Let’s Take A Look At That Again…

There are some creations in football that are so commonplace that we seldom stop to think where they came from, but without them, the game would be unrecognisable from the one that we know today. Without them, we’d still be using tape for crossbars and referees would still be wearing plus fours. The death of Bryan Cowgill earlier this week at the age of eighty-one┬ásees the passing of a man who, for all of the less endearing aspects of his personality (which were nothing to do with football on the television and, as such, will not be discussed here), was genuine innovator in the field of televised sport, and was responsible for much of what we (at least in Britain) came to understand as the very landscape of football broadcasting. Our older readers may remember the nascent days of football broadcasting on the television in Britain. Asides from the FA Cup final and the occasional England match, there was no live football on the television in this country and that which was shown was a haphazard mix of friendly matches and amateur matches. Cowgill had joined the BBC in 1995 as a production assistant, and was responsible for the production of “Sportsview” and “Grandstand”, programmes which, for the first time, set sport as a confirmed part of the weekly broadcasting schedule. His promotion to the position of Head of...

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