Tyne Tees Television
(North East) Football Highlights 1962-83
The North East was the very first ITV region in England to begin showing regular football highlights when the original series of Shoot was broadcast in a 25 minute slot from Saturday 8th September 1962. Later, the programme was expanded to 55 minutes and moved to Sunday afternoon's, but it wasn't until 1977 that Shoot included the added attraction of a 2nd and 3rd match covered by the other region's - Presentation was moved from the ground to the studio that same year.
Tyne Tees commentators
1962 - Mid 1960's
George Taylor was the original face of Shoot, and he was still presenting the programme when its' 21 year run came to and end in 1983, he had also served as the regular commentator in the 1960's and continued to voice the odd match until 1973/74.
Mid 1960's - ?May 1969?*
George Bayley was originally a golf correspondent, he became better known nationally as the North East football correspondent for BBC Radio's Sports Report. He also hosted Radio Newcastle's sports programmes.
?August 1969? - ?May 1973?
Jeff Thomas - An Australian commentator.
August 1973 - May 1974
David Taylor - Like Gerry Harrison at Anglia, Taylor had apparently entered the BBC's "Find a commentator" competition in 1969.
August 1974 - May 1979
Kenneth Wolstenholme was 54 when he joined Tyne Tees having been the voice of the BBC's televised football in the 1950's and '60's. A former RAF Bomber pilot during the 2nd World War, the Lancashire born Bolton Wanderers fan joined BBC Television in 1948 and went on to describe 23 successive FA Cup finals and 5 World Cup tournaments, including England's triumphant 1966 success in which he delivered the most famous commentary soundbite of all time. His final commentary for the BBC was the 1971 European Cup Final and following his 5 year stint at Tyne Tees he went into semi-retirement before making a comeback with Channel 4 - reporting on their Italian League coverage. He died in 2002 at the age of 81.
March 1979 - May 1983
Roger Tames first joined Tyne Tees in 1976 as a reporter from the Dagenham Post, the Arsenal fan commentated on a couple of matches for Shoot towards the end of the 1978/79 season before taking over full-time from the start of 1979/80, he continued to work for the station long after the end of Shoot in 1983, presenting the last ever local ITV sports production (Soccer Night) in May 2008.
The Tyne Tees
region's league teams 1962-1983
Newcastle United, Sunderland, Middlesbrough*, Darlington and Hartlepools United.
*Yorkshire Television cameras would also turn up at Ayresome Park, although by 1978 they appeared to have conceded that Middlesbrough were a Tyne Tees club.
The following lists detail all the known Saturday matches recorded by Tyne Tees cameras for local highlights, the re-edits of other region's matches are not included here (see the other region's pages for those). For midweek games (which were networked) go here, for full details of networked Wembley Cup finals go here, for European finals see here. Given dates are for when the fixture was played (not the broadcast). In the 1970's, Tyne Tees were often forced to show LWT's The Big Match if their sole ob unit had been required for horse racing. Non-North East based matches are in italics.
Click the ball for season's 1962/63 - 1967/68
All editions of "Shoot" continued to be broadcast in 405-line black & white on VHF only.
10/Aug Newcastle United 1 (B. Robson) West Ham United 1 (Dear) *Strike action may have prevented this match from being shown
17/Aug Sunderland 1 (Mulhall) Southampton 0 *Strike action may have prevented this match from being shown
24/Aug Middlesbrough 1 (Hickton) Carlisle United 0
31/Aug Sunderland 1 (Suggett) Newcastle United 1 (B. Robson)
07/Sep Sunderland 2 (Porterfield, Mulhall) Leicester City 0
14/Sep Middlesbrough 3 (Gates 2, Hickton) Birmingham City 1 (Vincent)
21/Sep Sunderland 0 Manchester City 4 (Lee 2, Bell, Summerbee) *George Bayley listed as comm in TVT
28/Sep Newcastle United 2 (McNamee, Allen) Tottenham Hotspur 2 (Pearce, Mulbery) *George Bayley listed as comm in TVT
05/Oct Newcastle United 0 Leeds United 1 (Charlton)
12/Oct Darlington 0 Rochdale 0
19/Oct Middlesbrough 2 (McMordie, Downing) Fulham 0
26/Oct Sunderland 3 (Harris 2, Mulhall) Coventry City 0
02/Nov Newcastle United 0 Leicester City 0
09/Nov Darlington 3 (Robson, Lawton, Gauden) Peterborough United 3 (Price 2, Hall)
23/Nov Sunderland 2 (Harris, Herd) Burnley 0
30/Nov Newcastle United 4 (Dyson, B.Robson 2, Foggon) Southampton 1 (Paine) *YTV were at Middlesbrough
07/Dec Sunderland 3 (Palmer, Suggett, Mulhall) Chelsea 2 (Baldwin, Birchenall)
14/Dec *Intended match Middlesbrough v Sheffield United was postponed
21/Dec Sunderland 2 (Palmer, Harris) West Ham United 1 (Hurst)
28/Dec Showed Yorkshire TV's match *Intended match was probably postponed
04/Jan Middlesbrough 1 (Allen) Millwall 1 (Possee) [FA Cup 3rd Round]
11/Jan Sunderland 1 (Suggett) Everton 3 (Royle 2, Kendall)
18/Jan Newcastle United 2 (B.Robson, Davies) Arsenal 1 (Gould)
25/Jan Newcastle United 0 Manchester City 0 [FA Cup 4th Round]
01/Feb Sunderland 0 Tottenham Hotspur 0
08/Feb Showed Southern's match *Only 4 fixtures played from all divisions
15/Feb Showed LWT's match
22/Feb Middlesbrough 2 (Hickton(pen), Webb) Blackpool 1 (Craven)
01/Mar Darlington 6 (O'Neill 2, Robson, Gauden 2, Hale) Workington 2 (Spencer, Trail)
08/Mar Newcastle United 1 (Horsfield) Burnley 0 *YTV were at Middlesbrough
15/Mar League Cup Final *Networked highlights
22/Mar Newcastle United 1 (Sinclair) Sunderland 1 (Suggett)
29/Mar Middlesbrough 0 Cardiff City 0
05/Apr Sunderland 0 Arsenal 0
12/Apr Middlesbrough 2 (Maddren, McMordie) Bury 3 (Kerr, Arrowsmith 2(1pen))
19/Apr Sunderland 2 (Kerr, Tueart) Wolverhampton W. 0
17/May Probably showed Granada's match *billed as "Afternoon Sport"
A memorable season for Newcastle in which they won the Fairs Cup (now known as the UEFA Cup) - Their first ever European adventure began with a 4-0 home leg win v Feyenoord, then Sporting Lisbon and Real Zaragoza were overcome in the 2nd & 3rd rounds before Vitoria Setabul were beaten in the Quarter-finals, Newcastle were paired up with Glasgow Rangers in the Semi-finals, United came away from Ibrox with a 0-0 draw (highlights on BBC Scotland only) and the home leg was won 2-0 to set up a 2 leg final with Újpesti Dózsa, a 3-0 win in the 1st leg of the final at St.James Park was as convincing as could be hoped for (highlights were shown on BBC1's "Sportsnight" 9:05-10pm) but Newcastle found themselves 2-0 down at half-time in the return leg in Hungary - yet they went on to win 6-2 on aggregate with three 2nd half goals courtesy of Bobby Moncur, Preben Arentoft and Alan Foggon (highlights were again on BBC1). In the league, Newcastle finished 9th with 21 goals from by Bryan Robson, Sunderland were 17th. 2nd tier Middlesbrough finished 4th. 3rd tier Hartlepool were relegated after one season. 4th tier Darlington finished 5th.
Many ITV regions began transmitting in colour from November, but all of this season's editions of "Shoot" continued to be broadcast in black & white.
09/Aug Sunderland 0 Coventry City 0
16/Aug *Yorkshire TV were at Middlesbrough 2 Leicester 1, Tyne Tees probably showed this too (WOS racing from Ripon)
23/Aug Showed YTV's programme - Leeds United 1 (Jones) Newcastle United 1 (Scott)
30/Aug Middlesbrough 1 (Hickton) Aston Villa 0
06/Sep Sunderland 2 (Tueart, Kerr) West. Bromwich Albion 2 (Suggett, Brown)
13/Sep Newcastle United 0 Derby County 1 (McFarland)
20/Sep Hartlepools United 0 Colchester United 0
27/Sep Newcastle United 1 (Robson) Wolverhampton W. 1 (McCallion)
04/Oct *World of Sport racing from the North East
11/Oct Newcastle United 1 (Foggan) Liverpool 0
18/Oct Sunderland 1 (Hughes) Arsenal 1 (Sammels)
25/Oct Newcastle United 0 Chelsea 1 (Osgood)
01/Nov *World of Sport racing from the North East
08/Nov Newcastle United 3 (Dyson 2, Davies) Sunderland 0 *Jeff Thomas commentated
15/Nov *World of Sport racing from the North East
29/Nov *Intended match Newcastle United v West Bromwich Albion was postponed
06/Dec Sunderland 2 (Harris, Park) Ipswich Town 1 (Viljoen)
13/Dec *World of Sport racing from the North East
20/Dec *Intended match Middlesbrough v Blackburn Rovers was postponed
27/Dec Sunderland 1 (Baker) Manchester United 1 (Kidd) *Man U goal missed due to technical problems
03/Jan Middlesbrough 2 (McIlmoyle, Downing) West Ham United 1 (Stephenson) [FA Cup 3rd Round]
10/Jan *Intended match Newcastle United v Southampton was postponed
17/Jan Sunderland 2 (Hughes, Harris(pen)) Tottenham Hotspur 1 (Morgan)
24/Jan Middlesbrough 4 (McMordie, Smith, Hickton(pen), Laidlaw) York City 1 (Boyer) [FA Cup 4th Round]
31/Jan Newcastle United 0 Crystal Palace 0
07/Feb Carlisle United 1 (Winstanley) Middlesbrough 2 (Hickton, Downing) [FA Cup 5th Round]
14/Feb *World of Sport racing from the North East (Sunday Times lists Middlesbrough v Sheffiled United but this was PP'd)
21/Feb Probably showed YTV's programme - Middlesbrough 1 (Hickton) Manchester United 1 (Sutton) [FA Cup QF]
28/Feb Newcastle United 1 (McNamee) Tottenham Hotspur 2 (Pearce Chivers)
07/Mar League Cup Final *Networked highlights
14/Mar FA Cup SF *Networked highlights of Chelsea/Watford
04/Apr Newcastle United 5 (Smith, Davies, Robson 3(2pens)) Manchester United 1 (Charlton)
01/May "Football Non-League Final"
Newcastle finished 7th and defended their Fairs Cup title all the way to the Quarter-finals - Dundee United, Porto and Southampton were overcome before they lost out to Anderlecht on away goals. Sunderland were relegated from the top flight in 21st place. In the 2nd tier Middlesbrough again finished 4th and John Hickton returned to the top of the division's scoring charts with 24, 'Boro also reached the FA Cup Quarter-finals, going out to Manchester United in a replay at Old Trafford. In the 4th tier both Darlington and Hartlepool had to apply for re-election.
Tyne Tees are said to have began broadcasting in colour on 17th July 1970, the Times still lists the channel as being in black & white until September but footage from Sunderland's match v Watford as used on "The Big Match" on 23rd August is in colour. Once they did make the switch, the sole Tyne Tees colour outside broadcasting unit was often required to cover racing from Newcastle/Redcar etc. on Saturday afternoon's for "World of Sport" which meant no "Shoot" on those weekends (An alternate region's programme would be shown instead)..
15/Aug Newcastle United 3 (Smith, Foggon, Gibb) Wolverhampton W. 2 (Dougan, Curran) *first colour "Shoot"?
22/Aug Sunderland 3 (Park, Hughes, Kerr) Watford 3 (Walley, Wigg, Lees) *colour, Jeff Thomas commentating
29/Aug Showed ATV's "Star Soccer" - Swindon Town 2 (Horsfield, Gough) Sunderland 0
05/Sep Showed Yorkshire's "Soccer" programme
12/Sep Newcastle United 0 Liverpool 0
19/Sep Showed Yorkshire's "Soccer" - Sheff Utd 1 (Dearden) Middlesbrough 1 (Hickton) *Tyne Tees colour ob covered racing for "World of Sport"
26/Sep Newcastle United 0 Coventry City 0
03/Oct Sunderland 4 (Porterfield, Harris, Park, Baker) Bolton Wanderers 1 (Fletcher)
10/Oct Newcastle United 1 (Robson) Arsenal 1 (Graham)
17/Oct Carlisle United 1 (Owen) Middlesbrough 0
24/Oct Darlington 0 Northampton Town 0
An ITV technicians colour strike affected programmes until mid-February, some highlights would now be recorded in black & white
31/Oct Showed YTV's "Soccer" - Middlesbrough 2 (Laidlaw, Downing) Watford 2 (Scullion 2) *Tyne Tees ob covered racing
07/Nov Showed Southern - Southampton 2 (Channon, Gabriel) Newcastle United 0
14/Nov Showed YTV's "Soccer" - Middlesbrough 3 (Hickton, Downing, McIlmoyle) Charlton Ath. 0 *Tyne Tees ob covered racing
21/Nov Sunderland 0 Sheffield United 0
28/Nov Showed Grananda's "Football" - Blackburn Rovers 0 Sunderland 1 (Kerr) *Tyne Tees covered racing
05/Dec Hartlepool 0 Lincoln City 0
12/Dec Newcastle United 2 (Robson, Dyson) Huddersfield Town 0
19/Dec Showed YTV's "Soccer" - Middlesbrough 1 (Hickton) Hull City 0 *Tyne Tees covered racing
26/Dec Showed YTV's "Soccer" - Leeds United 3 (Giles, Epens, Clarke) Newcastle United 0
02/Jan Showed Granada coverage of Manchester United 0 Middlesbrough 0 [FA Cup 3rd Round]
09/Jan Newcastle United 0 Stoke City 2 (Greenhoff, Burrows)
16/Jan Sunderland 2 (Watson, Hughes) Carlisle United 0
23/Jan Showed LWT's FA Cup 4th Round match *Tyne Tees ob covered racing
30/Jan Showed other region's highlights programme *Tyne Tees ob covered racing
06/Feb Newcastle United 0 Chelsea 1 (Hudson)
ITV technicians colour strike now ended, all programmes in colour from now on
13/Feb Showed YTV's "Soccer" *Tyne Tees ob covered racing
20/Feb Showed YTV's "Soccer" - Middlesbrough 1 (Hickton) Sheffield Wednesday 0 *Tyne Tees ob covered racing
27/Feb League Cup Final *Networked highlights
06/Mar Showed another region's programme - FA Cup QF's
13/Mar Sunderland 0 Portsmouth 0
20/Mar Showed YTV's "Soccer"
27/Mar FA Cup SF *Networked highlights of Arsenal/Stoke
03/Apr Showed YTV's "Soccer" *Tyne Tees ob covered racing
10/Apr Newcastle United 1 (Tudor) Leeds United 1 (Lorimer)
17/Apr Sunderland 0 Leicester City 0
24/Apr Newcastle United 1 (Tudor) West Ham United 1 (Hurst) *YTV were at Middlesbrough
01/May Showed YTV's "Soccer" *Tyne Tees ob covered racing
Newcastle had again qualified for the Fairs Cup and they knocked out Inter Milan in the opening round but then suffered a 2nd round exit in a penalty shoot out to Pecs Dozsa. In the league the Magpies finished 12th. In the 2nd tier Middlesbrough finished 7th and with 25 goals John Hickton was the division's top scorer for the third time, Sunderland finished 13th. Down in the 4th tier Darlington were 12th, Hartlepool again had to apply for re-election in 23rd.
The Times has "Shoot" scheduled for every Sunday afternoon from the start of the season until the end of January.
14/Aug Sunderland 1 (Watson) Birmingham City 1 (Bowker)
21/Aug Newcastle United 3 (Macdonald 3(1pen)) Liverpool 2 (Hughes, Keegan) *Jeff Thomas commentated, L'pool missed pen
28/Aug Showed Yorkshire's programme *according to the Newcastle pink, Tyne Tees ob covered racing
04/Sep Showed LWT's "The Big Match" *Sunday Times lists Newcastle v West Ham but this match was not covered
11/Sep Showed Yorkshire's programme *Newcastle pink
18/Sep Showed Yorkshire's programme *Newcastle pink, Tyne Tees ob covered racing
25/Sep Sunderland 4 (Pitt, Tueart 2, Hamilton) Preston North End 3 (Ham, Lyall, McIlmoyle) *Listed in the World of Sport Almanack 1972
02/Oct Newcastle United 0 Derby County 1 (Hinton)
09/Oct Darlington 1 (Hale(pen)) Stockport County 2 (McMillan, Webber) *Newcastle pink
16/Oct Middlesbrough 2 (Hickton, Vincent) Portsmouth 1 (Reynolds) *Newcastle pink
23/Oct Newcastle United 0 Manchester United 1 (Best)
30/Oct *Probably showed LWT or Yorkshire programme, Tyne Tees ob covered racing
06/Nov Middlesbrough 0 Preston North End 1 (Tarbuck) *Sunday Times, Newcastle pink
13/Nov Sunderland 0 Blackpool 0 *Sunday Times
20/Nov Newcastle United 2 (Macdonald 2) Nottingham Forest 1 (Cormack)
27/Nov Showed LWT's "The Big Match" *Sunday Times, Tyne Tees ob covered racing
04/Dec Middlesbrough 0 Birmingham City 0 *Sunday Times
11/Dec Sunderland 2 (Hughes, Tueart) Fulham 1 (Barrett) *Sunday Times
18/Dec Sunderland 3 (Pitt, Hughes, Kerr) Millwall 3 (Bolland, Smethurst, Possee) *black & white (prob due to poor light/mist)
01/Jan Sunderland 1 (Kerr) Sheffield Wednesday 1 (Stuart)
08/Jan Newcastle United 4 (Hibbitt, Tudor 2, MacDonald(pen)) Coventry City 2 (Rafferty, Mortimer) *Sunday Times
15/Jan Sunderland 3 (Chambers, Watson, Porterfield) Sheffield Wed 0 [FA Cup R3] *Sunday Times lists this but not 100% as Newcastle v Hereford (PP'd) was the intended match (WoS Almanac)
22/Jan Middlesbrough 2 (Hickton 2) Sunderland 0
29/Jan Showed YTV's "Soccer" - Huddersfield Town 0 Newcastle United 0 *Tyne Tees ob covered racing
05/Feb Showed LWT's "The Big Match" *FA Cup 4th Round day, YEP lists "Shoot" (poss intended to show Cardiff v Sunderland, but WoS Almanac does not list that game for HTV or TT)
12/Feb Sunderland 3 (Tueart 2, Porterfield) Oxford United 0
19/Feb Showed LWT's "The Big Match" *Tyne Tees ob covered racing
26/Feb Showed YTV's "Soccer" *FA Cup R5 day, Tyne Tees ob covered racing, Times says they showed Granada's programme
04/Mar League Cup Final *Networked highlights
11/Mar Middlesbrough 2 (Mills 2) Oxford United 1 (Sloan) *Sunday Times
18/Mar Showed LWT's "The Big Match" *FA Cup QF's. Tyne Tees ob covered racing
25/Mar Showed LWT's "The Big Match" *Tyne Tees ob covered racing
01/Apr Sunderland 0 Hull City 1 (Wagstaff)
08/Apr Showed YTV's "Soccer" *Tyne Tees ob probably covering racing at Kelso/Beverley, Times says "The Big Match"
15/Apr Possibly Middlesbrough 1 (Spraggon) Norwich City 0 *Sunday Times lists this, YEP lists "Shoot", but it's not in the WoS Almanac and it was also FA Cup SF day
22/Apr Hartlepool 2 (Waddell, Potter) Northampton Town 0 *Sunday Times
29/Apr Showed YTV's "Soccer" - Middlesbrough 3 (McMordie, Vincent, Mills) Hull City 0 *Tyne Tees ob covered racing
Newcastle ended the season in 11th with their new £180,000 superstar striker Malcolm Macdonald chipping in with 23 goals. In the 2nd tier Sunderland finished 5th, Middlesbrough 9th. In the 4th Hartlepool, now managed by Len Ashurst, slightly improved to finish 18th above Darlington in 19th.
12/Aug Showed YTV's "Football Special" - Middlesbrough 2 (Smith 2) Sunderland 1 (Latham)
19/Aug Showed YTV's "Football Special"
26/Aug Showed YTV's "Football Special"
02/Sep Sunderland 3 (Tueart, Lathan, Kerr) Swindon Town 2 (Treacy, Rogers)
09/Sep Newcastle United 2 (MacDonald, Craig) Arsenal 1 (Kennedy) *Jeff Thomas commentating
16/Sep Sunderland 1 (Tueart(pen)) Sheffield Wednesday 1 (Joicey)
23/Sep Middlesbrough 1 (Mills) Hull City 0
30/Sep Sunderland 4 (Lathan 2, Porterfield, W.Hughes) Nottingham Forest 1 (Richardson)
07/Oct Showed "The Big Match"
14/Oct Sunderland 0 Luton Town 2 (Halom, Jim Ryan)
21/Oct Newcastle United 2 (Tudor, Hibbitt) Manchester United 1 (Charlton)
28/Oct Sunderland 0 Fulham 0
04/Nov Sunderland 2 (W.Hughes, Kerr) Aston Villa 2 (B.Rioch, Little)
11/Nov Newcastle United 3 (Gibb, Howard, Macdonald) Birmingham City 0
18/Nov Sunderland 1 (Coleman) Hull City 1 (McGill) *Sunday Times
25/Nov Showed "The Big Match"
02/Dec Sunderland 0 Burnley 1 (Fletcher)
09/Dec Middlesbrough 0 Nottm Forest 0 *Sunday Times & Newcastle pink, Grimsby ET lists Newcastle 0 Southampton 0
16/Dec Showed "The Big Match"
23/Dec Newcastle United 2 (MacDonald(pen), Barrowclough) Manchester City 1 (Melloe)
30/Dec Newcastle United 4 (Tudor, Nattrass, Macdonald, Craig) Sheffield United 1 (Dearden)
06/Jan Sunderland 4 (W.Hughes, Tueart, Bolton) Brighton & Hove Albion 0
13/Jan Newcastle United 2 (Macdonald, Nattrass) Bournemouth 0 [FA Cup 3rd Round]
20/Jan Showed "The Big Match"
27/Jan Sunderland 2 (Tueart, Kerr) Millwall 0
03/Feb Sunderland 1 (Tueart) Reading 1 (Chappell) [FA Cup 4th Round]
10/Feb Newcastle United 1 (Barrowclough) Coventry City 1 (Stein) *Newcastle pink
17/Feb Showed ATV coverage of Wolves 1 (K.Hibbitt) Newcastle 1 (T.Hibbitt) *Newcastle pink, GET says S'land/Boro but TT ob were sched to cover racing
24/Feb Showed Granada's "Football" - Man City 2 (Towers, Montgomery(og)) Sunderland 2 (Horswill, Hughes) [FA Cup R5]
03/Mar League Cup Final *Networked highlights
10/Mar Showed "The Big Match"
17/Mar Showed ITV Sport production of FA Cup QF's *BBC covered Sunderland 2 Luton 0
24/Mar Showed "The Big Match" *Newcastle pink, GET says N'castle/Chelsea but TT ob covered racing at Hexham
31/Mar Showed "The Big Match" *Newcastle pink, GET says S'land/Bristol.C but TT ob prob covered the racing at Kelso
07/Apr Sunderland 2 (Halom, Hughes) Arsenal 1 (George) [FA Cup SF] *Networked highlights from Hillsborough
14/Apr Hartlepool 1 (Honour) Barnsley 4 (Butler 3, O'Connor)
21/Apr Showed YTV's "Football Special"
28/Apr Showed YTV's "Football Special"
05/May FA Cup Final - Sunderland 1 (Porterfield) Leeds United 0 *Networked live & networked Sunday highlights
After sacking Alan Brown in November and replacing him with Bob Stokoe, 1973 turned out to be a legendary year in Sunderland's history - In one the greatest FA Cup final upsets of all time, the 2nd tier club (who finished 6th) beat the mighty whites of Leeds United 1-0 thanks to a 32nd minute goal by Ian Porterfield and a miraculous double save by Jim Montgomery, it was undoubtedly one of British football's major highlights of the 1970's and the first time a non-top flight club had won the FA Cup for 42 years. Newcastle also lifted silverware in the form of the Anglo-Italian Trophy by beating Fiorentina 2-1 in Florence, the Magpies had finished 9th in the league. In the 2nd tier Middlesbrough finished 4th having changed manager in January, Harold Sheperdson took charge until the end of the season following Stan Anderson's resignation. It was another poor season for the region's 4th tier clubs with Hartlepool 20th and Darlington rock bottom of the entire Football league.
"Shoot" shown at 2:15-3:05pm, Sundays.
25/Aug Showed "The Big Match"
01/Sep Newcastle United 1 (McDermott) Arsenal 1 (George)
08/Sep Sunderland 1 (Guthrie) Cardiff City 1 (Vincent)
15/Sep Showed YTV's "Soccer Special" - Middlesbrough 0 Aston Villa 0
22/Sep Showed ATV's "Star Soccer" - Coventry City 2 (Alderson, Stein) Newcastle Utd 2 (MacDonald, Tudor)
29/Sep Newcastle United 2 (Tudor 2) Queens Park Rangers 3 (Thomas, Francis, Leach)
06/Oct Sunderland 3 (Hughes, Porterfield, Halom) Sheffield Wednesday 1 (Coyle)
13/Oct Middlesbrough 1 (Smith) Hull City 0 *Sunday Times
20/Oct Newcastle United 2 (Macdonald 2(1pen)) Chelsea 0
27/Oct Sunderland 0 Crystal Palace 0 *Newcastle pink & Observer
03/Nov Middlesbrough 2 (Foggon, Armstrong) Luton Town 1 (Butlin)
10/Nov Showed "The Big Match"
17/Nov Newcastle United 3 (Cassidy 2, Hope) Manchester United 2 (Macari, Graham)
24/Nov Showed "The Big Match"
01/Dec Showed Yorkshire's programme *Sunday Times & Newcastle pink
08/Dec Sunderland 2 (Tueart, Halom) Aston Villa 0 *Sunday Times & Observer
15/Dec Middlesbrough 1 (Boam) Nottingham Forest 0
22/Dec Showed "The Big Match" - QPR 3 (Clement, Givens, Bowles) Newcastle Utd 2 (McDermott, Moncur) *Newcastle pink
29/Dec Showed "The Big Match"
05/Jan Newcastle United 1 (Howard) Hendon 1 (Haider) [FA Cup 3rd Round]
12/Jan Sunderland 0 Oxford United 0 *Newcastle pink & Observer
19/Jan Showed "The Big Match" - Orient 2 Sunderland 1
26/Jan Newcastle United 1 (McDermott) Scunthorpe United 1 (Keeley) [FA Cup 4th Round]
02/Feb Sunderland 4 (Halom 2, Hughes 2) Millwall 0
09/Feb Newcastle United 5 (Craven(og), Bruce, Dugdale(og), Tudor, Macdonald) Coventry City 1 (Alderson)
16/Feb Showed "The Big Match" *FA Cup 5th Round ties
23/Feb Showed YTV's "Soccer Special" - Sheffield Wednesday 0 Sunderland 1
02/Mar League Cup Final *Networked highlights
09/Mar Newcastle United 4 (Craig, McDermott(pen), Tudor, Moncur) Nottingham Forest 3 (Bowyer, O'Kane, Lyall) [FA Cup QF] *Result void due to crowd disorder
16/Mar Sunderland 1 (Longhorn) Fulham 0
23/Mar Showed YTV's "Soccer Special"
30/Mar Newcastle United 2 (Macdonald 2) Burnley 0 [FA Cup SF] *Networked highlights from Hillsborough
06/Apr Middlesbrough 4 (Hickton, Needham(og), Armstrong, Foggon) Notts County 0
13/Apr Hartlepool 0 Swansea City 1 (Bruton) *George Taylor commentated on this one.
20/Apr Newcastle United 1 (Robson) Birmingham City 1 (Francis) *David Taylor's last commentary for Tyne Tees
27/Apr Showed YTV's "Soccer Special" - York City 1 (Jones) Oldham Athletic 1 (Whittle)
04/May FA Cup Final - Newcastle United 0 Liverpool 3 (Keegan 2, Heighway) *Networked live & networked Sunday highlights
Newcastle were no-doubt doubly determined to make an impression in the FA Cup this season following their neighbours success the previous year, United had won the cup three times during the 1950's but it had now been over 12 years since they had even reached the last eight. 1974 almost proved to be Newcastle's year in a run which included an extraordinary Quarter-final tie v Nottingham Forest which Newcastle won 4-3, but only after a pitch invasion had interrupted play when United went 3-1 down to a hotly contested penalty which resulted in Pat Howard being sent off. Despite Newcastle playing on with 10 men the FA decided that the pitch invasion had influenced the result and the match had to be replayed, the re-match at a neutral venue was drawn before Newcastle went through at the 3rd attempt and went on to beat Burnley in the Semi-final, but at Wembley they came up against a Liverpool side in dazzling form and in a one sided final Newcastle were soundly beaten 3-0. In the league, Newcastle finished 15th. England World Cup 1966 hero Jack Charlton was the new manager of 2nd tier Middlesbrough and he guided them to a Championship winning campaign. Sunderland were 6th but only two points short of a promotion place, the Rokerites cup success of the previous season had also earned them a place in Europe to compete in the Cup-winners Cup, they overcame Vasas Budapest in the opening round and then beat Sporting Lisbon 2-1 at Roker Park but lost the 2nd leg 2-0. It was now three up/three down between the top three divisions and fringe Tyne Tees club York City were one of those benefiting from the new rule as they claimed promotion by finishing 3rd in the Third tier. In the Fourth Division Hartlepool finished 11th (manager Len Ashurst was then tempted away to manage elsewhere), Darlington were 20th.
"Shoot" moved to the slightly earlier Sunday time of 2:10-3:00pm this season.
17/Aug Newcastle United 3 (Kennedy, Macdonald, Howard) Coventry City 2 (Alderson, Hutchison) *Ken Wolstenholme now commentating for Tyne Tees
24/Aug Middlesbrough 1 (Mills) Luton Town 1 (Butlin)
31/Aug Newcastle United 2 (Tudor, Macdonald) West Ham United 0
07/Sep Middlesbrough 1 (Maddren) Chelsea 1 (Hutchinson)
14/Sep Newcastle United 1 (Tudor) Carlisle United 0
21/Sep Sunderland 0 Bolton Wanderers 0
28/Sep Showed "The Big Match" - main game was Tottenham 1 Middlesbrough 2
05/Oct Sunderland 2 (Robson 2) Oxford United 0
12/Oct Darlington 0 Barnsley 0 *One source says York City 3 (Seal 2, Hinch) Bristol Rovers 0
19/Oct Middlesbrough 4 (Souness 2, Mills, Foggon) Coventry City 4 (Stein, Cross, Holmes 2)
26/Oct Newcastle United 0 Leicester City 1 (Earle)
02/Nov Hartlepool 3 (Gauden 2, Dawes) Workington 0
09/Nov Showed YTV's "Soccer Special" - Sheffield Wednesday 3 (Ferguson, McMordie, Potts) York City 0
16/Nov Newcastle United 5 (Cannell, Macdonald 2, Kennedy, Barrowclough) Chelsea 0
23/Nov Showed Granada's "Football"
30/Nov Newcastle United 2 (Macdonald, Howard) Manchester City 1 (Marsh)
07/Dec Sunderland 4 (Halom, Hughes(pen), Malone, Robson) Portsmouth 1 (Mellows)
14/Dec Middlesbrough 3 (Foggon, Hickton, Page) Birmingham City 0
21/Dec Newcastle United 3 (Tudor, Kennedy, Howard) Leeds United 0
28/Dec Showed Granada's "Football" - Everton 1 (Latchford) Middlesbrough 1 (Maddren)
04/Jan Showed Granada's "Football" - Manchester City 0 Newcastle United 2 (Burns, Nulty) [FA Cup 3rd Round]
11/Jan Showed Anglia's "Match of the Week" - Ipswich Town 2 (Osbourne, Johnson) Middlesbrough 0
18/Jan Middlesbrough 0 Arsenal 0
25/Jan Showed YTV's "Soccer Special" *FA Cup 4th Round
01/Feb Newcastle United 2 (Macdonald, Burns) Middlesbrough 1 (Hickton)
08/Feb Sunderland 3 (Towers(pen), Morgan(og), Robson) Cardiff City 1 (Anderson)
15/Feb Showed Granada's "Football" *FA Cup 5th Round
22/Feb Showed YTV's "Soccer Special"
01/Mar League Cup Final *Networked highlights
08/Mar Showed "The Big Match"
15/Mar Showed YTV's "Soccer Special" - Middlesbrough 3 (Hickton, Souness 2) Tottenham Hotspur 0
22/Mar Showed YTV's "Soccer Special"
29/Mar Middlesbrough 2 (Murdoch, Foggon) Burnley 0
05/Apr FA Cup SF *Networked highlights of Fulham/Birmingham
12/Apr Darlington 2 (Cattrell, Sinclair) Mansfield Town 1 (Clarke)
19/Apr Sunderland 3 (Bolton, Robson, Belfitt) Bristol City 0
26/Apr Showed ATV's "Star Soccer"
Back in the top flight, Middlesbrough finished a creditable 7th and threatened to make it a successive hat-trick of North East clubs reaching the FA Cup final, but 'Boro lost 1-0 at Birmingham in the Quarter-finals, they also reached the last eight of the League Cup - only to be knocked out by Manchester United in an Old Trafford replay. Newcastle finished 15th, won the Texaco (Anglo-Scottish-Irish) Cup and Malcolm Macdonald was the top flight's leading scorer with 21 goals, but under pressure from fans the club then decided to move Joe Harvey 'upstairs' after managing the team for 13 years. In the 2nd tier there was yet another near-miss for Sunderland in 4th - again just two points short of a promotion place, York City were 15th. In the 4th tier, Hartlepool were 13th, Darlington 21st.
Ken Wolstenholme, 31st August 1974
Seen here recording a separate introduction for LWT's "The Big Match"
"Shoot" shown on Sundays 2:10-3:00pm this season.
09/Aug Newcastle United 2 (Hibbitt, Gowling) Middlesbrough 2 (Willey, Armstrong) [Anglo-Scottish Cup] *Man in underpants invades pitch
16/Aug Showed "The Big Match" - main game was Tottenham 1 Middlesbrough 0
23/Aug Showed YTV's "Soccer Special"
30/Aug Sunderland 2 (Towers 2) Blackpool 0
06/Sep Middlesbrough 3 (Hickton, Mills 2) Stoke City 0 *May have been YTV coverage, Macklin comm for them at least
13/Sep Sunderland 2 (Halom, Hughes) West Bromwich Albion 0
20/Sep Middlesbrough 0 Queens Park Rangers 0
27/Sep Sunderland 4 (Robson 2, Kerr, Halom) Notts County 0
04/Oct Newcastle United 2 (Tudor, Barrowclough) Tottenham Hotspur 2 (Pratt, Duncan)
11/Oct Sunderland 3 (Towers(pen), Hughes, Robson) Orient 1 (Queen)
18/Oct Newcastle United 5 (Macdonald 2, Gowling 2, Jones(og)) Norwich City 2 (McGuire, Macdougal) *YTV at Middlesbrough
25/Oct Hartlepool 1 (Smith) Barnsley 0
01/Nov Newcastle United 2 (Gowling, Nattrass) Arsenal 0
08/Nov Showed YTV's "Soccer Special" - Leeds United 3 (McKenzie 2, Yorath) Newcastle United 0
15/Nov Middlesbrough 0 Leeds United 0
22/Nov Showed "The Big Match"
29/Nov Sunderland 2 (Robson 2) Oldham Athletic 0
06/Dec Newcastle United 4 (D.Craig, T.Craig 2(1pen), Burns) Coventry City 0
13/Dec Sunderland 1 (Porterfield) Oxford United 0
20/Dec Middlesbrough 1 (Hickton) Tottenham Hotspur 0
27/Dec Showed Granada's "Kick Off Match" - Bolton Wanderers 2 (Allardyce, Bryom) Sunderland 1 (Dunne(og))
03/Jan Showed "The Big Match" *FA Cup 3rd Round ties
10/Jan Newcastle United 5 (Gowling 3, Nattrass, Nulty) Everton 0
17/Jan Showed "The Big Match"
24/Jan Showed YTV's "Soccer Special" *FA Cup 4th Round
31/Jan Middlesbrough 3 (Mills, Keeley(og), Maddron) Newcastle United 3 (Gowling, Kennedy, Nattrass)
07/Feb Newcastle United 4 (Todd(og), Nulty, T.Craig(pen), Macdonald) Derby County 3 (Powell, George, Rioch)
14/Feb Showed Granada's "Kick Off Match" *Included Stoke 0 Sunderland 0 [FA Cup R5] as 2nd match (Wolstenholme comm)
21/Feb Showed YTV's "Soccer Special" - Leeds United 0 Middlesbrough 2 (Hickton 2)
28/Feb League Cup Final - Newcastle United 1 (Gowling) Manchester City 2 (Barnes, Tueart) *Networked highlights
06/Mar Sunderland 0 Crystal Palace 1 (Whittle) [FA Cup QF]
13/Mar Middlesbrough 0 Leicester City 1 (Boam(og))
20/Mar Showed Granada's "Kick Off Match" - Oldham Athletic 1 (Bell) Sunderland 1 (Hughes)
27/Mar Showed ATV's "Star Soccer" - Coventry City 1 (Murphy) Newcastle United 1 (Bird)
03/Apr FA Cup SF *Networked highlights of Crystal P/Southampton
10/Apr Darlington 2 (Sinclair 2(1pen)) Tranmere Rovers 0
17/Apr Showed Granada's "Kick Off Match"
24/Apr Sunderland 2 (Bolton, Hughes) Portsmouth 0
Middlesbrough were again pride of the North East in 13th and there was very nearly an all North East League Cup final as 'Boro went one better than last season by reaching the Semi-finals, but they crashed 4-0 at Manchester City after taking a 1-0 lead in the 1st leg. Newcastle had appointed Gordon Lee as manager in the summer but yet again finished 15th for the third successive season, a degree of success came in the cups as Newcastle returned to Wembley in the League Cup final - Struck by a flu epidemic days before the match they lost 2-1, the Magpies were also among the last eight in the FA Cup (losing to Derby) alongside 2nd tier Sunderland who lost out to 3rd tier Crystal Palace, but Sunderland finally went on to win promotion to the top flight as champions, York City however were relegated in 21st. Down in the 4th tier it was pretty much business as usual with Hartlepool finishing 14th and Darlington 20th.
"Shoot" shown on Sundays at 2:15-3:05pm.
14/Aug Newcastle United 3 Middlesbrough 0 [Anglo-Scottish Cup]
21/Aug Newcastle United 2 (Hudson, Craig(pen)) Derby County 2 (Nish, George)
28/Aug Showed "The Big Match"
04/Sep Showed HTV's "Soccer Special" - Bristol City 4 (Mann, Tainton, Ritchie, Gillies) Sunderland 1 (Robson)
11/Sep Middlesbrough 2 (Willey 2) Sunderland 1 (Greenwood)
18/Sep Sunderland 0 Manchester City 2 (Tueart, Royle)
25/Sep Showed "The Big Match"
02/Oct Darlington 2 (Rowles, Lyons) Aldershot 1 (Wooler)
09/Oct Middlesbrough 1 (Souness) Norwich City 0
16/Oct Sunderland 0 Aston Villa 1 (Cropley)
23/Oct Showed "The Big Match" - main game was Queens Park Rangers 2 Sunderland 0
30/Oct Newcastle United 1 (Cannell) Stoke City 0 *Yorkshire TV showed Middlesbrough 0 Leicester City 1
06/Nov Sunderland 0 Liverpool 1 (Fairclough)
13/Nov Showed "The Big Match"
20/Nov Showed "The Big Match"
27/Nov Newcastle United 2 (Cannell, Burns) Queens Park Rangers 0
04/Dec Showed "The Big Match"
11/Dec Abandoned match - Newcastle United 1 (Barrowclough) Ipswich Town 0 *abandoned after 32 minutes
18/Dec Sunderland 0 Norwich City 1 (Busby)
01/Jan Showed Granada's "Kick Off Match" - Liverpool 2 (Kennedy, Thompson) Sunderland 0 *Sunday Express
08/Jan Showed "The Big Match" - main game was Wimbledon 0 Middlesbrough 0 [FA Cup 3rd Round]
15/Jan Middlesbrough 2 (George(og), Mills) Derby County 0
22/Jan Sunderland 0 Stoke City 0
29/Jan Showed "The Big Match" *FA Cup 4th Round ties
05/Feb Middlesbrough 2 (Mills 2) Tottenham Hotspur 0
12/Feb Showed "The Big Match"
19/Feb Showed "The Big Match"
26/Feb Showed YTV coverage of Middlesbrough 4 (Mills 3, Armstrong) Arsenal 1 (MacDonald) [FA Cup 5th Round]
05/Mar Sunderland 6 (Holden 2, Rowell 2, Kerr, Lee) West Ham United 0
12/Mar League Cup Final *Networked highlights
19/Mar Showed Granada coverage of Liverpool 2 (Fairclough, Keegan) Middlesbrough 0 [FA Cup QF]
26/Mar Showed YTV coverage of York City 1 (Hinch) Grimsby Town 1 (Lewis)
02/Apr Sunderland 1 (Lee) Queens Park Rangers 0
09/Apr Showed YTV coverage of Leeds United 1 (Cherry) Sunderland 1 (Lee)
16/Apr Newcastle United 3 (Gowling, Cannell, Nulty) West Ham United 0
23/Apr Sunderland 1 (Towers(pen)) Derby County 1 (Powell)
30/Apr Showed Yorkshire's match
07/May Sunderland 1 (Holden) Birmingham City 0
14/May Newcastle United 3 (Cannell 2, Oates) Aston Villa 2 (Little 2)
Tyne Tees TV now had three clubs to cover in the top flight for the first time, but it didn't last long as Sunderland could only manage one season among the elite by finishing 1 point short of safety, Bob Stokoe had left the winless club in October and Ian MacFarlane took over before Jimmy Adamson was appointed in December. There were further managerial changes at the region's other top clubs - With Malcolm Macdonald sold to Arsenal pre-season, Newcastle's Gordon Lee left for Everton in January, player power then ensured first team coach Richard Dinnis was handed the job and United went on to finish 5th - their highest finish for 26 years! Middlesbrough were 12th and again reached the FA Cup QFs (knocked out by Liverpool at Anfield) but Jack Charlton resigned towards the end of the campaign in the hope of landing the England job, 'Boro replaced him with John Neal. York City suffered a successive relegation to the basement division where Darlington finished 11th and Hartlepool 22nd.
"Shoot" moved to an earlier Sunday slot of 2:00-2:55pm this season.
20/Aug Newcastle United 3 (Burns 2, Kennedy) Leeds 2 (Hankin, Lorimer)
27/Aug Middlesbrough 2 (Armstrong 2) Newcastle United 0 *Newcastle pen saved in 1st minute, dog on pitch
03/Sep Newcastle United 2 (Burns, Cassidy) West Ham United 3 (Jennings, A.Taylor, B.Robson)
10/Sep Middlesbrough 1 (Ashcroft) Birmingham City 2 (Francis 2)
17/Sep Sunderland 0 Bolton Wanderers 2 (Whatmore, Reid)
24/Sep Newcastle United 1 (Gowling) Coventry City 2 (Wallace 2)
01/Oct Sunderland 0 Brighton & Hove Albion 2 (Piper, Ward)
08/Oct Middlesbrough 2 (Mills, Ashcroft) Manchester United 1 (Coppell)
15/Oct Darlington 2 (Maitland, Rowles) Huddersfield Town 2 (Baines, Johnson)
22/Oct Newcastle United 1 (Burns) Chelsea 0 *Yorkshire TV covered Middlesbrough 2 Leeds 1
29/Oct Sunderland 3 (Elliott, Ashurst, Lee) Oldham Athletic 1 (Taylor)
05/Nov Middlesbrough 1 (Hedley) Queens Park Rangers 1 (Busby)
12/Nov Sunderland 5 (Arnott, Greenwood, Henderson, Elliott, Lee) Bristol Rovers 1 (Staniforth)
19/Nov Middlesbrough 0 Wolverhampton W. 0
26/Nov Sunderland 1 (Bolton) Luton Town 1 (R.Futcher)
03/Dec Newcastle United 2 (Burns, Nattrass) Leicester City 0
10/Dec Showed Yorkshire's match
17/Dec Middlesbrough 1 (Hedley) Aston Villa 0 *complete show archived +Y
24/Dec No fixtures played
31/Dec Newcastle United 0 Liverpool 2 (Thompson, Dalglish)
07/Jan Middlesbrough 3 (Mills 2, McAndrew) Coventry City 0 [FA Cup 3rd Round]
14/Jan Newcastle United 2 (Cassidy, McGhee) Middlesbrough 4 (Boam, Ashcroft 2, Cummins)
21/Jan Sunderland 5 (Kerr, Rowell 2(1pen), Rostron, Elliott) Sheffield United 1 (Campbell)
28/Jan Middlesbrough 3 (Mahoney, Mills 2) Everton 2 (Telfer, Lyons) [FA Cup 4th Round]
04/Feb Showed ATV's match
11/Feb Showed LWT's match
18/Feb Showed LWT & HTV's FA Cup 5th Round games
25/Feb Middlesbrough 3 (Mills, Craggs, Mahoney) Derby County 1 (Daly)
04/Mar Sunderland 0 Southampton 0
11/Mar Middlesbrough 0 Orient 0 [FA Cup QF]
18/Mar League Cup Final *Networked highlights
25/Mar Showed Granada's match
01/Apr Sunderland 2 (Docherty, Lee) Fulham 2 (Margerrison, Mitchell)
08/Apr Middlesbrough 2 (Ramage, Cummins) Bristol City 0
15/Apr Sunderland 3 (Rostron, Kerr, Lee) Notts County 1 (Sims)
22/Apr Hartlepool United 1 (Houchen) Newport County 1 (Goddard)
29/Apr Showed ATV's match
Middlesbrough finished 14th and yet again reached the FA Cup Quarter-finals only to suffer a frustrating exit to 2nd tier Orient, Newcastle were back in Europe but only for a 2nd round UEFA Cup exit to Bastia, and there was to be no repeat of the league form which had got them there - Richard Dinnis was sacked on 9th November and replaced by Bill McGarry but an appalling season saw them relegated in 21st. In the 2nd tier Sunderland finished 6th whilst in the basement division Hartlepool finished 21st having to apply for re-election along with York City. Darlington were only slightly better off in 19th.
"Shoot!" was moved to a late Sunday afternoon slot (3:55pm-4:50pm) this season
19/Aug Sunderland 1 (Rowell) Charlton Athletic 0
26/Aug Showed LWT's match
02/Sep Middlesbrough 0 Ipswich Town 0
09/Sep Newcastle United 3 (Withe 2, McGhee) Blackburn Rovers 1 (Gregory)
16/Sep Sunderland 1 (Brown) Fulham 1 (Margerrison(pen))
23/Sep Hartlepool United 3 (Houchen, Newton(pen), Goldthorpe) Halifax Town 1 (Lawson)
30/Sep Middlesbrough 2 (Ashcroft, Mills) Arsenal 3 (O'Leary, Price, Walford)
07/Oct Newcastle United 1 (Walker) Leicester City 0
14/Oct Sunderland 1 (Greenwood) Newcastle United 1 (Withe)
21/Oct Middlesbrough 2 (Burns, Armstrong) Wolverhampton W. 0
28/Oct Newcastle United 3 (Connolly, Withe, Robinson) Cardiff City 0
04/Nov Sunderland 0 Stoke City 1 (O'Callaghan)
11/Nov Newcastle United 1 (Pearson) Millwall 0
18/Nov Middlesbrough 2 (Burns, Mills) Southampton 0
25/Nov Newcastle United 1 (McGhee) Oldham Athletic 1 (Valentine)
02/Dec Sunderland 5 (Entwistle 3, Lee, Rowell) Bristol Rovers 0
09/Dec Showed LWT's match
16/Dec Middlesbrough 7 (Proctor, Burns 4, Armstrong, Cochrane) Chelsea 2 (Osgood, Bumstead)
23/Dec Showed ATV's match
30/Dec Showed Granada's match *Sunday Express
06/Jan Showed Yorkshire's FA Cup 3rd Round
13/Jan Showed Yorkshire's match *Sunday Times
20/Jan Showed LWT's match *Intended fixture was probably postponed
27/Jan Newcastle United 1 (Withe) Wolverhampton W. 1 (Hibbitt) [FA Cup R4] *LWT show credits this to YTV with Tyler comm, but Wolstenholme comms for TT
03/Feb Middlesbrough 1 (Proctor) Nottingham Forest 3 (Birtles 2, Robertson(pen)) *Spectator on the pitch
10/Feb Showed LWT's match
17/Feb Showed ATV coverage of Leicester 2 (Peake, Buchanan) Newcastle 1 (Nattrass) *only 5 fixtures from all divisions played due to bad weather
24/Feb Newcastle United 1 (Connolly) Sunderland 4 (Rowell 3(1pen), Entwistle)
03/Mar Newcastle United 5 (Shoulder 2(1pen), Martin, Mitchell, Connolly) Charlton Athletic 3 (Gritt, Shipperley, Robinson) *Roger Tames commentated
10/Mar Sunderland 3 (Rowell(pen), Bolton, Rostron) Oldham Atheltic 0 *Ken Wolstenholme commentated
17/Mar League Cup Final *Networked highlights
24/Mar Middlesbrough 2 (Burns, Ashcroft) Birmingham City 1 (Givens) *Ken Wolstenholme commentated
31/Mar Probably FA Cup SF *Networked highlights of Man Utd/Liverpool
07/Apr Darlington 1 (Peachey) Newport County 0 *Roger Tames commentated
14/Apr Showed Yorkshire's match
21/Apr Newcastle United 0 Fulham 0
28/Apr Sunderland 1 (Ashurst) Cardiff City 2 (Moore, Bishop) *Ken Wolstenholme commentated
05/May Newcastle United 1 (Shoulder) Brighton & Hove Albion 3 (Horton, Ward, Ryan) *Ken Wolstenholme's last commentary for Tyne Tees
Another mid-table finish for the region's sole top flight club Middlesbrough in 12th. In the 2nd tier, Sunderland manager Jimmy Adamson had left for Leeds in August, David Merrington and then Billy Elliot took charge only to see Sunderland repeat their 70's habit of just missing out on promotion, this time in 4th - two points behind the champions, Gary Rowell netted 21 goals. Newcastle adapted to life in the 2nd tier by finishing 8th and there were predictable bottom half finishes in the 4th tier for Hartlepool (13th) and Darlington (21st).
All ITV regions (except Channel TV) were taken off the air in early August 1979 due to a strike which lasted for almost three months! (North East viewers only had BBC1 and BBC2 from 10th August-24th October). "Shoot" returned in a 4:00-5:00pm Sunday afternoon slot.
27/Oct Showed LWT's match
03/Nov Sunderland 2 (Arnott, Gilbert) Chelsea 1 (Johnson)
10/Nov Newcastle United 1 (Shoulder) Cardiff City 0
17/Nov Middlesbrough 1 (Armstrong) Bristol City 0
24/Nov Sunderland 3 (Elliott, Cummins, Robson) Bristol Rovers 2 (Parkinson, White)
01/Dec Newcastle United 2 (Withe, Rafferty) Fulham 0
08/Dec Middlesbrough 0 Southampton 1 (Williams)
15/Dec Newcastle United 4 (Shoulder, Withe 2, Cassidy) Queens Park Rangers 2 (Goddard, Roeder)
22/Dec *All but 4 of this weekend's fixtures were played on Friday night, there were no Tyne Tees home games on the Saturday
29/Dec Showed LWT coverage of Crystal Palace 1 (Francis(pen)) Middlesbrough 2 (Hedley, Hodgson) *Roger Tames for Tyne Tees (one source listed Newcastle v Charlton)
05/Jan Sunderland 0 Bolton Wanderers 1 (Whatmore) [FA Cup 3rd Round]
12/Jan Middlesbrough 1 (Armstrong) Manchester United 1 (Thomas)
19/Jan Newcastle United 2 (Barton, Connolly) Orient 0
26/Jan Showed LWT's FA Cup 4th Round match
02/Feb Showed ATV's match
09/Feb Middlesbrough 3 (Burns, Ashcroft, Armstrong) Derby County 0
16/Feb Showed Granada's FA Cup 5th Round tie
23/Feb Middlesbrough 1 (Burns) Stoke City 3 (Cook, Crooks 2)
01/Mar Newcastle United 0 Watford 2 (Barton(og), Jenkins)
08/Mar Sunderland 0 Leicester City 0
15/Mar League Cup Final *Networked highlights
22/Mar Middlesbrough 2 (Hodgson, McAndrew) Everton 1 (Hartford)
29/Mar Hartlepool United 2 (Hampton, Houchen) Northampton Town 1 (Ingrams)
05/Apr Sunderland 1 (Cummins) Newcastle United 0
12/Apr Sunderland 1 (Arnott) Orient 1 (Coates)
19/Apr Newcastle United 1 (Shoulder) Swansea City 3 (Stevenson, Giles 2)
26/Apr Middlesbrough 0 Nottingham Forest 0
03/May Newcastle United 2 (Shoulder, Rafferty) Luton Town 2 (Hatton 2)
Top flight Middlesbrough finished 9th whilst in the 2nd tier new manager Ken Knighton won Sunderland promotion as runners-up leaving Newcastle behind in 9th. Sunderland's Bryan Robson and Newcastle's Alan Shoulder both netted 20 league goals each. Hartlepool and Darlington continued to struggle in the Fourth division finishing 19th and 22nd respectively.
"Shoot" was on Saturday nights for this season, 10:15/10:30 - 11:30/11:45pm
16/Aug Sunderland 3 (Hawley(pen), Cummins, Lyons(og)) Everton 1 (Eastoe)
23/Aug Darlington 2 (Hamilton, Walsh) Stockport County 2 (Sword, Bradd)
30/Aug Newcastle United 2 (Koenen, Hibbitt) Luton Town 1 (Stein)
06/Sep Middlesbrough 0 Nottingham Forest 0 *a local 17 year old was murdered by visiting fans outside the ground afterwards.
13/Sep Sunderland 0 Middlesbrough 1 (Jankovic)
20/Sep Newcastle United 0 Oldham Athletic 0
27/Sep Sunderland 4 (Robson 2, Rowell, Brown) Leeds United 1 (Parlane)
04/Oct Newcastle United 0 West Ham United 0
11/Oct Sunderland 1 (Rowell) Crystal Palace 0
18/Oct Middlesbrough 1 (Jankovic) Southampton 1 (Watson)
25/Oct *Intended match was Sunderland 0 Ipswich Town 2 (Muhren, Brazil) but Sunderland blocked it from being shown
01/Nov Newcastle United 2 (Hibbitt, Shinton) Watford 1 (Poskett)
08/Nov Showed Yorkshire's match
15/Nov Middlesbrough 1 (Johnston) Manchester United 1 (Jordan)
22/Nov Newcastle United 0 Wrexham 1 (McNeil) *YTV covered Middlesbrough 2 (Johnston(pen), Shearer) Wolves 0
29/Nov Showed LWT's match
06/Dec Middlesbrough 2 (Johnston, Shearer) Aston Villa 1 (Shaw)
13/Dec Sunderland 2 (Hawley, Arnott) Arsenal 0
20/Dec Newcastle United 0 Bristol City 0
27/Dec Middlesbrough 1 (Ashcroft) Everton 0
03/Jan Newcastle United 2 (Waddle 2) Sheffield Wednesday 1 (Pearson) [FA Cup 3rd Round]
10/Jan Sunderland 3 (Rowell 2, Cummins) Norwich City 0
17/Jan Showed Anglia coverage of Luton Town 0 Newcastle United 1 (Harford)
24/Jan Middlesbrough 1 (Bailey) West Bromwich A. 0 [FA Cup 4th Round]
31/Jan Newcastle United 2 (Clarke, Martin) Bolton Wanderers 1 (Bennett)
07/Feb Middlesbrough 1 (Hedley) Sunderland 0
14/Feb Middlesbrough 2 (Proctor, Jancovic) Barnsley 1 (Lester) [FA Cup 5th Round]
21/Feb Newcastle United 0 Bristol Rovers 0
28/Feb Sunderland 1 (Bowyer) Tottenham Hotspur 1 (Crooks)
07/Mar Sunderland 1 (Hinnigan) Aston Villa 2 (Evans, Mortimer)
14/Mar Hartlepool United 2 (Houchen, Newton) Wimbledon 3 (Cork 2, Downes)
21/Mar Sunderland 3 (Hinnigan 2, Cummions(pen)) Coventry City 0
28/Mar Newcastle United 1 (Halliday) Chelsea 0
04/Apr Showed LWT's match
11/Apr Middlesbrough 1 (Shearer) Brighton & Hove Albion 0
18/Apr Showed LWT's match
25/Apr Sunderland 1 (Brown) Brighton and Hove Albion 2 (Robinson, Williams)
*also Whickham 3 (Scott, Williamson, Peck(og)) Willenhall Town 2 (Smith, Stringer) [FA Vase Final at Wembley]
02/May Middlesbrough 2 (Jancovic 2) Ipswich Town 1 (Mariner)
For the 5th time in 12 season's Middlesbrough exited the FA Cup at the QF stage (this time to Wolves in a Molineux replay). In the league 'Boro finished 14th, newly promoted Sunderland managed to stay up this time, but not before manager Ken Knighton left to be temporarily replaced by Mick Docherty in April who oversaw a 17th placed finish. In the 2nd tier, just weeks into the season, Newcastle sacked Bill McGarry, his replacement was Arthur Cox and United finished 11th. It was a much improved season for the region's long suffering Fourth Division pair as Darlington finished 8th and Hartlepool 9th.
"Shoot" was back on Sunday afternoon's for this season, 2:30-3:30pm.
29/Aug Middlesbrough 1 (Otto) Tottenham Hotspur 3 (Falco, Hoddle, Villa)
05/Sep Sunderland 0 West Ham United 2 (Goddard, Cross)
12/Sep Newcastle United 1 (Trewick) Cambridge United 0 *Yorkshire EP & Sunday Express
19/Sep Darlington 2 (Speedie, Hamilton) Blackpool 2 (Bamber, Morris)
26/Sep Newcastle United 1 (Trewick) Orient 0 *YEP & Sunday Express
03/Oct Showed LWT's match
10/Oct Middlesbrough 1 (Gunn(og)) Nottingham Forest 1 (Fashanu)
17/Oct Sunderland 0 Tottenham Hotspur 2 (Archibald, Hazard)
24/Oct Newcastle United 1 (Shinton) Rotherham United 1 (Gooding)
31/Oct Sunderland 0 Liverpool 2 (Souness, McDermott)
07/Nov Showed LWT's match
14/Nov Showed LWT's match
21/Nov Middlesbrough 3 (McAndrew(pen), Ashcroft 2) Aston Villa 3 (Withe, Cowans, Shaw)
28/Nov Showed Yorkshire's match
05/Dec Newcastle United 0 Blackburn Rovers 0
12/Dec Showed Yorkshire's match
19/Dec Granada coverage of Manchester City 2 (Francis 2) Sunderland 3 (Cummins, Rowell, Venison)
26/Dec Showed LWT's match
02/Jan Showed YTV coverage of Rotherham United 1 (Towner) Sunderland 1 (Rowell) [FA Cup 3rd Round]
09/Jan Showed Yorkshire's match *Intended match probably postponed
16/Jan Showed Yorkshire's match *Intended match probably postponed
23/Jan Sunderland 0 Liverpool 3 (Dalglish 2, Rush) [FA Cup 4th round]
30/Jan Middlesbrough 0 Southampton 1 (Keegan)
06/Feb Sunderland 0 Arsenal 0
13/Feb Newcastle United 2 (Varadi, Trewick) Cardiff City 1 (Stevens)
20/Feb Showed LWT's match
27/Feb Sunderland 1 (Brown) Notts County 1 (McCulloch)
06/Mar Middlesbrough 0 Wolverhampton W. 0
13/Mar League Cup Final *Networked highlights
20/Mar Newcastle United 2 (Mills, Brownlie) Oldham Athletic 0
27/Mar Showed LWT's match
03/Apr Probably FA Cup SF *Networked highlights of Spurs/Leicester
10/Apr Newcastle United 0 Leicester City 0
17/Apr Sunderland 3 (Rowell 2(1pen), West) Everton 1 (Irvine)
24/Apr Hartlepool United 3 (P.Linacre, Newton(pen), Staff) Port Vale 1 (M.Chamberlain)
01/May Sunderland 3 (Rowell 2(1pen), West) Brighton & Hove Albion 0
08/May Middlesbrough 1 (Baxter) Arsenal 3 (Talbot, Davis, Rix)
15/May Sunderland 1 (Buckley) Manchester City 0
Under new manager Alan Durban, Sunderland were now the region's leading club despite finishing one place above relegation in 19th. A change of manager at Middlesbrough proved disastrous as Bobby Murdoch's men ended their top flight campaign in last place. In the 2nd tier Newcastle finished a disappointing 9th whilst in the 4th tier Darlington and Hartlepool slipped back to mid-table in 13th and 14th place.
"Shoot" was on Saturday night's again for its' final season, 10:35-11:35pm.
28/Aug Newcastle United 1 (Keegan) Queens Park Rangers 0 *Kevin Keegan's debut for Newcastle
04/Sep Sunderland 1 (Rowell) West Ham United 0
11/Sep Newcastle United 1 (Clarke) Chelsea 1 (Lee)
18/Sep Showed LWT's match
25/Sep Showed LWT's match
02/Oct Middlesbrough 1 (Otto) Oldham Athletic 1 (Palmer)
09/Oct Sunderland 1 (McCoist) Southampton 1 (Williams)
16/Oct Middlesbrough 1 (Macdonald) Bolton Wanderers 0
23/Oct Newcastle United 1 (Waddle) Crystal Palace 0
30/Oct Sunderland 2 (Pickering, Rowell) Stoke City 2 (Maguire, M.Chamberlain)
06/Nov Middlesbrough 2 (Shearer, Wood) Barnsley 0
13/Nov Showed LWT's match
20/Nov Showed LWT's match
27/Nov *Went out as "Sports Special" with Boxing plus other region's football, but it was presented from "Shoot" studio.
04/Dec Showed LWT coverage of Charlton Athletic 2 (McAllister, Simonsen) Newcastle United 0
11/Dec Newcastle United 1 (Wharton) Wolverhampton W. (Eves)
18/Dec Sunderland 3 (Rowell 3) Arsenal 0
01/Jan Showed LWT's match
08/Jan Sunderland 0 Manchester City 0 [FA Cup 3rd Round] *City won replay 2-1
15/Jan Sunderland 2 (McNaught(og), Worthington) Aston Villa 0
22/Jan Newcastle United 4 (Wharton 2, Varadi, Keegan) Shrewsbury Town 0
29/Jan Middlesbrough 2 (Hankin, Beattie(pen)) Notts County 0 [FA Cup 4th Round]
05/Feb Middlesbrough 1 (Baxter) Newcastle United 1 (Keegan)
12/Feb Showed Granada's match
19/Feb Middlesbrough 1 (Otto) Arsenal 1 (Rix) [FA Cup 5th Round]
26/Feb Sunderland 3 (Atkins, Rowell 2(1pen)) Manchester City 2 (Caton, Reeves)
05/Mar Sunderland 2 (Rowell 2(1pen)) Everton 1 (Sharp)
12/Mar Showed Granada and TVS FA Cup QF's
19/Mar Showed LWT's match
26/Mar Middlesbrough 3 (Bell, Baxter 2) Charlton Athletic 0
02/Apr Showed LWT's match
09/Apr Newcastle United 3 (Metcalfe(og), Waddle, Varadi) Blackburn Rovers 2 (Keeley 2)
16/Apr Showed Anglia coverage of Norwich City 2 (Deehan 2) Sunderland 0 *According to Newcastle Pink
23/Apr Middlesbrough 0 Wolverhampton W. 0
30/Apr Sunderland 1 (West) Birmingham City 2 (Blake(pen), Harford)
07/May Hartlepool United 3 (Hogan(pen), Staff, Dobson) Rochdale 0
14/May Showed LWT coverage
The final season of Shoot saw the region's sole top flight representatives Sunderland finish 16th, but the main focus of attention was on 2nd tier Newcastle United who signed England striker Kevin Keegan in time for the start of the season, the Magpies improved to finish 4th (4 more points would have been required to gain promotion) and both Kevin Keegan and Imre Varadi scored 21 league goals apiece. Despite last season's relegation, Bobby Murdoch kept his job at Middlesbrough but only until the end of September, Malcolm Allison arrived a month later but 'Boro sunk to an alarming 16th placed finish. Elsewhere there was a return to the old familiar gloom of Fourth division struggle for Darlington in 17th and Hartlepool 22nd.
The "Shoot" studio, 27th November 1982
George Taylor is the presenter.
These were grabbed from a trailer uploaded to TV ARK
Networked Midweek Highlights
1968/69 - 1982/83
The Network Years
1983/84 - 1987/88
North East football links
Wolstenholme - Guardian Obituary
Site dedicated to Middlesbrough's years at their old ground
For Newcastle United results and line-ups
The Stat Cat
Sunderland resource, includes line-ups
Hartlepool United results and line-ups
Itís up for grabs now! The history of football on ITV
An ITV football site by Gateshead supporter John Bourn
Tyne Tees stuff
TV Ark - Tyne Tees section