Video of the Day: Saint & Greavsie, April 1992
It’s important, sometimes, to remember how far we’ve come. There is considerable criticism of the television broadcasting of football these days but, while it’s fair to say that a continued general leaning towards the lowest common denominator doesn’t help the viewpoint that we have come a long way, the truth of the matter is that we have. Saint & Greavsie was, perhaps, the last the last, dying breath of old football on the television. It had originally been introduced as the evolution of On The Ball, commercial television’s lunchtime equivalent to Football Focus. Just as Football Focus was a part of Grandstand, so was On The Ball a part of ITV’s World of Sport. When that programme ended its run in 1985, On The Ball, which had already been hosted by Ian St John and Jimmy Greaves for a couple of years, transmogrified into Saint & Greavsie.
St John & Greaves were two players who were, by 1985, living the middle class dream. The sound of the golf club on television, this idle chitter-chatter encased in football was about to be blown out of the water. By the time that Saint & Greavsie ended its run in 1992, the world was a very different place. The Premier League had landed and live top flight football was headed from ITV to Sky Sports, forever. Such considerations seem pretty far from their minds on the 18th April 1992, though – they’ve got a busy show ahead, with the week before’s League Cup Final to review, the race for the First Division Championship, a supporters’ guide to the forthcoming European Championships, and their top twenty goals of the season. Criticise them if you must, but you don’t get that on Soccer AM.
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