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The Big Match Revisited

Discussion in 'General British Football' started by buzzbee, Dec 9, 2020.

  1. buzzbee

    buzzbee Registered User

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    For those who have BT Sport, they're showing old reruns of The Big Match from 1974. They're great to watch!

    For those of a certain age, it'll provide some great nostalgia. You see grounds as they were then, that have now changed beyond all recognition! You see disabled fans sitting in their cars in the corner of the ground (Remember those small, light blue disabled cars?). You see players you'd forgotten about and managers, you forgot were players in their youth! You see tackles... Remember them?

    For the younger fans, it's worth a look to see how things used to be! The quality of the football has improved. You'll be stunned at things you think of as clear red cards, not even getting a yellow. You'll see players making an effort to stay on their feet, when an opponent comes close to them and even when they make contact. You'll also see some of the ugliest men ever to play professional sport! :laugh:

    It's well worth checking out. The next episode is on Sunday at 3am,BT Sport 1,featuring Arsenal vs QPR, Wolves vs Carlisle and Sheffield United vs Everton
     
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    ITV 4 used to show matches from The B ig Match from the 70's, muddy pitches and in the winter the pitch lines dug out of the snow back when football was a real mans game unlike today with all the cheating, back then Francis Lee of Manchester City was the only player i remember trying to con refs regulary.
     
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    A time when the only way you'd attract the attention of the referee was by bringing his wife into the centre circle and giving her a good rogering - and even then he'd only give you a warning
     
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    Last week, they showed a Chelsea game with their new three tier stand. They said they only had a crowd of about 33,000, but gate receipts were over £30,000... OMG, people were paying almost £1 per ticket! How did they survive? :laugh:

    Last night they showed something really bizarre that would have fans up in arms now! Leeds were beating Sheffield United 5-0, right at the end of the game. It was highlights and they cut to this part just as the commentator said that Leeds had now had 40 consecutive passes. Basically, they were just passing it back and forth along the defence, while Sheffield United stood back on the half way line watching, having given up. Suddenly, the referee blew his whistle and gave a free kick to Sheffield United, even though no players had come close to each other. As he gave the ball to them, without it stopping, one player back-healed to another, who crossed it in and they scored. Today, that would cause a hell of a stink! Not in those days though :laugh:
     
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  5. StretfordEnd

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    You've forgotten the pitches, they really were like the proverbial cabbage patches.
     
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  6. Taffy

    Taffy C'mon you reds.

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    See these games on ITV on Saturday mornings. Goalies with no gloves, no advertising on shirts, only one sub, goal area muddy etc.

    Great viewing.
     
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    It reminds me of my childhood watching the highlights with Brian Moore on a Sunday afternoon, they were happy days. :)
     
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  8. King_Kenny

    King_Kenny JUSTICE FOR THE 97!

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    Damn, those were the days, when footy was a proper sport as opposed to a business.
     
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    They are all on the net too, I've watched a load of them.
     
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    Taffy C'mon you reds.

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    Don't get me wrong, i don't see football back then through rose tinted glasses. Certainly had its faults but do like seeing the pitches all muddy and players numbered 1 to 11.
     
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    The players now are technically better and tactically, teams are better, but watching these games makes me pine for the days when tackling was allowed, players rarely looked to win a free kick, rarely complained when they were fouled and the game flowed! Bookings were only given for the most cynical of fouls, not for slight accidental touches and almost every game finished 11 v11

    If only that were the case now, with the higher level of skill and teamwork, the game would be infinitely better!
     
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    :laugh: Utter drivel, EUSEBIO PELE CRYUFF to name a few...........i can think of many current Internationals who cant control a ball and are there for the speed they have, nothing more.
     
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    Taffy C'mon you reds.

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    Caught the tail end of one today and Jimmy Greaves had picked his top 6 goals from the previous weekend. The person who had the goals in the same order as Jimmy won a prize. The funny thing was that they revealed the full address of the winner, no data protection thingy back then.

    For the record Glenn Hoddle had 1st and 2nd.
     

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