End Of An Era – The Phasing Out Of Ceefax

Ian

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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8 Responses

  1. Chopper says:

    Nice article. I have a host of superstitions based around football and it didn’t take me long to realise that checking on my teams result within ten minutes of the expected finish game was very bad luck.

    I made the mistake several times of tuning into Ceefax at 4:45 to see Fulham were leading, only to find the score change to a draw or defeat by 4:55. It was OK to check the score during the early part of the game but I had to introduce a blanket ban between 4:30 and 5:05 to make sure I was really safe.

  2. I was a Teletext man myself…

    I was seduced by the graphics I think.

  3. Bernard says:

    I, for one, will be sad to see it go. I spent much of my life travelling the world and invariably in any hotel room there are two english language channels – CNN and BBC World. And with BBC world came Ceefax. It was really the only way of keeping up with UK sport no matter which time zone you were in.

  4. Steve says:

    It’s entirely predictable and understandable, but it is a shame that teletext will soon be no more, if only from a nostalgic standpoint.

    It was the easiest way to access results for some time. It was also the way the bar at my local non-league club (and many a pub) would relay the results on a Saturday afternoon – perhaps in some way easier to digest than the dizzying Soccer Saturday is now. Although Soccer Saturday’s scrolling results do lead to similar “damn, I just missed the score” moments…

  5. NickDunmore says:

    My life changed the day I discovered the ‘update’ button on the remote, allowing me to continue watching tv, then switching back when it changed.
    A watched Ceefax never boils.

    re: Webbie – that giant ball does at least explain Newcastle’s difficulties scoring during the Souness reign.

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