Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Revisit Football's golden age...

Nostalgic football fans in the UK - can we have your attention please!

Some People Are On The Pitch are proud to announce that a new series of The Big Match Revisited is returning to ITV4 on January 1st 2009. Covering the final 20 weeks of the 1978/79 season, the first programme has an absolute gem of a game in the shape of West Bromwich Albion's 5-3 victory over Manchester United.

So if you want to hear plenty of this...



...see some of this...



…and wallow in the masterly presentation of this man...



…make sure you tune into ITV4 in the new year on Thursdays or Sundays for a huge helping of football 1970's-style.

The previous series (looking back at the 1982/83 season) was broadcast at the start of this year and was hugely successful - so much so that many people wrote about it at the time from national newspapers to… well, us, frankly.

And rightly so, in our opinion. There's little enough vintage football on our screens as it is these days and ITV4 have realised this by giving fans of a certain age plenty of what they're looking for.

Throughout the course of the second series of The Big Match Revisited, you can expect to hear lots about the league title race between Nottingham Forest and Liverpool, the dwindling fortunes of Chelsea, QPR and Derby and the race for promotion to Division 1 involving Crystal Palace, West Ham and Brighton.

And of course you can remind yourself of all the great players of the day that were doing the rounds. Names like Liam Brady, Steve Coppell, Mick Channon, Cyrille Regis and the recent arrivals at Spurs, Osvaldo Ardiles and Ricardo Villa are all there on show for your televisual entertainment.

So go on - immerse yourself in nostalgia. Make a note in your diary for New Year's Day on ITV4 - The Big Match Revisited is back on your screens again.



With thanks to our friends Laura Wootton and Gary Andrews at ITV for providing us with the above information.

4 comments:

flicktokick said...

At college on the south coast in the late eighties we got the late night treat on TVS that was the Channon and Ball Video Show. You couldn't beat it for a unique mix of vintage football and indecipherable conversation and comment.

Chris O said...

How marvellous!!! I'd quite forgotten about the Channon and Ball Video Show! Where'd you dredge that up from!! lol...

Actually, just checking here - you mentioned C&B on our obituary for Alan Ball in April 2007. You spoke rather highly of it in a funny sort of way!

I'm not sure I remember the programme. I remember the title (which was funny in itself). Did they show old football clips and generally chat about them?

Rob Williams said...

Yay! More vintage football! Thank you ITV for this treat!

Chris O said...

Here here to that! Don't know if you saw the first programme in the new series today, but I thought it was great.

Gerald Sinstadt - a many very much at the top of his game in the late 70's...

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