Rachel Riley made her debut on Friday Night Football alongside her former Countdown co-host Jeff Stelling.
The pair were joined by guest stars that included Jamie Redknapp, Thierry Henry, Jamie Carragher and Ryan Giggs.
Redknapp, Henry, Carragher & Giggs are our guests for #FNF! Sky Sports 1 now pic.twitter.com/AbefCn02NU
— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) August 19, 2016
The 30-year-old presenter seemed excited to get things under way ahead of United’s Premier League meeting with Southampton at Old Trafford…
Itâs game day!!! #FNF @SkySports 6.30pm bring it on! pic.twitter.com/hsrVrEFnrD
— Rachel Riley (@RachelRileyRR) August 19, 2016
And Rachel’s appearance certainly delighted football fans:
Rachel Riley's debut is more important than Paul Pogba's
— Jared (@Jared_Phillips_) August 19, 2016
I really am trying to think of a better night in than with Rachel Riley and the football on.
— Shane Malpass (@ShaneMalpass) August 19, 2016
Rachel Riley making football just that little bit better
— El (@EllisDavies) August 19, 2016
Signing of the season is Rachel Riley to sky on a free no doubt pic.twitter.com/DFGdIc2L8i
— Luke (@Luke98___) August 19, 2016
Just when you think Sky Sports Football coverage can't get any better….enter Rachel Riley ð
— Michael Skipper (@Skip_4) August 19, 2016
Oi Sky have had an absolute worldie sorting Rachel Riley for Friday night football
— Cameron Stephen (@CamStephen) August 19, 2016
— Kloppopedia (@kloppopedia) August 19, 2016
Although, some football fans appeared to be unimpressed with FNF:
#FridayNightFootball needs some work. Absolute car crash TV at the moment! #FNF
— Tom Cheeseman (@TomCheese8) August 19, 2016
Yo why the #FNF team look like they're just chillin at Vegas club?
— Chu (@ChuBoi) August 19, 2016
Why start the show 90 mins before kick-off if you're going to fill it with… this?! #FNF
— Lauren (@fateiskind) August 19, 2016
sky have tried to make FNF like a chat down the pub with your mates which is stupid because no one would be mates with Jamie Redknapp
— Billie (@Billie_T) August 19, 2016
Friday night football is part of the Premier League’s new TV deal to show top flight matches on a Friday night for the first time in the competition’s history. There will be 10 FNFs in total – which works out at around one per month.
And it will also mean more Rachel Riley.