The Sound Of Music


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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21 Responses

  1. Dan says:

    I love these posts! For those like me that love the kind of library music typified by those sports themes, I recommend you check out the Blow Up Exlcusive Blend series of CDs. Genius.

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  3. Anonymous says:

    What a fantastic Blog and one thats gone into my favourites! Man, brought back so many memories. Hearing Grandstand and especially Sportsnight…ahh, although there was less footie on then it seems ‘special;.
    However, thats not to say Sky’s early output is forgotten. Id love to hear their theme tunes for Super Sunday and Monday Night Football!
    Howabout as well as mp3’s, we have .avi’s! so we can see the intros to remind us of the past!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Many thanks for this great service to humanity. What happened to the Bum titty Bum titty Bum Bum Bum version of the Big Match c.1974?

  5. Anonymous says:

    I wonder if you remember the instrumental anthem from the 70s/80s tv programme “Road To Wembley”?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Would be good if you could get a version of Midweek Sports Special as that was probably the best theme of the lot.
    There is a version knocking about on the net somewhere but it has talking over it.

    Would also be good if you could get the ITV World Cup theme of 1982 ‘Matador’ also by Jeff Wayne.

    Great blog btw :o)


  7. stoner says:

    I’ve been trying to find the 1980’s version of The Match for aaaaaaaaaaaaaaages!!! This is when I first got in to football. Elton Welsby – LEGEND!!!! :o)

  8. IverPotter says:

    Totally agree that Midweek Sports Special is an absolute gem – I have it on an old VHS tape at home.

    The Star Soccer theme tune was later used for “Cloughie’s Golden Oldies,” where Brian and Gary Newbon raided the archives “for great matches of yesteryear.”

  9. The Long Lost Cousins says:

    Fantastic. I’ve been searching everywhere for the Grandstand theme Mp3. Our band, The Long Lost Cousins will be using it as our on stage entrance music from now on. Thanks so much for that. Any chance of getting the mp3s of Question of Sport & Radio 5’s Sports Report on here too?

  10. Anonymous says:

    Thanks very much for this. Its very evocative of my childhood (i’m 48) spent watching the footy on tv with my dad. Also, you have settled endless hours of argument in the pub with my mates as to what the theme to “Star soccer” was. I’ve loaded it as the ringtone on my phone and am looking forward to their faces when they hear it!

    Thanks again!

  11. Anonymous says:

    I’m looking for a music theme (an electronic new age, without vocal) which was palyed before and after matches in Worldcup 1990 Italy. I would really appreciate if you can help me on this. I don’t know the title or the composer, but I really love it! You know, It reminds me my great period of football fan (I was 10!)
    Thanks in advance.

  12. Ellu says:

    Notti Magiche by Gianna Nannini

  13. Will says:

    On ITV? I think I have it…

  14. Marcus says:

    I’d love to hear the Midweek Sport Special theme again if anyone has it!

  15. Anonymous says:

    Can’t seem to download the Star Socer theme tune.

    Any tips?


  16. Ponce DeLyon says:

    That Rugby Special muzak is obviously Royalty Light Library music as it can also be heard in at lest 2 episodes of The Sweeney ( The Naff Patrick Mower ones)..Yes ok I blame my parents too

  17. Ponce De-lyon 2 says:

    Forgive the last mis spell Im tired…P.S Wish the Actual,proper,actual Sportsnight theme was here,Alas the one available has an irritating bass-y thing going on over it which was rightly mixed ‘out’ at the time…or is this one of those awful Geoff Love covers? Grrr

  18. smiggers says:

    Fabulous tunes -brings back many a happy memory.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Wicked post – not a sports fan but my mate is – he’ll LOVE to hear these songs – fantastic – many thanks – BTW the MP3’s are great quality as well

  20. Anonymous says:

    One quick comment

    The Last Big Match theme you have on here is labelled incorrectly. It wasnt the Big Match by then and was plain and simply ‘The Match’ which is what ITV called their exclusive coverage of First Division games that Greg Dyke at LWT won for the network – I think they paid the heady sum of £44m !!

  21. I had watched with interest The star soccer show and must tell you that I was thrilled watching it!

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