Stevens and fan favourite Helen Chamberlain, who went on to become synonymous with Soccer AM and is still loved by viewers to this very day.
However, Williams departed after only one season as host and was replaced by ex-MTV and Big Brother presenter Lovejoy, who went on to form an iconic presenting duo with Chamberlain before he left to host Sunday Brunch.
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Despite it being clear that Soccer AM wasn't the right fit for him, Williams initially remained working with Sky Sports and hosted the broadcaster's coverage of the Football League, after Sky won the rights to air its matches in 1996.
He was later a part of ITV's team for coverage of the Premier League between 2001 and 2004, having previously worked for the the channel on their snooker coverage, from 1999 to 2002.
Williams is also a published author and after dinner speaker. The 60-year-old is an avid Spurs supporter and has appeared on podcasts to discuss the club's fortunes in the past.
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Despite his stint on Soccer AM, Williams remains best known for his career as a radio DJ. A former host of the Capital London breakfast show, he has also previously fronted long-running shows on both Virgin Radio and Absolute Radio.
He hosted Saturday Scoreboard on talkSPORT after leaving Global Radio in 2018 and now hosts three shows across the Nation Radio UK network.
Soccer AM will return to screens across the nation on Saturday morning in line with the start of the new Premier League season, which gets underway on Friday night with Arsenal's trip to Crystal Palace.
The show will continue to be hosted by John Fendley and former Fulham and Hull City midfielder Jimmy Bullard, who have presented together as a duo since 2019.
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