World Cup 1986
Colombia had originally won the right to host the finals in an unopposed bid ratified in Stockholm on 9th June 1974 but, largely due to economic reasons, they were eventually forced to back out - officially withdrawing at relatively short notice on 5th November 1982. Canada, Mexico and the USA all then made a bid to replace Colombia as hosts and it was Mexico who emerged as the winners with a unanimous vote in Zurich on 20th May 1983, this despite having previously hosted a World Cup as recently as 1970. An 8.1 magnitude earthquake near Mexico City in September 1985, which was thought to have killed around 10,000 people, cast doubt over the event, but come the following May the country was ready and raring to go. There was yet another change to the format of the finals - As in 1982, 24 teams took part and were pooled into six groups of four, but 16 (not 12) nations would now progress past the group stage to enter a straight-forward knock-out competition, this meant that 4 teams who finished 3rd in their group would remain in the competition.
Despite football's popularity in Britain sinking to an all-time low due to ever more serious incidents of crowd disorder, live TV coverage of this tournament was more comprehensive than the previous World Cup and certainly better than Euro '84 (which, for the most part, had been virtually ignored) though coverage was still frustrating at times with only the 2nd half of some games being shown live in order to accommodate editions of the early evening BBC chat show "Wogan" or ITV's soaps, sit-coms and game shows. Happily, from the last 16 onwards, all matches were shown in their entirety. The picture quality from Mexico, as recieved in Europe, was an improvment on that of 16 years earlier, but there was still the odd occassion of a feed being temporarily lost and the London studio team having to fill in. The generic captions appeared in Spanish across the globe, though full colour graphics were employed for the first time whilst the team line-ups were accompanied by small images of the players shown one by one, which seemed very advanced at the time.

ITV World Cup 1986 titlesITV World Cup 1986 studio

Commentators / Theme tunes
ITV's commentators in Mexico were Martin Tyler, Peter Brackley, John Helm and Gerry Harrison. Brian Moore presented the programmes from a studio in London but flew out to Mexico at the very end of the tournament to commentate on the final. Jock Brown voiced the Scotland games for viewers in the STV and Grampian regions. ITV's co-commentators were Ron Atkinson, David Pleat and Billy McNeill. The round-up programmes were presented by Ian St John with Jimmy Greaves.
The ITV World Cup theme for 1986 was "Aztec Gold" performed by Silsoe and composed by Rod Argent and Peter van Hooke, it was released as a single on the CBS label in June 1986 (cat no. A7231, b-side "On Wings of the Wind") and reached no.48 on the charts. The tune was popular enough to warrant ITV using it as a football theme for many years afterwards, it could be heard introducing "The Big Match Live" until 1988 and was then adopted by "The Saint & Greavsie Show".

The BBC commentators were John Motson, Barry Davies, Tony Gubba, Gerald Sinstadt and David Icke. Archie MacPherson commentated on the Scotland matches for those watching north of the border. The co-commentators were Jimmy Hill, Trevor Brooking and Bobby Charlton. Presenting the broadcasts from London were Des Lynam and Bob Wilson. The BBC theme tune was "Aztec Lightning" by Heads, composed by Helmut Zacharias and issued on the BBC's own label (cat no. RESL 184, b-side "Mayan Interlude"), the single peaked at no.45 on the charts.

Brian Moore presenting the 1986 World Cup for ITVIan St John - ITV World Cup 1986

Qualification
The qualifying draw was made in Zurich on 7th December 1983.
England and Northern Ireland were drawn together in Group 3 along with Romania, Turkey and Finland. England manager Bobby Robson said; "We couldn't have asked for much better." Scotland and Wales were paired up together in Group 7 with Spain and Iceland. The Republic of Ireland had a very tough challenge ahead of them having been placed in Group 6 alongside the Soviet Union, Denmark, Switzerland and Norway.
 

British TV coverage of the 1986 World Cup

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

Qualifiers & Friendlies

Sun 27/May/1984    Finland 1 (Valvee) Northern Ireland 0
Qualifier in Pori
ULSTER Highlights
Jackie Fullerton
*Ulster had a special Sunday night World Cup programme at 10:30-11:30pm. Valvee scored the only goal of the game for Finland on 55 minutes. A shock win for the hosts, only their 2nd victory in 23 outings.

Wed 12/Sep/1984    Northern Ireland 3 (Iorgulescu(og), Whiteside, O'Neill) Romania 2 (Hagi, Geolgau)
Qualifier in Belfast
ULSTER Highlights
Jackie Fullerton
*Ulster showed a highlights programme at 10:30-11:15pm. The first match in front of a new main stand at Windsor Park. Iorgulescu put through his own goal on 34, Hagi equalised on 36, Norman Whiteside restored the Irish lead on 61, Martin O'Neill made it 3-1 on 73, Geolgau pulled one back for Romania on 80.

Wed 12/Sep/1984    England 1 (Robson) East Germany 0
Friendly at Wembley
BBC Highlights
John Motson
*BBC1 showed highlights as an "International Soccer Special" at 10:00-10:55pm. East Germany came closest in the 1st half, a long range effort coming back off the upright. The winning goal was scored late in the game on 82, Kenny Sansom chipped a ball across the box, Ray Wilkins nodded it back into the centre and Bryan Robson swung a leg to volley into the roof of the net.

Wed 12/Sep/1984    Scotland 6 (Cooper, Souness, Dalglish, Sturrock, Johnston, Nicholas) Yugoslavia 1 (Vokrri)
Friendly at Hampden
SCOTTISH & GRAMPIAN Highlights
Jock Brown
*STV & Grampian showed highlights on "Scotsport Midweek Special" presented by Arthur Montford at 10:35-11:15pm (including a report on Iceland v Wales, who were also in Scotland's group). Liverpool's Steve Nicol made his Scotland debut Fadil Vokrri put Yugoslavia ahead on 11, Cooper immediately equalised on 12, Souness made it 2-1 to Scotland on 18, Dalglish got a 3rd on 31. In the 2nd half Sturrock made it 4-1 on 65, Johnston scored a 5th on 67 and Nicholas completed the rout on 80 with goal number 6. John Wark played for Scotland for the 29th and final time.

Wed 12/Sep/1984    Iceland 1 (Bergs) Wales 0
Qualifier in Reykjavík
BBC WALES Highlights
*Welsh fans had to wait two days for the highlights which were shown on BBC1 Wales on Friday night at 11:25-11:55pm. Bergs scored the only goal on 50.

Tue 16/Oct/1984    Northern Ireland 3 (Whiteside, Quinn, Doherty) Israel 0
Friendly in Belfast
*Local news footage only (Jackie Fullerton reporting for Ulster, Jim Neilly for BBC NI). The Irish gave debuts to Steve Penney of Brighton and Jimmy Quinn of Blackburn as well as three Linfield players - keeper George Dunlop, Lee Doherty and sub Martin McGaughey. All three goals were scored in the first half, Norman Whiteside on 3, Jimmy Quinn on 26 and Lee Doherty on 44.

Wed 17/Oct/1984    England 5 (Hateley 2, Woodcock, Robson, Sansom) Finland 0
Qualifier at Wembley
*ITV were scheduled to show "Midweek Sports Special" highlights of tonight's internationals at 10:30-11:40pm, but a pay strike blacked out Thames TV from 7:30pm until the following Monday and this probably meant the England game could not be shown by any region (as Thames were responsible for putting the show out). The game was recorded with Martin Tyler commentating and the goals appear to have been shown on "On the Ball" at the weekend. England led 2-0 at HT with goals from Mark Hateley on 29 and Tony Woodcock on 41. Tottenham's Gary Stevens then came on as a sub for the 2nd half to make his England debut and Hateley got his 2nd goal on 50, Bryan Robson made it 4-0 on 70 and Kenny Sansom got the 5th on 88. Mike Duxbury (on 10 caps) and sub Mark Chamberlain (8 caps) made their final international appearances.

Wed 17/Oct/1984    Scotland 3 (McStay 2, Nicholas) Iceland 0
Qualifier at Hampden
SCOTTISH & GRAMPIAN Highlights
Jock Brown
*"Midweek Scotsport" had highlights at 10:30pm-12:00am, highlights were also due to be shown south of the border on MWSS but likely cancelled (see above match). Paul McStay gave Scotland an early lead on 2 minutes, he scored again on 40 and Charlie Nicholas added a 3rd on 74.

Wed 17/Oct/1984    Spain 3 (Rincón, Carrasco, Butragueño) Wales 0
Qualifier in Seville
S4C LIVE / ITV Highlights
Nick Parry / Bob Symonds
*S4C showed this match LIVE from 9:00-10:50pm (not listed in any of the available English papers, but is in the Irish Times). Spain led 1-0 at HT through Rincón on 7, it stayed that way until late in the game when Carrasco made it 2-0 on 83 and Butragueño got a 3rd goal for Spain on 89. ITV showed 25 minutes worth of highlights with Symonds on-site.

Wed 14/Nov/1984    Turkey 0 England 8 (Robson 3, Woodcock 2, Barnes 2, Anderson)
Qualifier in Istanbul
ITV Highlights
Brian Moore & Ray Clemence
*The match kicked off at 12 noon (GMT) and extended highlights (almost the whole match) was then shown on ITV at 1:30-3:00pm presented in London by Steve Rider with Jimmy Greaves (Despite not being live or in full, they still did a half-time analysis), highlights were also included on "Midweek Sports Special" at 10:30-11:40pm with Brian Moore scheduled to fly back in time to present it, Bobby Robson was also expected to join him. England led 3-0 at half-time, Bryan Robson had given them the lead on 13 heading in from a corner, a clean through Tony Woodcock soon made it two on 17 and Robson scored again on 43 by touching the ball in after another effort had come back off the post. Early in the 2nd half John Barnes scored twice with goals on 47 (finishing off a cross by Robson) and 53 (latching onto a long clearance by Shilton) to make it 5-0, Bryan Robson completed his hat-trick on 59 after being set up by Ray Wilkins, Tony Woodcock almost immediately netted his 2nd goal on 61 at the end of Viv Anderson's centre, Anderson himself netted England's 8th goal on 86 heading in from a corner. Two players turned out for England for the final time; Steve Williams (6 caps) and Peter Withe (11)

Wed 14/Nov/1984    Northern Ireland 2 (O'Neill, Armstrong(pen)) Finland 1 (Lipponen)
Qualifier in Belfast
ITV Highlights
Jackie Fullerton
*Highlights were included on "Midweek Sports Special" with the Turkey v England game. Finland went ahead through Lipponen on 22 but Martin O'Neill equalised just before HT on 44, Gerry Armstrong converted a 51st minute penalty to make it 2-1.

Wed 14/Nov/1984    Scotland 3 (M.Johnston 2, Dalglish) Spain 1 (Goicoechea)
Qualifier at Hampden
SCOTTISH & GRAMPIAN Highlights
Jock Brown
*Highlights were included on "Midweek Scotsport" on STV and Grampian at 10:40-11:40pm. Maurice Johnston scored twice on 33 and 42 to give Scotland a 2-0 HT lead, Goicoechea pulled one back on 65, but Kenny Dalglish sealed the win with a 3rd goal for Scotland on 71.

Wed 14/Nov/1984    Wales 2 (Thomas, Hughes) Iceland 1 (Petursson)
Qualifier in Cardiff
HTV WALES
Hugh Johns
*HTV Wales had an opt out programme to show highlights, BBC1 had a "Sportnight" at 10:25-11:15pm which also billed action from the Wales match as well from Scotland and Northern Ireland plus a report on the England game. Mickey Thomas put Wales ahead on 36, Petursson equalised on 56 but Wales were soon back in front with a goal by Mark Hughes on 62.

Tue 26/Feb/1985    Wales 1 (Rush) Norway 1 (Ahlsen)
Friendly at Wrexham
S4C LIVE 2nd Half / BBC WALES Highlights
John Hardy / Idwal Robling
*S4C had live coverage from 8:25-9:20pm. BBC1 in Wales showed highlights in a special programme at 11:15-11:45pm. Bristol City's Howard Pritchard came on as a HT sub to make his debut.

Wed 27/Feb/1985    Northern Ireland 0 England 1 (Hateley)
Qualifier in Belfast
BBC LIVE
John Motson & Trevor Brooking
*Live on BBC1 at 7:25-9:35pm, including Northern Ireland - which was unusual for a home match but it had sold out very quickly. Everton's Trevor Steven made his England debut, Mark Hateley netted the winning goal on 77.

Wed 27/Feb/1985    Spain 1 (Clos) Scotland 0
Qualifier in Seville
BBC SCOTLAND LIVE
Archie MacPherson & Billy McNeill
*Live on BBC1 Scotland from 7:30-9:25pm. Francisco Javier Clos scored the Spanish goal on 48.

Tue 26/Mar/1985    England 2 (Steven, Lineker) Republic of Ireland 1 (Brady)
Friendly at Wembley
ITV Highlights
Brian Moore
*A special "International Football Special" programme showed highlights at 10:30-11:30pm. RTE2 in Ireland had live coverage at 7:40-9:25pm. Newcastle United's Chris Waddle made his England debut, Manchester United keeper Gary Bailey also made the first of  two appearances between the sticks and Peter Davenport of Nottingham Forest won his one and only England cap as a sub. Trevor Steven put England ahead on the stroke of half-time, Gary Lineker made it 2-0 with his first goal at international level on 76, Liam Brady netted a late consolation for the Irish on 88.

Wed 27/Mar/1985    Scotland 0 Wales 1 (Rush)
Qualifier at Hampden
ITV Highlights / S4C 2nd Half LIVE
Peter Brackley / Nick Parry
*Highlights were included on "Midweek Sports Special" at 10:35pm-12:05am (also including Bowls), but in Scotland highlights were on BBC1's "Sportscene" at 10:05-11:00pm. S4C had live 2nd half coverage from 8:50-9:45pm with commentary in Welsh by Nick Parry (seemingly a late change as it's listed in the Times but not in The Guardian or Mirror). Ian Rush scored the only goal of the game on 37 minutes.

Wed 27/Mar/1985    Spain 0 Northern Ireland 0
Friendly in Palma
ITV Highlights
Jackie Fullerton
*5 minutes highlights, presumably included on MWSS.

Wed 03/Apr/1985    Romania 3 (Hagi, Camataru 2) Turkey 0
Qualifier in Craiova
BBC Highlights
John Motson
*Highlights were included with Boxing on "Sportsnight" BBC1 11:15pm-12:00am. All three goals were scored in the first half - Hagi on 21 and then two goals by Camataru on 28 and 42.

Tue 30/Apr/1985    Wales 3 (Rush 2, Hughes) Spain 0
Qualifier at Wrexham
BBC2 2nd Half LIVE / S4C Highlights
Idwal Robling
*BBC2 in Wales showed the 2nd half LIVE at 8:25-9:25pm as "International Football" with Idwal Robling commentating as well as presenting (This must have been Robling's last international). S4C had highlights at 10:00-10:30pm. Everton's Pat van den Hauwe made his Welsh debut. Ian Rush put the home side ahead just before HT on 44, Mark Hughes made it 2-0 on 53, Ian Rush secured the points with a late 3rd goal on 86. The goals were shown during BBC1's coverage of Romania v England the following afternoon.

Wed 01/May/1985    Romania 0 England 0
Qualifier in Bucharest
BBC LIVE
John Motson & Bobby Charlton
*Live on BBC1 at 3:50-6:00pm presented by Jimmy Hill in London with Trevor Brooking, whilst Martin O'Neill gave pre-match and half-time opinions via a link up with the BBC Belfast studio (Northern Ireland being in the same group and playing that night). Highlights were also included on "Sportsnight" at 10:05-11:20pm along with action from Northern Ireland v Turkey and Ice Hockey. Paul Mariner made his 35th and final appearance in an England jersey.

Wed 01/May/1985    Northern Ireland 2 (Whiteside 2) Turkey 0
Qualifier in Belfast
BBC NI Highlights
Michael Nesbitt
*BBC1 NI "Sportsnight" 10:05-11:05pm. Norman Whiteside scored both goals either side of HT on 45 and 54.

Wed 22/May/1985    Finland 1 (Rantanen) England 1 (Hateley)
Qualifier in Helsinki
ITV LIVE
Brian Moore & Mick Channon
*Live on ITV as  'Midweek World Cup Special' at 3:55-5:55pm presented by Jim Rosenthal in London alongside Ian St John and Jimmy Greaves, highlights were later shown on "Midweek Sports Special" along with Boxing at 10:30pm-12:00am. Rantanen scored an early goal on 5, Mark Hateley equalised on 50.

Sat 25/May/1985    Scotland 1 (Gough) England 0
Rous Cup at Hampden
BBC LIVE
John Motson & Jimmy Hill / Archie MacPherson
*Live coverage was included on "Grandstand" with the football coverage starting at 2:40pm, Bob Wilson presented on-site alongside Terry Venables and Bobby Charlton. Chelsea's David Speedie and sub Murdo MacLeod of Celtic made their Scottish debuts. Richard Gough was the hero of the afternoon scoring the winning goal on 68. Despite the wet weather and being 90-years-old, Stanley Rous made one of his last public appearances to prevent the Rous Cup to Scotland captain Graeme Souness on the Hampden Park turf.

Tue 28/May/1985    Iceland 0 Scotland 1 (Bett)
Qualifier in Reykjavík
SCOTTISH, GRAMPIAN & BORDER LIVE / ITV Highlights
Jock Brown & Ian St John / ?Peter Brackley?
*STV, Grampian and Border TV had a "World Cup Football" special to show this match live at 7:45-10:00pm, Arthur Montford presented from a studio with a panel. Other regions saw highlights as part of "Midweek Sports Special" at 10:30pm-12:00am (also including boxing, TVTimes bills Peter Brackley as the commentator in Iceland). Everton's Graeme Sharp made his debut. Jim Bett scored a late winner for Scotlans on 86. Andy Gray's international career came to an end with 20 caps.

Wed 05/Jun/1985    Norway 4 (Sollied, Okland, Slatter(og), Jacobsen) Wales 2 (Lovell, Hughes)
Friendly in Bergen
*No British TV coverage scheduled. Two Welsh subs came on to make their debuts; Clayton Blackmore of Manchester United and Eddie Niedzwiecki of Chelsea.

Thu 06/Jun/1985    Italy 2 (Bagni, Altobelli(pen)) England 1 (Hateley)
Friendly in Mexico City
ITV LIVE
Brian Moore & Mick Channon
*Live on ITV from 8:50-10:50pm. Everton's Gary Stevens made his England debut. All three goals came late in the game, Salvatore Bagni giving Italy the lead on 73, Mark Hateley equalised moments later on 74, but a penalty for Italy on 89 was converted by Alessandro Altobelli.

Sun 09/Jun/1985    Mexico 1 (Flores) England 0
Friendly in Mexico City
BBC LIVE
John Motson
*Live on BBC1 from 6:50-9:00pm. Gary Bailey was in goal for England for the 2nd and final time whilst Everton's Peter Reid and Chelsea's Kerry Dixon came on as subs to make their debuts. Luis Flores scored the only goal of the game on 20 minutes.

Wed 12/Jun/1985    West Germany 0 England 3 (Robson, Dixon 2)
Friendly in Mexico City
ITV LIVE
Brian Moore & Mick Channon
*Live on ITV at 9:00-10:50pm presented by Jim Rosenthal alongside Ian St John and Jimmy Greaves. Bryan Robson put England ahead on 34, Kerry Dixon made it 2-0 on 54 and also scored the 3rd England goal on 67. Everton's Paul Bracewell came on as sub to make his debut.

Sun 16/Jun/1985    USA 0 England 5 (Lineker 2, Dixon 2, Steven)
Friendly in Los Angeles
BBC Highlights
John Motson
*Highlights were shown the next day on BBC1 at 5:35-6:00pm. Norwich City keeper Chris Woods made his debut for England who led 2-0 at HT through Gary Lineker on 13 and Kerry Dixon on 30. Lineker made it 3-0 on 47, Dixon got another on 73 and Trevor Steven scored goal number five on 81.

Tue 10/Sep/1985    Wales 1 (Hughes) Scotland 1 (Cooper(pen))
Qualifier in Cardiff
ITV LIVE
Brian Moore & Ian St John, Terry Yorath / Jock Brown & Joe Jordan
*Live on ITV as a 'Midweek World Cup Special' in all regions at 7:20-9:20pm, Jim Rosenthal presenting on-site with Jimmy Greaves and handing over to the respective commentary teams. Mark Hughes gave Wales the lead on 13, Davie Cooper equalised from the penalty spot on 80. At the end of the game the TV pictures showed Scotland manager Jock Stein being carried down the tunnel, seemingly conscious but obviously unwell. It later transpired that he had suffered a heart attack and despite the best efforts of the Scottish team doctor (a heart surgeon) the 62 year old tragically died in the treatment room. Mike England, the Wales manager said; "I saw Jock collapse. The whistle went for a free-kick and I thought it was full-time, I saw photographers bothering him and he put out a hand to try and move one of them away. As soon as Jock turned round I knew something was wrong - he clutched at his chest and I thought he had had a heart attack." Willie Miller, the stunned Scottish captain said; "It's unbelievable. What can I say?" Stein, a Protestant, had been the first manager to guide a British club side to European Cup success, his Celtic team won the trophy in 1967 beating Inter Milan 2-1 in Lisbon where Bill Shankly, the great Liverpool manager, was said to have forced his way through the dressing room at the end of the game to shake Stein's hand - "John" said Shankly, "You're immortal."

Wed 11/Sep/1985    England 1 (Hoddle) Romania 1 (Camataru)
Qualifier at Wembley
BBC Highlights
Barry Davies
*BBC1 had a "World Cup Special" at 11:00pm-12:10am to show highlights plus golf. Hoddle put England ahead on 25 but Camataru equalised on 60.

Wed 11/Sep/1985    Turkey 0 Northern Ireland 0
Qualifier in Izmir
BBC Highlights
*Included on BBC1's "World Cup Special" with the England v Romania match.

Wed 16/Oct/1985    Romania 0 Northern Ireland 1 (Quinn)
Qualifier in Bucharest
BBC NI LIVE / ITV Highlights
Michael Nesbitt / Peter Brackley
*This was shown live in Northern Ireland only on BBC1 at 2:00-3:52pm, BBC1 NI also had "Sportsnight" highlights introduced by Mark Robson at 10:10-11:15pm. ITV also showed highlights as part of "Midweek Sports Special". QPR's Alan McDonald made his NI debut, Jimmy Quinn scored the only goal on 29.

Wed 16/Oct/1985    Wales 0 Hungary 3 (Esterhazy, Hajszan, Detari)
Friendly at Cardiff
S4C LIVE 2nd Half / ITV Highlights
John Hardy / ?????
*S4C had coverage from 8:20-9:15pm. ITV had brief highlights on MWSS.

Wed 16/Oct/1985    England 5 (Waddle, Lineker 3, Robson) Turkey 0
Qualifier at Wembley
ITV Highlights
Martin Tyler
*ITV included highlights on "Midweek Sports Special" at 10:30pm-12:15am, also billed to include action from Soviet Union v Republic of Ireland as well as Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales (Brian Moore presented but didn't commentate). England led 4-0 at half time through Waddle on 15, Lineker on 18, Robson on 35 and another from Lineker on 43. Lineker completed his hat-trick on 54.

Wed 16/Oct/1985    Scotland 0 East Germany 0
Friendly at Hampden
SCOTTISH & GRAMPIAN Highlights
*Highlights were included on "Midweek Scotsport" at 10:30pm-12:15am. Oldham Athletic goalkeeper Andy Goram came on as a 2nd half sub to make his debut.

Wed 13/Nov/1985    England 0 Northern Ireland 0
Qualifier at Wembley
BBC Highlights / BBC NI LIVE
John Motson / Michael Nesbitt
*BBC1 included highlights on "Sportsnight" with Tennis at 10:25pm-12:10am, viewers in Northern Ireland were able to watch the game live on BBC1 NI at 7:00-9:10pm. This match turned out to be Paul Bracewell's 3rd and final international appearance.

Wed 20/Nov/1985    Scotland 2 (Cooper, McAvennie) Australia 0
Play-Off 1st Leg at Hampden
BBC SCOTLAND LIVE / BBC Highlights
Archie MacPherson
*BBC1 in Scotland showed this match live at 7:40-9:55pm. BBC1 south of the border included highlights on "Sportsnight" at 10:15-11:10pm along with action from another play-off - Netherlands 2 Belgium 1 with John Motson doing an off-tube (Belgium qualified on away goals). West Ham striker Frank McAvennie made his Scotland debut. Both goals came in the 2nd half, Cooper on 53 and McAvennie on 59.

Wed 04/Dec/1985    Australia 0 Scotland 0
Play-Off 2nd Leg in Melbourne
CHANNEL FOUR LIVE / ITV Highlights
Jock Brown
*Live on Channel Four at 8:45am-11:00am presented by Arthur Montford alongside Kenny Dalglish. Hugh McIlvanney conducted a post-match interview with Alex Ferguson. Highlights were later shown on ITV (south of the border) at 5:15-5:45pm, STV and Grampian had a "Scotsport Special" at 8:30-9:00pm.

Sun 15/Dec/1985    World Cup Finals Draw
*ITV had a brief bulletin to update viewers with news of the draw at around 7:10pm (inbetween the religious magazine show "Highway" and the game show "Bruce Forsyth's Play Your Cards Right"). BBC1 included news of the draw during their "Sports Review of 1985" at 7:15-8:50pm.

Tue 28/Jan/1986    Israel 0 Scotland 1 (McStay)
Friendly in Tel Aviv
SCOTTISH LIVE
*Live afternoon coverage on STV only at 2:30-4:35pm. McStay netted the winner on 60.

Wed 29/Jan/1986    Egypt 0 England 4 (Steven, Omar(og), Wallace, Cowans)
Friendly in Cairo
ITV Highlights
Martin Tyler
*"Midweek Sports Special" included highlights along with Ice Skating at 10:30pm-12:15am. Newcastle United's Peter Beardsley came on as a sub to make his England debut, Southampton's Danny Wallace started (and finished) the match but despite scoring, this was his only cap. Trevor Steven gave England the lead on 14, Mohamed Omar put through his own goal on 41 for 2-0, Danny Wallace made it 3-0 on 52 and Gordon Cowans got the 4th on 80. Ricky Hill came on as a late sub to make his 3rd and final international appearance.

Sportsnight included around 10 minutes of highlights of the 05/Feb/1986  friendly Italy 1 West Germany 2 with John Motson doing an off-tube. On 19/Feb/1986 Sportsnight showed 18 minutes of another friendly - Portugal 1 East Germany 3 with Barry Davies, and probably another off-tube (Portugal being in England's World Cup group).

Tue 25/Feb/1986    Saudi Arabia 1 (Al-Thani(pen)) Wales 2 (Slatter, G.Davies)
Friendly in Dhahran
*No British TV coverage scheduled. Charlton Athletic's Mark Aizlewood and subs David Williams of Norwich City and Watford's Malcolm Allen all made their debuts.

Wed 26/Feb/1986    Israel 1 (Ohana) England 2 (Robson 2(1pen))
Friendly in Ramat Gan
BBC LIVE
Barry Davies
*Live on BBC1 at 2:35-4:40pm (but not in Scotland) presented by Jimmy Hill alongside Trevor Brooking and Lawrie McMenemy, highlights were included on "Sportsnight" at 10:00-11:20pm along with Boxing. Eli Ohana gave Israel and early lead on 7, Bryan Robson eventually equalised on 51 with a volley (that won the BBC's goal of the season competition) and then netted a winner from the penalty spot on 86. Sub Tony Woodcock played for the 42nd and final time in England colours.

Wed 26/Feb/1986    France 0 Northern Ireland 0
Friendly in Paris
BBC Highlights
*Highlights were included on "Sportsnight" with the England match. Bournemouth's Colin Clarke and Linfield's Mark Caughey made their debuts.

Wed 26/Mar/1986    Soviet Union 0 England 1 (Waddle)
Friendly in Tbilisi
ITV LIVE
Martin Tyler & David Pleat
*Live on ITV at 3:55-5:55pm, highlights were included on "Midweek Sports Special" along with other friendlies and Boxing. Chris Waddle scored the only goal on 67. Aston Villa's Steve Hodge came on as sub to make his England debut.

Wed 26/Mar/1986    Scotland 3 (Strachan, Gough, Aitken) Romania 0
Friendly at Hampden
SCOTTISH & GRAMPIAN Highlights
*STV & Grampian included highlights on "Midweek Scotsport" at 10:35-11:45pm, MWSS also showed an edit in other regions. Chelsea's Pat Nevin came on as a sub to make his debut, Strachan had put Scotland ahead on 18, Gough made it 2-0 on 27, Aitken added the third goal on 82.

Wed 26/Mar/1986    Northern Ireland 1 (McDonald) Denmark 1 (Christensen)
Friendly in Belfast
ITV highlights / BBC NI Highlights
Peter Brackley / Michael Nesbitt
*Included on MWSS. BBC1 in Northern Ireland showed 40 minutes highlights on their own edition of "Sportsnight" at 10:05-10:50pm

Wed 26/Mar/1986    Republic of Ireland 0 Wales 1 (Rush)
Friendly in Dublin
ITV Highlights
*Included on MWSS. RTE2 showed highlights at 10:50-11:15pm, but there was no coverage scheduled on any of the British channels. Two subs made their Welsh debuts, Anthony Norman of Hull City and Dean Saunders of Brighton & HA.

Mon 21/Apr/1986    Wales 0 Uruguay 0
Friendly in Cardiff
BBC WALES / S4C Highlights
Terrence O'Donoghue / John Hardy
*BBC1 in Wales had an opt out programme of highlights at 11:00-11:30pm. S4C also showed highlights.

Wed 23/Apr/1986    England 2 (Butcher, Hoddle) Scotland 1 (Souness(pen))
Rous Cup at Wembley
ITV LIVE
Martin Tyler / Jock Brown & Lou Macari
*Live on ITV at 7:30-10:00pm except Ulster, whilst STV & Grampian had their own "Scotsport" presentation with Tommy Docherty the studio guest. England led 2-0 at half time through Terry Butcher on 27 and Glenn Hoddle on 43, Graeme Souness pulled one back with a penalty on 57 but Scotland could not find an equaliser. Trevor Francis turned out for England for the 52nd and final time, it was also the end of international duty for Scotland's long serving keeper Alan Rough with 53 caps.

Wed 23/Apr/1986    Northern Ireland 2 (Clarke, Quinn) Morocco 1 (Timoumi)
Friendly in Belfast
BBC Highlights / BBC NI Highlights
Barry Davies / Michael Nesbitt
*Highlights were included on "Sportsnight" at 10:00pm-12:10am along with Dog Racing, Snooker and Boxing. BBC1 NI had their own version including Rugby and 40 minutes of the game in Belfast. The match was of interest to viewers in England as Morocco were in the same World Cup group. Bernard McNally of Shrewsbury Town and David Campbell of Nottingham Forest made their debuts.

Tue 29/Apr/1986    Netherlands 0 Scotland 0
Friendly in Eindhoven
SCOTTISH & GRAMPIAN Highlights
Jock Brown
*A "Scotsport International Special" showed highlights at 11:30pm-12:15am. Two Scots made their international debuts; Rangers' Ally McCoist and Dundee's Robert Connor.

Sat 10/May/1986    Canada 2 (Vrablic, Gray) Wales 0
Friendly in Toronto
*No British TV coverage scheduled. Luton Town Goalkeeper Andy Dibble came on in the 2nd half to make his Welsh debut, as did Tottenham's Mark Bowen.

Sat 17/May/1986    Mexico 0 England 3 (Hateley 2, Beardsley)
Friendly in Los Angeles
ITV LIVE
Martin Tyler
*Live on ITV at 11:00pm-1:00am. All three goals were scored in the 1st half, Mark Hateley with two goals on 22 and 30 (both missed by the US TV director!), Peter Beardsley added the 3rd on 37.

Tue 20/May/1986    Canada 0 Wales 3 (Saunders 2, M.Allen)
Friendly in Vancouver
*No British TV coverage scheduled.

Sat 24/May/1986    Canada 0 England 1 (Hateley)
Friendly in Burnaby
BBC Highlights
Barry Davies
*BBC2 included around 10 minutes of highlights at some point on "Sunday Grandstand". Mark Hateley netted the winning goal on 61.
 

1986 World Cup Finals

World Cup Squad Songs
Four years earlier, both the England and Scotland World Cup squads had reached the top ten on the pop charts, but in 1986 neither nation's single managed to even make the top 60! England's effort was "We've Got the Whole World at Our Feet" written by Tony Hiller, Stewart James and Bradley James, an awkward marriage of an old-fashioned football squad singalong with a typically awful mid-1980's synthesizer backing track. It was released on EMI's Columbia label (cat no. DB9128, b-side "When We Are Far From Home") and limped to no.66 on the charts (Worse was to come two years later before a radical re-think). The Scotland squad had "Big Trip to Mexico" written by Rab Noakes and Tony Hiller, the latter having co-written the England song as well. The Scotland single was also issued on the EMI Columbia label (cat no. DB9130 with "Carry the Hopes of Scotland" on the b-side) and it was another flop, only managing to rise to no.81 on the charts. A competition was held to choose the Northern Ireland single, the winning composers being The Soye Brothers who got to record "Come on Northern Ireland" with the squad, the runner-up made it onto the b-side (Jim Doherty's "Here We Go"). The Irish single did not register on the charts.

Fri 30/May/1986    "World Cup Preview"
*ITV had a late Friday night preview programme ahead of the tournament's opening fixture the following evening. Most regions showed it at 10:30-11:30pm (Including Central, Granada, Yorkshire, TVS, Channel & Ulster), though some had it in an 11pm slot (LWT, Anglia & TSW) and others at 11:30pm (HTV West), 11:45pm (HTV Wales) or even midnight (Tyne Tees). BBC1 had a very brief 10 minute "scene setting" slot on Thursday night at 8:50-9:00pm, but they also ran a late night series "Summer of 66" which looked back at the 1966 World Cup finals, the final edition going out on the Friday night at 11:55pm.

Sat 31/May/1986    "Saint & Greavsie's World Cup"
*Ian St John and Jimmy Greaves previewed the World Cup 7 hours before kick-off at 12:05-12:30pm, ITV also showed a schoolboys international at Wembley between England and Italy at 2:45-5:00pm with Brian Moore & Ian St John commentating. BBC1 previewed the tournament during "Grandstand" with a World Cup 'Football Focus' at 12:35-1:00pm.

First Round
Game 1

Sat 31/May/1986    Italy 1 (Altobelli) Bulgaria 1 (Sirakov)
Group A (7:00pm bst)
BBC LIVE
John Motson & Trevor Brooking
*BBC1 had live coverage of the opening match on "World Cup Grandstand" at 6:10-9:00pm introduced by Des Lynham. The opening ceremony was described by Barry Davies, the studio summariser was Terry Venables. Altobelli put Italy ahead just before half-time on 43, Sirakov netted a late equaliser for Bulgaria on 85. There were no highlights on either channel.

Sun 01/Jun/1986    Brazil 1 (Sócrates) Spain 0
Group D (7:00pm bst)
ITV LIVE
Brian Moore & Brian Clough
*ITV had live coverage from 6:40-9:00pm introduced by Brian Moore. Peter Brackley & Ron Atkinson were supposed to commentate but a mix-up of cables in Mexico meant that Brian Moore and Brian Clough had to describe the match instead from the studio. Other countries had similar problems or worse, indeed Brazilian TV were unable to show anything of the 1st half. ITV Sports Chief Engineer said "It's a shambles. Unfortunately nobody is talking to each other, the engineers don't know what they are doing, the equipment is badly installed and I would suggest this has put broadcasting back 10 years on these events." Speaking to ITN the next day, Brian Moore blamed the earthquake that had flattened the TV centre in Mexico City the previous year. Sócrates scored the only goal of the opening Group D match on 62 mins. John Motson covered the game for the BBC but Gerald Sinstadt re-voiced it for highlights shown on the next day's "World Cup Report" as the sound quality was so poor.

Sun 01/Jun/1986    France 1 (Papin) Canada 0
Group C (11:00pm bst)
BBC LIVE
Barry Davies & Bobby Charlton
*Coverage on BBC1 ran from 10:50pm-12:55am, there were also highlights of the Brazil v Spain match at HT. Papin got the goal on 79. Due to technical problems, the match was not seen on Canadian TV.

Mon 02/Jun/1986    Argentina 3 (Valdano 2, Ruggeri) South Korea 1 (Park Chang-Sun)
Group A (7:00pm bst)
BBC 2nd Half LIVE
Barry Davies & Trevor Brooking
*BBC1 had the first of a daily "World Cup Report" at 5:35-6:00pm with Bob Wilson and Emlyn Hughes, but live coverage of the Argentina v South Korea match was of the 2nd half only with coverage beginning at 7:40-9:00pm. Valdano gave Argentina an early lead on 6, Ruggeri made it 2-0 on 18 and Valdano got his 2nd for 3-0 just after HT on 46, Park Chang-Sun pulled one back for the Koreans on 73. Gerry Harrison covered this game for later highlights/clips on ITV.

Mon 02/Jun/1986    Soviet Union 6 (Yakovenko, Aleinikov, Belanov(pen), Yaremchuk 2, Rodionov) Hungary 0
Group C (7:00pm bst)
BBC Highlights
Tony Gubba
*Highlights were included during coverage of the live game on BBC1 and later on ITV. The Soviet Union were two goals up inside the opening 5 minutes, Yakovenko scoring on 2 and Aleinikov on 4, Belanov made it 3-0 on 24 from the penalty spot, Yaremchuk got the 4th and 5th goals on 66 and 75, Rodionov made it 6-0 on 80. John Helm voiced the game for ITV highlights and got caught out with the early goal as he was still talking to his director. He may have been watching the game on a monitor as a last minute back-up as he was forced to halt commentary when there were breaks in the pictures.

Mon 02/Jun/1986    Morocco 0 Poland 0
Group F (11:00pm bst)
ITV LIVE
Martin Tyler & David Pleat
*ITV had coverage at 10:30-1:00pm, the programme also included highlights from the earlier games. Gerald Sinstadt voiced highlights for the BBC.

Tue 03/Jun/1986    Northern Ireland 1 (Whiteside) Algeria 1 (Zidane)
Group D (7:00pm bst)
ITV LIVE
Peter Brackley & Ron Atkinson*
*ITV 6:45-9:00pm. Norman Whiteside gave the Irish a dream start with a goal on 6 minutes but Zidane equalised on 59. Technical problems meant that Brackley and Atkinson went offline just before Whiteside's opener. As the goal went in, ITV viewers heard the voices of John Helm and Billy McNeill, who presumably were standing by as backup for just such an eventuality following the farce of the Brazil v Spain commentary. Brackley and Atkinson returned for the second half. Tony Gubba voiced the game for the BBC.

Tue 03/Jun/1986    Mexico 2 (Quirarte, Sánchez) Belgium 1 (Vandenbergh)
Group B (7:00pm bst)
ITV Highlights
Gerry Harrison
*Highlights shown at HT and FT of the N.Ireland match. All three goals were scored in the 1st half, Quirarte netting for Mexico on 23, the star of the host nation Hugo Sánchez making it 2-0 on 39 and Belgium pullng one back through Vandenbergh on 45. Gerald Sinstadt described the brief BBC highlights. The audio on the opening minutes of the feed was mixed up and is from the NI v Algeria match.

Tue 03/Jun/1986    Portugal 1 (Carlos Manuel) England 0
Group F (11:00pm bst)
BBC LIVE
John Motson & Jimmy Hill
*BBC1 10:50pm-12:55am. Carlos Manuel scored the only goal of the game for Portugal on 76 minutes . Martin Tyler commentated for ITV highlights the next day.

Wed 04/Jun/1986    West Germany 1 (Allofs) Uruguay 1 (Alzamendi)
Group E (7:00pm bst)
BBC 2nd Half LIVE
Barry Davies & Lawrie McMenemy
*BBC1 7:40-9:00pm. The BBC decided that another edition of "Wogan" was more important than the World Cup and that was shown from 7:00-7:40pm before highlights of the 1st half and live coverage of the 2nd half .Uruguay led for most of the match after Alzamendi had given them the lead on 4 minutes, Allofs equalised for West Germany late in the game on 84. There was a complete loss of feed from 70-73 minutes and then a loss of pictures three minutes later with Davies doing a radio style commentary. Two more black outs occurred before the last 30 seconds was lost altogether. RTE showed the whole match live with Barry Davies' commentary, there was no audio for the first 2 minutes.

Wed 04/Jun/1986    Paraguay 1 (Romero) Iraq 0
Group B (7:00pm bst)
BBC Highlights
Gerald Sinstadt
*Highlights after the West Germany match. Romero scored the only goal on 35.

Wed 04/Jun/1986    Denmark 1 (Elkjær) Scotland 0
Group E (11:00pm bst)
ITV LIVE
John Helm & Billy McNeil
*ITV had an edition of "Saint and Greavsie's World Cup" at 5:15-5:45pm looking ahead to their coverage of the Scotland game at 10:30pm-1:00am. Denmark won the match with a goal by Preben Elkjær Larsen on 57. Archie MacPherson commentated for BBC highlights shown nationally on "World Cup Report" the next day..

Game 2

Thu 05/Jun/1986    Italy 1 (Altobelli(pen)) Argentina 1 (Maradona)
Group A (7:00pm bst)
ITV LIVE
Gerry Harrison & Ron Atkinson
*ITV 6:45-9:00pm. Altobelli gave Italy an early lead from the penalty spot on 6 minutes, Maradona equalised on 34. Barry Davies voiced this match for highlights on BBC1.

Thu 05/Jun/1986    France 1 (Fernández) Soviet Union 1 (Rats)
Group C (7:00pm bst)
ITV Highlights
Peter Brackley
*Highlights at HT and FT of the above game. John Motson voiced this game for the BBC. Rats put the Soviet Union ahead on 53, Fernández equalised on 60. Mexican TV messed up the lines in the opening minute with all broadcasters apparently being fed pictures from Italy v Argentina.

Thu 05/Jun/1986    Bulgaria 1 (Getov) South Korea 1 (Kim Jong-Boo)
Group A (11:00pm bst)
BBC 2nd Half Part LIVE
Tony Gubba & Trevor Brooking
*Again, the BBC's coverage was dissapointing tonight with them only having a programme from 12:00-12:55am to show the final 35 minutes of the game live. Getov put Bulgaria ahead on 11, Kim Jong-Boo equalised on 70. This must have been Tony Gubba's first live football commentary.

Fri 06/Jun/1986    Brazil 1 (Careca) Algeria 0
Group D (7:00pm bst)
BBC 2nd Half LIVE
John Motson & Lawrie McMenemy
*More substandard coverage from the BBC, with only the 2nd half shown live from 7:40-9:00pm and "Wogan" taking precedence from 7:00pm. Careca scored the only goal on 66. Peter Brackley commentated for ITV highlights shown during the late night coverage of England's game.

Fri 06/Jun/1986    Hungary 2 (Esterházy, Détári) Canada 0
Group C (7:00pm bst)
BBC Highlights
Gerald Sinstadt
*Highlights after the Brazil match. Esterházy scored for Hungary in the 2nd minute, Détári made it 2-0 on 75.

Fri 06/Jun/1986    England 0 Morocco 0
Group F (11:00pm bst)
ITV LIVE
Martin Tyler & David Pleat
*ITV 10:30pm-1:00am. Ray Wilkins was sent off on 43 minutes, receiving a 2nd caution after throwing the ball at the referee. Two minutes earlier captain Bryan Robson had to leave the field with a dilocated shoulder. Barry Davies commentated for the BBC who showed highlights the following day around lunchtime on "Grandstand".

Sat 07/Jun/1986    Spain 2 (Butragueño, Salinas) Northern Ireland 1
Group D (7:00pm bst)
ITV LIVE
Peter Brackley & Ron Atkinson
*ITV 6:45-9:00pm with Brian Clough, Mick Channon and Bryan Hamilton joining Brian Moore in the studio. Butragueño scored for Spain in the opening minute, Salinas then made it 2-0 on 18. Colin Clarke pulled one back at the start of the 2nd half on 46 but the Irish could not rescue a point. Tony Gubba voiced the match for BBC highlights.

Sat 07/Jun/1986    Mexico 1 (Flores) Paraguay 1 (Romero)
Group B (7:00pm bst)
ITV Highlights
Gerry Harrison
*Shown at HT and FT of the N.Ireland match. An early lead for the hosts given to them by Flores on 3 and they remained in front for almost the entire game until Romero netted a late equaliser on 85. Gerald Sinstadt covered this one for BBC highlights.

Sat 07/Jun/1986    Poland 1 (Smolarek) Portugal 0
Group F (11:00pm bst)
BBC LIVE
Barry Davies & Bobby Charlton
*BBC1 10:55pm-1:00am. Smolarek scored the Poles winning goal on 68.

Sun 08/Jun/1986    West Germany 2 (Völler, Allofs) Scotland 1 (Strachan)
Group E (7:00pm bst)
BBC LIVE
John Motson & Jimmy Hill
*BBC1 6:45-9:00pm. Gordon Strachan put Scotland ahead on 18, but the lead didn't last long - Völler equalised on 23 and Allofs made it 2-1 to West Germany on 49. Graeme Souness made his 54th and final appearance for Scotland, Eamonn Bannon also wore the Scotland jersey for the final time with 11 caps. Gerry Harrison voiced the game for ITV. The match has since been repeated on ESPN Classic.

Sun 08/Jun/1986    Belgium 2 (Scifo, Claesen(pen)) Iraq 1 (Radhi)
Group B (7:00pm bst)
BBC Highlights
Gerald Sinstadt
*Highlights at HT and FT of the Scotland match. It was 1-0 Belgium on 16 when Scifo found the net, three minutes later Claesen made it 2-0 from the penalty spot. Iraq managed to pull one back in the 2nd half courtesy of Radhi on 59.

Sun 08/Jun/1986    Denmark 6 (Elkjær 3, Lerby, Laudrup, J. Olsen) Uruguay 1 (Francescoli(pen))
Group E (11:00pm bst)
ITV LIVE
John Helm & Billy McNeil
*ITV had an assessment of the tournament so far as part of "World Cup '86 Sport Special" at 2:30-4:30pm (also including the Great North run), live coverage of the late night game was at 10:45pm-1:00am. A match worth staying up for with an incredible display by the Danes, Elkjær put them ahead on 11, Lerby made it 2-0 on 41, but Uruguay came back with a penalty converted by Francescoli on 45, Laudrup made it 3-1 on 52, Elkjær scored again on 67 and then completed his hat-trick for 5-1 on 80 and Jesper Olsen netted the sixth on 88. David Icke voiced the match for BBC highlights shown the next day.

Game 3

Mon 09/Jun/1986    France 3 (Stopyra, Tigana, Rocheteau) Hungary 0
Group C (7:00pm bst)
ITV 2nd Half LIVE
Peter Brackley & Ron Atkinson
*It was ITV's turn to frustrate the football fan tonight, "What's My Line" and "Coronation Street" being shown before they joined the France match for the 2nd half from 7:45-9:00pm. Stopyra scored the opening goal for France on 29, Tigana added a 2nd on 62 and Rocheteau made it 3-0 on 84. Barry Davies commentated for later highlights on BBC1.

Mon 09/Jun/1986    Soviet Union 2 (Blokhin, Zavarov) Canada 0
Group C (7:00pm bst)
BBC Highlights
Tony Gubba
*BBC1 had a highlights show at 11:35pm-12:10am. Two 2nd half goals won the match for the Soviets, Blokhin scoring on 58 and Zavarov on 74. Gerry Harrison covered the match for ITV highlights. CBC in Canada showed the match live with Gubba's commentary.

Group C Final Table
1. Soviet Union   +8  5
2. France         +4  5
3. Hungary        -7  2
4. Canada         -5  0

Tue 10/Jun/1986    Italy 3 (Altobelli 2, Cho Kwang-Rae(og)) South Korea 2 (Choi Soon-Ho, Huh Jung-Moo)
Group A (7:00pm bst)
ITV 2nd Half LIVE
Martin Tyler & David Pleat
*"Emmerdale Farm" and "Duty Free" were given priority on ITV, 2nd half coverage from 7:45-9:00pm. Altobelli gave Italy the lead on 17, Choi Soon-Ho equalised on 62, Altobelli scored again to restore the Italian lead on 73, an own goal by Cho Kwang-Rae on 82 made it 3-1, but South Korea scored again a minute later through Huh Jung-Moo on 83 for a close finish. Tony Gubba commentated for BBC highlights.

Tue 10/Jun/1986    Argentina 2 (Valdano, Burruchaga) Bulgaria 0
Group A (7:00pm bst)
BBC Highlights
John Motson
*BBC1 had a highlights show at 11:45pm-12:10am. John Helm commentated for ITV who showed brief clips after the live match. Valdano scored on 3 minutes, Burruchaga got Argentina's 2nd on 79.

Group A Final Table
1. Argentina      +4  5
2. Italy          +1  4
3. Bulgaria       -2  2
4. South Korea    -3  1

Wed 11/Jun/1986    Mexico 1 (Quirarte) Iraq 0
Group B (7:00pm bst)
ITV 2nd Half LIVE
Gerry Harrison & Ron Atkinson
*For the 3rd day running, ITV had only the 2nd half live of a final group game, the hosts being shown after "Where There's Life" and "Coronation Street" from 7:45-9:00pm. Quirarte's goal on 54 was enough to see off Iraq and win the group for Mexico. Gerald Sinstadt commentated for BBC clips.

Wed 11/Jun/1986    Paraguay 2 (Cabañas 2) Belgium 2 (Vercauteren, Veyt)
Group B (7:00pm bst)
ITV Highlights
John Helm
*Belgium went ahead through Vercauteren on 30, Cabañas equalised on 50, Veyt restored Belgiums lead on 59 but Cabañas levelled it up again on 76. David Icke voiced highlights for the BBC.

Group B Final Table
1. Mexico         +2  5
2. Paraguay       +2  4
3. Belgium         0  3
4. Iraq           -3  0

Wed 11/Jun/1986    England 3 (Lineker 3) Poland 0
Group F (11:00pm bst)
BBC LIVE
Barry Davies & Jimmy Hill
*BBC1 10:25pm-12:55am. Gary Lineker netted a first half hat-trick with goals on 9, 14 & 34 minutes. Martin Tyler voiced the highlights on ITV shown the next day.
 
 

Wed 11/Jun/1986    Morocco 3 (Khairi 2, Merry Krimau) Portugal 1 (Diamantino)
Group F (11:00pm bst)
BBC Highlights
John Motson
*Khairi gave Morocco a 2-0 HT lead with goals on 19 & 26. Merry Krimau made it three on 62, Diamantino pulled one back on 80.

Group F Final Table
1. Morocco        +2  4
2. England        +2  3
3. Poland         -2  3
4. Portugal       -2  2

Thu 12/Jun/1986    "Saint and Greavsie's World Cup"
*ITV's only World Cup show today was an edition of Ian St John & Jimmy Greaves' weekly round-up/preview show. The BBC continued to broadcast a daily weekday "World Cup Report" at 5:35-6:00pm.

Thu 12/Jun/1986    Brazil 3 (Careca 2, Josimar) Northern Ireland 0
Group D (7:00pm bst)
BBC LIVE
John Motson & Jimmy Hill / Michae Nesbitt
*BBC1 6:55-9:00pm. BBC viewers in Northern Ireland had their own presentation with a studio panel of Sammy Nelson, George Dunlop and Jackie Cummings, they also had their own commentator but heard Motson for the opening minutes until the correct audio feed was sorted out. Careca opened the scoring on 15, Josimar made it 2-0 on 42 and Careca scored again for 3-0 on 87. Peter Brackley voiced the match for ITV clips.

Thu 12/Jun/1986    Spain 3 (Calderé 2, Eloy) Algeria 0
Group D (7:00pm bst)
BBC Highlights
Tony Gubba
*Highlights during coverage of the N.Ireland match. Calderé scored on 15 and 68, Eloy added a third for Spain on 70.

Group D Final Table
1. Brazil         +5  6
2. Spain          +3  4
3. N.Ireland      -4  1
4. Algeria        -4  1

Fri 13/Jun/1986    Scotland 0 Uruguay 0
Group E (7:00pm bst)
ITV LIVE
John Helm & Billy McNeil
*ITV 6:40-9:00pm. Uruguay's Jose Batista was sent off in the 1st minute, but Scotland could not find a way through the determined South Americans and finished bottom of the group. Arthur Albistan made his 14th and final appearance for Scotland. Ian St John was secretly recorded watching this match in the ITV London studio, some clips of him becoming very frustrated and angry at missed chances etc. were then played back to him on an edition of Saint & Greavsie's show (must have been the Monday 16th June edition) and Saint didn't appear to appreciate the funny side of it. Archie MacPherson commentated for the BBC.

Fri 13/Jun/1986    Denmark 2 (J. Olsen(pen), Eriksen) West Germany 0
Group E (7:00pm bst)
BBC Highlights
Barry Davies
*BBC1 had a highlights show at 10:20-11:05pm. Gerry Harrison commentated for ITV's brief clips during coverage of the live match. Jesper Olsen netted a spot kick on 43, Eriksen made it 2-0 on 62.

Group E Final Table
1. Denmark        +8  6
2. West Germany   -1  3
3. Uruguay        -5  2
4. Scotland       -2  1

Sat 14/Jun/1986    "World Cup '86 Sport Special"
*Saturday was a rest day but ITV had a sports show at 3:00-5:00pm with a summing up and comment on the first round as well as gymnastics and boxing. BBC1 included two "World Cup Round Up" slots on "Grandstand", the first at 12:20-12:30pm and another at 4:40-5:05pm, the latter programme showed every goal scored in the Group stage.

Last 16

Sun 15/Jun/1986    Mexico 2 (Negrete, Servín) Bulgaria 0
Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, 7:00pm bst
BBC LIVE
Barry Davies & Jimmy Hill
*BBC1 6:45-9:00pm. A goal in each half from Negrete on 34 and Servín on 61 saw the hosts go through to the last 8. John Helm voiced ITV clips.

Sun 15/Jun/1986    Belgium 4 (Scifo, Ceulemans, Demol, Claesen) Soviet Union 3 (Belanov  3(1pen)) [AET]
Estadio Nou Camp, León, 11:00pm bst
ITV LIVE
Gerry Harrison & Ron Atkinson
*ITV 10:45pm-1:00am. Belanov put the Soviet Union ahead on 27, Scifo equalised on 56, Belanov restored the Soviet lead on 70 but Belgium were soon back level again through Ceulemans on 77 and at 2-2 after 90 minutes the game went into extra-time. Belgium went in front for the first time in the game thanks to Demol on 102, Claesen then made it 4-2 on 110, but the Soviets immediately came back into the match on 111 with a penalty scored by Belanov to complete his hat-trick. Belgium then held out for the win. Tony Gubba called the highlights for the BBC.

Mon 16/Jun/1986    Brazil 4 (Sócrates(pen), Josimar, Edinho, Careca(pen)) Poland 0
Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara, 7:00pm bst
ITV LIVE
Peter Brackley & Ron Atkinson
*ITV had a "Saint & Greavsie's World Cup" show today at 5:15-5:45pm, live coverage of Brazil v Poland was at 6:45-9:00pm. Brazil led 1-0 at HT thanks to a Sócrates penalty on 30, three further Brazilian goals came in the 2nd half, Josimar on 55, Edinho on 79 and another penalty, this time scored by Careca, on 83. Tony Gubba voiced proceedings for highlights on BBC1 during coverage of the late night match.

Mon 16/Jun/1986    Argentina 1 (Pasculli) Uruguay 0
Estadio Cuauhtémoc, Puebla, 11:00pm bst
BBC LIVE
John Motson & Jimmy Hill
*BBC1 10:40pm-12:55am. Pedro Pasculli scored the only goal of the game on 42 minutes.

Tue 17/Jun/1986    France 2 (Platini, Stopyra) Italy 0
Estadio Olímpico Universitario, Mexico City, 7:00pm bst
ITV LIVE
John Helm & Billy McNeil
*ITV 6:45-9:00pm. Platini gave France the lead on 15, Stopyra added a 2nd French goal on 57. John Motson described the action for highlights on BBC1's late broadcast.

Tue 17/Jun/1986    West Germany 1 (Matthäus) Morocco 0
Estadio Universitario, Monterrey, 11:00pm bst
BBC LIVE
Barry Davies & Jimmy Hill
*BBC1 10:50pm-1:05am. West Germany progressed with a late winning goal scored by Lothar Matthäus on 87 minutes.

Wed 18/Jun/1986    England 3 (Lineker 2, Beardsley) Paraguay 0
Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, 7:00pm bst
ITV LIVE
Martin Tyler & David Pleat
*ITV 6:45-9:00pm, BBC1 also showed this match live from 6:30-9:00pm with John Motson & Jimmy Hill commentating. England led 1-0 at the break through Gary Lineker on 31, Peter Beardsley made it 2-0 on 56 and Lineker scored his 2nd of the game on 73. Spurs player Gary Stevens came on as a sub to make what turned out to be his 7th and final appearance for England.

Wed 18/Jun/1986    Spain 5 (Butragueño 4(1pen), Goikoetxea(pen)) Denmark 1 (J.Olsen(pen))
Estadio La Corregidora, Querétaro, 11:00pm bst
BBC LIVE
Barry Davies & Trevor Brooking
*BBC1 10:55pm-12:55am. Jesper Olsen gave the Danes the leas on 33 from the penalty spot but Spain equalised just before HT when Emilio Butragueño netted on 43, the same player put Spain ahead on 56, Goikoetxea then made it 3-1 on 68 from the penalty spot, Butragueño completed his hat-trick for 4-1 on 80 and then got his 4th and Spain's 5th on 88 with another spot kick.

Thu 19/Jun/1986    "Saint and Greavsie's World Cup"
*No games today, but ITV had a round up with Ian St John and Jimmy Greaves at 5:15-5:45pm (The 2nd such show this week as opposed to one in the previous weeks). BBC1 continued with their daily "World Cup Report" with Bob Wilson and Emlyn Hughes at 5:35-6:00pm.

Fri 20/Jun/1986    "World Cup Report"
*Another rest day and nothing World Cup related on ITV, but BBC1 had another "World Cup Report" with Bob Wilson and Emlyn Hughes previewing the Quarter-finals at 5:35-6:00pm.

Quarter-finals

Sat 21/Jun/1986    France 1 (Platini) Brazil 1 (Careca) [France won on pens AET]
Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara, 7:00pm bst
BBC LIVE
John Motson & Jimmy Hill
*BBC1 had a World Cup report at the end of "Grandstand" from 4:50-5:05pm, then live coverage of this first Quarter-final at 6:40-9:00pm. Careca put Brazil ahed on 17, Platini equalised on 40. There were no further goals in the 2nd half or in extra-time and so the tie went to a penalty shoot out. Sócrates missed Brazil's opening kick, Platini was the next to miss with France's 4th kick. Júlio César missed with the final Brazil kick whilst Fernández scored for France. Peter Brackley commentated for ITV highlights.

Sat 21/Jun/1986    West Germany 0 Mexico 0 [West Germany won on pens AET]
Estadio Universitario, Monterrey, 11:00pm bst
ITV LIVE
John Helm & Ron Atkinson
*No preview show on ITV today, live coverage of the late game from 10:35pm-1:00am. No goals in normal or extra time. It was agony for the hosts in the penalty shoot out as Quirarte and Servín both failed to find the net whilst the Germans successfully converted all of their spot kicks. The BBC sent Tony Gubba & Trevor Brooking to commentate for highlights to be shown the next day on "Sunday Grandstand".

Sun 22/Jun/1986    Argentina 2 (Maradona 2) England 1 (Lineker)
Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, 7:00pm bst
ITV LIVE
Martin Tyler & David Pleat
*ITV had a preview (and action from yesterday's games as well as athletics) as part of "World Cup 86 Sport Special" at 4:00-5:00pm, then live coverage from 6:40-9:00pm. BBC1 had a preview at some point during "Sunday Grandstand" on BBC2 in the afternoon before they too showed live coverage at 6:45-9:00pm with Barry Davies & Jimmy Hill commentating. There were no goals in the first half, Maradona then put Argentina on 51 (HAND BALL!!!!) and scored again with a memorable solo effort on 55, Gary Lineker pulled one back on 81 and almost equalised near the end.

Sun 22/Jun/1986    Belgium 1 (Ceulemans) Spain 1 (Señor) [Belgium won on pens AET]
Estadio Cuauhtémoc, Puebla, 11:00pm bst
ITV LIVE
Gerry Harrison & Ron Atkinson
*ITV 10:45pm-1:00am. Ceulemans put Belgium ahead on 35, Señor netted a late equaliser for Spain on 85, but it was Belgium who ultimately went through in the penalty shoot out with all penalties converted except for Spain's 2nd kick taken by Eloy. John Motson voiced the match for the BBC who showed highlights the next day on "World Cup Report".

Mon 23/Jun/1986    "Saint and Greavsie's World Cup" / "World in Action"
*Saint & Greavsie looked back at the injustice of the previous day at 5:15-5:45pm. Later that evening "World in Action" had a documentary titled "The Fifa Story" at 8:30-9:00pm with a behind the scenes look at the staging of the World Cup. Over on BBC1 there was a "World Cup Report" at 5:35-6:00pm.

Tue 24/Jun/1986    "World Cup Report"
*No World Cup show on ITV today, BBC1 had a "World Cup Report" with Bob Wilson and Emlyn Hughes at 5:35-6:00pm.

Semi-finals

Wed 25/Jun/1986    West Germany 2 (Brehme, Völler) France 0
Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara, 7:00pm bst
ITV LIVE
Martin Tyler & Ron Atkinson
*ITV showed the first semi-final at 6:45-9:00pm. The West Germans reached the final yet again with an early goal and a very late goal, Andreas Brehme scoring the opener on 9, Rudi Völler sealing the win on 89. Tony Gubba & Trevor Brooking covered the game for the BBC who showed highlights during their coverage of the later Semi-final (Gubba got to commentate on the SF as Davies had to return to London to cover Wimbledon tennis).

Wed 25/Jun/1986    Argentina 2 (Maradona 2) Belgium 0
Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, 11:00pm bst
BBC LIVE
John Motson & Jimmy Hill
*BBC1 had a "World Cup Report" preview of the semi-finals at 6:35-7:00pm and showed the late match live at 10:25pm-12:55am, Des Lynam presented alongside Lawrie McMenemy and Terry Venables. Two more goals from Maradona on 51 and 63 sent Argentina through to the final.

Thu 26/Jun/1986    "Saint and Greavsie's World Cup"
*Another rest day presented another opportunity for an installment of Saint & Greavsie at 5:15-5:45pm. BBC1's "World Cup Report" went out in its' regular slot of 5:35-6:00pm.

Fri 27/Jun/1986    "World Cup Report"
*Nothing World Cup related on ITV today, but BBC1 anticipated the final weekend of action at 5:35-6:00pm.

3rd/4th place play off

Sat 28/Jun/1986    France 4 (Ferreri, Papin, Genghini, Amoros(pen)) Belgium 2 (Ceulemans, Claesen) [AET]
Estadio Cuauhtémoc, Puebla, 7:00pm bst
ITV Highlights
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*No live coverage on either channel, ITV showed highlights at 10:30-11:30pm. BBC1 had earlier shown a "Grandstand" round-up of the tournament at 12:35-1:00pm and included highlights of the 3rd place match during Wimbledon Tennis highlights in the late Saturday night slot with Gerald Sinstadt commentating. Ceulemans gave Belgium the lead on 11 but France were ahead by HT, Ferreri equalising on 27 and Papin making it 2-1 on 43. Claesen pulled it back to 2-2 on 73 and the match went to extra time, France then scored twice more, Genghini on 104 and Amoros from the penalty spot on 111. Viewers in Ireland were able to watch the game live on RTE2 at 6:40-9:00pm with Ger Canning commentating.

Kevin Keegan - ITV World Cup 1986Brian Clough - ITV World Cup 1986Mick Channon - ITV World Cup 1986
ITV studio panelists Kevin Keegan, Brian Clough and Mick Channon

The Final

Sun 29/Jun/1986    "World Cup '86 Final Preview"
*ITV had a half-hour preview of the final at 3:00-3:30pm. The BBC had an afternoon preview at some point during "Sunday Grandstand" on BBC2.

Sun 29/Jun/1986    Argentina 3 (Brown, Valdano, Burruchaga) West Germany 2 (Rummenigge, Völler)
Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, 7:00pm bst
ITV LIVE
Brian Moore & Ron Atkinson
*ITV were first on air tonight from 6:30pm, BBC1 began their coverage at 6:35pm (with John Motson & Jimmy Hill commentating) hosted by Des Lynam who was joined in the studio by Gary Lineker (confirmed as World Cup top scorer on the night), Lawrie McMenemy and Terry Venables. The BBC broadcast ended in a rather awkward fashion when McMenemy told Lynam that he was “out of order” for quizzing Venables (manager of Barcelona) and Lineker (of Everton) about the likelihood of Lineker signing for Barcelona. Both channels were scheduled to leave the football at 9:15pm. José Luis Brown put Argentina ahead on 23, Jorge Valdano made it 2-0 on 55, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge pulled the Germans back into the match on 74 and Rudi Völler then appeared to have forced extra-time with an equaliser on 80, but just three minutes later Jorge Burruchaga scored what turned out to be the world cup winning goal.

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