Alex Scott gets the alcohol in early as she drinks a boozy beverage live on BBC Football Focus… amid ‘romance’ with Jess Glynne
Alex Scott appeared to having a great time presenting BBC Football Focus on Saturday as she was seen enjoying a boozy drink live on air.
The sports commentator, 38, was hosting the show from Turf Moor in Burnley and didn’t shy away from getting involved in some match day traditions.
She was seen getting the booze in early as she was joined on air by former England Women’s goalkeeper Rachel Brown-Finnis and fellow pundit Dion Dublin.
Rachel, who was born in Burnley, cheekily revealed she had a ‘welcome’ present for Alex and Dion as she gave them each a Benny and Hot alcoholic drink.
A Benny and Hot is a 50/50 mix of Benedictine liqueur and hot water and has been the unofficial Burnley FC match day drink since after World War One.
Cheers! Alex Scott appeared to having a great time presenting BBC Football Focus on Saturday as she was seen enjoying a boozy drink live on air
Filling them in on the tradition, Rachel said: ‘I have a little welcome, a tradition here at Burnley on the terraces. All the fans at half time go and have a Benny and Hot, so here’s a Benedictine and Hot for you!’
The trio then tucked into the drinks live on air with Alex asking if she should smell the alcoholic drink first, with Rachel urging her to just tuck in.
Alex then looked very surprised and let out a loud ‘woah’ as she had her first sip of the very boozy beverage.
Rachel described the drink as ‘medicinal’, before joking: ‘That’s why we always have colour in our cheeks and a spring in our step!’
Alex held her partially drank beverage in her hand as she continued to host Football Focus, with viewers praising her for getting involved in the traditions.
Taking to X, formerly known as Twitter, one wrote: ‘Well, if Alex Scott’s a fan of Bene and Hot, she must have some serious Burnley FC spirit! That’s one way to spice up match day!’
The Benny and Hot’s popularity in Burnley dates back to World War One, when soldiers drank the beverage to keep warm in the trenches, before it travelled home with the troops.
Alex’s amusing presenting gig comes after it was reported that she has been in a secret relationship with Jess Glynne for the past few months.
Bottoms up! The sports commentator, 38, was hosting the show from Turf Moor in Burnley and didn’t shy away from getting involved in some match day traditions as she had a Benny and Hot
Fun times: Rachel Brown-Finnis, who was born in Burnley, cheekily revealed she had a ‘welcome’ present for Alex and Dion Dublin as she gave them each a Benny and Hot shot
The football pundit and the singer, 33, are said to be ‘really happy’ to ‘officially be an item’ and were pictured embracing during a coffee date in London recently.
Elsewhere, the duo both attended the premiere of David Beckham‘s Netflix documentary on Tuesday night but didn’t pose for a photo together.
A friend told The Sun: ‘Alex and Jess have been a slow burn and they didn’t want to rush things or go public too soon.
‘But they’re officially an item now and seem really happy. They are both strong, independent women with a shared passion and respect of their respective careers, supporting one another from the sidelines.
‘It’s still early days for them, but they’ve met one another’s mates and everyone is super happy for them.’
MailOnline contacted Jess and Alex’s representatives for comment at the time.
Alex and Jess sat next to each other during day two of Wimbledon back in July and in August they were pictured enjoying a drink at the pub.
Alex hasn’t publicly confirmed if she is currently in a relationship with anyone at the moment.
Flames: It comes after it was reported that she has been in a secret relationship with Jess Glynne for the past few months, after they were seen embracing on a coffee date in London
Back in March, the footballer said she was ‘struggling’ to look for a partner and even took advice from Jamie Redknapp in the hope of finding her perfect match.
She explained she was ‘open’ to getting to know both men and women and ‘never closes herself off’ when it comes to dating.
After ‘struggling’ with some dating apps, Alex said her pal and former footballer Jamie told her about the app Raya, which is commonly used by celebrities.
Speaking about her dating life, she told Grazia magazine: ‘Its really hard [to find someone] cause people have a load of preconceptions. I struggle with apps.
‘For me, it’s all about connection that instant connection with someone and conversation and I’m like ‘Oh wow.’
‘I remember Jamie Redknapp telling me ‘There’s a dating app Raya…’ So I was on it but I was to scared to connect with anyone.’
Alex also admitted she would ‘love’ to have children as she spoke about turning 40 in two years time.
The TV presenter admitted she wasn’t ready to have kids in the past but would have children by herself if she felt it was the right time.
Appearance: Elsewhere, the duo both attended the premiere of David Beckham ‘s Netflix documentary on Tuesday night but didn’t pose for a photo together
Romance: Alex and Jess also sat next to each other during day two of Wimbledon back in July, and a source has claimed: ‘They’re officially an item now and seem really happy’
The former Lioness previously spoke about her romance with teammate Kelly Smith in her memoir.
Alex said her fellow athlete was her ‘first love’ as she spoke of the ‘heartbreak’ that followed when they split.
Following their split, Kelly went on to marry DeAnna Dobosz in 2016, with whom she has two children.
Alex largely remained tight-lipped about her relationships in the past, though she was rumoured to be in relationship with Coronation Street’s Sam Robertson in 2020.
The footballer detailed her first date with during an interview with The Sun’s Fabulous Magazine in March 2021.
She said: ‘My one date in ages was going out with Sam [Robertson], who is lovely.
‘The next morning, our pictures were all over the press because someone in the restaurant had taken a photo. It wasn’t exactly a great start!’
Meanwhile, Jess previously spoke about ‘not putting a label’ on her sexuality in an 2015 interview with The Daily Star.
She said: ‘I’ve only ever been with one girl in my life and that’s the girl from my album [2015’s I Cry When I Laugh]
Joint appearance: Alex and Jess were pictured at an event in London back in May
Upset: Former Lioness Alex previously spoke about her romance with teammate Kelly Smith in her memoir (both pictured in 2017)
‘I’m never going to put a label on my sexuality and people should never feel uncomfortable about who they love’.
Jess has also told how her debut album was inspired about her relationship with a woman.
She said during an interview with The Independent: ‘The songs on this album are about a girl. I would never lie about a situation I’ve been in. I feel like with the album I’m putting my cards out on the table.
‘I wouldn’t want it to be misconstrued and the fact of the matter is those songs are about a girl. I was heartbroken about a girl, it wasn’t a guy.’
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