On This Day – First Televised Live English League Match

10-9-1963: Blackpool played Bolton at Bloomfield Road in the first English League game to be televised live. The game was the first of a planned 26 match deal between ITV and the Football League that cost ITV £150,000.

Bolton won 1-0 against Blackpool who where without Stanley Mathews in front of a crowd of 17,000.

The game was played on a Saturday evening with kick-off at 6:50 and live coverage from 7:30. ITV withdrew from the deal when Arsenal refused to be televised the following Saturday and that was the end of the Big Game.

It would go 23 years before the next English league match was televised live – Tottenham versus Nottingham Forest, on October 2, 1983.



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