Thursday, June 15, 2017

World Cup 1986 - Day Three

Monday 2 June 1986

Three games today as we finally got into the action, although limited for TV viewers.

Two games at 7pm but BBC only showed the second half of one and the highlights of the other.

Argentina, led by the enigmatic Diego Maradona (of whom we might hear more!) were many people's favourites for the cup, and made a confident start putting away South Korea. BBC viewers would have just started to watch as the third goal went in. Meanwhile the Soviet Union absolutely demolished Hungary.

For the late 11pm kick off England viewers might have watched the ITV live coverage of two teams in the group, Morocco and Poland - but they would not have seen much in a goalless draw.

Group A:
Argentina 3 South Korea 1
Valdano 6, 46, Ruggeri 18 - Park Chang-Sun 73

Group C:
Soviet Union 6 Hungary 0
Yakovenko 2, Aleinikov 4, Belanov 24 (pen), Yaremchuk 66, 75, Rodionov 80

Group F:
Morocco 0 Poland 0

Group A:
Argentina P1 W1 D0 L0 F3 A1 Pts 2 - +2
Italy P1 W0 D1 L0 F1 A1 Pts 1 - 0
Bulgaria P1 W0 D1 L0 F1 A1 Pts 1 - 0
South Korea P1 W0 D0 L1 F1 A3 Pts 0 - -2

Group C:
Soviet Union P1 W1 D0 L0 F6 A0 Pts 2 - +6
France P1 W1 D0 L0 F1 A0 Pts 2 - +1
Canada P1 W0 D0 L1 F0 A1 Pts 0 - -1
Hungary P1 W0 D0 L1 F0 A6 Pts 0 - -6

Group F:
Morocco P1 W0 D1 L0 F0 A0 Pts 1 - 0
Poland P1 W0 D1 L0 F0 A0 Pts 1 - 0
England P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0 Pts 0 - 0
Portugal P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0 Pts 0 - 0

Golden Boot
2 - Valdano (Arg), Yaremchuk (Sov)
1 - Ruggeri (Arg), Socrates (Bra), Strakov (Bul), Papin (Fra), Altobelli (Ita),  Park Chang-Sun (SKor), Yakovenko (Sov), Aleinikov (Sov), Belanov (Sov), Rodionov (Sov)


Monday, June 12, 2017

World Cup 1986 - Day Two

Sunday 1 June 1986

ITV finally got going with the opening match for Brazil - always the favourites - but struggling to beat Spain for the 7pm kick off.

At 11pm that evening, another game for the BBC - the first of many late nights for footy fans - as Canada made their debut in world cup finals going down to France 1-0.

Group D:
Brazil 1 Spain 0
Socrates 62

Group C:
France 1 Canada 0
Papin 79

Group C:
France P1 W1 D0 L0 F1 A0 Pts 2 - +1
Soviet Union P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0 Pts 0 - 0
Hungary P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0 Pts 0 - 0
Canada P1 W0 D0 L1 F0 A1 Pts 0 - -1

Group D:
Brazil P1 W1 D0 L0 F1 A0 Pts 2 - +1
Northern Ireland P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0 Pts 0 - 0
Algeria P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0 Pts 0 - 0
Spain P1 W0 D0 L1 F0 A1 Pts 0 - -1

Golden Boot
1 - Socrates (Bra), Strakov (Bul), Papin (Fra), Altobelli (Ita)

Trivia: The Number One song at the time was:

The Chicken Song - Spitting Image


World Cup 1986 - Day One

Saturday 31 May 1986

So away we go - and ITV kicked off the World Cup .... by showing a schoolboys international at Wembley between England and Italy!

But that evening BBC showed the opening ceremony followed by live coverage of the opening match kicking off at 7pm - as the defending champions Italy drew a tough game with Bulgaria 1-1.

Group A:
Italy 1 Bulgaria 1
Altobelli 43 - Sirakov 85

Group A:
Italy P1 W0 D1 L0 F1 A1 Pts 1 - 0
Bulgaria P1 W0 D1 L0 F1 A1 Pts 1 - 0
Argentina P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0 Pts 0 - 0
South Korea P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0 Pts 0 - 0

Golden Boot
1 - Strakov (Bul) Altobelli (Ita)



World Cup 1986 - Introduction

To get us through the summer, a day by day account of what many consider to be the best of all the World Cups - Mexico 1986 - including some YouTube highlights of 'Game Of The Day'.

The previous World Cup in Mexico 1970 was the first that was shown in colour and is best remembered for the magnificent games featuring Brazil as well as (in England minds) the 3-2 quarter final win by West Germany. Again the pictures were sharp and the quality of the sound wonderfully scratchy - and we were all introduced to the 'Mexican wave'.

Football in England was at a low ebb - it was only a year after the ban on European competitions had begun - but Liverpool had dazzled on their way to a League and Cup double, and, with England, Scotland and Northern Ireland all qualifying, hopes were high for an entertaining tournament.

The format was for 24 teams to be placed into six groups. The top two, and the four best placed third placed teams, would advance to the last 16 - which would then be a straight knock out.

Canada, Denmark and Iraq were making their first appearance in a world cup finals

The draw took place on Sunday 15 December 1985 and produced:

Group A: Italy, Argentina, South Korea, Bulgaria
Group B: Mexico, Paraguay, Iraq, Belgium
Group C: France, Soviet Union, Canada, Hungary
Group D: Brazil, Spain, Algeria, Northern Ireland
Group E: West Germany, Uruguay, Denmark, Scotland
Group F: Poland, England, Morocco, Portugal

Here ITV preview the chances of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland

Sunday, March 20, 2016

I Believe in Miracles - Nottingham Forest and the European Cup 1978-1979

Preliminary Round:

15 August 1978
AS Monaco (Fra) 3-0 Steaua Bucharest (Rum)

30 August 1978
Steaua Bucharest (Rum) 2-0 AS Monaco (Fra) - (2-3 agg)

First Round First Leg:

13 September 1978
AEK Athens (Gre) 6-1 Porto (Por)
Bruges (Bel) 2-1 Wisla Krakow (Pol)
Cologne (WGer) 4-1 IA (Ice)
Fenerbache (Tur) 2-1 PSV Eindhoven (Hol)
Grasshopper (Swi) 8-0 Valetta (Mal)
Haka (Fin) 0-1 Dynamo Kiev (Sov)
Juventus (Ita) 1-0 Rangers (Sco)

Linfield (NIre) 0-0 Lillestrom (Nor)
Malmo (Swe) 0-0 AS Monaco (Fra)
Nottingham Forest (Eng) 2-0 Liverpool (Eng)

Odense (Den) 2-2 Lokomotiv Sofia (Bul)
Omonia (Cyp) 2-1 Bohemians (Ire)
Partizan Belgrade (Yug) 2-0 Dynamo Dresden (EGer)
Real Madrid (Spa) 5-0 Progres Niedercorn (Lux)
Vilaznia (Alb) 2-0 Austria Vienna (Aut)
Zbrojovka Brno (Cze) 2-2 Ujpesti Dozsa (Hun)

First Round Second Leg:
27 September 1978

Austria Vienna (Aut) 4-1 Vilaznia (Alb) (agg: 4-3)
Bohemians (Ire) 1-0 Omonia (Cyp) (agg: 2-2 - Bohemians on away goals)
Dynamo Kiev (Sov) 3-1 Haka (Fin) (agg: 4-1)
Dynamo Dresden (EGer) 2-0 Partizan Belgrade (Yug) (agg: 2-2 - Dynamo Dresden 5-4 on penalties)
IA (Ice) 1-1 Cologne (WGer) (agg: 2-5)
Lillestrom (Nor) 1-0 Linfield (NIre) (agg: 1-0)
Liverpool (Eng) 0-0 Nottingham Forest (Eng) (agg: 0-2)

Lokomotiv Sofia (Bul) 2-1 Odense (Den) (agg: 4-3)
Monaco (Fra) 0-1 Malmo (Swe) (agg: 0-1)
Porto (Por) 4-1 AEK Athens (Gre) (agg: 5-7)
Progres Niedercorn (Lux) 0-7 Real Madrid (Spa) (agg: 0-12)
PSV Eindhoven (Hol) 6-1 Fenerbache (Tur) (agg: 7-3)
Rangers (Sco) 2-0 Juventus (Ita) (agg: 2-1)

Ujpesti Dozsa (Hun) 0-2 Zbrojovka Brno (Cze) (agg: 2-4)
Valetta (Mal) 3-5 Grasshopper (Swi) (agg: 3-13)
Wisla Krakow (Pol) 3-1 Bruges (Bel) (agg: 4-3)

Second Round First Leg
18 October 1978

AEK Athens (Gre) 1-2 Nottingham Forest (Eng)

Austria Vienna (Aut) 4-1 Lillestrom (Nor)
Bohemians (Ire) 0-0 Dynamo Dresden (EGer)
Dynamo Kiev (Sov) 0-0 Malmo (Swe)
Lokomotiv Sofia (Bul) 0-1 Cologne (WGer)
Rangers (Sco) 0-0 PSV Eindhoven (Hol)
Real Madrid (Spa) 3-1 Grasshopper (Swi)
Zbrojovka Brno (Cze) 2-2 Wisla Krakow (Pol)

Second Round Second Leg
1 November 1978

Cologne (WGer) 4-0 Lokomotiv Sofia (Bul) (agg: 5-0)
Dynamo Dresden (EGer) 6-0 Bohemians (Ire) (agg: 6-0)
Grasshopper (Swi) 2-0 Real Madrid (Spa) (agg: 3-3 - Grasshopper on away goals)
Lillestrom (Nor) 0-0 Austria Vienna (Aut) (agg: 1-4)
Malmo (Swe) 2-0 Dynamo Kiev (Sov) (agg: 2-0)
Nottingham Forest (Eng) 5-1 AEK Athens (Gre) (agg: 7-2)


PSV Eindhoven (Hol) 2-3 Rangers (Sco) (agg: 2-3)

Wisla Krakow (Pol) 1-1 Zbrojovka Brno (Cze) (agg: 3-3 - Wisla Krakow on away goals)

Quarter Finals First Leg

6 March 1979
Cologne (WGer) 1-0 Rangers (Sco)

7 March 1979
Austria Vienna (Aut) 3-1 Dynamo Dresden (EGer)
Nottingham Forest (Eng) 4-1 Grasshopper (Swi)

Wisla Krakow (Pol) 2-1 Malmo (Swe)

Quarter Finals Second Leg

21 March 1979
Dynamo Dresden (EGer) 1-0 Austria Vienna (Aut) (agg: 2-3)
Grasshopper (Swi) 1-1 Nottingham Forest (Eng) (agg: 2-5)

Malmo (Swe) 4-1 Wisla Krakow (Pol) (agg: 5-3)

22 March 1979
Rangers (Sco) 1-1 Cologne (WGer) (agg: 1-2)

Semi Finals First Leg

11 April 1979
Austria Vienna (Aut) 0-0 Malmo (Swe)
Nottingham Forest (Eng) 3-3 Cologne (WGer)

Semi Finals Second Leg

25 April 1979
Cologne (WGer) 0-1 Nottingham Forest (Eng) (agg: 3-4)

Malmo (Swe) 1-0 Austria Vienna (Aut) (agg: 1-0)


30 May 1979
Nottingham Forest (Eng) 1-0 Malmo (Swe)

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Match of the Day - Game of the Season (1) - The 1960s

The official book 'Match Of The Day - 50 Years' identified the below as games of the season.

1 May 1965
FA Cup Final
Liverpool 2 Leeds United 1

9 March 1966
European Cup Quarter Final Second Leg
Benfica 1 Manchester United 5

4 March 1967
League Cup Final
Queens Park Rangers 3 West Bromwich Albion 2

29 May 1968
European Cup Final
Manchester United 4 Benfica 1

11 June 1969
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup Final Second Leg
Ujpest Doza 2 Newcastle United 3

7 February 1970
FA Cup Fifth Round
Northampton Town 2 Manchester United 6

Monday, November 9, 2015

Saint and Greavsie - 1989-1990

A selection of programmes from the great Saint and Greavsie series, which was compulsive Saturday lunchtime viewing for footy fans in the late 80s. These are from the season 1989-1990.

18 August 1989

16 September 1989
14 October 1989
21 October 1989

16 December 1989

14 April 1990

9 June 1990