Friday, 9 July 2021

Football Attic: Rewind - Episode 3

Once again we invite you to jump into The Football Attic's time cupboard and join us for another romp through the forgotten wilderness of British football on TV...

And what a romp it turns out to be. First of all, we're honoured by the presence of Rich Nelson as our guest, fresh from single-handedly providing the BBC with all its Finnish football-related content during Euro 2020.

Having put us straight on the subject of Scandinavian advertising boards of the late-1980's, we plunge into an episode of ITV's The Big Match from 7th December 1975. As ever, the observations are acute and the tangents wild.

For instance, did John Wayne really voice a minor part in Star Wars? Was sports bra technology really so appalling 46 years ago? And why did some overhead projectors in the 1970's use orange-tinted plastic sheets?

There's also much delight at the memory of ITV regions we'd see on holiday as kids, a moment to ponder who had more fun with Raquel Welch - Jimmy Hill or Peter Osgood? - and a conscious effort on our parts not to mention the name of a popular brand of liquorice in Denmark. All that, plus listener feedback and Brian Moore telling a viewer how to say 'Steve Coppell' properly.

Confused? Don't be. Watch this episode of The Big Match, settle back and listen to our observations using the download link below. Is there any swearing, we hear you ask? Yes, but surely you've come to expect that by now.

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Wednesday, 9 June 2021

Football Attic: Rewind - Episode 2


It's episode 2 of the retro football podcast that knows its Kombilotts from its Konsum Vasts! Yes, we're back once again to take you back to a time in British football when the shorts were short and the tempers on the field were even shorter...

In this episode, we take you back to March 1987 for another instalment of the BBC's Match of the Day where it's FA Cup quarter final weekend. Arsenal play Watford and find the linesman giving off all the wrong signals, Coventry City play Sheffield Wednesday surrounded by a profusion of Scandinavian product placement, while back in the studio Bob Wilson tries not to moan about the pain in his neck. Jimmy Hill is your presenter.

Along the way we profile Steve Williams and Keith Houchen/Hoochin, consider the drop-off in quality of chart music 34 years ago and generally grab whatever low-hanging fruit we can find from the long-forgotten era of Shoot magazine, home computing and phone-based football information services. ClubCall, anyone?

If you want to watch this episode of Match of the Day to see what we're talking about, you can catch it here. Like last time, there are a few brief pauses in the video caused by circumstances beyond our control which we hope won't detract too much from your viewing pleasure. Apart from that, sit back, listen to The Football Attic: Rewind and enjoy...

(Caution: some minor swearing, but you can cope.)

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Tuesday, 27 April 2021

Football Attic: Rewind - Episode 1


If you've been waiting for a football podcast that thinks electronic scoreboards are the coolest thing ever or shrugs its shoulders when it hears the phrase 'VAR', you're very much in luck.

Yes folks, The Football Attic: Rewind is on hand to transport you back to a time when 'Internet' was something international-standard anglers used to catch fish and 'Bestie' was that Irish bloke who used to score loads of goals for Manchester United.

In this first episode, we, your humble hosts, take you back to September 19th 1981 to look at an old episode of the BBC's Match of the Day. And my, how things have changed. We see crowds bereft of replica shirt-wearing fans (apart from one young bloke at Anfield), players getting fouled but denying us the chance to see their extensive acting repertoire and pitchside boards advertising holiday camps and stone enamellers. Did this really happen in our lifetime?

Apparently it did, and we've got the evidence to prove it. If you want to watch this episode of Match of the Day to see what we're talking about, you can catch it here

So if you want to the greatest ever example of the Egyptian goatee beard, see the evil in Garry Birtles' eyes or simply marvel at the wonder of a behind-the-goal camera angle, you've definitely come to the right place. Mind - there's a bit of mild swearing here and there. Sorry about that...

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