Hugh Johns


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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13 Responses

  1. Administrator says:

    Yes, sadly it is true. Hugh died on Tuesday or Wednesday of this week. I was with him at a meeting on Monday.

    He was a great bloke and he will be sadly missed.

    More at

  2. ursus arctos says:

    200, are you aware of the North American bootleg version of Star Soccer that was shown on some public television stations in the late 70s and early 80s?

    It was voiced over by a guy named Mario Machado, but I think the visuals were actually from MOTD.

    It also had a different theme tune (and may have even used MOTD’s at some point).

    I once risked life and limb installing a special aerial to try to get the signal from a very low power station in San Jose, Calfornia as the local San Francisco outlet didn’t carry it.

    Ever since I found out there it was an ITV product, I’ve wondered if they knew about the North American version.

  3. 200percent says:

    This is an intriguing concept, UA. I have got about 30 minutes of an episode of it on DVD somewhere from about 1980 – I might upload it onto Rapidshare or something.

  4. Ed says:

    rudimentary research shows me that Hugh Johns has no Wikipedia page. I think someone needs to rectify this. And by someone, I mean you, of course.

  5. Ijon says:

    I remember you waxing lyrical about him before. Unfortunately I can’t say I remember hearing him commentate on any matches.

  6. 200percent says:

    Before your time, Steve.

  7. Anonymous says:

    sad loss. Iv’e been trying to get the ITV World Cup 66 version with Hugh’s commentry but to no avail. anybody help?? As for Star Soccer its true Hugh added the excitement to the games. The Derby vs Notts Forest game of the time was an incredible game and Hugh Johns added to that excitement with his voice skill. As for “Star Soccer” no it was a poor attempt to keep it local. We had a blasting theme tune with NO slo motion replay. infact the replays were just the action again with commentry repeated. whilst in London “The Big Match” was doing it properly. even the ATV match on “The Big Match” had slo mo replays when Star Soccer didn’t…Think Gary Newbon will tell some stories of how the ATV sports team begged for a slo-mo machine….Saying all that if anyone knows where I can get DVD’s of Star Soccer i’d love to watch it again.



  8. Anonymous says:

    Does anyone know where I can get a Mp3 of the older faster theme music (poss early 70s)?

    Hugh Johns RIP thanks for the memories

    Star soccer, best football programme far

    Old Ram

  9. Anonymous says:

    I’ve uploaded a web-page on Star Soccer that lists all known games covered by ATV/Central 1968-83.

    Up the Maggies!

  10. James Redmond says:

    Here he goes for his first this season…and he didn’t get it…Oh dear, oh dear,oh dear… ohhhh crikey…Carl Dale


  11. Mark says:

    Iv’e been trying to get the ITV World Cup 66 version with Hugh’s commentry but to no avail. anybody help??

    Tony ~ I can help you, how can I contact you?

    Mark J

  12. Sheer Fortitude says:

    More of a BOOM for Cyrille Regis than BOFF, but Hugh Johns at his best in this commentary.

  13. JW says:

    Brilliant mate – well done, much appreciated.

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