My Surrey – Mark Church

Church-and-Meaker

Published: 25th February, 2015

The sixth week of the ‘My Surrey’ series features one of the most enduring characters at Surrey CCC, Mark Church – the voice of the club on BBC London and the face of Surrey’s YouTube channel.

Mark – know universally as ‘Churchy’ – has been commentating on Surrey since 2001 – barely missing a ball over the last thirteen seasons.

Whether it’s serious food poisoning in Taunton, angry wasps in Guildford, noisy Kent fans in Beckenham or the many extraordinary distractions provided by his roster of co-commentators (including in recent years the Lord of Broadcastshire, Johnny Barran), Churchy has taken the phrase ‘the show must go on’ to new levels.

He is also widely known as the voice of the @surreycricket Twitter feed, amusing followers over the years with his polite chat, hair-brained schemes, wide assortment of hashtags – and in the past week, passionate campaign for the return of his favourite boyhood pastime, Mattel board game ‘Test Match’.

Deeply passionate about the club, Church is aware he holds the dream job of many cricket fans. Look below to see his reflections on ‘My Surrey’.

About My Surrey

A Members’ Club – owned and run by our 8,500+ Members – Surrey CCC has always and will always be a personal, friendly and welcoming environment.

It is this special feeling of belonging and passion that we were exploring throughout the production of My Surrey – which is being broadcast online over the next few months.

We interviewed numerous Surrey Members including many great men of the club – from past players like Micky Stewart, Adam Hollioake, Graham Thorpe and Pat Pocock; Presidents Sir John Major and Sir Trevor McDonald; current players Gareth Batty and Zafar Ansari and high profile Surrey fans including Dermot O’Leary and Radio 1 DJ Greg James.

They all had different thoughts on what made Surrey CCC and The Kia Oval a special place to them. Over the course of the interviews we can look back at almost a century of club history – and also try to glimpse what the future might hold.

Some Members have seen the ‘feature’ version of My Surrey over a number of screenings at the Kia Oval in recent months – and there will also be a number of chances to see the film at other Members events throughout 2015 – including next week’s ‘roadshow’ at Reigate Priory CC.

For rights reasons, we are not allowed to make the 20 minute ‘feature’ version available online. However, over the next few months, the club will be releasing a new ‘My Surrey’ interview across the Surrey CCC website, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook page every Wednesday.

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