Euro 1988
West Germany were confirmed as hosts of the eighth European Championship finals on 14th March 1985 having been recommended by UEFA's organizing committee at a meeting in Berne the previous month. The West German bid beat off the challenge of England, the Netherlands and a joint Scandinavian bid (Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark). Two days before the announcement was made, Millwall fans rioted at Luton Town in front of TV cameras, tearing up seats and hurling them at the police, the Luton goalkeeper was also struck by a coin on the back of the head as well as having a knife thrown at him. The English F.A. Chairman Bert Millichip said that England had lost the bid for Euro '88 because of the bad behaviour of England fans at home and abroad.
England did at least go on to qualify for the finals this time, as did the Republic of Ireland, and thankfully that meant comprehensive coverage of the tournament on ITV and the BBC with all but two fixtures being shown live. Despite England's poor performance's, which saw them lose all three of their group games and fans rioting in the streets, the tournament was another enjoyable success with at least one goal in every match, no need for extra-time or penalties, not one single player sent off and probably the greatest goal ever scored in a major final.

Commentators / Theme Tunes
ITV's commentators at the finals were Brian Moore, Martin Tyler and Alan Parry. Nick Owen presented the programmes from London. The co-commentators included Ron Atkinson, Trevor Francis and Ian St John. ITV stuck with the same theme they had used for the 1986 World Cup, "Aztec Gold" by Silsoe.
The BBC's live games were voiced by John Motson and Barry Davies. The presenter was Des Lynam, the co-commentators Jimmy Hill, Bobby Charlton and Trevor Brooking.
RTE in Ireland had George Hamilton and Jimmy Magee commentating whilst the programmes were presented by Bill O'Herlihy with studio guests Johnny Giles and Don Givens.


The all-grey ITV studio for Euro '88

Qualification
The qualifying draw was made in Frankfurt on 14th February 1986. Once again, only the nations that finished on top of the 7 groups would progress to the finals - A proposal to have the top two teams from each group take part in a play-off round was rejected. Following the Heysel disaster the previous year, England were keen to avoid Italy as well as other potential flash points (such as Denmark and France) which may have led to them being thrown out of the tournament had further outbreaks of crowd disorder occurred, the English club sides having already been banned from European competitions. Thankfully England were drawn in Group 4 to play against Billy Bingham's Northern Ireland, Yugoslavia (who they hadn't met since the airport incident involving Kevin Keegan in 1974) and Turkey (who they had brushed aside 8-0 and 5-0 in the World Cup qualifiers). Manager Bobby Robson took time out from a ski-ing holiday in France to tell reporters; "I'm absolutely delighted we are able to concentrate on the football. It's so nice to rid ourselves of potentially difficult fixtures. What people don't realise is how much it affects the team when we have trouble." F.A. secretary Ted Croker expressed his desire to negotiate live TV coverage of England's three away games to discourage fans from travelling.
Mike England's Wales would have to face Czechoslovakia, Denmark and Finland in Group 6. For Scotland it was a case of deja vu, being paired up in Group 7 with Belgium yet again (who had qualified from Scotland's group in no less than three of the last four European Championships in 1972, 1980 and 1984), they would also have to play the Republic of Ireland (who had just appointed Jack Charlton as manager) and Bulgaria. Following the 1986 World Cup, Alex Ferguson rejected an offer to become Scotland's manager on a permanent basis and Andy Roxburgh was appointed on 1st July 1986.
 

British TV coverage of Euro 1988

ITV games are in white, BBC or non-televised matches are in grey.

Qualifiers & Friendlies

Sun 27/Jul/1986    The Americas 2 (Cabanas, Maradona) Rest Of The World 2 (Butcher, Rossi) [Americas won on pens]
Friendly in Pasedena
ITV LIVE
Brian Moore
*ITV showed this LIVE as "World Cup Superstars Soccer" at 8:50-11:00pm, the match was in aid of the United Nations Children's Fund. The Americas won 4-3 on penalties.

Wed 10/Sep/1986    Sweden 1 (Ekstrom) England 0
Friendly in Stockholm
BBC Highlights
John Motson
*BBC1 "Sportsnight" 10:00-11:35pm (including Athletics) introduced by Steve Rider. Johnny Ekstrom scored the only goal for Sweden on 50 minutes. West Ham's Tony Cottee came on as a sub to make his England debut. Alvin Martin (17 caps) and Kerry Dixon (8 caps) made their final England appearances.

Wed 10/Sep/1986    Scotland 0 Bulgaria 0
Qualifier at Hampden
BBC SCOTLAND Highlights
Archie MacPherson
*BBC1 Scotland "International Sportscene" 10:00-11:35pm. Brief highlights were also included on "Sportsnight" (as well as the goals from Belgium v Republic of Ireland)

Wed 10/Sep/1986    Finland 1 (Hjelm) Wales 1 (Slatter)
Qualifier in Helsinki
*No British TV coverage scheduled. Hjelm opened the soring, heading in from a corner on 11, Slatter equalised on 68 by stabbing in a half cleared corner.

Wed 15/Oct/1986    England 3 (Lineker 3, Waddle) Northern Ireland 0
Qualifier at Wembley
BBC Highlights
John Motson
*BBC1 "Sportsnight" 10:25pm-12:00am (also including Hockey and Rugby League). BBC1 NI also had highlights and appear to have taken the same "Sportsnight" programme. Gary Lineker gave England a first half lead with a goal on 33, Chris Waddle made it 2-0 on 75, Lineker got his 2nd and England's 3rd on 80. Northern Ireland manager Billy Bingham had actually got married in a registry office in St Albans on the morning of the match!!! He was congratulated by John Motson in his post-match interview.

Wed 15/Oct/1986    Republic of Ireland 0 Scotland 0
Qualifier in Dublin
BBC SCOTLAND LIVE
Archie MacPherson
*BBC1 in Scotland showed this LIVE on "International Sportscene" from 3:20-5:15pm, highlights were also shown on BBC1 Scotland in another edition of "International Sportscene" at 10:25pm-12:00am (with other Euro match news/highlights). RTE2 in Ireland showed the match LIVE at 3:15-5:35pm, RTE1 later showed highlights at 11:10-11:40pm. "Sportsnight" also showed several minutes worth of highlights.

Nick Owen presenting Midweek Sports Special, ITV November 1986Wed 12/Nov/1986    England 2 (Mabbutt, Anderson) Yugoslavia 0
Qualifier at Wembley
ITV Highlights
Brian Moore
*ITV showed highlights on "Midweek Sports Special" at 10:30-11:50pm (also including the Scotland match). Brian Moore was no longer presenting MWSS and returned to commentating on England games. Gary Mabbutt leapt like a salmon and headed in a corner to give England the lead on 22, Viv Anderson made it 2-0 on 57 steaming into the box towards the near post to finish Chris Waddle's low cross from the left. Yugoslavia also had good chances, they might have scored early in the game had it not been for a brave save by Chris Woods and they twice hit the woodwork late on. In the 82nd minute Glenn Hoddle and Steve Hodge badly clashed heads, Hodge was knocked out and had to be stretchered off needing 9 stitches, Hoddle also went off and had 8 stitches but returned 4 minutes later with a large bandage. A Yugoslavia sub only lasted 45 seconds before being stretchered off with a broken leg. His manager complained afterwards; "He was a victim of a too aggressive kick in the leg when he didn't have the ball. The England team had to play very aggressively and they played that way all the game, sometimes they were too aggressive." Bobby Robson responded; "We fought very hard, but the injury to their substitute was accidental, there was no intent on Gary Mabbutt's part. It was a hard, very competitive match, but I wouldn't say it was dirty or brutal." Ray Wilkins came on as a sub to make what turned out to be his 84th and final international appearance.

Wed 12/Nov/1986    Scotland 3 (Cooper 2(1pen), Johnston) Luxembourg 0
Qualifier at Hampden
STV & Grampian / ITV Highlights
Jock Brown / Martin Tyler
*"Midweek Scotsport" highlights on STV & Grampian at 10:35-11:50pm, "Midweek Sports Special" also showed highlights with Martin Tyler commentating. Celtic's Brian McClair made his Scottish debut. Davie Cooper put Scotland ahead from the penalty spot on 24, Cooper then made it 2-0 on 38, Mo Johnston got the 3rd on 70. Kenny Dalglish made his farewell international appearance on 102 caps.

Wed 12/Nov/1986    Turkey 0 Northern Ireland 0
Qualifier in Izmir
*Just a report, voiced by Elton Welsby, was included on MWSS.

Wed 18/Feb/1987    Spain 2 (Butragueno, Vázquez) England 4 (Lineker 4)
Friendly in Madrid
BBC Highlights
John Motson
*BBC1 "Sportsnight" 10:10pm-12:10am (including other internationals and boxing). Tony Adams made his England debut in this match. Butragueno put Spain ahead on 14, Gary Lineker equalised on 24 and then put England ahead on 28, Lineker completed his hat-trick on 47 and then got his 4th to make it 4-1 on 56, Vázquez pulled one back for Spain on 76.

Wed 18/Feb/1987    Scotland 0 Republic of Ireland 1 (Lawrenson)
Qualifier at Hampden
BBC SCOTLAND Highlights
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*BBC1 Scotland had highlights introduced by Dougie Donnelly at 10:10pm-12:10am (also including England and NI friendlies). RTE2 in Ireland showed the match LIVE from 7:45-10:00pm with George Hamilton commentating. Mark Lawrenson scored the only goal on 8 minutes. This was Alan Hansen's last game for Scotland with 26 caps to his name.

Wed 18/Feb/1987    Wales 0 Soviet Union 0
Friendly at Swansea
BBC WALES / S4C Highlights
Terrence O'Donoghue / John Hardy
*BBC1 Wales had their own edition of "Sportsnight" with Wales as the main game. S4C also had a highlights special at 10:50-11:20pm.

Wed 18/Feb/1987    Israel 1 Northern Ireland 1
Friendly in Tel Aviv
*BBC1 NI took the English edition of "Sportsnight" which included a report from Israel.

Wed 01/Apr/1987    Northern Ireland 0 England 2 (Robson, Waddle)
Qualifier in Belfast
ITV / UTV Highlights
Brian Moore / ?Jackie Fullerton?
*ITV had highlights on "Midweek Sports Special" at 10:40pm-12:25am introduced by Nick Owen with Kevin Keegan the studio guest (the programme also included Wales and Scotland highlights plus the Eire goals), Ulster TV had their own presentation and commentator for the Northern Ireland v England match, of which they showed an hour's worth of highlights. England took the lead on 19, a huge high throw into the box was helped on by Terry Butcher and Bryan Robson headed in from close range. On 42 Peter Beardsley steered a nice ball out to Chris Waddle on the right where he threatened to take on and beat the defender before unleashing a surprise left foot shot which flew wide of the keeper and into the far corner of the net for 2-0.

Wed 01/Apr/1987    Belgium 4 (Claesen 3, Vercauteren) Scotland 1 (McStay)
Qualifier in Anderlecht
STV & Grampian Highlights
Jock Brown
*STV & Grampian "Midweek Scotsport" 10:45pm-12:25am (also incl NI v Eng), John Helm probably commentated for MWSS highlights. A debut for Dundee United's James MIncally. Belgium went ahead through Claesen on 10, Paul McStay equalised on 14 and it was 1-1 at HT, but Claesen scored again on 55, Vercauteren made it 3-1 on 75 and Claesen completed his hat-trick for number four on 86. Paul Sturrock played his last game in the Scotland jersey with 20 caps.

Wed 01/Apr/1987    Wales 4 (Rush, Hodges, Phillips, Jones) Finland 0
Qualifier at Wrexham
ITV / S4C Highlights
Gerry Harrison / Nick Parry
*S4C had a football special at 11:00-11:45, highlights were also included on ITV's MWSS which was taken by HTV Wales. Rush opened the scoring on 7, Hodges made it 2-0 on 28, Phillips got the 3rd on 63 and Jones made it 4-0 to Wales on 86.

Wed 29/Apr/1987    Turkey 0 England 0
Qualifier in Izmir
BBC LIVE
John Motson
*BBC2 showed the match LIVE as "International Football" 3:55-5:50pm introduced by Jimmy Hill, highlights were later shown on "Sportsnight" 10:05pm-12:10am (incl Wales and NI matches).

Wed 29/Apr/1987    Northern Ireland 1 (Clarke) Yugoslavia 2 (Stojkovic, Vujovic)
Qualifier in Belfast
BBC Highlights
Barry Davies
*BBC1 NI  may have had their own edition of "Sportsnight" with their own commentator. Clarke put the Irish ahead on 40, Stojkovic equalised on 47, Vujovic netted a late winner for Yugoslavia on 80.

Wed 29/Apr/1987    Wales 1 (Rush) Czechoslovakia 1 (Knoflícek)
Qualifier at Wrexham
BBC WALES / S4C Highlights
Terrence O'Donoghue / John Hardy
*BBC1 Wales had their own "Sportsnight" show with Wales as the main match. S4C included highlights on a Welsh language show that also had snooker from 11:05pm-12:15am. Knoflícek put the Czechs ahead on 74 but Rush scored a late equaliser on 82.

Tue 19/May/1987    England 1 (Lineker) Brazil 1 (Mirandinha)
Rous Cup at Wembley
ITV LIVE
Brian Moore & Kevin Keegan
*ITV showed this LIVE as an "International Football Special" at 7:50-10:00pm. Three nations were competing for the Rous Cup, this fixture being the first of three matches. Stuart Pearce made his England debut. Gary Lineker scored on 35, but whilst co-commentator Kevin Keegan was still talking about the goal, Mirandinha equalised on 36.

Sat 23/May/1987    Scotland 0 England 0
Rous Cup at Hampden
BBC LIVE
Barry Davies & Jimmy Hill
*BBC1 had LIVE coverage as part of "Grandstand" from 2:35-4:40pm (viewers in Scotland presumably had their own commentator). Scotland gave a debut to Leicester City's Ian Wilson. Highlights were included on BBC1's "Sports Special" at 10:50pm-1:30am (incl Rugby, Basketball, Cricket and Golf).

Tue 26/May/1987    Scotland 0 Brazil 2 (Rai, Valdo)
Rous Cup at Hampden
BBC Highlights
Archie MacPherson / John Motson
*BBC1 "Sportsnight Special" 10:50pm-12:10am (incl boxing). Brazil won the Rous Cup with goals from Rai on 51 and Valdo on 62.

Wed 10/Jun/1987    Italy 3 (De Napoli, Garré(og), Vialli) Argentina 1 (Maradona)
Friendly in Zürich
ITV Delayed Coverage
Martin Tyler & David Pleat
*Some ITV regions had recently begun broadcasting a near 24 hour service, including Thames, which probably accounted for the unexpected delayed coverage of this friendly encounter in Switzerland of the past two World Cup winners in the early hours of Thursday morning,12:35-2:00am (all regions showed it). Italy took the lead on 27 through De Napoli and it was 2-0 on 33 thanks to an own goal by Garré. In the 2nd half, Maradona pulled one back for Argentina on 62, but Italy scored again through Vialli on 88.

Wed 08/Jul/1987    Chile 2 (Astengo, Vera) Colombia 1 (Redín) AET
Copa America Semi-final
ITV Highlights
*Highlights of this Copa America Semi-final staged in Argentina was shown the following night at 12:00am-2:00am (early hours of Friday) though some regions opted out. The other semi-final - Uruguay 1 Argentina 0 - was played on the 9th but nothing of that match was billed in the newspaper TV listings.

Sun 12/Jul/1987    Uruguay 1 (Bengoechea) Chile 0
Copa America Final
ITV Highlights
Martin Tyler & David Pleat
*Some ITV regions had an "International Football" programme to show virtually the whole of the final at 12:30am-2:00am the following night (early hours of Tuesday morning).

Sat 08/Aug/1987    The Football League 3 (Robson 2, Whiteside) The Rest Of The World 0
Friendly at Wembley
ITV LIVE
Brian Moore & Ian St John
*A match to launch the Football League's centenary celebrations, ITV showed it LIVE from 2:30-5:00pm with Elton Welsby presenting alongside Kevin Keegan. Coming one year after the 'hand of god' incident, Maradona was roundly booed.

Wed 09/Sep/1987    West Germany 3 (Littbarski 2, Wuttke) England 1 (Lineker)
Friendly in Dusseldorf
ITV Highlights
Brian Moore
*ITV "Midweek Sports Special" 10:30pm-12:25am, introduced by Nick Owen and also including the Wales match as well as Ice Hockey. Littbarski fired the Germans into a 2-0 lead with goals on 24 and 33, Lineker pulled one back just before HT on 42, but Wolfram sealed the win for the home side on 84. Sub Neil Webb came on to make his England debut.

Wed 09/Sep/1987    Wales 1 (Hughes) Denmark 0
Qualifier at Cardiff
ITV / S4C Highlights
Martin Tyler
*Included on MWSS. S4C had welsh language highlights on "Pêl-droed" at 10:05-10:45pm. Mark Hughes scored the only goal on 19.

Wed 09/Sep/1987    Scotland 2 (McCoist 2) Hungary 0
Friendly at Hampden
STV & GRAMPIAN Highlights
Jock Brown
*"Midweek Scotsport" 10:30pm-12:30am (also incl West Germany v England). Three players were handed their Scottish debuts; Chelsea's Stevie Clarke, Rangers' Ian Durrant and, as a sub, Eric Black of FC Metz. Ally McCoist scored both goals on 34 and 62.

Wed 14/Oct/1987    Denmark 1 (Elkjær) Wales 0
Qualifier in Copenhagen
BBC WALES LIVE / BBC Highlights
Terrence O'Donoghue & Peter Jackson / Barry Davies
*BBC2 Wales had LIVE coverage from 6:50-8:50pm introduced by Alan Wilkins. Highlights were included on "Sportsnight". Elkjær scored the only goal on 50.

Wed 14/Oct/1987    England 8 (Barnes 2, Lineker 3, Robson, Beardsley, Webb) Turkey 0
Qualifier at Wembley
BBC Highlights
John Motson & Terry Venables
*BBC1 "Sportsnight" 10:20pm-12:00am introduced by Steve Rider (also incl other Euro games and golf). Barnes scored in the opening minute, Lineker soon made it two on 8, Barnes scored again on 28 and Lineker got his 2nd on 42 to give England a 4-0 lead at the break, Robson then scored number five on 59, Beardsley made it six on 62, Lineker completed his hat-trcik on 71 and Webb made it 8-0 on 88. Sub Cyrille Regis came on for his 5th and final game in England's colours.

Wed 14/Oct/1987    Scotland 2 (McCoist, McStay) Belgium 0
Qualifier at Hampden
BBC SCOTLAND Highlights
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*BBC1 Scotland "International Sportscene" 10:20pm-12:00am. Liverpool's Gary Gillespie made his debut in this one, as did sub Derek Whyte of Celtic. Ally McCoist put Scotland ahead on 14, Paul McStay made it 2-0 on 79.

Wed 14/Oct/1987    Yugoslavia 3 (Vokrri 2, Hadžibegic) Northern Ireland 0
Qualifier in Sarajevo
BBC NI
?????
*Two goal by Vokrri on 12 and 34 gave the home side a 2-0 advantage at HT, Hadžibegic added a third goal on 74.

Wed 11/Nov/1987    Yugoslavia 1 (Katanec) England 4 (Beardsley, Barnes, Robson, Adams)
Qualifier in Belgrade
ITV LIVE
Brian Moore
*LIVE on ITV from 3:25-5:20pm presented from London by Nick Owen alongside Brian Clough (who was also invited to make a few comments during the game), there were also highlights on "Midweek Sports Special" with Nick Owen at 10:30pm-12:15am including Wales and Scotland's matches as well as boxing. England stormed into 4-0 lead within the opening half hour, Beardsley getting the first on 3, Barnes making it 2-0 on 17, Robson adding the 3rd on 20 and Adams for 4-0 on 25, Katanec netted a late consolation for Yugoslavia on 80.

Wed 11/Nov/1987    Bulgaria 0 Scotland 1 (Mackay)
Qualifier in Sofia
STV & GRAMPIAN LIVE
?Jock Brown?
*A draw would have been enough to send Bulgaria through to the finals, a victory for Scotland would see Ireland finishing on top of the group. STV and Grampian had coverage from 3:25-5:20pm, both stations showed highlights on "Midweek Scotsport" at 10:30pm-12:15am which was also taken by Border (who had shown the England match in the afternoon). RTE2 in Ireland also showed it at 3:25-5:15pm and had highlights at 10:45-11:35pm. Ireland manager Jack Charlton mentioned in an interview that when he was watching coverage of the game, a journalist rang him to offer congratulations but Jack wondered what on earth he was talking about as only half an hour had been played - Apparently Jack had been watching delayed coverage, but it's not clear where - The Guardian lists the game as kicking off at 3:30pm on their football fixtures page which suggests STV & RTE did show it live, the Irish Times also mentions that the game would be shown live on RTE. Two players made their Scotland debuts as a sub, Chelsea's Gordon Duire and Hearts' Gary Makay who scored the only goal of the game near the end of the match on 86.

Wed 11/Nov/1987    Northern Ireland 1 (Quinn) Turkey 0
Qualifier in Belfast
ULSTER Highlights
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*Ulster TV had their own edition of "Midweek Sports Special" at 10:30-11:40pm. Quinn scored the only goal on 47.

Wed 11/Nov/1987    Czechoslovakia 2 (Knoflícek, Bílek) Wales 0
Qualifier in Prague
ITV Highlights / S4C LIVE
Hugh Johns / Nick Parry
*Highlights were included on MWSS, S4C had live coverage with a Welsh commentator from 4:30-6:30pm.  This was a meaningless game for the Czechs who were unable to qualify after a shock 3-0 defeat in their previous match in Finland, but a Welsh victory would have put Wales through (As it turned out, a draw in their previous game in Denmark would also have been enough to see Wales through). Knoflícek put the Czechs ahead on 32, Bílek sealed the win on 89. It was Mike England's final game as Wales manager.

Wed 02/Dec/1987    Luxembourg 0 Scotland 0
Qualifier in Esch-sur-Alzette
*No British TV coverage scheduled. Ian Wilson played for the 5th and final time at international level, it was also the 2nd and final appearance for sub Eric Black.

Wed 16/Dec/1987    Argentina 1 (Burruchaga) West Germany 0
Friendly in Buenos Aires
THAMES, CENTRAL, GRANADA & ANGLIA LIVE
Martin Tyler & Ray Clemence
*Following the screening of the non-British-interest internationals June/July, this was the 2nd Argentina friendly to be shown on ITV this year, this time West Germany were the opponents with coverage running from 11:15pm-1:00am. Some regions opted out however, including Yorkshire, TVS, TSW and HTV. Burruchaga scored the only goal on 55 minutes.

Tue 12/Jan/1988    Euro '88 Finals Draw
*No coverage on British TV. The draw was made in Dusseldorf by the 8 year old son of former West German international Uli Stielike.

Wed 17/Feb/1988    Israel 0 England 0
Friendly in Tel Aviv
BBC LIVE
John Motson
*This match was shown LIVE on BBC2 as part of "Olympic Match of the Day" at 2:15-4:24pm (there was Ice Hockey billed too but there couldn't have been much of it), highlights were later included on "Olympic Sportsnight" BBC1 10:10pm-12:00am along with the Scotland friendly. Liverpool's Steve McMahon and sub Mick Harford of Luton Town made their England debuts. Two players also appeared for the final time at international level, Clive Allen (5 caps) and Terry Fenwick (20 caps).

Wed 17/Feb/1988    Saudi Arabia 2 (Yazaa, Mohammed) Scotland 2 (Johnston, Collins)
Friendly in Riyadh
BBC Highlights
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*BBC Scotland showed the same programme as seen in England. Hibs' John Collins made his Scotland debut, as did two Hearts players as subs - Goalkeeper Henry Smith and John Colquhoun. Youssef Yazaa put the Saudi's ahead on 16, Mo Johnston equalised on 47 and John Collins almost immediately then put the Scots ahead on 49, Majid Abdullah Mohammed made it 2-2 on 71.

Wed 17/Feb/1988    Greece 3 Northern Ireland 2
Friendly in Athens
*No British TV coverage scheduled.

Tue 22/Mar/1988    Malta 1 (Busuttil) Scotland 1 (Sharp)
Friendly in Attard
*No British TV coverage scheduled. A debut for Rangers' Derek Ferguson. Graeme Sharp scored on 21, Busuttil equalised for Malta on 54. Despite scoring, this was Sharp's 12th and final cap, it was also the end of international duty for Gary Mackay (4 caps) and sub John Colquhoun (2 caps).

Wed 23/Mar/1988    England 2 (Lineker, Adams) Netherlands 2 (Bosman, Adams(og))
Friendly at Wembley
BBC Highlights
John Motson
*BBC1 "Sportsnight" at 10:00-11:55pm introduced by Steve Rider including ice skating and boxing. Lineker put England 1-0 ahead on 13, a Tony Adams won goal levelled the score on 20 and Bosman then put the Dutch ahead on 25.  Tony Adams atoned for his earlier mistake by equalising on 61.

Wed 23/Mar/1988    Wales 1 Yugoslavia 2
Friendly at Swansea
BBC WALES Highlights
Ron Jones
*BBC1 Wales had their own edition of "Sportsnight" at 10:00pm-12:00am. The commentator Ron Jones became better known as a radio voice, but he did a few games for BBC Wales TV around this time as Terrence O'Donaghue was terminally ill with cancer by now and died at the age of just 34. David Williams was in charge of Wales for this one match as caretaker manager. Just the goals were shown on the English version of "Sportsnight".

Wed 23/Mar/1988    Northern Ireland 1 Poland 1
Friendly in Belfast
BBC NI Highlights
Mark Robson
*BBC1 NI had their own edition of "Sportsnight" introduced by John Bennett at 10:00-11:55pm.

Wed 27/Apr/1988    Hungary 0 England 0
Friendly in Budapest
ITV LIVE
Brian Moore & Trevor Francis
*ITV showed this match LIVE from 3:55-5:50pm (except STV & Grampian who had a film) presented by Nick Owen in London alongside Brian Clough, highlights were later included on "Midweek Sports Special" at 10:35pm-12:00am (again not shown by STV or Grampian). Middlesbrough's Gary Pallister made his England debut.

Wed 27/Apr/1988    Spain 0 Scotland 0
Friendly in Madrid
STV, GRAMPIAN & BORDER LIVE
?Jock Brown?
*STV, Grampian & Border all showed this LIVE at 7:25-9:30pm. Border viewers got to see two live games today.

Wed 27/Apr/1988    Sweden 4 Wales 1
Friendly in Stockholm
*No British TV coverage scheduled. Terry Yorath's first match as Wales manager.

Wed 27/Apr/1988    Northern Ireland 0 France 0
Friendly in Belfast
*No British TV coverage scheduled. Maybe a report was included on MWSS (Ulster were scheduled to take the regular English edition).

Tue 17/May/1988    Scotland 0 Colombia 0
Rous Cup at Hampden
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*The first fixture of three in another three-team Rous Cup tournament. Dundee United's Kevin Gallacher made his Scotland debut, as did sub Andrew Walker of Celtic. The other sub, Derek Ferguson, made his 2nd and final appearance.

Sat 21/May/1988    England 1 (Beardsley) Scotland 0
Rous Cup at Wembley
ITV LIVE
Brian Moore & Ron Atkinson
*LIVE on ITV at 2:30-5:00pm presented by Elton Welsby alongside Ian St John and the injured Terry Butcher. Presumably STV & Grampian had their own commentator. Peter Beardsley scored the only goal on 12. Neil Simpson (on 5 caps) and Tommy Burns (8 caps) played their last games for Scotland.

Tue 24/May/1988    England 1 (Lineker) Colombia 1 (Escobar)
Rous Cup at Wembley
BBC Highlights
John Motson
*BBC1 "Sportsnight" from 10:30pm, also including swimming. Gary Lineker scored on 22, Andres Escobar equalised on 66 but the draw was enough to win the Rous Cup for England. Viv Anderson made his 30th and final appearance at international level. The Colombian scorer was infamously shot dead in 1994, believed to have been murdered for an own goal in that year's World Cup finals which was said to have caused gambling losses to several powerful drug lords.

Sat 28/May/1988    Switzerland 0 England 1 (Lineker)
Friendly in Lausanne
BBC LIVE
Barry Davies & Jimmy Hill
*BBC1 had LIVE coverage as part of "Grandstand" at 3:50-6:10pm ("Football Focus" with Bob Wilson previewed the match at 12:35-1:00pm). Des Lynam read out latest scores from the play-off's throughout the game. Lineker scored the only goal on 60. Sub Peter Reid made his 13th and final England appearance.

Wed 01/Jun/1988    Malta 2 Wales 3
Friendly in Valletta
*No British TV coverage scheduled.

Wed 01/Jun/1988    "International Football Special"
ITV had a special programme at 11:35pm-12:30am to show England's Group B opponents in action tonight - Norway 0 Republic of Ireland 0 and Netherlands 2 (Bosman, Kieft) Romania 0.

Sat 04/Jun/1988    Italy 0 Wales 1 (Rush)
Friendly in Brescia
*No British TV coverage scheduled. Ian Rush scored the only goal on 38.

Euro '88 finals

England Squad Single
An all time low was reached in 1988 on the football song front, although the embarrassment felt at first hearing England's song "All the Way" (composed and produced by Stock, Aitken and Waterman) was nothing compared to watching a mimed performance of the single on an edition of BBC1's chat show "Wogan" for which players worked-out on the stage with gym equipment as they sang along. The single was released on the MCA label (cat no. GOAL 1 with an instrumental version on the b-side) and reached no.64 on the charts. Imagine if this song had gone on to become associated with a tournament winning team! At least in terms of the music, the single inspired the results it deserved.

Wed 08/Jun/1988    "Mid-week Sports Special"
*ITV's preview of the tournament was included on the Wednesday night "Midweek Sports Special" at 10:35pm-12:00am (boxing billed too). "Sportnight" on BBC1 at 10:20pm-12:10am had a preview with Bob Wilson as well as boxing and cricket. BBC1 also had a very brief preview on Thursday night at 8:50-9:00pm with Des Lynam.

First Round
Game 1

Fri 10/Jun/1988    West Germany 1 (Brehme) Italy 1 (Mancini)
Group A (7:15pm bst)
ITV LIVE
Brian Moore & Trevor Francis
*ITV 6:50-9:05pm. Mancini gave Italy the lead on 52, Brehme equalised for the hosts on 55. BBC1 had a highlights show at 10:20-10:50pm introduced by Des Lynam alongside Terry Venables, John Motson commentated.

Sat 11/Jun/1988    "Saint & Greavsie"
*The first of three Euro '88 editions of the Saturday lunchtime football preview/round-up show with Ian St John and Jimmy Greaves went out on ITV at 1:05-1:35pm. BBC1 had a brief football preview on "Grandstand" at 12:50-1:00pm.

Sat 11/Jun/1988    Spain 3 (Míchel, Butragueño, Gordillo) Denmark 2 (Laudrup, Povlsen)
Group A (2:30pm bst)
BBC LIVE
Barry Davies & Jimmy Hill
*BBC1 had live coverage during "Grandstand" at 2:20-4:15pm with Motor Racing at HT. Míchel put Spain ahead on 5, Laudrup equalised on 24, Butragueño restored the Spanish lead on 52, Gordillo made it 3-1 on 67 before Denmark pulled one back through Povlsen on 82.

Sun 12/Jun/1988    Republic of Ireland 1 (Houghton) England 0
Group B (2:30pm bst)
ITV LIVE
Brian Moore & Ron Atkinson
*Exclusively live on ITV from 2:00-4:30pm (Liam Brady also chipped in with comments during the commentary). Ray Houghton's early goal on 6 minutes was enough to win the game for Ireland. The BBC1 had highlights on "Sunday Grandstand" at 4:40-5:00pm and again during the night match, Barry Davies commentating for them. In Ireland, RTE2 showed live coverage at 2:00-4:35pm, tthe commentator was George Hamilton.


Examples of the Euro 88 caption graphics

Sun 12/Jun/1988    Soviet Union 1 (Rats) Netherlands 0
Group B (7:15pm bst)
BBC LIVE
John Motson & Jimmy Hill
*BBC1 7:05-9:15pm with Des Lynam and Bobby Charlton. Rats scored the only goal on 52 minutes.

Game 2

Tue 14/Jun/1988    West Germany 2 (Klinsmann, Thon) Denmark 0
Group A (4:15pm bst)
BBC LIVE
Barry Davies & Jimmy Hill
*BBC1 4:00-6:00pm. Klinsmann scored for West Germany on 10, Thon made it 2-0 on 85.

Tue 14/Jun/1988    Italy 1 (Vialli) Spain 0
Group A (7:15pm bst)
ITV LIVE
Martin Tyler & Ian St John
*ITV 6:50-9:00pm. Vialli scored the only goal on 73. ITV also showed highlights of the afternoon match. BBC1 had a highlights programme with Des Lynam and Bobby Charlton at 10:45-11:30pm with John Motson & Trevor Brooking voicing the Italy game and reports of violence on the streets of Dusseldorf ahead of the England v Netherlands match.

Wed 15/Jun/1988    Netherlands 3 (van Basten 3) England 1 (Robson)
Group B (4:15pm bst)
BBC LIVE
John Motson & Jimmy Hill
*BBC1 4:00-6:05pm. Marco van Basten gave the Dutch a HT lead with a goal just before the break on 44, Bryan Robson equalised on 53 but van Basten scored again on 71 and then completed his hat-trick on 75 for 3-1 (The first hat-trick scored against England since 1959). ITV highlights were shown during the night match, Martin Tyler and Trevor Francis commentating.

Wed 15/Jun/1988    Republic of Ireland 1 (Whelan) Soviet Union 1 (Protasov)
Group B (7:15pm bst)
ITV LIVE
Brian Moore
*ITV 6:45-9:00pm. Nick Owen introduced ITV's programme today which included highlights of the England game. Ronnie Whelan put the Irish ahead on 38, Protasov equalised on 74. The draw meant that it was now impossible for England to reach the semi-finals. BBC1 had a highlights show at 10:25-10:55pm introduced by Des Lynam, Barry Davies voiced the Republic v Soviet Union. In Ireland, RTE2 showed the match live at 6:45-9:25pm with George Hamilton commentating.

Game 3

Fri 17/Jun/1988    West Germany 2 (Völler 2) Spain 0
Group A (7:15pm bst)
ITV LIVE
Alan Parry & Ron Atkinson
*ITV 7:00-9:30pm. Live coverage of one Group A game and highlights of the other. Two goals by Völler on 29 and 51 won the group for West Germany. John Motson commentated on this game for BBC highlights.

Fri 17/Jun/1988    Italy 2 (Altobelli, De Agostini) Denmark 0
Group A (7:15pm bst)
ITV Highlights
Martin Tyler
*Goals from Altobelli on 67 and De Agostini on 87 secured Italy's place in the semi-finals. BBC1 also had highlights of both of today's games at 11:20pm-12:05am.

Group A Final Table
1. West Germany   +4  5
2. Italy          +3  5
3. Spain          -2  2
4. Denmark        -5  0

Sat 18/Jun/1988    "Saint & Greavsie"
*Another Euro '88 edition of the Saturday lunchtime football preview/round-up show with Ian St John and Jimmy Greaves, ITV 1:05-1:35pm. Surprisingly there was no football preview/round-up scheduled for BBC1's "Grandstand"

Sat 18/Jun/1988    Netherlands 1 (Kieft) Republic of Ireland 0
Group B (2:30pm bst)
BBC LIVE
John Motson & Jimmy Hill
*Live coverage during "Grandstand" from 2:30-4:55pm. Kieft scored a late winner for the Dutch on 82 which saw the Netherlands leapfrog Ireland in the table and claim a place in the semi-finals alongside the Soviet Union. In Ireland, unlike the previous two Irish games which had been shown on RTE2, this match was shown on RTE1 as part of "Sports Stadium" with live coverage from 2:15-4:30pm.

Sat 18/Jun/1988    Soviet Union 3 (Aleinikov, Mikhailichenko, Pasulko) England 1 (Adams)
Group B (2:30pm bst)
BBC Highlights
Barry Davies
*An England fixture in the finals of a major tournament that was not shown live! But quite rightly the BBC opted to show Ireland rather than what was a meaningless match for England. BBC1 showed highlights of England's match at HT and FT of the Ireland match. Aleinikov scored early for the Soviets on 3, Tony Adams equalised on 16 but Mikhailichenko put the Soviet Union back in front on 28 and Pasulko condemned England to finish with 0 points with a 3rd goal on 73. An unhappy end to international duty for three England players - Kenny Sansom (86 caps), Glenn Hoddle (53 caps) and Everton's Dave Watson (12 caps). ITV had highlights of the Group B games at 11:05pm-12:00am, probably with Martin Tyler commentating.

Group B Final Table
1. Soviet Union   +3  5
2. Netherlands    +2  4
3. Rep of Ireland  0  3
4. England        -5  0

Semi-finals

Tue 21/Jun/1988    Netherlands 2 (R.Koeman(pen), van Basten) West Germany 1 (Matthäus(pen))
Hamburg, 7:15pm bst
ITV LIVE
Brian Moore & Ron Atkinson
*ITV 6:50-9:15pm. Lothar Matthäus gave West Germany the lead with a penalty on 55 but the Dutch were awarded a penalty of their own on 74 which was converted by Ronald Koeman. With extra-time looming, van Basten scored a late winner for the Dutch on 88. BBC1 included highlights in their "Wimbledon Tennis Match of the Day" programme at 10:50pm-12:10am with John Motson & Bobby Charlton commentating.

Wed 22/Jun/1988    Soviet Union 2 (Lytovchenko, Protasov) Italy 0
Stuttgart, 7:15pm bst
BBC LIVE
John Motson & Jimmy Hill
*BBC1 7:00-9:00pm. Two 2nd half goals by Lytovchenko on 58 and Protasov on 62 sent the Soviet Union through the final. The BBC also showed highlights during the Tennis programme at 10:05-11:05pm. Martin Tyler's voice was heard on the goals for ITV, probably shown on "Saint & Greavsie".

The Final

Sat 25/Jun/1988    "Saint & Greavsie"
*Ian St John and Jimmy Greaves previewed the final on ITV at 1:35-2:00pm.

Sat 25/Jun/1988    Netherlands 2 (Gullit, van Basten) Soviet Union 0
Munich, 2:30pm bst
ITV LIVE
Brian Moore & Ron Atkinson
*Both channels showed the final live, ITV had coverage from 2:15-5:00pm (following "Saint & Greavsie" and a brief boxing preview). BBC1 showed the match as part of "Grandstand" with a round-up of the tournament and preview of the final at 12:35-1:00pm before live coverage of the game from 2:20-4:35pm with John Motson & Jimmy Hill commentating. Ruud Gullit headed the Netherlands into the lead on 32, Marco van Basten made it 2-0 with one of the greatest goals of all time on 54, volleying in magnificently from a tight angle on the right. The Soviet Union were unlucky not to pull a goal back, Ihor Belanov struck a shot against the foot of the post and later had a spot-kick saved by Hans van Breukelen, who's foul on Sergey Gotsmanov had led to the penalty award. The BBC might have also showed highlights either as part of the Tennis programme on Saturday night or "Sunday Grandstand", but if so it was not billed.


Gullit heads the Netherlands into the lead (left), van Basten celebrates his wonder volley (centre) and Gullit receives the trophy.
 
 

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