If You Don’t Want To Know The Score, Look Away Now

Right, so, football on the television. Nothing else has influenced the way that we all watch football as much as television. It still seems difficult to believe that, as recently as the early 1980s, there were only about three live matches on the television (typically the annual England vs Scotland international match, the FA Cup Final and the European Cup Final), but it’s true. In less than three decades, we have gone from the League going through something approaching an existential crisis over whether to allow clubs to have sponsors’ names on their shirts while the cameras were there to record what was going on to having matches beamed into our living rooms twenty-four hours a day from all over the world. You’ll need to right click and save the files below, by the way – almost all will play in any media player, but a couple will require something that plays Real Media files – I would suggest Media Player Classic for these purposes. The BBC were, perhaps unsurprisingly, the first people to football on the television. In 1937, just over a year after they went on air, they broadcast Arsenal playing Arsenal Reserves, and followed that up with the England-Scotland match and the FA Cup Final between Huddersfield Town and Preston North End the following year. Broadcasts were sporadic until 1960 often on “Sportsview” or “Grandstand” (which...

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