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Recent 1968-83 Updates
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 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
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).............
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
RIP Don Howe
December 2015:- The missing midweek game for 28/Apr/1971 was the ECWC SF 2nd Leg; Manchester City 0 Chelsea 1, there's apparently 45 minutes of footage still in existence (Thanks to FootballGaffesGalore!!!)...... In the matchday programme for the 23/Mar/1974 Blackpool v Preston fixture there is an article that says "Blackpool have joined a scheme to pioneer television advertising on Granada. The advert is called 'Let's Go To Football', the 30 second commercials are to be shown the night before a match. Bob Lord, chairman of Burnley, said 'Football must advertise itself to attract more spectators'" Twelve North West teams took part in the campaign, but not Bolton Wanderers.......... The 18/Jan/1977 Everton v Bolton League Cup SF matchday programme mentions that "tonight is the first semi-final of ITV's popular On The Ball Penalty Prize Competition", it also says that the final would be held at Wembley ahead of the League Cup Final, the winner ultimately having the opportunity to represent Britain in the Eurovision Final (Thanks Duncan!!!)........... A very thorough account of West Ham United's 'Ghost Match' on 01/Oct/1980, which ITV were only allowed to show 3 minutes worth of footage of, is here(Thanks Jordan!!!)...... And finally a 1976 article from The Stage & Television Today on the first 21 years of ITV sport is here (Thanks Dan!!!)
RIP Howard Kendall
October 2015:- The missing ITV midweek FA Cup R4 replay for 28/Jan/1970 was Leicester City v Southampton and ITV's 09/Sep/1970 League Cup tie was Huddersfield Town v Nottingham Forest, these were both listed in "The Stage & Television Today " which curiously has both broadcasts making the top 10 most watched programmes of the week in Northern Ireland only (Thanks Robin!!!)........ Commentator for the 1981 World Club Championship match between Liverpool and Flamengo was Jim Rosenthal off-tube, not Brian Moore, see here, LWT only showed 1st half highlights from that game which included all of the goals, so this probably means that Brian Moore had been assigned to a game that was postponed that weekend which I'm guessing was Luton Town v Chelsea, with Gerry Harrison also supposed to be at Kenilworth Road for Anglia who ended up showing the full extended highlights of Liverpool v Flamengo as their main game.... Hugh Johns apparently commentated on the 1972 Charity Shield, Brian Moore merely presented (Thanks to Jay Stone for those corrections!!!) .......... Football Gaffes Galore's youtube channel has now completed the ITV goal compilations for each season from 1968/69 to 1982/83, the play list is here....... Jeff Wayne's 1983-85 World of Sport theme can finally be heard in its' 4:40 minute entirety on a CD compilation called "Lost in Transmission", you can order a copy via the Test Card Circle website here...... And finally here's a recent Where Are They Now? article from the Daily Express on Elton Welsby.
September 2015:- I don't normally mention Scottish football, but there was a notable rare live broadcast of Celtic in European Cup action on 08/Mar/1972 away to Ujpest Dozsa, the programme went out on STV only at 4:10-6:20pm. Another curious broadcast north of the border was Partick Thistle v Aberdeen on 07/May/1980, possibly the only example of Grampian screening exclusive highlights of domestic football during that period, Aberdeen winning the Premier division title that month (Thanks Robin!!!)...... An edition of There's Only One Brian Moore from 1994 is here including Chelsea v Manchester City 26/Aug/1972 and QPR v Birmingham City 17/Oct/1970....... And finally a recent interview with Jim Rosenthal in which he discusses how he got into broadcasting is here (Thanks to Jason Stone!!!)
July 2015:- Two footnote programme additions to the 'Extra Time' page; Bostock's Cup shown on 25/May/1999 on ITV was a fictional drama about a non-league team winning the 1974 FA Cup starring Tim Healy and Neil Pearson, it included archive footage from the 1970s including the 1973 FA Cup Final, watch it here, and TOTP2 shown on 30/May/2015 on BBC1 was a compilation of FA Cup Final songs from the 1970s to the 1990s (Thanks to James Minifie!!!)...... The missing ITV commentator on the 1980 UEFA Cup final 1st leg was Brian Moore, there's some highlights here, the commentator for 19/Nov/1980 Wales v Czechoslovakia was Bob Symonds <not Hugh Johns> the goal recently uploaded to youtube here (Thanks to Dan for those!!!)........ Raw recordings from 07/Feb/1979 England v Northern Ireland are hereincluding three pre-match interviews conducted on the pitch during the day, the first for UTV with Derek Dougan, I think the interviewer here is Jackie Fullerton, then Martin Tyler interviews Ron Atkinson for YTV's Calendar News and finally another chat with Derek Dougan with Ronald Allison for Thames News (Thanks to FootballGaffesGalore!!!)
June 2015:- ITV4 premiered a three part series called 'Football Mavericks' from 5th May, part one dealing with the 1970's. There's still time to catch it on ITV player if you missed it here........ Some colour newsreel footage here of the drawn 1971 Cup Winners Cup Final between Chelsea and Real Madrid (Thanks to David Barron!!!)....... A new section for the 'Extra Time' page is a list of the ITV studio's used from 1968-83 and their nearest league ground, there's also two KMZ files available for Google Earth users which show the studio and ground locations, the dates they were in use and an animated GIF of the relevant ident when you click on the pins.
RIP Andy King
May 2015:- Seeing that it's FA Cup final month, here's a trailer for ITV's 1982 coverage. The background music, which was also used as the theme on the day as well as the previous year, is Keith Mansfield's 'Flash' which you can listen to in full here........ The theme tune for ITV's coverage of the Euro 76 semi-finals and final was 'Lap of Honour' which had previously been used for ITV's coverage of the 1974 World Cup. (Thanks to Rob Howell!!!)............ The opening 16 minutes of the 19/Jun/1982 edition of World of Sport <which would include live World Cup action> is here, the intro has the revised recording of the classic theme accompanied by a set of titles first introduced in the winter of 1980/81, there's also a quick glimpse of the Grampian TV clock at the very start.
April 2015:- A missing entry for the ITV Football Archive Programmes section is Yesterday's Heroes produced by Granada and running for two series in 1993 and 1994 featuring two guests each week looking back on their playing career, presented by Elton Welsby (Thank to James Minifie!!!)...... It's about time this site had a map of the regions, so I've created one based on page 180 of the 1977 IBA yearbook and added it to the Extra Time page here, I've also tidied that page up a little, the 'other football related stuff on ITV' section is now actually readable after being divided up into season's rather than one big solid block of text.
March 2015:- Some footage of the 19/May/1971 Real Madrid v Chelsea ECWC Final, a match that was apparently not screened by British television on the night, can be viewed from the 4:30mins mark into this TVE upload (Thanks to David Barron!!!)..... The one longtime missing World Cup TV theme from the internet, the BBC's 1974 'Striker', finally turned up last summer on youtube here...... A compilation of all surviving goals from ITV's 1968/69 season archive is here.
RIP Dave Mackay
January 2015:- The initial Granada Kick Off Match theme tune for season's 1975/76 & 1976/77 has been identified as the backing track for The Smoke's May 1974 b-side "Looking High" released on the Decca Label as the flip side to "My Lullaby", you can have a listen to it in full here (Thanks to Mike Whalley!!!)...... 25/Jan/1975 Coventry City v Arsenal FA Cup highlights as seen on The Big Match are here (Thanks to Jamie!!!)
RIP John Neal