Let’s Take A Look At That Again…


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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4 Responses

  1. Brad says:

    Wow. another fantastic piece of work. One question: did American football start using the instant replay on TV after the BBC did, or vice-versa? I think it would be a great thing to be able to tell some of the “soccer-haters” you occasionally run into that an aspect of all sports TV coverage that they love so much is derived from an innovation first used in soccer…

  2. Ian says:

    Difficult question, Glyn: Right, I have an answer. Of sorts. The first use of “instant” replay was for an Army vs Navy gridiron match, shown by CBS in December 1963. It couldn’t, however, be used for live transmissions because issues with the videotape used. The 1966 World Cup was the first major sporting event to feature live instant replays, though not for every match because of the cost of the tape. Slow motion replays were first used on “ABC’s World Wide World Of Sport in 1961, but couldn’t be “instant” because the films were required to be processed.

  3. Michael Oliver says:

    Great summary of Cowgill and his legacy.

    It’s true what you say about football and television being ‘intertwined’. So much so that when you watch a game live at the stadium and a goal is scored, you often wonder where the action replay is!

    It’s a real shame that the BBC, despite revolutionising the coverage of football in the past, has fallen so far behind Sky in their coverage of the contemporary game.

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