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Recent Site Updates
1st October 2014:- The 12th April 1969 recording of The Big Match fixture between Arsenal and Leeds United was affected by a technical problem and the last 22 minutes or so of the game was not recorded, but fortunately no goals were missed. The studio guests that day were Arsenal's Ian Ure and the winner of the Golden Goals competition. The second game, Manchester City 1 Sunderland 0, was the goal only (Thanks to FootballGaffesGalore!!!)....... Star Soccer exports to North America were re-titled All Star Soccer, you can view the opening titles plus an American voice introducing a February 1978 edition here.
1st September 2014: The missing 1969 Home International commentators for the Scotland v Northern Ireland match on 6th May 1969 <as shown in England> were Brian Moore & Joe Mercer according to the TV Times which also lists Gerald Sinstadt & Danny Blanchflower for the live London region screening of Northern Ireland v Wales on 10th May, which would have presumably been Blanchflower's last commentating job for ITV (Thanks Robin!!!)....... A lovely way for Match of the Day to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the programme by having Barry Davies commentating on the Crystal Palace v West Ham fixture on 23/Aug/2014 together with retro style graphics. There was also a one hour Match of the Day at 50 documentary broadcast on Friday 22nd August, though this was guilty of re-writing history in overlooking the Sports Special and Saturday Sport highlights which began 9 years earlier as well as the ITV Anglia and Tyne Tees regional football programmes which had pioneered weekly extended highlights of a single match two years prior <Harry Redknapp was most likely thinking of Sports Special when he was reminiscing about viewing BBC highlights on a tiny screen as a kid>..... and finally you can follow the 1980/81 season on twitter as 'live' with links to TV coverage here (Thanks to Mark Bunn!!!)
RIP James Alexander Gordon
1st August 2014:- A terrific bunch of uploads here including World Cup previews and draws from 1974-1982, from which I've added numerous screen grabs to the site (Thanks Geoff!!!)...... 11/Oct/1980 Star Soccer footage of Birmingham City v Aston Villa is here including Gary Newbon's intro and post match chat. The opening titles to the 08/May/1982 edition of Yorkshire TV's The Big Game is here and the excellent 'Big Match Action' blog charting the history of football on television up to 1992 includes a late 1970's picture of ITV presenters, producers and commentators taken outside Thames TV's studios here (Thanks to Mike Whalley for those!!!)...... The introduction for the very first edition of Match Time and a shot of Martin Tyler in the commentary box <his first game for Granada> on 29/Aug/1981 for Everton v Birmingham City is here (Thanks to Mark Bunn!!!)
1st July 2014:- Missing commentator for ITV highlights of the 1974 World Cup Qualifying Play-off match between Yugoslavia and Spain was Hugh Johns, a clip was included in ITV's World Cup '74 preview programme on 12th June (Thanks to Matthew Gilbert!!!)..... A transcription of The 1970 Esso World Cup Coins Promotional Record with Brian Moore can be read here (Thanks Nigel!!!)..... Good to hear the voice of John Helm on ITV again, calling goal highlights on some of the World Cup games, and Barry Davies who's still commentating for the BBC at Wimbledon at the age of 76.
RIP Sandy Jardine
1st June 2014:- The Midlands Star Soccer edit of 30/Jan/1982 Ipswich Town v Notts County highlights plus post match chat, an interview with Notts captain Don Masson and the end titles with the 3rd and final Star Soccer theme tune is here......Finally solved the mystery of the ATV match for 17/Jan/1976, we had three possibilities listed, -one of which didn't even take place that day!, but it turns out that the main Star Soccer game that weekend was Granada coverage of Burnley v Derby County with Hugh Johns commentating for ATV viewers, you can see Charlie George's goal at the 43:22 mins mark here (Thanks to Brian for spotting that one!!!)
1st May 2014:- The mystery League Cup 2nd Round fixture covered by ITV on 06/Sep/1972 was Tottenham Hotspur v Huddersfield Town (Thanks Robert!!!)....... The footage of 24/May/1970 Ecuador v England shown the following week on ITV's 'World Cup '70' preview programme had an off-tube commentary added by Hugh Johns and was on colour film, not b&w VT as previously assumed. The Big Match regional games for the weekend of 16/Feb/1974 were the ATV (Coventry v QPR) and Southern (Southampton v Wrexham) FA Cup ties, whilst for 04/Apr/1981 the Midlands game was shown first, before the London game (Thanks Ed!!!)...... For Yorkshire on 04/Oct/1981 it is thought that some sort of industrial action forced YTV to screen Granada's Match Time during the opening half of their Sunday afternoon football slot, then - after the break - they cut to Leeds v Aston Villa with John Helm doing a voiceover introduction, you can see a few clips plus Derek Dougan's on pitch interview with the Leeds scorer here (Thanks Brian!!!)...... The North West TVTimes billed Peter Lloyd as commentator for Granada's 12/Oct/1968 match, Lloyd would have been filling in whilst Barry Davies was on Olympics duty and so the same arrangement may also have applied for Granada's matches on the 19th and 26th October 1968 (Thanks Robin!!!)
RIP Sandy Brown
1st April 2014:- Granada Kick Off Match titles from 06/Jan/1980 are here (Thanks to Steve Williams!!!)
1st March 2014:- A missing ITV broadcast of an England game (of sorts) has been added to the Mexico '70 page - On 03/Jun/1969 an England XI played a Mexico XI in Guadalajara in an unofficial international for which no caps were awarded. Two players were sent off including Alan Mullery as England won 4-0. The game was played at 3:30am on Wednesday morning our time and so ITV showed delayed coverage late Wednesday night. (Thanks to Glen Isherwood for spotting that one!!!)..... An overlooked Home International broadcast in 1969 is Sunday afternoon highlights of Northern Ireland v Wales on ATV Midlands only, most other regions had showed highlights of this and England v Scotland on Saturday night, but it looks as though ATV showed near enough the full 90 minutes of England v Scotland in that slot and then waited until the following day to catch up with the action in Belfast. (Thanks again to Glen!!!)..... Back in December, the BBC uploaded clips from the farcical 1982 World Cup Draw which can still be watched here (Thanks to David Williams!!!)...... A missing Big Match regional game on 08/May/1982 was Norwich City v Orient, see the action plus Brian Moore looking at the 2nd tier league table here, there's also footage from Anglia's 'out of region' game at Sheffield Wednesday the following week here (Thanks to Mark Bunn!!!)..... A few more youtube uploads:- Friday evening Granada Kick Off titles from 1972 are here and 1973 here, there's also Barry Davies interviewing Matt Busby and the end titles of the Sunday afternoon show from 08/Mar/1969 here ...... Finally, a When Saturday Comes tribute to Bob Gardam can be read here.
RIP Tony Hateley
1st February 2014:- The full Sunday 02/Aug/1970 Watney Cup programme, showing the QF clash between Reading and Manchester United, has been uploaded to youtube here, note that they've used the 1970 World Cup theme <John Shakespeare Orchestra's "The World At Their Feet"> and that Moore says that the Derby County v Sheffield United SF would be shown in midweek <They ended up broadcasting Hull City v Manchester United instead> (Thanks Danny!!!)..... More missing Big Match regional 2nd/3rd games added:- 12/8/72 +E, 16/12/72 +E, 10/3/73 +E, 15/9/73 +M, 27/10/73 +E, 06/04/74 +M, 12/10/74 +Y, 12/04/75 +M (Thanks to Edward Skingsley!!!)...... This Southern TV continuity clip from 17/Mar/1981 includes a trailer for Midweek Sports Special the following night, and despite not being mentioned among the teams scheduled to play, Newport County's Cup-Winners-Cup tie was the main match (Thanks Robin!!!)..... 40 minutes of early Central continuity clips includes, at the 13 minute mark, Gary Newbon informing viewers that Star Soccer on 31/Jan/1982 would be an extended edition at the earlier time of 2:15pm, there's also a mention of England v Czechoslovakia during a trailer and the World Cup 1982 titles later on, see here...... ATV intended to show 05/Feb/1972 Derby County v Notts County [FA Cup R4] but Derby refused to allow cameras because the appearance fee was a paltry £87.50, Brian Clough told a reporter "I could take more money standing outside the ground selling programmes." ATV's cameras went to Birmingham City v Ipswich Town instead.
RIP Bob Gardam
(director of Anglia's Match of the Week and later The Big Match and much of ITV's networked football coverage)
1st January 2014:- Some midweek match updates - Gerald Sinstadt commentated on 12/Feb/1979 Manchester United v Fulham despite the TVTimes billing Hugh Johns. The 08/Apr/1981 clash between Ipswich Town and Cologne [UEFA Cup SF 1st leg] was shown as a 2nd match on ITV that night. The BBC game for 07/Nov/1979 was Ipswich Town v Grasshoppers and on 25/Nov/1981 there was also a League Cup tie as well as Aberdeen v Hamburg, this being Aston Villa v Leicester City (Thanks to Andrew Dean!!!)........ Added further This is Your Life entries to the list of football related ITV broadcasts on the Extra Time page, all of these editions, presented by Eamonn Andrews, still exist unless stated - Joe Mercer was the subject of the 25/Mar 1970 edition<wiped>, Bobby Moore on 06/Jan/1971, Matt Busby 12/May/1971, Gordon Banks 08/Mar/1972, Bill Shankly 10/Jan/1973 <wiped>, Jack Charlton 02/May/1973, Derek Dougan 16/Jan/1974, Don Revie 24/Apr/1974, Denis Law 19/Feb/1975 <wiped>, Dickie Davies 19/Mar/1975, Bob Paisley 28/Dec/1977, Kevin Keegan 14/Feb/1979, Emlyn Hughes 27/Feb/1980, Laurie McMenemy 29/Oct/1980, Jackie Milburn 09/Dec/1981 and Kenny Dalglish 16/Feb/1983. Surprisingly, given their close associations with ITV, neither Jimmy Greaves nor Brian Clough were featured as far as I can gather. Post 1982/83 season guests included Pat Jennings on 16/Nov/ 1983, Bryan Robson 23/Jan/1985, Peter Shilton 19/Mar/1986, Billy Wright 17/Jan/1990 <the show was now being hosted by Michael Aspel>, Nobby Stiles 20/Nov/1991, Nat Lofthouse 07/Apr/1993, Francis Lee 27/Apr/1994, Jimmy Hill 29/Mar/1995 <the series now back on BBC1, though still produced by Thames>, John Motson 18/Oct/1996, Bob Wilson 09Nov/1998, Ian Wright 24/Jan/2000, Vinnie Jones 30/Nov/2000, Mick Channon 07/Mar/2001, John Barnes 04/Apr/2001 and George Best 06/Mar/2003 <his second appearance>. Also, in the very early days of the series on BBC television in the 1950's, Stanley Matthews appeared on 12/Feb/1956 and this edition still exists, he was originally pencilled in for the very first edition on 29/Jul/1955 but that was cancelled when the Daily Sketch revealed the guest of honour in advance, so they got Ralph Edwards - the presenter of the US version - to host the first show and Eamonn Andrews was himself the victim (Thanks to Robin!!!). Another tenuous football related edition of This is Your Life was the 18/Feb/1981 edition featuring Derby County fan Tim Brooke Taylor in which the entire Rams team rode into the studio on tandems (Thanks to Keith Osgood's cousin Darren Light!!!)
RIP David Coleman
1st December 2013:- The Wolves 1980 League Cup section of the Central TV series Glory Days, shown in 2008 and presented by Stan Collymore, is here...... Further to the 28/Apr/1974 QPR v Leeds details mentioned last month, LWT apparently still turned up and recorded the game but it didn't go out, the drama of Manchester United's relegation in the Granada match that same afternoon may have convinced LWT not to bother paying extra money to QPR to show the Loftus Road clash which was, as it turned out, a bit of a bore (Thanks to Ed Skingsley!!!)...... A bunch of missing Big Match regional game keys have been added for the 72-75 period (Thanks again to Ed!!!)..... A clip from 19/Mar/1975 Anderlecht v Leeds United [European Cup] is curiously in black & white here (Thanks Robert!!!)..... Full match coverage of 12/Mar/1975 England v West Germany, as relayed by Eurovision and shown live in cinemas across England,, is here. ITV only showed highlights (Thanks to Mark Jones!!!)..... Brian Moore, and not Martin Tyler, commentated on ITV's coverage of the 1979 UEFA Cup final, see the video here which includes the MWSS titles. Some rare footage of 21/Apr/1971 England v Greece [Euros Q] here and 15/Nov/1972 Wales v England [WC Qualifier] here (Thanks to Football Gaffes Galore!!!).... Added a few more screen grabs to the Home Internationals, European finals and midweek pages (Thanks again to Football Gaffes Galore!!!)..... All broken off-site links have now been re-directed to internet archive pages or, failing that, deleted.
1st November 2013:- George Best's goal v Leicester City in the Granada televised match in May 1969 is here (Thanks Robert!!!)...... Midweek highlights of 18/Sep/1974 Leeds v Zurich, the full programme, has been uploaded this month here, the title sequence and theme tune is the same one Yorkshire TV used for their Sunday broadcasts with Pele kicking off under the ITV Sport logo followed by various clips of Leeds and the Sheffield clubs........ An off-air of the full 1981 League Cup Final Replay broadcast is here...... and a youtube upload that's been up for a while which we overlooked is a Hugh Johns voiced trailer for 01/Mar/1978 Aston Villa v Barcelona, it's around 4 minutes into this Thames TV continuity clip (Thanks to Brian for those!!!)..... LWT intended to show QPR v Leeds United on the 28/Apr/1974 edition of The Big Match but QPR wanted extra money that would match a cash offer from a close circuit company that intended to relay the game live in Leeds. LWT refused to pay extra as they had already paid for the contract and made an appeal to the Football League, but they ended up showing other region's games that weekend instead.
1st October 2013:- Leeds United v Sparta Prague is now confirmed as ITV's match for 02/Dec/1970, see here (Thanks Andrew & Jeff!!!)...... Mark Bunn has been through the Portsmouth Sports Mail archives and all of the blank TVS entries are now confirmed as being programmes that showed other region's games. The 2nd/3rd match keys on this site double up as indicators for shows that are known to be archived in full, so we won't be listing those on the TVS page for now, but you can have a look through the regional games listed in the Portsmouth Sports Mail via this docx file here (Thanks Mark!!!)....... According to the Glasgow Herald, 13/May/1975 Scotland v Portugal highlights were shown on BBC1 Scotland that night, this must have been a late change as The Times lists Shinty instead (Thanks to Philip Jackson for spotting that one!!!)
RIP Ron Fenton
1st September 2013:- Added several ITV World Cup screen grabs to the 1974 and 1978 pages, you can view a video clip of the source of the 1978 images here (Many thanks to Geoff for all of those!!!)..... Liverpool's televised European Cup tie at Crusaders on 28/Sep/1976 was the 5-0 2nd leg win, not the 1st leg, there's also some VT of Liverpool's Tue/10/Apr/1973 UEFA Cup SF final 1st leg win against Spurs, so maybe that was shown as a late change or saved for Kick Off / On The Ball, note that BBC1 had Wednesday highlights of Juventus v Derby that week..... The LWT 29/Dec/1973 match between Spurs and West Ham was an 11:15am kick-off and so John Camkin commentated as Brian Moore had to present On the Ball (Thanks Jeff!!!)............ This is Your Life - George Best, tx'd 17th November 1971, is now up on youtube here (Thanks Danny!!!)
RIP Dave Wagstaffe
1st August 2013:- Added a Star Soccer studio screen grab from late 1981, this comes from a tape of test promo's for the new Central TV service, the clip is most likely sourced from the 20th September 1981 edition as it's immediately followed by a glimpse of action from Notts County v Ipswich Town....... Some rarely seen clips of ITV's coverage of the 1969 FA Cup Final are online here (Thanks to Al for spotting that one!!!)...... And there's a rare STV football continuity clip from 3rd March 1982 which previews some European midweek action here (Thanks Robin!!!).
1st June 2013:- Contrary to popular belief, the appalling state of the Wembley pitch circa 1969/70 was not caused by The Horse of the Year Show, which was never held there. EDIT:- It was actually the Royal International Horse Show in the summers of 1968 and 1969. (Thanks Robin and Mark Jones!!!)...... During the 12/Sep/1970 LWT match between Orient and Sunderland, the players, officials and cameramen had to run for cover in a torrential downpour! The 02/Feb/1980 edition of The Big Match actually showed the Midlands game as their main feature whilst Spurs v Southampton was shown last, probably because the White Hart Lane clash was a 0-0 draw..... Also added a handful of missing regional match tags to The Big Match page (Thanks Jeff!!!)..... The 15/Aug/1970 edition of The Big Match showed a brief clip from a *4th* fixture - the Cambridge United goal in a 1-1 against Lincoln City, this being United's first goal scored in the Football League (Thanks to Jamie Pollob!!!)..... A two page TVTimes article from 25/Sep/1976 on the opening edition of the three part Thames TV series Saturday's Heroes <on Jimmy Seed> is here and here. The programme still exists in the Thames archive...... Brian Moore is confirmed as the commentator on the 24/May/1978 England friendly at home to Hungary, see this youtube upload....... And finally a moment of unique unorthodox commentating from John Helm on the 08/May/1982 Bradford City v Bournemouth match, just after Bradford had scored their first goal, see here.
RIP Brian Greenhoff & Ron Davies
1st May 2013:- A complete edition of The Big Match from 27/Dec/1969 <presented by Jimmy Hill because Brian Moore was ill> has recently been uploaded to youtube here (Thanks Robert!!!)...... Two matches ITV intended to cover during the three month strike on 25/Aug/1979 are known to be Arsenal 0 Manchester United 0 and Nottingham Forest 4 Coventry City 1 - these games were to be included on Big League Soccer, which was sold abroad to the USA, Australia and New Zealand, the programmes were produced by Thames TV and often used BBC footage, the series ended in 1988. (Thanks Dan!!!)...... And finally here's the Granada Kick Off Match titles plus ad break bumpers for season 1976/77.
RIP Tony Grealish
1st April 2013:- A missing televised match from after the end of the regular 1968/69 season is Granada coverage of the outstanding 17/May/1969 fixture between Manchester United and Leicester City, which would most likely have been Barry Davies' last commentary for ITV as well as being Matt Busby's last match before Wilf McGuiness took over as manager, Leicester needed to win to stay up and so ATV also showed it as a late programme change, but Leicester lost 3-2 and were relegated. Anglia. Westward, HTV, Border, Ulster and Yorkshire also showed it, probably Tyne Tees as well (Thanks to Robin for spotting that one!!!!)..... Staying with 1968/69, clips from the first match ever to be shown on The Big Match <and Brian Moore's first TV commentary> are on youtube here (Thanks Richard!!!)..... For highlights of the Euro '76 semi-final between Czechoslovakia and the Netherlands, Brian Moore's commentary feed from Yugoslavia failed for extra-time and Martin Tyler then had to describe the action off-tube in London, Tyler's job that night had been to edit the 1st half highlights, but within minutes of finishing that task he was whisked to a voiceover booth to pick up commentary (Thanks to Daniel Mann for relaying that story!!!)..... A page on BBC Radio commentator Peter Jones, with audio links, is here (Thanks Robin!!!)..... The 07/May/1983 ITV documentary "Paisley: A Champions Farewell" is on youtube here..... Added a section on World of Sport theme tunes to the Extra Time page, Don Harper - who was responsible for the classic 1968-81 WOS theme tune, issued an electronic version in 1973 and released it as a single under the guise of 'Homo Electronicus', you can listen to that version here...... A photograph showing the behind the scenes set-up of the World of Sport Results Service can viewed here, you can just make out the teams listed nearest to camera and deduce that the photo was taken on 3rd April 1976....... Details of official releases of The Big Match theme-tunes have been added to the LWT page.
RIP Tony Gubba
1st March 2013:- Another item for the list of 'football related stuff' on the 'Extra Time' page is Terry Venables' guest appearance on the LWT chat show Russell Harty Plus broadcast in the London area on Saturday 16th March 1974, this was memorable for Venables' full-blown rendition of "What Do You Want to Make Those Eyes At Me For?" with several of his QPR team-mates sitting among the audience - There's a brief clip, as repeated in 2006 on The Jonathan Ross Show with an embarrassed Venables watching himself back, on youtube here .... Also added a list of games and guests on Bobby Charlton's Football Scrapbook series to the 'Extra Time' page, the list may possibly be missing one or two editions (Thanks to Rik Anstee for those!!!)....... An interesting page on BBC Radio's Sports Report and Sport on Two is here including several available audio downloads (Thanks Robin!!!)...... Another good blog for fans of 70s/80s football is "For Those Watching in Black & White" which you can find here (Thanks Keith!!!)..... The Westward TV football commentator circa 1969 was Don Arnold who had also presented the station's twice weekly sports desk, Don probably voiced all of the matches Westward covered from 1968/69 until Gary Newbon took over for 1970/71, he died of a heart attack in 1978..... And finally the first episode of the BBC's excellent 1995 history of football series Kicking and Screaming is on youtube here, though the audio is somewhat overloaded so set your volume low before playing.
1st February 2013:- A missing football documentary programme from our 'Extra Time' list is Robson's Choice which was produced by Tyne Tees in 1981 and broadcast in various regional slots around March/April 1982 <possibly earlier on Tyne Tees itself>, the programme followed the fortunes of schoolboys on trial at Ipswich Town under the scrutiny of manager Bobby Robson (Thanks Brian!!!!)...... A list of 1970s/80s BBC radio commentaries that were mostly NOT announced in advance, and some of them crucial title deciders, can be found here (Thanks Robin!!!)..... And I've finally identified the original Granada region Football theme tune (1968-1975) as being Herb Alpert's version of "Magic Trumpet" from his 1966 album "What Now My Love", you can listen to the full length version here. The tune had originally been recorded by its' composer Bert Kaempfert who released it as a single under a different title "Happy Trumpeter" in 1962, listen to that version here.
1st January 2013:- The Bobby
Charlton episode of This is Your Life broadcast on 26th November
1969 <show 2 following its' Thames Television revival> has been
uploaded to youtube here
(Thanks Danny!!!). We now have a page on the regional LIVE games broadcast
1992/93-1996/97 as well as those shown live on ITV during the 2001/02 season
(Thanks to David Carswell, Robin Carmody, Mark Bunn and Andrew Boyd for
their help in putting it all together!!!) Also added lots of commentators
to the 1988-1992 The Match period (Thanks again to Andrew Boyd!!!)
and further match notes and host/studio guest details to the 1990 World
Cup section (Thanks to David Browne!!!). Any further significant updates
to the 1990's sections will now be listed towards the top of the 92-97
page, though I should add that I want to avoid listing highlights for that
period as it would be a bit of a nightmare trying to distinguish proper
highlights from goal clips included on home video's, local news, matches
shown abroad etc. so we'll just stick with LIVE British broadcasts from
1988/89 onwards. Currently missing are the live midweek games shown on
ITV from 1992-1997 but we'll get around to listing those eventually. Finally,
the Tyne Tees match for 29/Dec/1979 was LWT coverage of Crystal Palace
v Middlesbrough with Roger Tames commentating - see this
video at the 1:38 mark, footage of Newcastle v Charlton on the same date
apparently exists but must be newsreel.