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Thanks to Andrew Berry, Andrew Boyd, Alan Buchanan, John Bourn, David Browne, Mark Bunn, Robin Carmody, Duncan Cavanagh, Julian Clark, Stuart Croucher, Kieran Cullen, Geoff Downs, Mark Eden, David Elson, 'Football Gaffes Galore', Rodney George, Peter Gillatt, Daniel Gray, Rob Howell, Glen Isherwood, Paul Johnson, Graham Keyte, Daniel Mann, Ronnie McDevitt, Danny Morgan, Brian Mullowney, Robert Pedley, Edward Skingsley, Steve Westby, Michael Whalley, David Williams, Steve Williams and Simon Winters.

Recent 1968-83 Updates

Tyne Tees' George Taylor with Ken Wolstenholme
probably photographed when Wolstenholme joined the station in 1974
(Thanks to John Bourn!!!)

February 2018: - Another Star Soccer closing sequence has been uploaded to youtube, this one from 27/Dec/1980. Also a trailer for World of Sport - including football references - from 19/Jan/1979 following the Friday night News at Ten here.

RIP Tommy Lawrence,  Cyrille Regis & Jimmy Armfield

January 2018:- A fantastic upload to youtube of the first hour of BBC1's live broadcast of the 06/Jun/1973 Poland v England match here including pre-match chat with Jimmy Hill marking his return to the BBC alongside Brian Clough and Bob Wilson, a year before he got the job of presenting Football Focus, you also get to hear a good quality audio of the 13/Nov/1971 to 11/Oct/1975 Grandstand theme at the start, composed by Barry Stoller who of course was responsible for the 1970-present day Match of the Day theme........ Co-commentator for the 13/Jun/1979 live ITV friendly between Austria and England was Bobby Robson, not Jack Charlton (Thanks Dan!!!)........ One for the Extra Time page lists, a series of four 25 minute programmes broadcast just outside of the parameters of this site, though very possibly filmed during the 1982/83 season, was Refereeing narrated by John Motson and screened in October/November 1983 in a Monday teatime slot on BBC2 (Thanks to David Rhodes!!!).............. An RTE documentary on Johnny Giles is here (thanks Brian!!!)..........The last minute and a half of the 20/Dec/1980 edition of Star Soccer has turned up on youtube here.........And finally it's ten years ago this month that I began putting the site together, initially intending to do no more than upload a page on Star Soccer in the Midlands as an offshoot of Notts on the Box, many thanks to all of the many people who have contributed over the last decade and made the site what it is today.

The 1968-1983 TV set
Our TV Set site now broadcasts vintage Division 1 results every Saturday tea-time

December 2017:- Playing around with SVG graphics, I've managed to recreate the 1970's results service for both BBC Final Score and ITV's World of Sport using dynamic text which updates each week with scores based on actual First Division results from the 1974-1980 period, including matches that were postponed and the pools values. You can view them on the TV set page here by pressing 'BBC1' or 'ITV' on Saturdays from around 4:51pm until 5pm (refresh/F5 the page if you have the old version cached). The TV set will follow the Christmas 1978 into New Year 1979 schedules from the 23rd December until 5th January as the Xmas dates in 2017 fall on the same days of the week as 1978/79. The pre-Christmas Saturday saw all three channels suffer strike action which took both Grandstand and World of Sport off the air with most ITV regions showing "Battle of the Bulge" instead whilst the BBC channels were blacked out altogether until mid-afternoon. The following day LWT were unable to broadcast The Big Match and many regions ended up screening ATV's Star Soccer instead, Yorkshire were unable to cover a game of their own all month.
Two new vintage football related documentaries have been broadcast in the last month - ITV4 showed a documentary on Football Stickers. Stuck On You on 14/Nov/2017, catch that here (Thanks James!!!)........ On Sunday 12th November 2017 BBC Two Scotland broadcast a 90 minute documentary on Bill Shankly, it will be available on iplayer until mid-December, the link is here..... A trailer for the 19/Jan/1983 edition of Midweek Sports Special here.

November 2017: - Another football related edition of the BBC schools series Scene went out on 25/Mar/1982 subtitled "Don't Shoot the Ref", note that this was not the programme broadcast under a similar title in 1976 featuring Jack Taylor, the 1982 Scene programme included action shot at Leeds Road and Ayresome Park which was repeated a few times, the most recent being on 01/Nov/1985 (Thanks to Robin Rance!!!).... An additional regional game included on the 01/Nov/1969 edition of The Big Match was Brighton v Fulham with Simon Smith commentating (Thanks Alan!!!)....... Last month on 08/Oct/2017 BBC1 screened a 1 hour 4 minute documentary "Sit Bobby Charlton at 80", you might still be able to catch it here (Thanks James!!!)

September 2017: - The BBC's Watney Cup Soccer Special on 04/Aug/1971 included a 2nd match, Colchester United v Carlisle United, this was mentioned as having been shown in the Dundee Evening Telegraph, the same paper also confirms that highlights of Wales v Romania was shown on 11/Nov/1970 (Thanks Ronnie!!!).......Another new entry for the Extra Time page: The BBC schools series Scene included a programme on Liverpool apprentices with contributions from Bill Shankly, it looks as though this was first broadcast on 20/Sep/1973 when schools programmes were still being produced in black & white, it was repeated in 1976 and this will be the source of an off-air recording, the first minute of which you can view here.

August 2017:-  Big Match regional games missing from our lists include 05/Sep/1970 - YTV action of Leeds United v Chelsea was shown as well as Granada highlights. For 05/Oct/1974 just the one extra game was shown, Tyne Tees highlights of Sunderland v Oxford United (Thanks Edward!!!) Also for 18/Dec/1976 YTV's Sheffield United v Bristol Rovers was the 2nd game and on 05/Feb/1977 Middlesbrough v Tottenham Hotspur was the 2nd game using the Yorkshire commentary rather than Tyne Tees (Thanks James!!!)........ On 04/Aug/1969 BBC1 broadcast "I Want To Be - A Footballer" in the afternoon children's slot, this programme included young West Ham trainies with Ron Greenwood....... ITV 1970 World Cup titles have finally found their way onto youtube here and here and there's some very rare 1970s World of Sport footage from 19/May/1973 here.

New Series of "The Big Match Revisited" on BT Sport 2
began 10th July 2017

1) 21/Aug/1976 Tranmere Rovers v Chester, Arsenal v Bristol City and Ipswich Town v Tottenham Hotspur
2) 01/Oct/1976 Brighton v Crystal Palace, Leeds v Manchester United and Southampton v Fulham
3)  09/Oct/1976  Nottingham Forrest v Sheffield United, Bury v Brighton and Charlton v Hull
4) 23/Oct/1976 Leicester v Arsenal, QPR v Sunderland and Luton v Southampton
5) 30/Oct/1976 West Brom v West Ham, Bristol Rovers v Charlton and Tottenham v Everton
 6) 20/Nov/1976 Leicester v Manchester United, Fulham v Notts County and Ipswich v Leeds
7) 11/Dec/1976 Liverpool v QPR, Chelsea v Wolves and Leeds v Aston Villa
8)  18/Dec/1976 Arsenal v Manchester United, Middlesbrough v Tottenham Hotspur and Burnley v Millwall
9) 01/Jan/1977 Tottenham v West Ham, Liverpool v Sunderland and Norwich v Leicester
10) 05/Feb/1977 Liverpool v Birmingham and Fulham v Charlton
11) 19/Feb/1977 Manchester United v Newcastle, Arsenal v West Ham and Hull v Bolton
12) 26/Feb/1977 Liverpool v Oldham, Southampton v Man Utd and Middlesbrough v Arsenal
13) 05/Mar/1977 Manchester Utd v Manchester City, Chelsea v Blackpool and Sunderland v West Ham
14) 02/Apr/1977 West Ham v Everton and Rotherham v Crystal Palace
15) 09/Apr/1977 Liverpool v Manchester City, Chelsea v Luton and Leeds v Sunderland
16) 16/Apr/1977 Tottenham v Sunderland, Norwich v Bristol City and Newcastle v West Ham
17) 23/Apr/1977 Leeds United v Manchester United [FA Cup]
18) 30/Apr/1977 Liverpool v Ipswich, Chelsea v Sheffield United and Leeds v Bristol City
19) 07/May/1977 Wolves v Chelsea, Manchester City v Tottenham and West Ham v Derby
20)  14/May/1977 Bolton v Wolves, Chelsea v Hull and Colchester United v Bradford City

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July 2017:- A missing Southern match from our lists was, according to the News of the World listings, 30/Dec/1978 Brighton & Hove Albion 2 Newcastle United 0..... In 1971 the BBC and Leeds United agreed a £10,000 deal to show the Fairs Cup Final 2nd leg *live*, however the FA blocked it - as well as highlights - because ITV were showing the European Cup final live the previous day. The BBC ended up using the game as a test run for a new TV commentator, John Motson (Thanks Brian!!!)........... The 26/Jan/1980 FA Cup edition of The Big Match curiously had Swindon Town v Tottenham Hotspur as its' main game, about 25 minutes worth, despite being a goalless draw. The local match between Arsenal and Brighton was shown last and only a few minutes, yet the Gunners won this tie 2-0. (Thanks to Simon Bayliss!!!)..... The 06/Dec/1980 LWT match between Chelsea and Swansea City was not the main feature in London that weekend because it was such a poor game,, a Chelsea supporter got in touch to say "I was at the game and it was the worst league match I've ever seen. Brian Moore explained the brevity of highlights from what was supposed to be the main game. They then showed between a minute and a half and two minutes from Stamford Bridge, after which Moore said to camera 'And that's it, those were all the highlights we could manage' or words very much to that effect. (Thanks to Eddie Hutchinson!!!)....... No further details of BT Sport's Revisited plans mentioned last month yet, but I now have a strong feeling that there will only be one new series - probably the latter half of 1976/77 <rather than 1977/78> which was rumoured to have been prepared for screening on ITV4 several years ago, whilst the other two series may in fact turn out to be repeats of the 1983 and 1979 episodes.

June 2017:- Apparently BT Sport are planning to screen three new series of The Big Match Revisited in the near future, starting with the 1983/84 season but then going back to 1979/80 and 1977/78 (Thanks to Martin Taylor!!!)........ The Sheffield Star Green 'Un says that YTV covered Huddersfield Town v Stoke City on 01/Jan/1972, agreeing with The Sunday Times and Swindon Pink, so it looks as though the World of Sport Almanac is wrong to list Sheffield United v Leicester City. The YTV tape log only has the Tyne Tees match goals but there were no goals scored at Huddersfield so the TT game was probably Yorkshire's 2nd match. The same paper also lists Middlesbrough v Norwich City for Tyne Tees on 15/Apr/1972, Norwich were top at the time, though there is still some doubt on this one as it was FA Cup SF weekend which usually had a networked programme. (Thanks Brian!!!).......... Another live Match Time trailer on Yorkshire TV, this one from 16th October 1982 with Elton Welsby and Denis Law is here.

RIP David Bobin (Southern commentator)

May 2017:- We have an additional Tyne Tees page uploaded this month, interviews with Shoot presenter George Taylor and 1973/74 season commentator David Taylor, go here (Many thanks to John Bourn for those!!!)..... During the 1974 World Cup, Alf Ramsey did two live co-commentaries for ITV in a single day on 26th June, West Germany v Yugoslavia in Dusseldorf and The Netherlands v Argentina in Gelsenkirchen (Thanks to Rob Howell!!!)...... A nice series of Leeds United uploads from the 'Wilderness Years 1975-1988' includes a rare clip of Wolves v Leeds in the 1977 FA Cup QF with Brian Moore commentating here (Thanks Brian!!!)...... The 2nd and 3rd games on the 19/Apr/1973 edition of The Big Match were Liverpool v Leicester City and Cambridge United v Mansfield Town (Thanks Edward!!!)..... A great shame to see Orient drop out of the league, a link here to better days v Manchester United on 17/Aug/1974 when an injured linesman was replaced by spectator for the last 4 minutes (Thanks James!!!)

April 2017:- A Saturday night preview of the 25/Sep/1982 edition of Match Time from the Granada studios, before an ITN bulletin, is included in this Yorkshire TV continuity clip [The YTV region were taking Granada's football programmes that season]....... The 11/Mar/1978 FA Cup QF between Wrexham and Arsenal was HTV coverage, not Granada as previously thought, the original footage has HTV graphics on it (Thanks Dan!!!)........ A long list of 1980-1988 BBC Sportsnight updates, confirmations and corrections can be viewed in this docx file (Thanks to Harry Coleman!!!)

RIP Tommy Gemmell and Ronnie Moran

March 2017:- A complete edition of On The Ball from 16/Apr/1983 has turned up on youtube here (Thanks Steve!!!)...... The ATV match for 08/Feb/1975 has been brought into question. Typically, it's the one edition that season with no ITC reel logged to confirm which fixture was shown, we had Wolves 1 Arsenal 0 listed but the Glasgow Evening News pink says that Derby 0 Leeds 0 was going to be the 2nd game on Scotsport that weekend and it's also listed for ATV in the Swindon Football Pink... The same Swindon paper adds further details/confusion to several Tyne Tees Shoot broadcasts circa 1971-1972 and also lists a bunch of Welsh opt-out MOTD games from the same period which I've added to the the Extra Time page  (Thanks to Mark Jones for those!!!)

February 2017:- Additional information on ITV commentators and presenters and what they did afterwards is here (thanks to James Minifie!!!).

RIP Graham Taylor, Gerry Gow, Paul Futcher and Gary Sprake

January 2017:- Some early 1980s footage of Ipswich Town in action on Anglia’s Match Of The Week can be found on this Youtube channel, the Ipswich v Stoke upload from 31/Jan/1981 includes the half-time break caption using the same music heard on Anglia's football output until 1987. the videos also reveal that Anglia took Hugh Johns’ commentary when showing ATV coverage of Birmingham 2 Ipswich 3 as its' main game on 03/Jan/1982 and Brian Moore’s commentary when showing LWT coverage of Charlton 2 Ipswich 3 on 08/Jan/1983.....  According to the Guardian/Observer reports of the time, there was an industrial dispute at LWT over Christmas 1978 which took World Of Sport off the air on December 23rd and was the reason for the cancellation of that weekend’s edition of The Big Match. (Thanks to Mike Whalley for those!!!)...... Sheffield United's 1968/69 goals from the Millwall, Preston North End, and Bury matches can be seen on this youtube video (Thanks John!!!)..... And BT Sport continue to show archive highlights ahead of the more notable Premier League fixtures, most recently the Merseyside derby (Thanks James!!!)

December 2016:- Back on 21/Sep/2016 ITV screened "Get Shirty" a very interesting documentary on 1970's football kit manufacturers Admiral, the programme was repeated on ITV4 last month and you might still be able to view it on ITV player or vimeo....... In the week before Arsenal played Tottenham Hotspur, BT showed several 'Football Rivalries' programmes. (Thanks to James for those!!!)........ Made numerous improvements to our TV set offshoot site over the past few months including a larger screen, the option to change your region, a UHF tuner, a channel switching effect, commercial break opticals, endcaps, a programme information message bar and loads of new gif animations, go here.

November 2016:- Sky Sports aired a 30 minute doumentary on George Best as part of  the "Mavericks" series on Friday 7th October at 11:00pm and BT Sport aired ITV Liverpool v Manchester United classics, some from the 1968-83 period, ahead of the October clash at Anfield, the same channel also repeated "Liverpool in the 1980's" and "Manchester United" classics previously shown on ESPN (thanks James!!!)

RIP Dave Lanning (Southern & World of Sport commentator)

October 2016:- Christmas has come early for vintage televised football fans with this youtube channel, a whole bunch of new uploads in recent weeks with full length editions of The Big Match and Granada highlights including a studio tape of the 31/Jan/1981 edition of Match Night (Thanks to Steve Williams!!!)..... Little chance of any complete Star Soccer editions turning up, but we do have some off-air clips of the 19/Dec/1976 edition recorded off-air in Australia, amongst the many adverts is the first half outro, the 2nd half intro, an extra break inserted in the 2nd half with a local Channel 7 caption and Gary Newbon signing off with the end credits, see here (Thanks to Dave Rhodes!!!)..... BT Sport are now showing repeats of Match of the Day footage from the 1968-1983 period in 30 minute slots whilst ITV4 have screened "Football Rivalries" and "World Cup Goalscorers" as short 15 minute programmes (Thanks to James Minifie!!!)........ With the recent complete programme uploads we need a revised list of the editions available on youtube (not including ITV4 repeats).............

Full length Big Match / Kick Off Match programmes on youtube
21/Dec/1969 LWT The Big Match here
28/Dec/1969 LWT The Big Match here
15/Mar/1970 LWT The Big Match here
22/Mar/1970 LWT The Big Match here
*NEW* 26/Aug/1972 LWT The Big Match here
04/Feb/1973 LWT The Big Match here
*NEW* 14/Apr/1973 Granada Football here
*NEW* 29/Dec/1973 LWT The Big Match here
12/Oct/1974 LWT The Big Match here
22/Dec/1974 LWT The Big Match here
20/Apr/1975 LWT The Big Match here
05/Oct/1975 LWT The Big Match here
07/Dec/1975 LWT The Big Match here *Loss of audio towards end
15/Feb/1976 Granada The Kick Off Match here
01/Dec/1976 The Mid-Week Match here
*NEW* 19/Feb/1977 LWT The Big Match here
*NEW* 26/Aug/1978 LWT The Big Match here
24/Sep/1978 Granada The Kick Off Match here
02/Dec/1979 Granada The Kick Off Match here
*NEW* 31/Jan/1981 Granada Match Night here

September 2016:- The first two goals of Sheffield United's YTV televised 4-0 win over Blackburn Rovers on 01/Nov/1969 were missed because of a power cut (Thanks to John Phelan who has a SUFCHistory youtube channel here)...... ITV reporter Gary Newbon had to resort to disguising himself at the 1982 European Cup final in order to get post match interviews, you can read the full story here.

August 2016:- Another complete edition of The Kick Off Match from 15/Feb/1976 has turned up on youtube here (Thanks Brian!!!)...... ITV4 have been running a series of 15 minute programmes titled "Football's Greatest", subjects have included Bobby Charlton and Johan Cruyff, the latter can be watched here (Thanks James!!!)

July 2016:- A couple of BBC football related series have been added to the Extra Time page lists - The children's drama series "Striker" began on BBC1 on 31st December 1975 and earlier that year a three part series with Ian Nairn compared the architecture of 'rival' football towns including brief looks at the grounds, "Nairn's Journeys - Football Towns" began on 19th August 1975 with Bolton and Preston, you can view that episode in full here, part two was Huddersfield and Halifax which has been partially uploaded here and part three looked at Wolverhampton and Walsall...... A 'TV football 1968-1992' twitter account here posts links to youtube clips (Thanks to Martin Taylor!!!)

June 2016:- The opening few minutes of what looks like a domestic off-air recording of the 12/Sep/1971 edition of Star Soccer includes a theme tune which is neither the guitar piece (as heard in the London franchise era) or the more familiar classic 1970's tune, you can watch/listen to it here....... The intro to ITV's 1982 FA Cup Final coverage, at 11:30am on the Saturday morning preceded by an ad for K-Tel's England World Cup LP, is here. the BBC's coverage of the replay has been uploaded in full, including pre-match, half-time and full-time chat, here, there's a rare upload of some On the Ball footage from 1982 FA Cup Quarter-finals day here and full BBC coverage of the 1983 final including more than three hours of build-up here...... Curiously, the Associated Press youtube channel includes numerous uploads of 70s football newsreels originally sourced from ITV regional coverage including the commentary, though at the time the audio would have probably been drowned out in most cases by a voice-over, watch an example here. (Thanks Brian!!!)..... And finally, we weren't previously certain which Scottish club's UEFA Cup tie was shown on the 09/Dec/1981 edition of MWSS but can now confirm that it was SV Hamburg v Aberdeen with Brian Moore commentating, at least for those south of the border - see here (Thanks Dan!!!)

May 2016: - A Westward TV film report with Chris Fear commentating rather than doing a voiceover on 31/Aug/1977 Exeter City v Aston Villa can be viewed on the BFI site here, note that the Mid-Week Match that night was Newcastle United v Millwall (Thanks Brian!!!)...... A bunch of ITV World Cup 1974 round-up/preview programmes have been uploaded to youtube by an Australia fan, you can find them on this channel (Thanks to Matt Poole for spotting those!!!)


April 2016:- Hope that everybody's found the new address after I had to move the site to a new location following Virgin Media's announcement that ntlworld and Virgin webspace will be closing down on 28th April.
For those interested in the offshoot 1968-1983 TV set, in which you can select a channel and see what might have been showing on this day of the week at this time of day, that site has now moved here with new schedules for April-June.

RIP Johan Cruijff

March 2016:- The missing 3rd game included on the 14/Nov/1970 edition of The Big Match was Yorkshire TV coverage of Middlesbrough 3 Charlton Athletic 0 and for 11/Nov/1972 Everton 2 Manchester City 2 is now confirmed as the 3rd game on that edition as previously suspected (Thanks Edward!!!)........ The closing section of the very last edition of World of Sport  on 28/Sep/1985 included a look back at 20 years of the programme which you can view here. The full length version of the 1983-1985 theme tune can now be heard on youtube here.

February 2016:-  We can now clear up the confusion over ITV's coverage of 18/Oct/1978 AEK Athens v Nottingham Forest as footage has emerged on youtube which reveals that highlights *were* broadcast on the night in black & white with Hugh Johns commentating, see here, "On the Ball" showed single-camera colour footage voiced over by Ian St John. (Thanks to FootballGaffesGalore!!!)...... Added numerous missing midweek commentators, the list is here. Originally, I left these entries blank if it was the regular regional weekend commentator covering their own patch, but that was probably a mistake as the addition of the commentator tags helps identify the games from which footage has surfaced. (Thanks Andrew!!!)

RIP Jimmy Hill

See also.....

ITV football 1955-1968ITV football 1983-1992ITV Regional Live Games 1992-1997

ITV football 1955-1968