Watching the Match: The Inside Story of Football on Television Brian Barwick

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Published: August 14th 2014

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Watching the Match: The Inside Story of Football on Television  by  Brian Barwick

Watching the Match: The Inside Story of Football on Television by Brian Barwick
August 14th 2014 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 288 pages | ISBN: | 3.18 Mb

Football and television have been intertwined in culture for more than half a century and Brian Barwick has played a massive role in the continuing liaison between them. Watching The Match tells the story of how football on television became aMoreFootball and television have been intertwined in culture for more than half a century and Brian Barwick has played a massive role in the continuing liaison between them.

Watching The Match tells the story of how football on television became a national obsession. The first live football match in England was the 1938 FA Cup final, and the winning goal was a penalty in the last minute of extra time - proof if ever it was needed that football can deliver the dramatic like no other sport.

The BBCs Match of the Day, the first dedicated football highlights show, was first aired in August 1964. The FA Cup Final, for years the only match shown live, suddenly became an all-day event with ITVs FA Cup Wrestling Special FA Cup Final going up against the BBCs Its An FA Cup Knock-out.

The 1966 World Cup brought live international matches into the publics home for the first time and the BBC coverage of the final will forever be remembered by Kenneth Wolstenholmes legendary, Some people are on the pitch...they think its all over...here comes Hurst...it is now! Soon commentators, presenters and analysts such as Wolstenholme, Barry Davies, John Motson, Brian Moore, Martin Tyler, Keith Macklin, Gerald Sinstadt, Jimmy Hill, Brian Clough and Terry Venables became national figures and their sucessors, Gary Lineker, Gabby Logan, Jeff Stelling, Adrian Chiles, more so.

Satellite television has moved football into a new stratosphere with almost 40 per cent of all Premier League matches shown live every season and the FAs sale of broadcast rights in 2012 for that league alone brought in GBP 3 billion.

Watching The Match is full of a fascinating story, personal anecdotes and interviews from in front of and behind the cameras, spanning 75 years. Written by a man who has held every important post in football television, this is a must-read book for all football fans.



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