Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Live match

On September 10 1960 Blackpool's home game with Bolton became the first live match on British television.

But the first Big Game was a flop. ITV put their cameras high up behind the goal at Bloomfield Road rather than on the halfway line in the main stand. The critics complained that the commentators overpraised what everyone could see was a poor game, and talked about a packed house when the crowd was only 17,000 in a ground that held twice as many.

By the time Newcastle travelled to Arsenal for ITV's next feature, the Gunners' board refused entry to the cameras.

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