When Technology Fails

One of the great innovations of modern football is the ability for someone sitting at home to keep up to date with the latest scores in almost many match the you care to think of. It wasn’t so long ago that this was impossible. If you supported a non-league club, the chances were that you’d have to hope to catch the result from someone in the pub on the Saturday night or in one of the newspapers the next day. Even this, however, was not always a viable option, and occasionally you’d have to wait until the following Thursday or Friday for a match report in the local paper. Bigger clubs were afforded more media coverage, but even their supporters would often have to play an agonising waiting game. BBC Radio 2 would cover matches on a Saturday afternoon, but more often than not they would focus on the biggest matches and only carry match reports from half a dozen or so games. They gave out scores as they got them in, but the information was far from reliable. What if they missed out your team’s crucial (to you, at least) goal? At twenty to five every Saturday afternoon, a certain percentage of the population’s minds would go elsewhere. Small crowds of men would gather, hunched around the television sets in the windows of electrical stores and television rental...

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