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Tuesday, 9 April, 2002, 10:55 GMT 11:55 UK

Ray Stubbs

Ray Stubbs has carved a successful career in sports broadcasting after playing professional football with Tranmere Rovers.

He joined Tranmere from school and played for five years before switching to an administrative role with the club.

He then spent three years with BBC Radio Merseyside as a reporter and presenter.

In 1986, Stubbs moved to BBC Manchester as an assistant producer, working on a number of sports including snooker, darts and bowls, as well as A Question of Sport.

He also worked as a producer, reporter and presenter on the investigative series On the Line, which sent him to Italy in 1990 to report on England football fans at the World Cup.

Later that year, Stubbs began working as a reporter on Grandstand, Match of the Day and Sportsnight.

He has helped to cover the last two World Cups for BBC Sport, as well as the European Championships in 1996 and 2000, and fronts the Football Focus programme.

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