Video of the Week: Brentford vs Sheffield Wednesday, January 1980

by | Feb 8, 2016

As a result of having a contract with the Football League to show highlights, broadcasters used to have to give a little starring space to the lower divisions. Both the BBC and ITV were obliged to show a handful of lower division matches per season, giving them star billing over and above what was happening at the top of the First Division. For Football League clubs, this meant that they would usually end up on the television once a season, as the local television broadcasters looked around to fill a contractual for the season, even if that one did only consist of top billing in their home ITV region only.

This morning’s Video of the Week match is one of those matches, a Third Division match between Brentford and Sheffield Wednesday from January 1980. Sheffield Wednesday had undergone a difficult 1970s, relegated from the First Division at the end of the first year of the decade, and then again in 1975. The 1980s began with the club in mid-table in the Third Division, in eight place, with a trip to London to play Brentford, who were two places below them in the table, in tenth position. Still, though, the cameras of London Weekend Television were there.

Sheffield Wednesday would be promoted to the Second Division at the end of this season, and in 1984 a fourteen year long wait to return to the top division would finally come to an end. At the time of writing, it is now fifteen and a half years since Sheffield Wednesday last played top division football in England, two years long than the club’s previous drought lasted. At the time of writing, the club is in sixth place in the table, havingĀ  lost just six of its thirty league matches so far this season. It’s a chance to end that drought. Brentford, meanwhile, still haven’t sampled the top flight of English football since 1947. Commentary back in 1980 comes from Brian Moore.

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