Sunday, 8 February 2015

Charlton Trailblaze with live TV

I was on my weekly bicycle and stop off at Greenwich, Novotel for a coffee and a read of their Independent and came across the report on Charlton beating Blackburn 1-0 in the FA Cup.

No I have not got it wrong, in 1947 the first ever live club TV match was televised and it was between Charlton and Blackburn as a trial run prior to the FA Cup final being televised, which Charlton went on to win 1-0.

Sam Bartram said it was a poor game and was lucky that a slip towards the end did not result in a Blackburn equaliser.

That cup final was the second cup final to feature Charlton and was the 2nd cup final in a row where the ball burst.

So those were happy days - on TV and we won (Now this is against the law), we won the FA Cup (Eee Aye adee o) and the ball burst.

It was a different era from the money fueled, network inducing world that football is played in today.

Charlton Athletic trailblazers

  • Live TV coverage
  • Ground sharing
  • A supporters political party
  • And a Belgian led network ownership

Never dull at the Valley.

Now back to cleaning my pitchfork.


stephanie said...

I love the network days and wish Guy, Katrien and Roger every success in their stewardship of our CAFC.

sm said...

To think we once had a 100% record in televised games!

Kap Varma said...

Thanks Stephanie - Keep taking the pills