Day: October 31, 2011

Is The Worm Starting To Turn? Cardiff Fans Walk Out Of Elland Road

In some respects it was inevitable that a group of fans would collectively reach a breaking point, and take a stand at the way supporters are treated by many professional clubs. However the fact that it happened at Elland Road yesterday, and the Cardiff City fans concerned ended up boycotting the end of a game where they had already paid was still a surprise. Cardiff City fans don’t have the greatest of reputations, most notably due to the actions of the Soul Crew – one of the most notorious of the hooligan firms of the 70s, 80s and 90s – and matches between the Bluebirds and Leeds United have had flashpoints in the past (most notably the FA Cup Third Round game between the two in 2002. However, while I would never defend nor condone hooliganism, not every Cardiff City fan is a hooligan. In fact the vast majority of Bluebirds fans are law abiding citizens, and most of their away following just want to follow their team round the country, like fans of most teams. In fact, the club has brought in so many effective measures designed to reduce hooliganism at Cardiff games, that they are the current holders of the title “Football League Family Club of the Year” However, unlike fans from most other teams, Cardiff City fans have to jump through the more than the occasional...

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Voices Of Football: Brian Moore – The Face And Voice Of ITV

When we look back to try and trace the history of football on the television in Britain, there are several dates that stand out as being of significance. The twenty-second of August 1964, for example, saw the first episode of Match Of The Day, whilst the sixteenth of August 1992 saw Nottingham Forest beat Liverpool in the first live Premier League match on Sky Sports. One date that does escape most memories, however, is the second of August 1968. This was the day that London Weekend Television came on air for the first time and it is a significant date, because this brash -by the standards of the time, at least – new company would go on to revolutionise the way in which all sport – and especially football – was broadcast in this country, and the man that they chose as both their face and voice of football would go on to become a legend of British sports broadcasting. The introduction of commercial broadcasting to Britain was very much a product of its time. Tightly regulated by the newly-formed Independent Broadcasting Authority, commercial television in Britain was divided into regional companies which opened across the country between 1955 and 1960. To ensure that no one commercial organisation would come to dominate the media landscape and with the London region – by some way the most populous and lucrative region of...

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