Then as now, in most years every quarter final of the FA Cup was televised by someone. Now we are spoiled by live coverage of all four games – but before it was, of course, just the highlights.
The first quarter final to be shown live was on BBC One on Sunday 11 March 1984 – ending in a rather tepid 0-0 draw between Sheffield Wednesday and Southampton.
Not surprisingly that match does not appear to have been put on YouTube so instead here is a sixth round game from our featured year of 1978 when Nottingham Forest, going for a domestic treble, came up against West Bromwich Albion, managed by the young Big Ron.
FA Cup televised games that weekend:
Saturday 11 March 1978 – Match of the Day
West Bromwich Albion 2-0 Nottingham Forest
Millwall 1-6 Ipswich
Sunday 12 March 1978 – The Big Match
Wrexham 2-3 Arsenal
Middlesbrough 0-0 Orient