Spin the ball? We don’t care

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From: Paul James Dellow

The Avenue

Spot the ball? We didn’t care

‘Live’ football on TV during the early to mid 1950s. Yes, it did exist courtesy of the BBC, in monochrome of course.

Saturday afternoons around 2pm we switched on to this novelty. No Arsenal, no Man United, no Aston Villa, not an old First Division team in sight. Our pleasure was to watch the likes of Bishop Auckland, Finchley, Crook Town, Penrith and Dulwich Hamlet, teams playing in the Northern and Southern Leagues.

A solitary TV camera was positioned in the elevated position at one end of the ground behind the goal.

In murky, misty or foggy conditions, one of those three usually applied, we had to rely on the commentator to keep us abreast of events at the far end of the pitch, we hoped he was spot-on, no pun intended. Did we care, not a jot. This was sporting entertainment ‘live’ in our living room, Gary Lineker, who is he!?