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Latest National League TV selections for January and February

We take a look at the latest National League TV selections for later this season as another batch of games have been picked for broadcast.

The campaign is nearly at the halfway mark and with that in mind, BT Sport have revealed five more National League matches are to be televised.

The upcoming round of fixtures in the fifth tier of English football gives us a better idea of who are standing out vying for promotion and slipping down as risk of a relegation battle.

NATIONAL LEAGUE STATEMENT:

The Vanarama National League and BT Sport are thrilled to announce further live feature matches as we enter the business end of the season.

Two more games have been added to the broadcaster’s bill as things really start to get interesting at both ends of the table.

Boreham Wood are one of the unlikely title contenders but they are thriving in a division littered with huge clubs.

Inspired by outsider champions in the past few years, BT Sport viewers are about to get a close-up look at their challenge.

Wood’s trip to struggling Maidenhead United will come under the microscope on Saturday February 19, kick-off 5.20pm.

It will be a second appearance inside a month for Luke Garrard’s men. They play live against current leaders FC Halifax Town later this month.

One of this season’s title hopefuls fall under the camera’s gaze a week later – as do another of the teams who are eyeing-up an EFL place.

Chesterfield have had a sensational 2021, of course earning a third round FA Cup tie at Chelsea on Saturday.

Their attention has never diverted from the battle for promotion, and after missing the chance when their game with Notts County was postponed, they will get another opportunity to impress those watching at home.

James Rowe’s side host Yeovil Town on Saturday February 26, kick-off 5.20pm.

The Glovers are gunning for a play-off place and Darren Sarll knows it’s a critical period for his team.

Confirmed Vanarama National League matches on BT Sport (kick-off time):

Saturday January 22 – Dagenham & Redbridge vs Stockport County (5.20pm)
Tuesday January 25 – FC Halifax Town vs Boreham Wood (7.45pm)
Saturday January 29 – Eastleigh vs Chesterfield (5.20pm)
Saturday February 19 – Maidenhead United vs Boreham Wood (5.20pm)
Saturday February 26 – Chesterfield vs Yeovil Town (5.20pm)

BT RENEW NATIONAL LEAGUE BROADCAST

BT Sport has renewed its exclusive rights to broadcast the National League for a further three years until the end of the 2023/24 season, with more games set to be broadcast than ever before.

BT Sport has been broadcasting live and exclusive coverage of English football’s fifth tier since 2013 and the new deal will see live National League matches shown every week in a regular Saturday slot. 

BT Sport’s coverage, led by presenter Matt Smith, follows the regular season championship race plus the exciting end-of-season playoffs as 23 teams battle it out for two precious spots in the Football League.

Alongside Smith are commentators Adam Summerton and Adam Virgo plus a cast of expert pundits including former Norwich City and Barrow striker Grant Holt, former Torquay United manager Chris Hargreaves and former Southport manager Kevin Davies.

Joining them pitchside are regular roving reporters Natalie Quirk and Becky Ives. 

Alongside the weekly live match coverage, the BT Sport team bring fans every goal from every National League match in the weekly Vanarama National League Highlights show.

The show is created through an innovative link between BT and students associated with selected National League clubs who receive broadcast training from BT to go on and help create the show.

Simon Green, head of BT Sport, said: “Over the past few years we’ve developed an innovative relationship with the league, including world-first 5G-enabled remote broadcasts and training local students who help create BT Sport’s National League highlights shows.

“The National League remain a valued partner to BT, particularly during the pandemic, in staging last season’s playoff matches and the 2020-21 season.”

Fans gave their reaction with the National League TV selections revealed…

@chrispeggrefer1: Even BT sport hate kings lynn once all season, oh well its how we like it.

@AndrewFoot84: We’ve lifted that TV curse now, right? #ytfc

@libertineben: Man City vs Spurs or Maidenhead vs Boreham Wood is a tough choice that evening

@Davie42782790: Why can’t we at least have a National League North/South highlights programme on main stream tv

@CraigAMcCann: Ffs. I’ll bin that one off then 🙄

David Dick Emery (Yeovil fan): Hope the curse of the TV cameras stays away!!!

Jack Norwood (Maidenhead fan): Hopefully generates some money for the club being on BT

Ryan Arnold (Yeovil fan): Got a bad feeling we’ll lose that one with BT there

Paul Riley: BT realising that Wrexham aren’t worth watching lol

Ollie Garland: Boreham v Maidenhead such a crappy choice

Thomas Daniels (Yeovil fan): Well that’s fucked my away day then

Andy Wilson: No thought for fans whatsoever

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