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The Big Match
The Network Years
1983/84 - 1987/88

1983/84 marked the beginning of a new era in televised football, it the was first season (aside from a one off experiment in 1960) in which league matches would be shown live, it was also the first season in which ITV's weekend highlights would be networked rather than differ from region to region. A two year agreement allowed both the BBC and ITV to screen seven live games per season each, including cup ties (There was also the League Cup final, which they took turns to broadcast live, and both channels continued to screen the FA Cup final simultaneously). BBC1 showed their live games on Friday nights and stuck with traditional Match Of The Day highlights on Saturday nights whilst all ITV weekend coverage was broadcast on Sunday afternoon's. The decision to drop regional football programmes in favour of a networked version of London Weekend Television's The Big Match resulted in the time slot being reduced from 60 to 45 minutes, with two games now featured instead of three. ITV intended to screen a highlights programme every Sunday afternoon throughout the season (except for when they had a live match), but a dispute over the rights of regional ITV videotape technicians to edit matches locally (rather than nationally) pulled all ITV highlights off the air from September 1983 until February 1984*. The following season turned out to be the last in which ITV broadcast regular Sunday afternoon highlights.
Unable to agree on a new contract with the Football League, there was no football on any channel during the first half of 1985/86 and when football returned in January 1986 ITV showed their highlights on a Saturday night, but this would not be a regular occurrence as both the BBC and ITV now preferred to focus their attention on live fixtures. For 1986/87 and 1987/88, sporadic ITV highlights were mostly an exclusive treat for viewers in the LWT and Granada regions and on 7th May 1988 The Big Match's twenty year run finally came to an end.

*Some League Cup action was shown during the technicians dispute period. Match Of The Day was also off the air from 22nd October 1983 (due to strike action which disrupted outside broadcasts) and didn't return until 19th November 1983.

'The Big Match' Theme Tunes
For season 1983/84 The Big Match continued to use Jeff Wayne's "Jubilation", the theme tune since August 1980, it was last heard at the end of season 1985/86. The programme then adopted ITV's 1986 World Cup theme, "Aztec Gold" by Silsoe.

Full details of televised FA Cup and League Cup finals plus the Charity Shield are included on a separate 'ITV Cup Finals 1983/84-1988/89' page here.
Coverage of European finals from the same period are dealt with here.
For Midweek coverage go here.
For regional coverage prior to 1983/84 click on one of the regional football logo's below.

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Season 1983/84
Live coverage was in a two hour slot, 2:30-4:30pm. Highlights went out at the earlier time of 1:15-2pm in the London area, most other regions showed the programme at 2:30-3:15pm but it was not shown in the Scottish or Grampian regions.
27/Aug    Arsenal 2 (Woodcock, McDermott) Luton Town 1 (Robson(og)) *Brian Moore commentated
               Wolverhampton W. 1 (Palmer(pen)) Liverpool 1 (Rush) *Martin Tyler
03/Sep    Tottenham Hotspur 0 West Ham United 2 (Witton, Swindlehurst) *Brian Moore
               *Stoke City 0 Manchester United 1 (Muhren) could not be shown (beginning of the long technicians dispute).
02/Oct    LIVE - Tottenham Hotpsur 2 (Stevens, Archibald) Nottingham Forest 1 (Walsh) *Brian Moore & Ian St John
23/Oct    LIVE - Aston Villa 1 (Withe) Wolverhampton W. 1 (Clarke) *Brian Moore & Ian St John
06/Nov   LIVE - Liverpool 3 (Rush, Robinson, Nicol) Everton 0 *Brian Moore & Ron Atkinson
27/Nov   LIVE - West Ham United 1 (Swindlehurst) Manchester United 1 (Wilkins) *Brian Moore & Ian St John
29/Jan     LIVE - Brighton & Hove Albion 2 (Ryan, Conner) Liverpool 0 [FA Cup R4] *Brian Moore & Ron Atkinson
04/Feb    Nottingham Forest 2 (Hodge, Walsh(pen)) Tottenham Hotpsur 2 (Falco, Hughton) *Brian Moore
               Portsmouth 1 (Webb) Newcastle United 4 (Keegan 2, Beardsley 2) *Martin Tyler
12/Feb    LIVE - Luton Town 0 Manchester United 5 (Robson 2, Whiteside 2, Stapleton) *Brian Moore & Ian St John
18/Feb    Watford 3 (Reilly, Johnston, Jackett) Brighton & Hove Albion 1 (Wilson(pen)) [FA Cup R5] *Brian Moore
               Derby County 2 (Gemmill(pen), Davison) Norwich City 1 (Deehan) [FA Cup R5] *Martin Tyler
               Oxford United 0 Sheffield Wednesday 3 (Varadi, Bannister 2) [FA Cup R5] *Peter Brackley
25/Feb    Liverpool 2 (Rush, Robinson) Queens Park Rangers 0 *Brian Moore
               Southampton 2 (Wright, D.Armstrong) Luton Town 1 (Donaghy) *Peter Brackley (TVT)
03/Mar   Everton 1 (Harper) Liverpool 1 (Rush) *Brian Moore
              Fulham 2 (Scott, Davies) Newcastle United 2 (Beardsley, Keegan) *Martin Tyler
11/Mar   LIVE - Sheffield Wednesday 0 Southampton 0 [FA Cup QF] *Brian Moore & Ian St John (TVT)
17/Mar   Newcastle United 3 (Beardsley, McDermott, Keegan) Middlesbrough 1 (Bell) *Peter Brackley
               Aston Villa 1 (McMahon) Nottingham Forest 0 *Martin Tyler
25/Mar   LIVE - Liverpool 0 Everton 0 [League Cup Final] *AET, Brian Moore & Brian Clough
31/Mar   West Ham United 2 (Pike, Cottee) Queens Park Rangers 2 (Allen 2) *Brian Moore
               Notts County 0 Nottingham Forest 0 *Martin Tyler
07/Apr    Norwich City 6 (Deehan 4(2pens), Downs, Devine) Watford 1 (Johnston) *Brian Moore
               Walsall 0 Oxford United 1 (Rhoades-Brown) *Peter Brackley
14/Apr    Everton 1 (Heath) Southampton 0 [FA Cup SF] *At Highbury, Brian Moore, TVS had own presentation
               Newcastle United 0 Sheffield Wednesday 1 (Shelton) *Martin Tyler
21/Apr    Arsenal 3 (Robson, Nicholas, Woodcock) Tottenham Hotspur 2 (Archibald 2) *Brian Moore
               Southampton 2 (Holmes, Moran) West Ham United 0 *Martin Tyler
28/Apr    Sheffield Wednesday 1 (Sterland(pen)) Crystal Palace 0 *John Helm
               Derby County 1 (Watson) Manchester City 0 *Peter Brackley
               Manchester United 0 West Ham United 0 *Martin Tyler
05/May   Everton 1 (Wakenshaw) Manchester United 1 (Stapleton) *Brian Moore
               Birmingham City 0 Liverpool 0 *Martin Tyler
12/May   West Ham United 1 (Stewart(pen)) Nottingham Forest 2 (Birtles, Davenport) *Brian Moore
                Birmingham City 0 Southampton 0 *Peter Brackley (TVT)
19/May    LIVE - Everton 2 (Sharp, Gray) Watford 0 [FA Cup Final]

Sponsorship deals came to the fore in 1983/84 with shirt advertising now permitted in front of the TV cameras whilst the Football League became known as "The Canon League" in a deal that also saw the iconic championship trophy replaced by a quite hideous design named in 'honour' of the new sponsor, but it was business as usual  in terms of who actually won it  - Following the retirement of manager Bob Paisley, Liverpool again promoted from within and Joe Fagan guided them to a 3rd successive League championship (the first club to achieve this fete since 1935), Liverpool also won the League Cup for the 4th successive season (this time beating neighbours Everton in the final) and they further cemented their dominance with a 4th European Cup final success by overcoming Roma in Italy on their own ground in a penalty shoot-out. Star striker Ian Rush netted 48 goals in all competitions, 32 of which were scored in the league, earning him both the 'Footballer of the year' and PFA awards. As runners-up, Southampton had enjoyed their best ever season in which they also reached the Semi-finals of the FA Cup. Last season's runners-up Watford dropped back to 11th but did go all the way to Wembley in the FA Cup before losing to Howard Kendall's Everton who finished 7th. All six teams at the bottom of the top flight were Midlands clubs with Birmingham, Notts County and Wolves taking the drop. Luton's Paul Walsh was 'Young player of the year', Leicester's Gary Lineker was runner-up on the top flight goalscoring charts on 22 whilst Chelsea's Kerry Dixon (with 28) and Newcastle's Kevin Keegan (on 27) were the 2nd tier's leading scorers in successful promotion campaigns for their respective clubs, yet Keegan decided to retire at the end of the season. Sheffield Wednesday were also promoted whilst Derby County, less than a decade since they had been competing in the European cup, were relegated to the 3rd tier. Trevor Senior was the leading scorer in all divisions, bagging 36 for Fourth Division Reading, Keith Edwards grabbed 33 for Sheffield United who were promoted from the 3rd tier along with runaway champions Oxford United.

The Big Match Live
(Left) The Big Match Live titles
(Right) Brian Moore continued to present The Big Match highlights programmes

Season 1984/85
Weekend highlights continued to be shown on Sunday afternoon's (except for the Charity Shield) in a 45 minute slot.
18/Aug    Everton 1 (Grobbelaar(og)) Liverpool 0 [Charity Shield] *Brian Moore, this edition was shown on Saturday night
25/Aug    Arsenal 1 (Mariner) Chelsea 1 (Dixon) *Brian Moore
               Sheffield Wednesday 3 (Pearson, Sterland(pen), Varadi) Nottingham Forest 1 (Davenport) *Martin Tyler (+ report on Leicester 2 Newcastle 3)
01/Sep    Southampton 2 (Armstrong, Jordan) West Ham United 3 (Dickens, Goddard 2) *Brian Moore
               Leeds United 3 (Lorimer, Wright 2) Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 (Ainscow, Dougherty) *Peter Brackley
08/Sep    Manchester Unted 5 (Hughes, Moses, Olsen, Strachan 2(1pen)) Newcastle United 0 *Brian Moore
               Leicester City 2 (Lineker, Lynex) Ipswich Town 1 (Gates) *Martin Tyler    (+report on Palace 0 B'ham 2)
15/Sep    Newcastle United 2 (Beardsley(pen), Wharton) Everton 3 (Gray, Sheedy, Steven) *Martin Tyler
               Derby County 2 (Davison, Taylor) Burnley 2 (Biggins, Herd) *Peter Brackley
22/Sep    West Ham United 0 Nottingham Forest 0 *Brian Moore
               Norwich City 3 (Deehan 3(1pen)) Watford 2 (Johnston, Terry) *Peter Brackley
                   + report on Portsmouth 3 (Morgan, Webb 2) Shrewsbury Town 0, BFI mentions Sheff Wed v Ipswich
29/Sep    Liverpool 0 Sheffield Wednesday 2 (Shelton, Varadi) *Peter Brackley
               West Bromwich Albion 1 (Thompson(pen)) Manchester United 2 (Robson, Strachan(pen)) *Martin Tyler (+report on Coventry 1 Arsenal 2)
06/Oct    Southampton 1 (Moran) Tottenham Hotspur 0 *Brian Moore
               Manchester City 1 (Kinsey) Oxford United 0 *?Peter Brackley (TVT)? (+report on QPR 2 Luton 3)
13/Oct    Ipswich Town 1 (Gates(pen)) Queens Park Rangers 1 (Gregory) *Brian Moore
               Coventry City 1 (Hibbitt) Newcastle United 1 (Beardsley(pen)) *Martin Tyler
20/Oct    Manchester United 1 (Hughes) Tottenham Hotspur 0 *Martin Tyler
               Stoke City 2 (Chamberlain, Painter) West Ham United 4 (Allen, Cottee, Goddard, Berry(og)) *Peter Brackley(TVT, but may have been a report with John Helm
                    + Aston Villa 2 Norwich City 2, just a report?
28/Oct    LIVE - Nottingham Forest 0 Liverpool 2 (Rush, Whelan) *Brian Moore & Ron Atkinson
03/Nov   Sunderland 3 (Hodgson, Wicks(og), Wylde) Queens Park Rangers 0 *Martin Tyler
               Brighton & Hove Albion 0 Manchester City 0 *Peter Brackley
               Sheffield Wednesday 1 (Sterland) Norwich City 2 (Deehan, Donowa) *YTV only (who had own pres), John Helm. Intended Barnsley v Sheff Utd PP'd
10/Nov   Arsenal 1 (Mariner) Aston Villa 1 (Birch) *Brian Moore
               Bristol City 3 (Riley 2, Stroud) Bristol Rovers 0 *Martin Tyler
               Grimsby Town 5 (Barnes(og), Bonnyman(pen), Drinkell, Ford, Wilkinson) Wolverhampton W. 1 (Langley) *John Helm
18/Nov   LIVE - Newcastle United 0 Liverpool 2 (Nicol, Wark) *Brian Moore & Ian St John
25/Nov   LIVE - Sheffield Wednesday 2 (Chapman, Smith) Arsenal (Woodcock) *Brian Moore & Ron Atkinson
01/Dec    Everton 1 (Sharp(pen)) Sheffield Wednesday 1 (Blair) *Martin Tyler
               Coventry City 1 (Regis) Tottenham Hotspur 1 (Falco) *Peter Brackley (+ possibly report on Leeds 5 Wmbldon 2)
08/Dec    Southampton 1 (Curtis) Arsenal 0 *Martin Tyler, as part of "Sport Special"
               Reading 6 (Juryeff 2, Beavon, Senior 2, White) Bognor Regis 2 (Poole, P.Pullen) [FA Cup R2] *as part of "Sport Special", Peter Brackley
               LIVE - Independiente 1 (Percudani) Liverpool 0 [WCC] *played on 9th, live on LWT & Granada from 2:55am (poss Ulster too), Brian Moore, highlights as part of "Sport Special" (G.Harrison comm for America)
15/Dec    Watford 1 (Terry) Tottenham Hotspur 2 (Crooks, Falco) *Peter Brackley
               Newcastle United 1 (Waddle) Norwich City 1 (Donowa) *Brian Moore
22/Dec    West Ham United 2 (Cottee 2) Southampton 3 (Jordan, McAllister(og), Wallace) *Brian Moore
               Portsmouth 2 (Biley 2) Oxford United 1 (Brock) *Martin Tyler (+report on Man Utd 3 Ipswich 0)
29/Dec    Chelsea 1 (Davies) Manchester United 3 (Hughes, Moses, Stapleton) *Brian Moore
               Nottingham Forest 3 (Davenport 2(1pen), Metgod) Aston Villa 2 (Gibson, Rideout) *Martin Tyler (+ report on Blackburn 1 Huddersfield 3)
05/Jan     Fulham 2 (Houghton 2) Sheffield Wednesday 3 (Sterland, Chapman 2) [FA Cup R3] *Brian Moore?
               Hereford United 1 (Price) Arsenal 1 (Woodcock) [FA Cup R3] *Peter Brackley
               Liverpool 3 (Rush 2, Wark) Aston Villa 0 [FA Cup R3] *Martin Tyler
12/Jan     Everton 4 (Mountfield, Sharp, Sheedy 2) Newcastle United 0 *Peter Brackley
               Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 Middlesbrough 0
               Huddersfield Town 0 Manchester City 2 (Smith, Wilson) *Martin Tyler
19/Jan     Watford v Man Utd was scheduled for LIVE broadcast on 20th but pp'd, weekend papers billed a film instead
27/Jan     LIVE - Liverpool 1 (Rush) Tottenham Hotspur 0 [FA Cup R4] *Brian Moore & Ron Atkinson (TVT)
02/Feb    Everton 4 (Sheedy, Stevens 2, Steven) Watford 0 *Martin Tyler
               Grimsby Town 0 Sheffield United 2 (Edwards, Morris) *Gerry Harrison
               Leicester City 1 (Lineker) Chelsea 1 (Speedie(pen)) *Peter Brackley (TVT)
09/Feb    Blackburn Rovers 2 (Quinn, Thompson) Fulham 1 (Carr) *Brian Moore
               Newcastle United 1 (Beardsley) Manchester United 1 (Moran) *Martin Tyler, snow covered pitch
                    *Cambridge United 0 York City 4 (Banton 2, MacPhail(pen), Sbragia) was probably just a report
16/Feb    York City 1 (Sbragia) Liverpool 1 (Rush) [FA Cup R5] *Brian Moore
               Everton 3 (Reid, Sheedy(pen), Steven) Telford United 0 [FA Cup R5] *Peter Brackley
23/Feb    Arsenal 0 Manchester United 1 (Whiteside) *Brian Moore
               Nottingham Forest 2 (Davenport(pen), Hodge) Southampton 0 *Peter Brackley
02/Mar    Blackburn Rovers 0 Manchester City 1 (Kinsey) *Peter Brackley
               Stoke City 0 Tottenham Hotspur 1 (Crooks) *Martin Tyler
10 Mar    LIVE - Barnsley 0 Liverpool 4 (Whelan, Rush 3) [FA Cup QF] *Brian Moore
16/Mar    Liverpool 0 Tottenham Hotspur 1 (Crooks) *Brian Moore
               Queens Park Rangers 3 (Bannister, Fereday 2) Ipswich Town 0 *Martin Tyler
23/Mar    No programme this weekend because BBC1 were showing the League Cup final on Sunday afternoon.
31 Mar    LIVE - Liverpool 0 Manchester United 1 (Stapleton) *Brian Moore & Ian St John
06/Apr    West Ham United 1 (Dickens) Tottenham Hotspur 1 (Ardiles) *Martin Tyler
               Barnsley 0 Manchester City 0 *Peter Brackley (TVT)
13/Apr    Liverpool 2 (Whelan, Walsh) Manchester United 2 (Robson, Stapleton) [FA Cup SF] *at Goodison, Brian Moore
               Portsmouth 1 (Dillon) Birmingham City 3 (Geddis 3)
21 Apr    LIVE - Luton Town 2 (Harford 2(1pen)) Manchester United 1 (Whiteside) *Brian Moore & Ian St John
27/Apr    Everton 3 (Bracewell, Mountfield, Steven) Norwich City 0 *Brian Moore
               Leeds United 1 (Baird) Oxford United 0 *Peter Brackley
04/May   Luton Town 3 (Harford 2(1pen), Nwajiobi) Arsenal 1 (Nicholas(pen)) *Martin Tyler
               Manchester City 0 Oldham Athletic 0 *Peter Brackley (TVT)
11/May   Queens Park Rangers 1 (Bannister) Manchester United 3 (Brazil 2, Strachan) *Brian Moore
               Norwich City 0 Newcastle United 0 *Martin Tyler
               Bradford City 0 Lincoln City 0 *John Helm. Horrific fire in stand killed 56 fans. Game abandoned at HT.
18/May   LIVE - Manchester United 1 (Whiteside) Everton 0 [FA Cup Final] *AET, Brian Moore

A shocking season of hooliganism, rioting and tragedy overshadowed a superb campaign for Everton who claimed the league championship by finishing 13 points clear of Liverpool and Spurs in 2nd & 3rd, Everton also won the Cup-Winners Cup and goalkeeper Neville Southall was named 'Footballer of the year' whilst Peter Reid took the PFA award, Graham Sharp was the leading scorer for the champions with 21 goals. Everton almost achieved a treble, but lost to Manchester United in the FA Cup final in extra-time, United finished 4th in the league with Mark Hughes named 'Young player of the year'. Norwich won the League Cup, beating Sunderland in the final, but both League Cup finalists were relegated along with Stoke who only won three league games all season. Kerry Dixon (Chelsea) and Gary Lineker (Leicester) were the top flight's joint leading scorers on 24. Topping the 2nd tier scoring charts was John Aldridge, bagging 30 goals for Oxford United who achieved a successive promotion (again going up as champions), Birmingham were runners-up, Manchester City took 3rd spot. Down at the bottom both Notts County and Wolves suffered a successive relegation into the 3rd tier. In the lower league's, Tommy Tynan of Plymouth and John Clayton of Tranmere were top scorers in all league's with 31. The champions of the 3rd tier were Bradford City, but what should have been a final day of the season celebration party at Valley Parade turned into a dreadful nightmare as their typically antiquated wooden main stand caught fire just before half-time and rapidly became a billowing furnace claiming the lives of 56 people and injuring a further 250, Yorkshire Television cameras were at the game to capture highlights for the Sunday afternoon edition of The Big Match, commentator John Helm suddenly found himself having to describe the awful scene which was shown minutes later on World of Sport as viewers tuned in expecting to see the half-time scores and wrestling. The Bradford fire was one of British football's biggest ever disasters, occurring at the end of a season which had witnessed full scale rioting at several grounds and Chelsea chairman Ken Bates taking the extreme measure of installing an electric cattle grid wire to keep trouble makers off the pitch. On the same day as the Bradford fire, a boy died at Birmingham City when a wall was pushed over by away fans, the Heysel Stadium tragedy occurred only 18 days later in which 39 people were crushed to death as spectators tried to flee rioting hooligans at the European Cup final between Liverpool and Juventus (televised live on BBC1). Less than 48 hours after the Heysel incident, in spite of the Belgian administrative and policing errors that led to the initial problems (seemingly instigated by Italian fans), the FA made a knee-jerk reaction and withdrew all English clubs from European competitions for 12 months, it was a foolish gesture which implied an admission of guilt before the results of the enquiry were published. UEFA in turn also then decided to act before the true facts had been established and announced an indefinite ban of English clubs playing in Europe on 2nd June. The ban was eventually set at five years, with Liverpool banned for a further three - It was particularly ironic that Liverpool should shoulder the blame for the English problem given their fans long standing reputation for being among the best behaved in the country. To make matters worse, English football's biggest ever crisis was unfolding whilst negotiations between the Football League and the TV companies for coverage next season had yet to be resolved - And the matter would still be unresolved by the time the new season kicked off in August.....

ITV Sport introduced their own animated ident in 1985,
Jim Rosenthal was a regular presenter of  ITV's live football broadcasts.

Season 1985/86
Negotiations between TV companies and the Football League remained deadlocked throughout the first half of the season, there was no football on TV in England & Wales (apart from Internationals and newsreels on Saturday night News bulletins) until January 1986. When football returned to our TV screens, both the BBC and ITV decided to show highlights on Saturday nights and the live games on Sunday afternoons (but only one channel would screen a programme on any given weekend, except FA Cup weekends when one channel would have highlights and the other a live game). Alan Parry joined ITV from the BBC in the summer of 1985, initially to cover athletics, he became a regular football commentator for ITV in 1987.
04/Jan     *Saturday night highlights 10:45-11:30pm
                Grimsby Town 3 (Lund, Lyons, Peake(pen)) Arsenal 4 (Rix, Nicholas 3) [FA Cup R3] *Brian Moore
                Portsmouth 2 (Blake, Dillon) Aston Villa 2 (Kerr, Birch) [FA Cup R3] *Martin Tyler
11/Jan     *No ITV coverage this weekend, BBC had live game,
18/Jan     *No ITV coverage this weekend, BBC had MOTD highlights
26/Jan     LIVE - Chelsea 1 (Speedie) Liverpool (Rush, Lawrenson) [FA Cup R4] *Brian Moore & Ian St John
02/Feb    LIVE - West Ham United 2 (Ward, Cottee) Manchester United 1 (Robson) *Brian Moore & David Pleat
08/Feb    *No ITV coverage this weekend, BBC had live game
15/Feb    *Saturday night highlights 10:30-11:30pm
              Luton Town 2 (Hill, Harford) Arsenal (Allinson, Rocastle) [FA Cup R5] *Brian Moore
               York City 1 (Ford) Liverpool 1 (Molby(pen)) [FA Cup R5] *Martin Tyler
               Southampton 0 Millwall 0 [FA Cup R5] *Peter Brackley
22/Feb    *Saturday night highlights 10:45-11:30pm (Two league matches)
               Liverpool 0 Everton 2 (Ratcliffe, Lineker) *Martin Tyler
               Queens Park Rangers 1 (Byrne) Luton Town 1 (Newell) *Brian Moore
01/Mar    *No ITV coverage this weekend, BBC had live game
09/Mar    LIVE - Manchester United 0 West Ham 2 (Pike, Stewart(pen)) [FA Cup R5 Re] *Brian Moore & David Pleat, QF originally scheduled (Sheff Wed v winners of this tie)
16/Mar    LIVE - Everton 1 (Sheedy) Chelsea 1 (Murphy) *Martin Tyler & Ian St John
22/Mar    *No ITV coverage this weekend, BBC had MOTD highlights
29/Mar   *Saturday night highlights 10:45-11:30pm
               Chelsea 0 West Ham United 4 (Devonshire, Cottee 2, McAvennie) *Peter Brackley
               Everton 1 (Richardson) Newcastle United 0 *Martin Tyler
05/Apr    Liverpool 2 (Rush 2) Southampton 0 [FA Cup SF] *at White Hart Lane, AET, Sunday afternoon highlights 2:30-3:30pm
               Norwich City 3 (Connor(og), Drinkell, Williams(pen)) Brighton & Hove Albion 0 *Gerry Harrison
13/Apr    LIVE - Manchester United 0 Sheffield Wednesday 2 (Shutt, Sterland(pen)) *Peter Brackley
20/Apr    LIVE - Oxford United 3 (Hebberd, Houghton, Charles) Queens Park Rangers 0 [League Cup Final]
26/Apr    *Saturday night highlights 10:30-11:15pm
               Liverpool 5 (Rush, Gillespie 3(1pen), Molby) Birmingham City 0 *Brian Moore
               Ipswich Town 3 (Dozzell, Butcher, Atkins) Oxford United 2 (Aldridge, Phillips) *Gerry Harrison, Anglia had their own presentation
               Nottingham Forest 0 Everton 0 *Martin Tyler (TVT)
03/May   *No ITV coverage this weekend, BBC had MOTD highlights. ITV would have showed highlights of Bank Holiday Monday games had the title not been decided today.
10/May   LIVE - Liverpool 3 (Rush 2, Johnston) Everton 1 (Lineker) [FA Cup Final] *Brian Moore

Since the 1960's, it had often been argued that televised football was responsible for declining attendance's - That theory was put to the test in 1985/86 and the result was that gates slumped to a post war low with the total being close to half of what it had been just 15 years earlier and down by a third since 1980. The off-the-field problems of recent campaigns were an obvious contributory factor in football's diminishing popularity, but it became equally apparent that a lack of TV exposure was not going to help. Happily, TV viewers were at least able to share in the 2nd half of a memorable season for Liverpool who had uncharacteristically failed to win a trophy in 1985, normal service was resumed in 1986 as the reds won the League championship and FA Cup double in Kenny Dalglish's first season as player/manager (becoming only the third club this century to win both trophies in the same season). Liverpool's success was directly at the expense of Everton, who had been cruelly robbed of the opportunity to compete in the European Cup because of the blanket five year ban on all English clubs. Everton were runners-up in both the league and the FA Cup, finishing 2 points behind Liverpool in the league as well as losing to their neighbours at Wembley in May, but striker Gary Lineker was 'Player of the year' and he also took the PFA award after finishing top scorer in all league's with 30 goals. Frank McAvennie netted 26 times for West Ham who finished 3rd, McAvennie's striking partner Tony Cottee was named 'Young player of the year', Manchester United got off to a dream start by winning all of their opening 10 league games, but ended up having to settle for 4th spot. Down at the bottom, long established top flight clubs Ipswich and West Brom were relegated along with yo-yo specialists Birmingham City. Maurice Evans' Oxford United, in their first ever season among the elite, finished one point above the drop after being surprise winners of the League Cup. The 2nd tier saw Norwich immediately bounce back up as champions (Kevin Drinkell topping the division's scoring charts on 22) along with Charlton Athletic (returning to the top flight for the first time since 1957) and Wimbledon (who had only joined the Football League in 1978). With talk of a breakaway Super League and government plans to enforce an expensive (as well as unpopular) identity card system for supporters, this was not a time for any club of stature to be spending time in the lower league's, yet Middlesbrough were another big name club taking the drop into the 3rd tier whilst Wolves suffered a third successive demotion into the basement league. Derby County managed to climb out of the 3rd tier at the 2nd attempt along with Champions Reading who bettered Manchester United's winning start by collecting maximum points from their opening 13 league games - Royals striker Trevor Senior was top scorer in this division with 27 goals.

Saint and GreavsieThe Big Match 1985/86
As well as fronting ITV's Saturday lunch-time preview show, Saint & Greavsie (left) were regular summarisers on the live games.
Right, Brian Moore hosting a now rare highlights edition of "The Big Match".

Season 1986/87
A new two year deal was this time swiftly agreed between the Football League and ITV and the BBC, but highlights were severely cut - ITV viewers outside of London and the North West saw very little action other than live games whilst BBC1 only showed a  Saturday night "Match of the Day" highlights programme on FA Cup 4th Round and Quarter-finals weekends. Channel TV were now taking TVS feeds rather than TSW.
16/Aug    LIVE - Everton 1 (Heath) Liverpool 1 (Rush) [Charity Shield] *Brian Moore & David Pleat
23/Aug    Newcastle United 0 Liverpool 2 (Rush 2) *Tyne Tees only, Roger Tames, "Extra Time Soccer Special" Sunday 2:30-3:15pm
30/Aug    Plymouth Argyle 1 (Hodges) Reading 0 *TSW only, "Soccer Special" 10:30-11:00pm
                Leeds United 0 Sheffield United 1 (Phillskirk) *Yorkshire only, John Helm, not shown until Monday on "Calendar Sports Special" 6:30-7pm
06/Sep    *No football on TV this weekend
13/Sep    *No football on TV this weekend
20/Sep    *BBC1 had a live game on the Sunday
28/Sep     LIVE - Manchester United 0 Chelsea 1 (Dixon) *Brian Moore & David Pleat
04/Oct     Wimbledon 1 (Fairweather) Liverpool 3 (Molby, Rush 2) *Brian Moore, LWT & Granada only, "The Big Match" Saturday 10-10:45pm
11/Oct     Luton Town 0 Norwich City 0 *Gerry Harrison, Anglia only Sunday from 2:30pm
18/Oct    *No football on TV this weekend
26/Oct     LIVE - Manchester City 1 (McCarthey) Manchester United 1 (Stapleton) *Brian Moore & David Pleat
01/Nov    *BBC1 had a live game on the Sunday
08/Nov    *No football on TV this weekend, ITV's plan to show Juventus v Napoli live on Sunday blocked by Football League
16/Nov    LIVE - Liverpool 1 (Rush) Sheffield Wednesday 1 (Chapman) *Brian Moore
22/Nov    *BBC1 had a live game on the Sunday
29/Nov    Manchester City 1 (Mouldon) Everton 3 (Heath 2, Power) *Granada only, Martin Tyler, "First Division Special" Saturday 10-11pm
30/Nov    LIVE - Newcastle United 4 (McDonald, A.Thomas 2, D.Jackson) West Ham United 0 *Brian Moore & Ron Atkinson
06/Dec    *BBC1 had a live game on the Sunday
13/Dec     Plymouth Argyle 1 (Tynan) Derby County 1 (Micklewhite) *Pete Barraclough, TSW only as "Soccer Special" at 10:30-11:00pm (3rd v 4th in the 2nd tier) +Exeter v Tranmere ?report?
20/Dec    *No football on TV this weekend
27/Dec    *No football on TV this weekend
03/Jan     *BBC1 had a live game on the Sunday
10/Jan     *"The Big Match" highlights mostly networked 10-11pm [FA Cup R3]
               Manchester United 1 (Whiteside) Manchester City 0 *Martin Tyler
               Reading 1 (Senior) Arsenal 3 (Nicholas 2, Hayes(pen)) *Brian Moore, TVS  had own presentation
               Bristol City 1 (Riley) Plymouth Argyle 1 (Summerfield) *Roger Malone, HTV may have had own presentation
               Caernarfon 0 Barnsley 0 *Peter Brackley
               Swansea City 3 (McCarthy 2, Melville) West Bromwich A. 2 (Anderson, Lewis(og)) *HTV Wales only, who also showed Caernarfon
                    Yorkshire intended to have own show with Sheffield Wednesday v Derby County but that match was PP'd
17/Jan     Manchester City 0 Liverpool 1 (Rush) *Granada only, Martin Tyler, "First Division Special"  Saturday 10:45-11:30pm
18/Jan     LIVE - Arsenal 0 Coventry City 0 *Brian Moore
25/Jan     LIVE - Nottingham Forest 1 (Webb) Everton 0 *Brian Moore
01/Feb    LIVE - Watford 1 (Blissett) Chelsea 0 [FA Cup R4] *Brian Moore & Brian Clough
08/Feb    LIVE - Arsenal 0 Tottenham Hotpsur 1 (C.Allen) [League Cup SF 1L] *Brian Moore & Ron Atkinson, Arsenal win 2nd leg (2-1) and replay
14/Feb    *No football on TV this weekend
21/Feb    *"The Big Match" highlights networked 10:45-11:45pm
               Tottenham Hotspur 1 (C.Allen) Newcastle United 0 [FA Cup R5] *Brian Moore
               Sheffield Wednesday 1 (Shelton) West Ham United 1 (McAvennie) [FA Cup R5] *Martin Tyler
               Walsall 1 (Christie) Watford 1 (Bardsley) [FA Cup R5] *Peter Brackley
               Swansea City 1 (McCarthy(pen)) Crewe Alexandra 1 (Thomas) *HTV Wales apparently had own show featuring this 4th tier match
28/Feb    Manchester United 0 Everton 0 *Granada only, Martin Tyler, "First Division Special" Saturday 10:45-11:45pm
07/Mar    *Highlights on LWT & Granada only, Saturday 10:40-11:25pm (Granada "First Division Special", LWT  "Big Match")
                Manchester United 2 (Reid(og), Robson) Manchester City 0 *Martin Tyler
                Chelsea 1 (West) Arsenal 0 *Brian Moore
15/Mar    LIVE - Wimbledon 0 Tottenham Hotspur 2 (Waddle, Hoddle) [FA Cup QF] *Brian Moore & Ron Atkinson
               Wigan Athletic 0 Leeds United 2 (Stiles, Adams) [FA Cup QF] *Yorkshire region only, 6-6:30pm, John Helm (late programme change)
22/Mar    LIVE - Tottenham Hotspur 1 (Waddle) Liverpool 0 *Brian Moore & Graham Taylor
28/Mar    Arsenal 0 Everton 1 (Clarke) *"The Big Match" highlights on LWT & Granada only, Saturday 10:45-11:30pm, Brian Moore (+report on Luton 3 Spurs 1)
04/Apr    *BBC1 showed the League Cup Final on the Sunday
11/Apr    Tottenham Hotpsur 4 (Hodge 2, C.Allen, P.Allen) Watford 1 (Allen) [FA Cup SF] *at Villa Park, Peter Brackley +report on Everton 4 WHU 0
12/Apr    Coventry City 3 (Gynn, Houchen, Bennett) Leeds United 2 (Rennie, Edwards) [FA Cup SF] *AET, at Hillsborough, Tyler & Ron Atkinson, delayed coverage whole match
18/Apr    Liverpool 3 (Dalglish, Whelan, Ablett) Nottingham Forest 0 *Granada & Central only, Martin Tyler, "First Division Special" Saturday 10:30-11:30pm (?+Villa 0 Everton 1?)
25/Apr    Tottenham Hotspur 3 (Waddle, P.Allen, Hoddle) Oxford United 1 (Saunders) *Brian Moore, "The Big Match", LWT & Granada only, Saturday 10:45-11:30pm
                    *Liverpool 3 Everton 1, Martin Tyler, was not shown because of strike action but it was broadcast live in Ireland.on RTE.
02/May   West Ham Utd 1 (Ward) Newcastle Utd 1 (McDonald) *LWT & Tyne Tees only, Brian Moore "The Big Match" Saturday 10:45-11:45pm
                     ?Portsmouth 2 (Mariner, O'Callaghan) Millwall 0 *John Helm, Possibly shown as a late change on TVS?
                    *Granada intended to show Everton 0 Manchester City 0 but were prevented from doing so by strike action.
09/May   *No football on TV this weekend
16/May   LIVE - Coventry City 3 (Bennett, Houchen, Mabbutt(og)) Tottenham Hotspur 2 (C.Allen, Mabbutt) [FA Cup Final] *Brian Moore
24/May    Bristol City 1 (Riley) Mansfield Town 1 (Kent) [Associate Members Cup Final] *AET, Stags won on pens, HTV West only 11.25pm-12.10am
29/May    Charlton Ath. 2 (Shirtliff 2) Leeds United 1 (Sheridan) [Play Off Final Replay] *at St Andrews, John Helm. Late programme change for some regions Friday night

The 1986/87 season is best remembered for the FA Cup final in which Coventry City won the cup for the first time in a five goal thriller, but 86/87 also saw the introduction of a controversial play-off system - originally designed to smooth over a re-structuring of the divisions which would reduce the top flight from 22 to 20 clubs over the course of two seasons. Four clubs could have been relegated from the top flight in 1987, but 4th bottom Charlton were given the chance to save themselves in the play-off's, which they did by beating Leeds in a replay after a two-leg drawn final. Everton were crowned top flight champions for the 2nd time in three seasons despite losing World Cup golden boot star Gary Lineker to Barcelona, Liverpool were runners-up, Tottenham 3rd. Arsenal won their first trophy since 1979 by beating Liverpool in the League Cup final, the Gunners also achieved their highest league finish since 1980, taking 4th place. Down at the bottom, Leicester, Manchester City and Aston Villa were relegated with only two clubs coming up to replace them; Derby County and Portsmouth. It was three up-three down as usual between the 2nd and 3rd tiers, but play-off's were also employed to decide the final switch - Sunderland squandered the chance to stay up and were demoted, Middlesbrough won an automatic return to the 2nd tier as runners-up. Down in the basement, Wolves finished 4th but were the first club to suffer the 'injustice' of the play off's by losing to 6th placed Aldershot in the final. There were also changes to the rules in regards to clubs dropping out of the league, the re-election process was scrapped in favour of automatically relegating the team who finished bottom (provided that the champions of the Conference had a ground that met Football League standards) - It was Lincoln City who finished 92nd and they would be replaced by Neil Warnock's Scarborough.

Season 1987/88
01/Aug    LIVE - Everton 1 (Clarke) Coventry City 0 [Charity Shield]
08/Aug    *International (see Euro 88 page)
15/Aug    *No football on TV this weekend
22/Aug    Portsmouth 2 (Hilaire, Whitehead) Southampton 2 (Clarke 2) *Brian Moore, TVS only (David Bobin presented with Mick Channon)
29/Aug    *No football on TV this weekend (Coventry v Liverpool with Motson shown on bank holiday "Football Focus")
05/Sep    *No football on TV this weekend
12/Sep    Bristol City 3 (Walsh, Fitzpatrick, Moyes) Bristol Rovers 3 (Jones, Reece, Holloway) *HTV WEST only, 11:20pm-12:05am (HTV Wales had Rugby)
19/Sep    *BBC1 had live Sunday match
26/Sep    *No football on TV this weekend
03/Oct    *No football on TV this weekend
10/Oct    *No football on TV this weekend
17/Oct    Newcastle United 1 Everton 1 *Roger Tames & Jack Charlton, Tyne Tees only, "Extra Time Special"
               Plymouth Argyle 6 (Clayton 2, Summerfield 2, Smith, Tynan) Leeds United 3 (Taylor, Snodin 2) *Pete Barraclough , TSW only, "Soccer Special" 11:20-11:50pm
18 Oct    LIVE - Tottenham Hotspur 1 (Claesen) Arsenal 2 (Rocastle, Thomas) *Brian Moore & Ian St John
25 Oct    LIVE - West Ham United 1 (Stewart(pen)) Manchester United 1 (Gibson) *Brian Moore & Ron Atkinson
31/Oct    Manchester United 2 (Robson, Whiteside) Nottingham Forest 2 (Wilkinson, Pearce) *Martin Tyler & Ian Storey-Moore, Granada & Central on Saturday night, STV showed it Sunday
07/Nov   Manchester City 10 (McNab, Stewart 3, Adcock 3, White 3) Huddersfield Town 1 (May(pen)) *Martin Tyler, Granada & Yorkshire 10:20-11:05pm
               Queens Park Ranges 0 Watford 0 *Brian Moore, LWT
14/Nov    Everton 3 (Watson, Reid, Sharpe) West Ham United 1 (Hilton) *Martin Tyler & Paul Power, Granada only 10:35-11:25pm
             Martin Tyler fell ill with food poisoning during 2nd half and had to abandon commentary, returning for the final few minutes, thankfully nothing major happened whilst he was away
                Swindon Town 1 (Barnes) Plymouth Argyle 1 (Evans) *Roger Malone, HTV WEST & TSW only 10:35-11:05pm
15 Nov    LIVE - Manchester United 1 (Whiteside) Liverpool 1 (Aldridge) *Brian Moore & Ian St John
21/Nov    *BBC1 had Sunday live match
28/Nov   Tottenham Hotpsur 0 Liverpool 2 (McMahon, Johnston) *Saturday night "The Big Match" highlights LWT & Granda only 10:35-11:30pm
06/Dec    LIVE - Liverpool 2 (Aldridge(pen), McMahon) Chelsea 1 (Durie(pen)) *Martin Tyler & Ron Atkinson
12/Dec    Everton 3 (Watson, Reid, Sharpe) Derby County 0 *Martin Tyler, Granada only 10:35-11:35pm
19/Dec    Liverpool 1 (Gillespie) Sheffield Wednesday 0 *Martin Tyler, Granada only from 11:05pm
20 Dec    LIVE - Derby County 1 (Gregory) Tottenham Hotspur 2 (C.Allen, Claesen) *Brian Moore
26/Dec    *No football on TV this weekend
02/Jan    *BBC1 had Sunday live match
09/Jan    *All English regions had football at 10:40-11:35pm, most of them probably showing the first three games listed below as "The Big Match"
              Sutton United 1 (M.Golley) Middlesbrough 1 (Pallister) [FA Cup R3] *Brian Moore
               Yeovil 0 Queens Park Rangers 3 (Falco 2, Brock) [FA Cup R3] *Martin Tyler
               Sheffield Wednesday 1 (West) Everton 1 (Reid) [FA Cup R3] *Alan Parry
               Reading 0 Southampton 1 (Le Tissier) [FA Cup R3] *John Helm (brief goal clip only on The Big Match but TVS presumably had own presentation with full highlights)
              Swindon Town 0 Norwich City 0 [FA Cup R3] *Roger Malone, HTV WEST & Anglia as "Football Special" +Yeovil match
16/Jan     *BBC1 showed highlights on "Sports Special"
23/Jan     Watford 0 Nottingham Forest 0 *Brian Moore, LWT
               Manchester City 0 Aston Villa 2 *Martin Tyler, Granada,& Central, 11:05-11:55pm
31 Jan     LIVE - Aston Villa 0 Liverpool 2 (Barnes, Beardsley) [FA Cup R4] *Brian Moore & Ian St John
                    HTV West had a highlights show scheduled for Saturday 30th at 11:15pm, probably Bristol Rovers v Bristol City, but that game was PP'd.
06/Feb    Liverpool 0 West Ham United 0 *Martin Tyler, Granada 11:10-midnight
07/Feb    LIVE - Everton 0 Arsenal 1 (Groves) [League Cup SF 1L] *Brian Moore & Ian St John
14 Feb    LIVE - Middlesbrough 2 (Kernaghan, Mowbrey) Aston Villa 1 (Daley) *Alan Parry & Ian St John, A live ITV match from Division Two!!!
20/Feb    *Saturday night highlights most regions 11:50pm-12:50am
               Arsenal 2 (Smith, Duxburyy(og)) Manchester United 1 (McClair) [FA Cup R5] *Brian Moore
               Newcastle United 1 (McDonald) Wimbledon 3 (Gibson, Gayle, Fashanu) [FA Cup R5] *Martin Tyler
               Port Vale 0 Watford 0 [FA Cup R5] *Alan Parry
               Portsmouth 3 (Blake, Quinn, Connor) Bradford City 0 [FA Cup R5] *John Helm (brief clip on Big Match, TVS may have had own presentation)
27/Feb    *BBC1 had live Sunday match
05/Mar    *BBC1 had live Sunday match
13 Mar    LIVE - Manchester City 0 Liverpool 4 (Houghton, Beardsley(pen), Johnston, Barnes) [FA Cup QF] *Brian Moore & Ian St John
19/Mar    Blackburn Rovers 3 (Walsh (og), Sellars, Hendry) Leicester City 3 (Reid 2, Newell) *Martin Tyler, Granada 11:05-11:55pm
               Nottingham Forest 0 Manchester United 0 *Alan Parry, Central (showed Granada's programme)
               Sunderland 1 (Gabbiadini) Notts County 1 (Barnes) *Roger Tames (Tyne Tees may have had own presentation)
20 Mar    LIVE - Everton 1 Liverpool 0 *Brian Moore & Ian St John
26/Mar    Tottenham Hotspur 1 (Foster(og)) Nottingham Forest 1 (Clough) *Brian Moore, Saturday highlights LWT only 10:45-11:40pm
02/Apr    *No football on TV this weekend
09/Apr    *BBC1 had Saturday night FA Cup SF highlights
16/Apr    *BBC covered the Football League Centenary tournament on "Saturday Night MOTD Special" and "Sunday Grandstand"
23/Apr    Liverpool 1 (Beardsley) Tottenham Hotspur 0 *Martin Tyler, Granada only 11:05-midnight
24/Apr    LIVE - Luton Town 3 (Stein 2, Wilson) Arsenal 2 (Smith, Hayes) [League Cup Final] *Brian Moore
30/Apr    Middlesbrough 3 (Ripley, Kernaghan, Hamilton) Plymouth Argyle 1 (Clayton) *Roger Tames & Jack Charlton, Tyne Tees only "Extra Time Special" 11:05-11:50pm
               Crystal Palace 2 (Bright, Thomas) Blackburn Rovers 0 *LWT only, Brian Moore (Dog on pitch) "The Big Match" Sunday 9:25-10:30am
07/May   *The last edition of "The Big Match" tx'd Sunday morning on LWT (though the title was briefly revived many years later)
               Crystal Palace 2 (Nebbeling, Thomas) Manchester City 0 *Brian Moore, Chelsea refused to allow cameras to their game
               Middlesbrough 1 (Slaven) Leicester City 2 (Weir, McCallister) *Yorkshire/Tyne Tees, Roger Tames, late programme change
14/May    LIVE - Wimbledon 1 (Sanchez) Liverpool 0 [FA Cup Final] *Brian Moore

In only their eleventh season as members of the Football League, Wimbledon won the FA Cup with what is remembered by most as being one of the great cup final victory upsets, beating champions Liverpool 1-0 (after the reds had only lost 2 league games all season), but the Wombles had just finished 7th in the top flight (having taken 6th spot the previous season) and they beat Luton Town in the Semi-final who finished 9th and won the League Cup in a dramatic final v Arsenal. Manchester United were top flight runners-up, 9 points behind Liverpool in an odd numbered league of 21 which meant one club were without a fixture each weekend - Four clubs took the drop to reduce the total to 20; Chelsea, Portsmouth, Watford and Oxford. 2nd tier champions Millwalll were promoted to the top tier for the first time, Aston Villa joined them as runners-up whilst Middlesbrough were also promoted via the play-offs. Sunderland were 3rd tier champions, Wolves topped the Fourth Division and Newport County dropped out of the league.

Brian Moore introducing the last edition of
"The Big Match" from Selhurst Park.

Midweek Football on TV 1983-1988
Midweek Coverage
1983/84 - 1987/88
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Big League Soccer  (1983/84 - 1987/88)
Big League Soccer - Brian Moore
The following lists detail the games covered exclusively for transmission overseas with ITV commentators. Thames TV were responsible for the majority of match coverage and included them on Big League Soccer, which had been the highlights series for export since 1979 (ending with the close of season 1987/88). The programme would also include BBC footage.

"Big League Soccer" plugged the gap created by ITV's VT editing dispute with BBC footage plus Scottish League action from STV.

17/Dec    Arsenal 3 (Meade 3) Watford 1 (Johnston) *Brian Moore (shown live in Scandinavia)
14/Jan     Luton Town 1 (Kay(og)) Arsenal 2 (Sansom, Woodcock) *Brian Moore
21/Jan     West Ham United 1 (Cottee) West Bromwich A. 0 *Brian Moore (shown live in Scandinavia)

During the first half of season 1985/86, due to the TV football blackout, nothing of the following list of fixtures could be shown on British TV, not even goal clips a week later on the Saint & Greavsie show, but clips from most matches were included on a home video presented by Brian Moore released in time for Christmas 1985.

24/Aug    Arsenal 1 (Allinson(pen)) Manchester United 2 (Hughes, McGrath) *Brian Moore
31/Aug    West Ham United 2 (McAvennie 2) Liverpool 2 (Johnston, Whelan) *Martin Tyler
07/Sep     Tottenham Hotspur 5 (Falco, Chiedozie 2, Hoddle, Hazard) Newcastle United 1 (Davies) *Peter Brackley
14/Sep     Manchester City 0 Manchester United 3 (Robson(pen), Albiston, Duxbury) *Brian Moore
21/Sep     Everton 2 (Sharp, Lineker) Liverpool 3 (Dalglish, Rush, McMahon) *Peter Brackley
28/Sep     Watford 3 (Barnes, Blissett, Terry) Chelsea 1 (Rougvie) *Martin Tyler
05/Oct     Nottingham Forest 3 (Pearce, Bowyer 2) Ipswich Town 1 (Atkins) *Brian Moore
12/Oct     Chelsea 2 (Dixon, Speedie) Everton 1 (Sheedy) *Peter Brackley
12/Oct    Oxford United 1 (Hebberd) Luton Town 1 (Stein) *Martin Tyler
19/Oct     Manchester United 1 (McGrath) Liverpool 1 (Johnston) *Peter Brackley
26/Oct     Chelsea 1 (McLaughlin) Manchester United 2 (Olsen, Hughes) *Brian Moore
02/Nov    Southampton 1 (Puckett) Tottenham Hotspur 0 *Martin Tyler
09/Nov    Watford 1 (Talbot) Aston Villa 1 (Gray) *Peter Brackley
16/Nov    Manchester United 0 Tottenham Hotspur 0 *Brian Moore
23/Nov    Coventry City 0 West Ham United 1 (McAvennie) *Martin Tyler
30/Nov    Aston Villa 1 (Walters) Tottenham Hotspur 2 (Mabbutt, Falco) *Peter Brackley
07/Dec    Queens Park Rangers 0 West Ham United 1 (McAvennie) *Brian Moore
14/Dec    Arsenal 2 (Nicholas, Quinn) Liverpool 0 *Martin Tyler
21/Dec    Manchester United 0 Arsenal 1 (Nicholas) *Peter Brackley
28/Dec    Chelsea 2 (Dixon, Spackman(pen)) Tottenham Hotspur 0 *Brian Moore

Further known exclusive matches covered after the blackout had come to an end.....
11/Jan    Leicester City 0 West Ham United 1 (McAvennie) *Martin Tyler
18/Jan    Sheffield Wednesday 2 (Shotton(og), Marwood) Oxford United 1 (Slatter)  *Peter Brackley
01/Feb    Ipswich Town 2 (D'Avray, Wilson) Liverpool 1 (Whelan) *Martin Tyler
08/Feb    Chelsea 1 (Bumstead) Oxford United 4 (Rhoades-Brown, Charles, Hebberd, Aldridge) *Peter Brackley
01/Mar   Southampton 1 (Cockerill) Manchester United 0 *Peter Brackley, played in snow
12/Apr    Arsenal 0 Everton 1 (Heath) *Martin Tyler

English clubs who would have qualified for Europe took part in a domestic "Super Cup" and some of these matches were broadcast on the Screensport channel.

*Irish TV began showing matches from 26/Oct/1985 (with their own commentator).
Note that 21/Apr/1986 West Ham 8 Newcastle 1 was shown as a report on the BBC and Alan Parry added his commentary several years later.

23/Aug   Arsenal 1 (Nicholas) Manchester United 0 *Brian Moore
23/Aug    Everton 2 (Sheedy 2) Nottingham Forest 0 *Martin Tyler
30/Aug    Nottingham Forest 1 (Bowyer) Watford 1 (Blissett) *Peter Brackley
30/Aug    Manchester United 0 Charlton Athletic 1 (Stuart) *Martin Tyler
06/Sep    West Ham United 2 (Stewart (pen), Cottee) Liverpool 5 (Whelan, Johnston, Dalgish (2), Rush) *Brian Moore
13/Sep    Wimbledon 1 (Cork) Everton 2 (Sheedy, Sharp) *Martin Tyler
04/Oct     Tottenham Hotspur 0 Luton Town 0 *Peter Brackley, this may have been included on "The Big Match" shown that night by LWT.
11/Oct    Charlton Atheltic 3 (Melrose 3) Everton 2 (Sheedy 2) *Brian Moore
18/Oct    Norwich City 1 (Drinkell) West Ham United 1 (Goddard) *Peter Brackley
01/Nov    Liverpool 6 (Nichol, Walsh 3, Rush 2) Norwich City 2 (Phelan, Hodgson) *Martin Tyler
08/Nov    Coventry City 1 (Pickering) Nottingham Forest 0 *Martin Tyler
15/Nov    Southampton 0 Arsenal 4 (Hayes (pen), Anderson, Quinn, Groves) *Martin Tyler
22/Nov    Sheffield Wednesday 1 (Megson) Luton Town 0 *John Helm
29/Nov    Tottenham Hotspur 2 (C.Allen 2) Nottingham Forest 3 (Pearce (pen), Fairclough, Webb) *Peter Brackley
06/Dec    Oxford United 4 (Aldridge 3, Brock) Luton Town 2 (B.Stein, M.Stein) *Brian Moore
13/Dec    Norwich City 1 (Drinkell) Arsenal 1 (Hayes(pen)) *Martin Tyler
20/Dec    Charlton 0 Liverpool 0 *Brian Moore
27/Dec    West Ham United 2 (Cottee, Hilton) Wimbledon 3 (Fashanu, Sayer, Fairweather) *Martin Tyler
03/Jan    Southampton 1 (Holmes) Manchester United 1 (Olsen) *Martin Tyler
24/Jan     Manchester United 2 (Strachan, T.Gibson) Arsenal 0 *Martin Tyler
24/Jan    Tottenham Hotspur 3  (Hodge 2, Claesen) Aston Villa 0 *Peter Brackley
07/Feb    Leicester City 3 (Smith, Ramsey 2) Wimbledon 1 (Fairweather) *Martin Tyler
14/Feb    Nottingham Forest 1 (Birtles(pen)) West Ham 1 (Stewart(pen)) *Brian Moore
14/Mar    Everton 3 (Wright(og), Power, Watson) Southampton *Peter Brackley
11/Apr    Everton 4 (Clarke, Reid, Srevens, Watson) West Ham United 0 *John Helm
18/Apr    Tottenham Hotspur 1 (C.Allen) Charlton Atheltic 0 *Peter Brackley
25/Apr    Liverpool 3 (McMahon, Rush 2) Everton 1 (Sheedy) *Martin Tyler
02/May    Coventry City 1 (Pickering) Liverpool 0 *Peter Brackley
02/May    Everton 0 Manchester City 0 *Martin Tyler
09/May   West Ham United 2 (Brady, Cottee) Manchester City 0 *Peter Brackley

Presumably broadcast on the Screensport channel.....
29/Mar    Blackburn Rovers 1 (Hendry) Charlton Athletic 0 [Full Members Cup Final] *Martin Tyler

The 1987/88 editions were also available to a select band of UK viewers on satellite and cable, broadcast on Monday nights (usually) on the Screensport channel. The regular slot was 9:30-11pm with a Friday repeat. Occasionally due to live events it was Friday only.
15/Aug   Arsenal 1 (Davis) Liverpool 2 (Aldridge, Nicol) *Brian Moore
22/Aug    Queens Park Rangers 2 (Byrne, McDonald) Arsenal 0
29/Aug   Charlton Athletic 1 (Stuart) Manchester United 3 (McClair, Robson, McGrath) *Brian Moore
29/Aug   Watford 1 (Porter) Tottenham Hotspur 1 (Allen(pen)) *Martin Tyler
05/Sep    Oxford United 2 (Slatter, Foyle) Luton Town 5 (B.Stein, Breaker, Nwajiobi, Hill, Harford) *Brian Moore
12/Sep    Wimbledon 1 (Wise) West Ham 1 (Cottee) *Martin Tyler
19/Sep    Derby County 2 (Gregory, Forsyth)  Sheffield Wednesday 2 (Megson, Sterland) *Peter Brackley
26/Sep    Manchester United 1 (McClair(pen)) Tottenham Hotspur 0
03/Oct    Chelsea 2 (McCreery(og), Dixon)  Newcastle United 2 (Goddard, Wharton) *Martin Tyler
10/Oct    Derby County 0 Nottingham Forest 1 (Wilkinson) *Peter Brackley
07/Nov   Oxford United 1 (Saunders(pen)) Coventry City 0 *Peter Brackley
21/Nov   Wimbledon 2 (Fairweather, Scales) Manchester United 1 (Blackmore)
05/Dec    Queens Park Rangers 0 Manchester United 2 (Davenport, Robson) *Peter Brackley
19/Dec    Arsenal 1 (Rocastle) Everton 1 (Watson) *Peter Brackley
26/Dec    Southampton 2 (Moore, Clarke) Tottenham Hotspur 1 (Fairclough) *Martin Tyler
02/Jan    Leicester City 4 (Brien, Reid, McAllister, Wilkinson) Crystal Palace 4 (Barber, Wright 2, Pennyfather) *Brian Moore
06/Feb    Luton Town 7 (Harford 2, B.Stein, McDonough, M.Stein 3) Oxford United 4 (Saunders(pen), Foyle, Hill, Phillips) *Peter Brackley
13/Feb    West Ham United 1 (Cottee) Portsmouth 1 (Connor) *Martin Tyler
05/Mar    Derby County 1 (Callaghan(pen)) Charlton Athletic 1 (Reid)
27/Feb    Queens Park Rangers 1 (Byrne) Wimbledon 0 *Brian Moore
26/Mar    Newcastle United 2 (O'Neill 2) Coventry City 2 (Smith, Speedie) *Martin Tyler
02/Apr    Chelsea 1 (Hazard) Arsenal 1 (McLoughlin(og)) *Martin Tyler +Simod Cup Final & Forest v Derby (midweek)

*Clips from some of the above games may have been shown on Saint & Greavsie.

Schoolboy Internationals on ITV 1983/84 - 1987/88
09/Jun/1984    LIVE - England Schoolboys 4 Netherlands Schoolboys 1 *Martin Tyler & Ian St John
08/Jun/1985    LIVE - England Schoolboys 2 Switzerland Schoolboys 0 *Martin Tyler & Ian St John
31/May/1986  LIVE - England Schoolboys 2 Italy Schoolboys 1 *Brian Moore and Ian St. John
30/May/1987  LIVE - England Schoolboys 1 Scotland Schoolboys 1 *Brian Moore, Craig Burley for Scotland and Andy Cole on as sub for England
28/May/1988  LIVE - England Schoolboys 4 Italy Schoolboys 1 *Brian Moore, England captain Lee Clark scored a hat-trick

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The Match
Live football on ITV
1988/89 - 1991/92

From 1988/89 until the end of 1991/92 ITV enjoyed exclusive league rights to all four divisions. The live networked games went out as The Match - usually on Sunday afternoon's - presented by Elton Welsby or Jim Rosenthal whilst Brian Moore continued as ITV's chief commentator. Highlights were now considered old hat and pretty much confined to mid-week. In spite of the April 1989 Hillsborough tragedy in which 96 fans died in a crush (unable to escape because of hooligan proof fencing), football continued to enjoy a steady resurgence in popularity, particularly after England's successful 1990 World Cup campaign in Italy which saw them reach the Semi-finals. Some ITV regions then chose to re-introduce local Sunday highlights, albeit in a shorter 30 minute slot broadcast around mid-day.

The theme tune for "The Match" was Rod Argent and Peter van Hooke's "Goal Crazy".

Season 1988/89
Only the LIVE domestic games are listed in this section. Assume Brian Moore as the commentator unless stated
13/Aug    LIVE - AC Milan 1 (Virdis) Bayern Munich 0 *Wembley International Challenge, Saturday 3:15-5:30pm LWT only (4 teams involved, other game was Arsenal 4 Spurs 0)
                    *Sunday 4:30-6:25pm LWT only - Must have been highlights of Spurs 1 AC Milan 2 (lunchtime KO) and Arsenal 3 Bayern Munich 0 (possibly live 2nd half of latter game with Brian Moore, Ian St John & Trevor Francis)
27/Aug    *Opening day of the league season, no football action at all, not even highlights. No live matches until the end of October.
30/Oct    LIVE - Everton 1 (Cottee) Manchester United 1 (Hughes) *Brian Moore & Graham Taylor
06/Nov   LIVE - Nottingham Forest 1 (Clough) Arsenal 4 (Smith, Bould, Adams, Marwood) *Brian Moore & Graham Taylor
13/Nov   *No live game this weekend
20/Nov   LIVE - Sheffield Wednesday 0 Tottenham Hotspur 2 (Stewart 2) *Brian Moore & David Pleat, snow covered pitch
27/Nov   LIVE - Newcastle United 0 Manchester United 0
04/Dec   LIVE - Arsenal 1 (Smith) Liverpool 1 (Barnes) *Brian Moore & Trevor Francis
11/Dec   LIVE - Liverpool 1 (Houghton) Everton 1 (Clarke(pen)) *Brian Moore & Trevor Francis
18/Dec   *No live game this weekend
27/Dec   LIVE - Norwich City 2 (Gordon, Townsend) West Ham United 1 (Stewart(pen)) *Tuesday afternoon, Martin Tyler & Trevor Francis
01/Jan    LIVE - Manchester United 3 (McClair, Hughes, Beardsmore) Liverpool 1 (Barnes) *Brian Moore & Graham Taylor
02/Jan    LIVE - Arsenal 2 (Merson, Thomas) Tottenham Hotspur 0 *Bank Holiday Monday from 4:50pm, Alan Parry & Ian St John
08/Jan    *FA Cup R3 weekend, BBC had live game
15/Jan    LIVE - Tottenham Hotspur 1 (Waddle) Nottingham Forest 2 (Parker, Clough) *Brian Moore & Trevor Francis
22/Jan    LIVE - Millwall 2 (Cascarino, Carter) Norwich City 3 (Butterworth, Bowen, Fleck) *Brian Moore & Ian St John
29/Jan    *FA Cup R4 weekend, BBC had live game
05/Feb    LIVE - Manchester United 1 (McClair) Tottenham Hotspur 0 *Brian Moore
12/Feb    LIVE - West Ham United 0 Luton Town 3 (Harford, Wegerle, Wilson(pen)) *Brian Moore & Ian St John (TVT)
19/Feb    *FA Cup R5 weekend, BBC had live game
26/Feb    LIVE - Bristol City 0 Nottingham Forest 1 (Parker) [League Cup SF L2] *AET, Forest win 2-1 on agg, *Brian Moore & David Pleat
05/Mar    *No live game this weekend, ITV had Snooker & Athletics form 3pm-6pm.
12/Mar    LIVE - Aston Villa 0 Manchester United 0
19/Mar    *FA Cup QF weekend, BBC had live game
26/Mar    LIVE - Tottenham Hotspur 1 (Fenwick(pen)) Liverpool 2 (Aldridge(pen), Beardsley) *Alan Parry & Ray Clemence
02/Apr    LIVE - Manchester United 1 (Adams(og)) Arsenal 1 (Adams) *Martin Tyler & Ian St John
09/Apr    League Cup Final *See Cup Finals Page for details
16/Apr    *No live game this weekend, Hillsborough disaster on Saturday
23/Apr    *Liverpool v Arsenal was due to be shown but PP'd due to Hillsborough
30/Apr    *No live game this weekend
01/May    LIVE - Arsenal 5 (Winterburn, Smith 2, Thomas, Rocastle) Norwich City 0 *Monday from 5:20pm, Alan Parry & Ian St John
03/May    LIVE - Everton 0 Liverpool 0 *Wednesday from 7:50pm, Brian Moore & Ian St John
07/May    *BBC showed replayed FA Cup SF live
14/May    *No live game this weekend
20/May    *BBC showed FA Cup final
26/May    LIVE - Liverpool 0 Arsenal 2 (Smith, Thomas) *Friday from 8:00pm, Brian Moore & David Pleat, Arsenal snatch title with last minute goal

Elton Welsby ITV The Match 1989
Elton Welsby presenting the 1st May 1989 edition from Highbury

Season 1989/90
Only the LIVE domestic games are listed in this section
29/Jul    LIVE - Liverpool 2 (Barnes(pen), Aldridge) Dynamo Kiev 0 [Makita Tournament SF] *Saturday afternoon at Wembley as part of a 4 team pre-season tournament, Brian Moore & Ian St John
30/Jul    LIVE - Arsenal 1 (Bould) Liverpool 0 [Makita Tournament Final] *at Wembley as part of a 4 team pre-season tournament, Brian Moore & Ian St John (highlights of the other two games were shown with Martin Tyler commentating)
06/Aug  LIVE - Independiente 1 (Moreno) Arsenal 2 (Rocastle 2(1pen)) [Friendly] *Sunday night from 10:35-12:40am, played in Miami USA, Brian Moore
19/Aug  *Opening day of the league season, LWT & Granada had highlights shows but no live games until the end of October
22/Oct   LIVE - Manchester City 0 Aston Villa 2 (Daley, Olney) *Granada and Central regions only, as "First Division Special", Martin Tyler & Ron Atkinson
29/Oct   LIVE - Liverpool 1 (Barnes) Tottenham Hotspur 0 *Brian Moore & Jimmy Greaves
05/Nov  LIVE - Aston Villa 6 (Cowans, Olney 2, Platt 2, Nielsen) Everton 2 (Cottee, McGrath(og)) *Brian Moore & Ian St John
12/Nov  LIVE - Manchester United 1 (Pallister) Nottingham Forest 0 *Brian Moore & Ron Atkinson
19/Nov  LIVE - Millwall 1 (Thompson) Liverpool 2 (Barnes, Rush) *Alan Parry & Jimmy Greaves
26/Nov  LIVE - Liverpool 2 (McMahon, Barnes) Arsenal 1 (Smith) *Brian Moore & Jimmy Greaves
03/Dec  LIVE - Arsenal 1 (Groves) Manchester United 0
10/Dec  *No live game this weekend, ITV had Snooker at 3:25-5:35pm.
17/Dec  LIVE - Everton 0 Manchester City 0 *Martin Tyler
23/Dec  *ITV showed delayed coverage of Saturday's 12:30pm KO Liverpool 0 Manchester United 0 as "First Division Special" from 1:40-3:50pm, Martin Tyler & Ron Atkinson
01/Jan   LIVE - Nottingham Forest 2 (Hodge, Clough) Liverpool 2 (Rush 2) *Monday New Year Bank Holiday from 4:50pm, Brian Moore & Jimmy Greaves
07/Jan   *FA Cup R3 weekend, BBC had live game
14/Jan   LIVE - Sheffield Wednesday 1 (Atkinson) Chelsea 1 (Lee) *Brian Moore & Ian St John
21/Jan   LIVE - Norwich City 2 (Fleck 2) Manchester United 0 *Brian Moore & Jimmy Greaves
28/Jan   *FA Cup R4 weekend, BBC had live game
04/Feb   LIVE - Tottenham Hotspur 4 (Lineker 3, Howells) Norwich City 0 *Alan Parry & Ron Atkinson
11/Feb   LIVE - Nottingham Forest 2 (Clough(pen)) Coventry City 1 (Livingstone) [League Cup SF R L1] *Brian Moore & Ian St John
18/Feb   *FA Cup R5 weekend, BBC had live game
25/Feb   LIVE - Coventry City 0 Nottingham Forest 0 [League Cup SF L2]
04/Mar   LIVE - Coventry City 2 (Drinkell, Smith) Aston Villa 0 *Brian Moore & Jimmy Greaves
11/Mar   *FA Cup QF weekend, BBC had live game
18/Mar   LIVE - Manchester United 1 (Whelan(og)) Liverpool 2 (Barnes 2(1pen)) *Brian Moore & Ron Atkinson
21/Mar   LIVE - Tottenham Hotspur 1 (Stewart) Liverpool 0 *Wednesday night, Alan Parry & Ian St John
25/Mar   *No live game this weekend
01/Apr   LIVE - Aston Villa 1 (Cowans) Manchester City 2 (Ward, Reid) *Brian Moore & Ron Atkinson
04/Apr   LIVE - Everton 4 (Cottee 2, Whiteside 2) Nottingham Forest 0 *Wednesday night, Alan Parry & Trevor Francis
08/Apr   *FA Cup SF weekend, BBC showed both live on Sunday
11/Apr   LIVE - Arsenal 0 Aston Villa 1 (Price) *Wednesday night, Brian Moore & Ian St John, shown at same time as BBC had FA Cup SF replay
15/Apr   *No live game this weekend. One year after Hillsborough disaster BBC showed a memorial service
18/Apr   LIVE - Arsenal 1 (Merson) Liverpool 1 (Barnes) *Wednesday night, Brian Moore & Ron Atkinson
22/Apr   *No live game this weekend
29/Apr   League Cup Final
06/May  *No live game this weekend

Season 1990/91
Only the LIVE domestic & European games are listed in this section.
11/Aug    LIVE - Arsenal 0 Sampdoria 1 (Dossena) [Makita Tournament Final] *Saturday afternoon at Wembley, Alan Parry & Ian St John, SF highlights on Friday night
25/Aug    *Opening day of the league season, Yorkshire had Saturday night highlights, Granada & Anglia Sunday afternoon highlights, but no live games until mid September
16/Sep    LIVE - Liverpool 4 (Beardsley 3, Barnes) Manchester United 0 *Brian Moore & Lawrie McMenemy
19/Sep    LIVE - Manchester United 2 (Blackmore, Webb) Pécsi Mecsek 0 [ECWC R1 L1] *Wednesday, Alan Parry & Ian St John
03/Oct    LIVE - Pécsi Mecsek 0 Manchester United 1 (McClair) [ECWC R1 L2] *Wednesday from 1:20pm, Brian Moore & Ian St John
24/Oct    LIVE - Aston Villa 2 (Nielsen, Platt) Inter Milan 0 [UEFA Cup R2 L1] *Wednesday, Brian Moore & Jimmy Greaves
04/Nov   LIVE - Tottenham Hotspur 1 (Lineker) Liverpool 3 (Rush 2, Beardsley) *Brian Moore & Jimmy Greaves
07/Nov   LIVE - Inter Milan 3 (Klinsmann, Berti, Bianchi) Aston Villa 0 [UEFA Cup R2 L2] *Wednesday, Brian Moore & Ian St John
11/Nov   LIVE - Manchester City 2 (Ward, White) Leeds United 3 (Chapman, Shutt, Strachan) *Alan Parry & Ian St John
18/Nov   LIVE - Everton 1 (McCall) Tottenham Hotspur 1 (Howells) *Brian Moore & Lawrie McMenemy
25/Nov   LIVE - Manchester United 2 (Wallace, Hughes) Chelsea 3 (Pallister(og), Townsend, Wise(pen)) *Alan Parry & Ian St John
02/Dec    LIVE - Arsenal 3 (Merson, Dixon(pen), Smith) Liverpool 0 *Brian Moore  & Jimmy Greaves
09/Dec    *No live game this weekend
16/Dec    LIVE - Leeds United 2 (Strachan(pen), Shutt) Everton 0 *Brian Moore & Trevor Francis
23/Dec    LIVE - Aston Villa 0 Arsenal 0 *Alan Parry & Ian St John
30/Dec    LIVE - Crystal Palace 1 (Bright) Liverpool 0 *Brian Moore & Gary Lineker
01/Jan     LIVE - Tottenham Hotspur 1 (Lineker(pen)) Manchester United 2 (Bruce(pen), McClair) *Tuesday New Year Bank Holiday from 4:50pm, Brian Moore & Jimmy Greaves (TVT)
06/Jan    *FA Cup R3 weekend, BBC had a live game
13/Jan     LIVE - Everton 2 (Beagrie, Sheedy) Manchester City 0 *Alan Parry & Ian St John
20/Jan     LIVE - Derby County 0 Tottenham Hotspur 1 (Lineker) *Alan Parry & Trevor Francis
27/Jan    *FA Cup R4 weekend, BBC had a live game
03/Feb    LIVE - Manchester United 1 (Bruce(pen)) Liverpool 1 (Speedie) *Brian Moore & Gary Lineker
10/Feb    LIVE - Manchester United 2 (Sharpe, McClair) Leeds United 1 (Whyte) [League Cup SF L1] *Brian Moore & Ian St John
17/Feb    *FA Cup R5 weekend, BBC had a live game
24/Feb    LIVE - Leeds United 0 Manchester United 1 (Sharpe) [League Cup SF L2] *Brian Moore & Jimmy Greaves
03/Mar    LIVE - Liverpool 0 Arsenal 1 (Merson) *Brian Moore & Gary Lineker
06/Mar    LIVE - Manchester United 1 (McClair) Montpellier 1 (Martin(og)) [ECWC QF L1] *Wednesday, Brian Moore & Trevor Francis
10/Mar    *FA Cup QF weekend, BBC had a live game
17/Mar    LIVE - Arsenal 2 (Campbell 2) Leeds United 0 *Alan Parry & Jimmy Greaves
19/Mar    LIVE - Montpellier 0 Manchester United 2 (Blackmore, Bruce(pen)) [ECWC QF L2] *Tuesday, Brian Moore & Gary Lineker
24/Mar    *No live game this weekend
31/Mar    *No live game this weekend
01/Apr     LIVE - Southampton 1 (Le Tissier) Liverpool 0 *Easter Monday from 4:50pm, Alan Parry & Jimmy Greaves
07/Apr    *No live game this weekend
10/Apr    LIVE - Legia Warsaw 1 (Cyzio) Manchester United 3 (McClair, Hughes, Bruce) [ECWC SF L1] *Wednesday, Brian Moore & Bryan Robson
14/Apr    *FA Cup SF weekend, BBC showed both live on Sunday
21/Apr     League Cup Final
24/Apr     LIVE - Manchester United 1 (Sharpe) Legia Warsaw 1 (Kowalczyk) [ECWC SF L2] *Wednesday, Brian Moore & Denis Law
28/Apr     *No live game this weekend
04/May    LIVE - Sunderland 0 Arsenal 0 *Saturday from 5:15pm, Brian Moore & Jimmy Greaves (who got soaked on a roofless gantry causing Greaves to swear on-air).
06/May    LIVE - Nottingham Forest 2 (Clough(pen), Woan) Liverpool 1 (Molby(pen)) *Bank Holiday Monday from 4:50pm, Alan Parry & Ian St John, Liverpool's defeat meant Arsenal were champions
                     Note that ITV would have screened Arsenal v Manchester United live from 8pm with Brian Moore & Gary Lineker had Liverpool not lost (The Forest match was presented from Highbury).
12/May    *No live game this weekend. Had the title remained undecided, Arsenal v Coventry and Liverpool v Spurs would have kicked off at 3pm on Sunday and ITV would have shown a special programme alternating between the two matches.

Season 1991/92
Only the LIVE domestic & European games are listed in this section. The BBC had exclusive rights to show Liverpool's UEFA Cup ties.
03/Aug    2nd Half LIVE - West Ham United 1 Sampdoria 6 [Makita Tournament SF] *LWT region only as "The London Match", Saturday afternoon at Highbury
               LIVE - Arsenal 1 Panathinaikos 0 [Makita Tournament SF] *LWT region only as "The London Match", Brian Moore & Ian St John at Highbury, immediately followed the West Ham match
04/Aug    LIVE - Arsenal 1 (Merson) Sampdoria 1 (Vialli) [Makita Tournament Final] *LWT region only as "The London Match", Brian Moore & Ian St John at Highbury, Sampdoria won on pens
17/Aug    *Opening day of the league season, Yorkshire had Saturday night highlights, LWT, Anglia and YTV (again) had Sunday highlights, but no live games until mid September
18/Sep    LIVE - Athinaikos 0 Manchester United 0 [ECWC R1 L1] *Wednesday from 2:20pm, Alan Parry & Denis Law, Utd won 2nd leg 2-0
               LIVE - Arsenal 6 (Linighan, Smith 4, Limpar) Austria Wien 1 (Ogris) [European Cup R1 L1] *Wednesday from 8:00pm, Brian Moore & Gary Lineker, Arsenal would go through 6-2 on agg
02/Oct    LIVE - Tottenham Hotpsur 2 (Tuttle, Durie) Hajduk Split 0 [ECWC R1 L2] *Wednesday, Brian Moore & Ian St John, Spurs win 2-1 on agg
               LIVE Extra Time - Manchester United 2 (Hughes, McClair) Athanaikos 0 [ECWC R1 L2] *ET shown live after the Spurs match had finished, Alan Parry, 2-0 on agg
06/Oct    LIVE - Manchester United 0 Liverpool 0 *Brian Moore & Ian St John
23/Oct    2nd Half LIVE - Tottenham Hotspur 3 (Lineker 2, Durie) Porto 1 (Kostadinov) [ECWC R2 L1] *Clive Tyldesley (his first live game for ITV)
               2nd Half LIVE - Benfica 1 (Soares) Arsenal 1 (Campbell) [European Cup R2 L1] *After "News at Ten", Brian Moore & Ian St John
                    *Iintended match Atlético Madrid 3 Man Utd 0 [ECWC R2 L1] was cancelled due to Spanish TV strike....
                      Granada, still hoping to show Man Utd via ITV cameras in Spain, had own show with Rob McCaffrey before news but ended up showing Spurs (Man Utd goals with Parry eventually shown on The S&G Show)
06/Nov   LIVE - Arsenal 1 (Pates) Benfica 3 (Isaías 2, Kulkov) [European Cup R2 L2] *AET Wednesday, Brian Moore & Ian St John, Benfica win 4-2 on agg, Granada region only showed extra-time (they had their own match below).
               LIVE - Manchester United 1 (Hughes) Atlético Madrid 1 (Schuster) [ECWC R2 L2] *Granada only, Clive Tyldesley & Gordon McQueen (Bob Hall presented as Welsby was on network duty), Alan Parry for brief network highlights, Madrid win 4-1 on agg
17/Nov   LIVE - West Ham United 0 Liverpool 0 *Brian Moore & Kevin Keegan
24/Nov   LIVE - Aston Villa 1 (Yorke) Leeds United 4 (Rod Wallace, Sterland, Chapman 2) *Alan Parry & Gary Lineker
01/Dec   LIVE - Arsenal 2 (Wright, Campbell) Tottenham Hotspur 0 *Brian Moore & Ian St John
08/Dec   LIVE - Nottingham Forest 3 (Woan, Sheringham, Gemmil) Arsenal 2 (Merson, Smith) *Brian Moore & Trevor Francis
15/Dec   LIVE - Chelsea 1 (Allen) Manchester United 3 (Irwin, McClair, Bruce(pen)) *Alan Parry & Denis Law
18/Dec   LIVE - Tottenham Hotspur 1 (Walsh) Liverpool 2 (Saunders, Houghton) *Wednesday night, Brian Moore & Ian St John
22/Dec   *No live game this weekend
29/Dec   LIVE - Leeds United 1 (Sterland(pen)) Manchester United 1 (Webb) *Brian Moore & Ian St John
01/Jan    LIVE - Manchester United 1 (McClair) Queens Park Rangers 4 (Sinton, Bailey 3) *Wednesday New Year Bank Holiday from 4:50pm, Brian Moore & Denis Law
05/Jan    *FA Cup R3 weekend, BBC had a live game
08/Jan    LIVE - Leeds United 1 (Speed) Manchester United 3 (Blackmore, Kanchelskis, Giggs) [League Cup QF] *Wednesday night on Granada (as "Granada Soccer Night" Clive Tyldesley & Gordon McQueen), Yorkshire (as "Your Match" John Helm & Trevor Francis) and Ulster regions only.
12/Jan    LIVE - Sheffield Wednesday 1 (Sheridan) Leeds United 6 (Chapman 3, Dorigo, Whitlow, Rod Wallace) *Alan Parry & Ian St John
19/Jan    LIVE - Everton 1 (Watson) Nottingham Forest 1 (Gemmil) *Brian Moore
26/Jan    *FA Cup R4 weekend, BBC had a live game
29/Jan     LIVE - Liverpool 2 (Molby(pen), Houghton) Arsenal 0 *Wednesday night, Brian Moore & Kevin Keegan
02/Feb    LIVE - Aston Villa 0 Everton 0 *Alan Parry
09/Feb    LIVE - Nottingham Forest 1 (Sheringham) Tottenham Hotspur 1 (Lineker(pen)) [League Cup SF L1] *Brian Moore & Lee Chapman
16/Feb    *FA Cup R5 weekend, BBC had a live game
23/Feb    LIVE - Everton 1 (Jackson) Leeds United 1 (Keown(og)) *Alan Parry & Lee Chapman
01/Mar    LIVE - Tottenham Hotspur 1 (Lineker) Nottingham Forest 2 (Glover, Keane) [League Cup SF L2] *AET. KO delayed by 90 mins due to bomb scare, Brian Moore & Ian St John
04/Mar    LIVE - Feyenoord 1 (Kiprich) Tottenham Hotspur 0 [ECWC QF L1] *Wednesday, Brian Moore & Ian St John
08/Mar    *FA Cup QF weekend, BBC had a live game
15/Mar    LIVE - Manchester City 0 Southampton 1 (Dowie) *Alan Parry & Denis Law
18/Mar    LIVE - Tottenham Hotspur 0 Feyenoord 0 [ECWC QF L2] *Wednesday, Brian Moore & Ian St John, Feyenoord win 1-0 on agg
22/Mar    LIVE - Arsenal 1 (Merson) Leeds United 1 (Chapman) *Alan Parry
29/Mar    *No live game this weekend
05/Apr    *FA Cup SF weekend, BBC showed both live on Sunday
12/Apr    League Cup Final
19/Apr    *No live game this weekend
20/Apr    LIVE - Leeds United 2 (Fairclough, McCallister(pen)) Coventry City 0 *Easter Monday from 4:50pm, Brian Moore & Ian St John
26/Apr    LIVE - Liverpool 2 (Rush, Walters) Manchester United 0 *Brian Moore & Ian St John, Man U's defeat means Leeds are champions (they had won at Sheff Utd in a midday KO, highlghts of that with Alan Parry)
03/May   *No live game this weekend
25/May    LIVE - Blackburn Rovers 1 (Newell(pen)) Leicester City 0 [Play Off Final] *at Wembley Bank Holiday Monday, Central & Granada regions only with own pres. Clive Tyldesley & Lennie Lawrence for Granada, Alan Parry & Jimmy Greaves for Central

"English Soccer"
For seasons 1988/89 through to the end of 1991/92 the 'World Wide Soccer' company produced the English Soccer series which replaced Big League Soccer for export. This would feature at least one match a week plus all of the goals scored in the top flight. The vast majority of Saturday games were commentated on by Martin Tyler (in some territories they were broadcast live). Brian Moore was also a regular voice between 1988-90 and occasionally later when Tyler had BSB/Sky commitments. Alan Parry, John Helm, Gerry Harrison and Sky presenter Paul Dempsey also provided the odd commentary throughout. The programmes used the same graphics as seen on ITV's First Division goals round-ups and were the basis for the Official Football League videos that began to appear in the early 1990's (which do feature a lot of dubbed commentaries from Martin Tyler, Alan Parry, Clive Tyldesley, Richard Keys and even Jim Rosenthal and Gerald Sinstadt, sometimes in favour of on-site commentaries by Gerry Harrison, John Helm and Roger Tames for Anglia, YTV and Tyne Tees).

*'World Wide Soccer' was a company formed by Chrysalis TV, ITV, CBS Fox and CSI.

ITV football, 1992/93-1996/97
For season 1992/93 the breakaway Premier League TV rights were snapped up by SKY (live matches) and the BBC (Saturday night highlights). ITV were left with Divisions 2, 3 & 4 (now to be confusingly re-numbered as Divisions 1, 2 & 3). In August 1992, live broadcasts of regional matches from the 2nd tier were introduced to Sunday afternoon ITV schedules, although some region's football fans were better served than others - those who had fewer local clubs representing them at 2nd tier level often had to make do with a film instead. The Premiership clubs were soon reaping the financial rewards of their exclusive deals with SKY and now able to satisfy requirements to build all-seater stadium's in the wake of the Hillsborough disaster. The new seats apparently justified increased ticket prices at a rate way above inflation which in turn began to attract a new class of supporter whilst pricing out many fans who had loyally followed their clubs through football's most troubled decade in the 1980's.

ITV Regional Live Games 1992-1997

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