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Media Coverage
England on Television
(1955-60)

The commentators in italics are probable, but not confirmed.

Left: Kenneth Wolstenholme, who commentated on virtually all of the big games in the 1950s.

The 1955-56 season saw a number of developments resulting in increased coverage of football on television. Firstly, the BBC introduced a regular Saturday night programme called 'Sports Special', which featured brief highlights from a selection of the day's Football League games from around the country, with commentary. The games were recorded on film, then rushed back to London for editing so that they were ready to be broadcast by 10pm

This same production team was used to enable England's two away games in the British Championship (in Cardiff and Glasgow) to be shown on television on the same day for the very first time. Only one small problem marred the first of these games, against Wales. Because the film reels were shorter than 45 minutes, they had to be changed during play and, as luck would have it, both Welsh goals in their first victory against England for 17 years were missed.

As the BBC made better use of editing, they were able to provide highlights of every England game, in addition to the live coverage of midweek internationals. For games played abroad, it was the following night before the highlights could be broadcast, but viewers were able to see all but one England match of the 1955-56 season, with the added bonus of live coverage from a glorious 3-1 victory against the world champions, in Berlin, thanks to the Eurovision network. The only game not broadcast that season was the one in Helsinki, for the simple reason that television had not yet been introduced to Finland.

The other development in that historic season was that the BBC now had a competitor, the Independent Television Authority (ITA), which saw football as a means of attracting viewers. Their first game, broadcast by Rediffusion to the London area, was the 1955 Wembley international against Spain, which was also shown simultaneously by the BBC. Rediffusion's commentator was Kent Walton, who became more famous as the wrestling commentator on 'World of Sport' in the 1970s. It is believed that there were plans for both channels to show the game prior to this (against Northern Ireland), but it is not known if this was actually broadcast by the ITA.

1956-57 saw every single England match televised in some form for the first time and lots more besides, including Amateur, Under-23, Youth, Schoolboy and B internationals. In fact, both television channels now seemed to use internationals at all levels as a means of bombarding the airwaves with live football, due to the lack of authority to show anything more than five minutes of Football League action. Because they did not have the extent of outside broadcast facilities available to the BBC, Independent Television (ITV) only managed to gain exclusive coverage of a single Youth international played at Chelsea in 1958. Their time would come.

England's final World Cup qualifier, in Dublin, in 1957, provided a rare opportunity in the commentary box for an up-and-coming 31-year-old reporter called David Coleman. Kenneth Wolstenholme was occupied with live coverage of Scotland's game in Switzerland, leaving the man who would eventually succeed him as the BBC's big-match commentator, to voice the highlights as England dramatically secured their place in Sweden with a last-minute equaliser.

Film reports of England's eastern European tour games in Belgrade and Moscow at the end of the 1957-58 season found their way onto BBC screens via the 'To-night' and 'Sportsview' programmes, but the World Cup in Sweden was made available to both channels via the same Eurovision network that was used four years earlier in Switzerland. As there was again only one game available to be broadcast at any one time, England were only featured twice out of their four fixtures. During their opening game with the Soviet Union, viewers were watching West Germany's first defence of the title, against Argentina in Malmö; and whilst England were battling for survival against Austria in Borĺs, the featured game was again in Malmö, where Northern Ireland bravely held the West Germans to earn themselves another crack at a quarter-final place. The 'To-night' programme brought viewers up to date with film reports by David Coleman on the day after England's games.

With great debates going on in the football world as to how much should be shown on TV, and the Football League still resisting offers to show their games live, the coverage of intermediate internationals was eased off a little in the following season, though ITV did manage to show their first Under-23 game, live from Norwich. One other minor breakthrough in 1958 came when the BBC were able to show highlights from Belfast on the same day. Previously, games played on the emerald isle were not shown until the following day. Three of England's games on the 1959 tour of the Americas were also covered, but each took three days to appear on BBC screens.

At the end of the decade, ITV finally made the breakthrough into full England internationals, with exclusive live coverage of the two autumn games at Wembley. Surprisingly, only two regions broadcast the first of them live, with the others having to show delayed coverage following a scheduled schools programme. The BBC, meanwhile, after two end-of-season tours in which they were unable to show action on the day of the game, made their own breakthrough by showing live coverage of the second half of England's meeting with Spain in Madrid via Eurovision. Though this was a resounding defeat, it was the first time that live pictures of a non-competitive England game had been beamed from abroad in four years. Alas, they could not repeat the feat for the final game of the season, in Budapest.

Thanks to Robert Pedley for spotting the coverage of the 1959 tour.

For more details on TV football in this era, the ITV Football 1955-68 website is well worth a visit.

1955-56
Other England Internationals Tuesday, 28th September 1955 - Under-23
Fratton Park, Portsmouth (second half only)
England 5 Denmark 1 - BBC - 8:00pm - 8:45pm
commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme

298

Sunday, 2 October 1955 - Denmark 1 England 5 [0-3]
Idrćtsparken, Křbenhavn - Kick-off 2.00pm (1.00 pm GMT)
HIGHLIGHTS ONLY
BBC - Monday, 3rd October
10:45pm - 10:57pm

commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme
(recorded highlights)
Other England Internationals Wednesday, 19th October 1955
Maine Road, Manchester (last hour only)
England B 5 Yugoslavia B 1 - Sportsview (BBC) - 8:00pm - 9:15pm
commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme

299

Saturday, 22 October 1955 - Wales 2 England 1 [2-0]
Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff - Kick-off 3.00pm GMT
HIGHLIGHTS ONLY
Sports Special (BBC) - 10:00pm - 10:30pm
commentator
Kenneth Wolstenholme
(recorded highlights)

300

Wednesday, 2 November 1955 -
England 3
Northern Ireland 0 [0-0]
Empire Stadium, Wembley, London - Kick-off 2.00pm GMT
BBC - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
commentator
Kenneth Wolstenholme
(second half only)
Sportsview (BBC) - 8:00pm - 9:00pm
(recorded highlights)

301

Wednesday, 30 November 1955 - England 4 Spain 1 [2-0]
Empire Stadium, Wembley, London - Kick-off 2.00pm GMT
BBC - 1:50pm - 3:45pm
commentator
Kenneth Wolstenholme
Rediffusion (ITV London) - 2:15pm - 5:00pm
commentator
Kent Walton
(all but first 15 minutes)

Sportsview (BBC) - 8:00pm - 8:30pm
(recorded highlights)
Other England Internationals Wednesday, 8th February 1956 - Under-23
Hillsborough, Sheffield (last half-hour only)
England 3 Scotland 1 - BBC - 8:30pm - 9:00pm
commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme
 
Wednesday, 21st March 1956
The Dell, Southampton (last half-hour only)
England B 4 Switzerland B 1 - BBC - 8:30pm - 9:15pm
commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme

Saturday, 24th March 1956 - British Amateur Championship
Empire Stadium, Wembley, London (second half only)
England 4 Scotland 2 - BBC - 3:55pm - 4:40pm
commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme
ABC (Midland) - 3:54pm - 4:45pm
ATV (London) - 3:55pm - 4:45pm
ITV commentator Peter Lloyd

302

Saturday, 14 April 1956 - Scotland 1 England 1 [0-0]
Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow - Kick-off 3.00pm GMT
HIGHLIGHTS ONLY (live in Scotland)
BBC Scotland - 2:55pm - 4:45pm
commentator Peter Thomson
Sports Special (BBC) - 10:30pm - 10:50pm
commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme
(recorded highlights)

BBC - Sunday, 15th April

2:00pm - 2:30pm
(recorded highlights)
Notes Whilst England were in Glasgow, viewers in the rest of the UK were watching the second half of the FA Amateur Cup Final replay between Bishop Auckland and Corinthian-Casuals, at Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough, shown live by the BBC at 3:40pm
Other England Internationals Saturday, 21st April 1956 - Schoolboys
Empire Stadium, Wembley, London (second half only)
England 1 Scotland 2 - BBC - 3:45pm - 4:30pm
commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme

303

Wednesday, 9 May 1956 - England 4 Brazil 2 [2-0]
Empire Stadium, Wembley, London - Kick-off 3.00pm BST
BBC - 2:50pm - 4:45pm
commentators
Kenneth Wolstenholme and Walley Barnes
9:30pm - 10:00pm
(recorded highlights)

304

Wednesday, 16 May 1956 - Sweden 0 England 0 [0-0]
Rĺsunda Fotbollstadion, Solna kommun, Stockholms län
- Kick-off 7.30pm BST

HIGHLIGHTS ONLY
BBC - Thursday, 17th May
10:00pm - 10:30pm
commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme
(recorded highlights)

306

Saturday, 26 May 1956 - West Germany 1 England 3 [0-1]
Olympiastadion, Berlin - Kick-off 5.30 PM BST
BBC - 6:00pm - 7:15pm
commentator
Kenneth Wolstenholme
(last hour only)
1956-57

307

Saturday, 6 October 1956 - Northern Ireland 1 England 1 [1-1]
Windsor Park, Belfast - Kick-off 3.00pm GMT
HIGHLIGHTS ONLY
BBC - Sunday, 7th October
4:00pm - 4:15pm
commentator
Kenneth Wolstenholme
(recorded highlights)
Other England Internationals Wednesday, 17th October 1956 - Under-23
Ashton Gate, Bristol (second half only)
England 0 France 0 - Sportsview (BBC) - 8:20pm - 9:15pm
commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme
 
Tuesday, 23rd October 1956 - Youth
White Hart Lane, Tottenham, London (second half only)
England 2 Hungary 1 - BBC - 8:15pm - 9:00pm
commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme

308

Wednesday, 14 November 1956 - England 3 Wales 1 [0-1]
Empire Stadium, Wembley, London - Kick-off 2.30pm GMT
BBC - 2:25pm - 4:15pm
commentator
Kenneth Wolstenholme
Sportsview (BBC) - 8:45pm - 9:15pm
(recorded highlights)

309

Wednesday, 28 November 1956 - England 3 Yugoslavia 0 [1-0]
Empire Stadium, Wembley, London - Kick-off 2.30pm GMT
BBC - 2:25pm - 4:15pm
commentator
Kenneth Wolstenholme
Sportsview (BBC) - 9:30pm - 10:00pm
(recorded highlights)

310

Wednesday, 5 December 1956 - England 5 Denmark 2 [2-1]
Molineux Ground, Wolverhampton - Kick-off 7:30pm GMT
BBC - 8:25pm - 9:15pm
commentator
Kenneth Wolstenholme
(second half only)
Other England Internationals Saturday, 2nd February 1957 - Youth
Boleyn Ground, Upton Park, London
(early stages and second half only)
England 7 Luxembourg 1 - Saturday Night Soccer (BBC)
6:15pm - 7:00pm and 7:30pm to 8:00pm
commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme
 
Wednesday, 6th February 1957
St. Andrew's, Birmingham  (second half only)
England B 4 Scotland B 1 - Sportsview (BBC) - 8:30pm - 9:30pm
commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme

Tuesday, 26th February 1957 - Under-23
Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow  (second half only)
Scotland 1 England 1 - BBC - 8:15pm - 9:00pm
commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme

 
Saturday, 2nd March 1957 - Youth
Griffin Park, Brentford, London (second half only)
England 5 Netherlands 5 - BBC - 7:30pm - 8:15pm
commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme
 
Saturday, 30th March 1957 - Schoolboys
Empire Stadium, Wembley, London (second half only)
England 2 Wales 0 - BBC - 3:45pm - 4:30pm
commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme

311

Saturday, 6 April 1957 - England 2 Scotland 1 [0-1]
Empire Stadium, Wembley, London - Kick-off 3:00pm GMT
HIGHLIGHTS ONLY
Sports Special (BBC) - 10:15pm - 10:45pm
commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme
(recorded highlights)
Other England Internationals Friday, 3rd May 1957
Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, London (second half only)
England 1 Young England 2 - BBC - 8:15pm - 9:00pm
commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme

312

Wednesday, 8 May 1957 -
England 5 Republic of Ireland 1 [4-0]
Empire Stadium, Wembley, London - Kick-off 3:00pm BST
BBC - 2:50pm - 4:45pm
commentators
Kenneth Wolstenholme and Walley Barnes
11:00pm - 11:15pm
(recorded highlights)
Notes The World Cup qualifier between Scotland and Spain at Hampden Park, Glasgow was also shown live by the BBC at 6:45pm

313

Wednesday, 15 May 1957 - Denmark 1 England 4 [1-1]
Idrćtsparken, Křbenhavn - Kick-off 6.30pm BST
HIGHLIGHTS ONLY
BBC - Thursday, 16th May
10:30pm - 10:45pm

commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme
(recorded highlights)

314

Sunday, 19 May 1957 - Republic of Ireland 1 England 1 [1-0]
Dalymount Park, Dublin - Kick-off 3:30pm BST
HIGHLIGHTS ONLY
BBC - Monday, 20th May
9:00pm - 9:15pm
commentator David Coleman
(recorded highlights)
Notes The second half of the World Cup qualifier between Switzerland and Scotland in Basel was shown live by the BBC at 3:55pm, whilst England were playing in Dublin.
1957-58
Other England Internationals Wednesday, 16th October 1957 - Under-23
Empire Stadium, Wembley, London (second half only)
England 3 Romania 2 - Sportsview (BBC) - 8:30pm - 9:30pm
commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme

315

Saturday, 19 October 1957 - Wales 0 England 4 [0-2]
Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff - Kick-off 3.00pm GMT
HIGHLIGHTS ONLY
Sports Special (BBC) - 10:00pm - 10:30pm
commentator
Kenneth Wolstenholme
(recorded highlights)

316

Wednesday, 6 November 1957 -
England 2
Northern Ireland 3 [0-1]
Empire Stadium, Wembley, London - Kick-off 2.30pm GMT
BBC - 2:30pm - 4:15pm
commentator
Kenneth Wolstenholme
Sportsview (BBC) - 9:30pm - 10:00pm
(recorded highlights)
Notes Highlights of the World Cup qualifier between Scotland and Switzerland at Hampden Park, Glasgow were also shown by the BBC at 11:05pm
Other England Internationals Wednesday, 13th November 1957 - Youth
Hillsborough, Sheffield (last half-hour only)
England 2 Belgium 0 - BBC - 9:00pm - 9:30pm
commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme

317

Wednesday, 27 November 1957 - England 4 France 0 [3-0]
Empire Stadium, Wembley, London - Kick-off 2.30pm GMT
BBC - 3:25pm - 4:15pm
commentator
Kenneth Wolstenholme
(second half only)

Sportsview (BBC) - 9:30pm - 10:00pm
(recorded highlights)
Other England Internationals Wednesday, 15th January 1958 - Under-23
Goodison Park, Liverpool (second half only)
England 3 Scotland 1 - Sportsview (BBC) - 8:00pm - 9:00pm
commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme
(Wolstenholme had also commentated on Northern Ireland's World Cup qualifier with Italy in Belfast in the afternoon, highlights of which were shown in a later edition of Sportsview at 10:45pm)

Tuesday, 4th February 1958 - Youth
Stamford Bridge, Chelsea, London (second half only)
England 2 Yugoslavia 2 - ITV - 8:00pm - 9:00pm
ATV (Midland), Granada (Northern), Rediffusion (London)and Scottish Television
commentator Peter Lloyd
(South Wales and West of England opted out)

 
Saturday, 1st March 1958 - Youth
Boothferry Park, Hull (last half-hour only)
England 2 Scotland 0 - BBC - 8:00pm - 8:30pm
commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme
 
Tuesday, 4th March 1958 - Youth
Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, London (last forty minutes only)
England 3 Austria 2 - BBC - 8:00pm - 8:40pm
commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme
 
Wednesday, 12th March 1958 - Youth
Burnden Park, Bolton (second half only)
England 1 West Germany 2 - Sportsview (BBC)
8:15pm - 9:30pm
commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme

318

Saturday, 19 April 1958 - Scotland 0 England 4 [0-2]
Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow - Kick-off 3.00pm GMT
HIGHLIGHTS ONLY (live in Scotland)
BBC Scotland - 2:45pm - 4:55pm
commentator Peter Thomson
Sports Special (BBC) - 10:20pm - 10:50pm
commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme
(recorded highlights)
Other England Internationals Saturday, 26th April 1958 - Schoolboys
Empire Stadium, Wembley, London (second half only)
England 3 Scotland 1 - BBC - 3:45pm - 4:35pm
commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme
 
Friday, 2nd May 1958
Stamford Bridge, Chelsea, London (second half only)
England 4 Young England 2 - BBC - 8:30pm - 9:15pm
commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme

319

Wednesday, 7 May 1958 - England 2 Portugal 1 [1-0]
Empire Stadium, Wembley, London - Kick-off 7.30pm BST
Sportsview (BBC) - 8:15pm - 9:30pm
commentator
Kenneth Wolstenholme
(second half only)

320

Sunday, 11 May 1958 - Yugoslavia 5 England 0 [1-0]
Stadion Jugoslovenska Narodna Armija, Beograd
HIGHLIGHTS ONLY
To-night (BBC) - Monday, 12th May
6:45pm - 7:23pm

(recorded highlights)

321

Sunday, 18 May 1958 - U.S.S.R. 1 England 1 [0-1]
Lenin Stadium, Moskva - Kick-off 7.00pm (5.00pm BST)
HIGHLIGHTS ONLY
Sportsview (BBC) - Wednesday, 21st May
9:25pm - 10:00pm

(recorded highlights)
World Cup Finals 1958

Sweden

322

Sunday, 8 June 1958 - England 2 U.S.S.R. 2 [0-1]
Nya Ullevi Stadion, Göteborg - Kick-off 7.00pm BST
HIGHLIGHTS ONLY
To-night (BBC) - Monday, 9th June
6:45pm - 7:23pm

(recorded highlights)

323

Wednesday, 11 June 1958 - Brazil 0 England 0 [0-0]
Nya Ullevi Stadion, Göteborg - Kick-off 7.00pm BST
BBC - 6:45pm to 7:45pm and 7:55pm - 8:50pm
(Cricket Scores during half-time interval)
commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme
ITV - 6:45pm - 8:45pm
ATV (Midland), Granada (Northern), Rediffusion (London), Scottish Television and TWW (South Wales and West of England)
commentators
Peter Lloyd and Gerry Loftus

324

Sunday, 15 June 1958 - England 2 Austria 2 [1-0]
Ryavallen Stadion, Borĺs - Kick-off 7.00pm BST
HIGHLIGHTS ONLY
To-night (BBC) - Monday, 16th June
6:45pm - 7:23pm

(recorded highlights)

325

Tuesday, 17 June 1958 - U.S.S.R. 1 England 0 [0-0]
Nya Ullevi Stadion, Göteborg - Kick-off 7.00pm BST
BBC - 6:55pm to 7:45pm and 7:55pm - 8:45pm
(News during half-time interval)
commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme
ITV - 6:45pm - 8:45pm
ATV (Midland), Granada (Northern) and Rediffusion (London)
Scottish Television - 6:35pm - 8:45pm
(began with recorded highlights from the World Cup tie between France and Scotland in
Örebro from two nights earlier)
commentators
Peter Lloyd and Gerry Loftus
(South Wales and West of England opted out)
1958-59

326

Saturday, 4 October 1958 - Northern Ireland 3 England 3 [1-1]
Windsor Park, Belfast - Kick-off 3.00pm GMT
HIGHLIGHTS ONLY
Sports Special (BBC) - 10:35pm - 11:05pm
commentator
Kenneth Wolstenholme
(recorded highlights)
Other England Internationals Wednesday, 15th October 1958 - Under-23
Carrow Road, Norwich (second half only)
England 3 Czechoslovakia 0 - ITV - 8:30pm - 9:15pm
ATV (Midland), Granada (Northern), Rediffusion (London) and Southern Television
(South Wales and West of England unconfirmed)
commentators Gerry Loftus, John Graydon and Peter Lloyd
(Scottish Television opted out)

327

Wednesday, 22 October 1958 - England 5 U.S.S.R. 0 [1-0]
Empire Stadium, Wembley, London - Kick-off 2.30pm GMT
BBC - 2:30pm - 4:15pm
commentator
Kenneth Wolstenholme
Sportsview (BBC) - 8:20pm - 8:45pm
(recorded highlights)

328

Wednesday, 26 November 1958 - England 2 Wales 2 [1-1]
Villa Park, Birmingham - Kick-off 2.00pm GMT
BBC - 2:30pm - 3:40pm
commentator
Kenneth Wolstenholme
(last hour only)
Sportsview (BBC) - 8:20pm - 9:15pm
(recorded highlights)

329

Saturday, 11 April 1959 - England 1 Scotland 0 [0-0]
Empire Stadium, Wembley, London - Kick-off 3:00pm GMT
HIGHLIGHTS ONLY
Scotsport (Scottish Television)
10:05pm - 10:35pm
commentator Arthur Montford
Sports Special (BBC) - 10:15pm - 11:00pm
commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme
(recorded highlights)
Other England Internationals Saturday, 25th April 1959 - Schoolboys
Empire Stadium, Wembley, London (second half only)
England 2 West Germany 0 - Grandstand (BBC)
3:50pm - 4:45pm
commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme
 
Friday, 1st May 1959
Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, London (last 35 minutes only)
England 3 Young England 3 - BBC - 8:35pm - 9:15pm
commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme

330

Wednesday, 6 May 1959 - England 2 Italy 2 [2-0]
Empire Stadium, Wembley, London - Kick-off 3.00pm BST
BBC - 2:45pm - 4:45pm
commentator
Kenneth Wolstenholme
Sportsview (BBC) - 8:00pm - 8:45pm
(recorded highlights)

331

Wednesday, 13 May 1959 - Brazil 2 England 0 [2-0]
Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho, Maracană, Rio de Janeiro - Kick-off 5.00pm (9.00pm BST)
HIGHLIGHTS ONLY
BBC - Saturday, 16th May - 10:40pm - 10:55pm
commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme
(recorded highlights)

332

Sunday, 17 May 1959 - Peru 4 England 1 [2-0]
Estadio Nacional Coloso de José Díaz, Lima
HIGHLIGHTS ONLY
Sportsview (BBC) - Wednesday, 20th May - 7:30pm - 8:00pm
commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme
(recorded highlights)

333

Sunday, 24 May 1959 - Mexico 2 England 1 [1-1]
Estadio Olímpico Universitario, Ciudad Universitaria, ciudad de México
HIGHLIGHTS ONLY
Sportsview (BBC) - Wednesday, 27th May - 7:30pm - 8:15pm
commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme
(recorded highlights)
1959-60

335

Saturday, 17 October 1959 - Wales 1 England 1 [0-1]
Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff - Kick-off 3.00pm GMT
HIGHLIGHTS ONLY
Sports Special (BBC) - 10:15pm - 10:55pm
commentator
Kenneth Wolstenholme
(recorded highlights)
Notes Highlights of the First Division games between Arsenal and Preston North End, and Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester United were also shown in the same programme.

336

Wednesday, 28 October 1959 - England 2 Sweden 3 [1-0]
Empire Stadium, Wembley, London - Kick-off 2.30pm GMT
Granada (Northern) - 3:20pm - 4:20pm
(second half only)

TWW (South Wales and West of England) - 3:50pm - 4:20pm

(last twenty minutes only)
ITV - 3:50pm
Anglia, ATV (Midland), Rediffusion (London), Scottish Television, Southern Television and Tyne Tees
(second half recording)
ITV commentator
Kent Walton
Sportsview (BBC) - 8:00pm - 9:30pm
commentator
Kenneth Wolstenholme
(recorded highlights)

337

Wednesday, 18 November 1959 -
England 2
Northern Ireland 1 [1-0]
Empire Stadium, Wembley, London - Kick-off 2.30pm GMT
ATV (Midland) - 3:50pm - 4:15pm
commentator
Kent Walton
(last twenty minutes only)

Sportsview (BBC) - 8:35pm - 9:30pm
commentator
Kenneth Wolstenholme
(recorded highlights)
Notes The other regions appear to have opted out, whilst Granada and Rediffusion both showed hockey from Dartford, instead!
Other England Internationals Wednesday, 16th March 1960 - Under-23
Hillsborough, Sheffield (second half only)
England 5 Netherlands 2 - ITV - 8:20pm - 9:29pm
Anglia, ATV (Midland), Granada (Northern), Rediffusion (London), Southern Television, TWW (South Wales and West of England), Tyne Tees and Ulster
commentators Gerry Loftus and Peter Lloyd
(Scottish Television opted out)

338

Saturday, 9 April 1960 - Scotland 1 England 1 [1-0]
Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow - Kick-off 3.00pm GMT
HIGHLIGHTS ONLY (live in Scotland)
Grandstand (BBC Scotland) - 2:45pm - 5:00pm
commentator Peter Thomson
Sports Special (BBC) - 10:10pm - 10:40pm
commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme
(recorded highlights)
Other England Internationals Saturday, 30th April 1960 - Schoolboys
Empire Stadium, Wembley, London (last 35 minutes only)
England 5 Scotland 3 - Grandstand (BBC) - 3:55pm - 4:30pm
commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme
(Isle of Wight region opted out)
 
Friday, 6th May 1960
Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, London (second half only)
England 2 Young England 1 - BBC - 8:30pm - 9:15pm
commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme

339

Wednesday, 11 May 1960 - England 3 Yugoslavia 3 [1-1]
Empire Stadium, Wembley, London - Kick-off 3.00pm BST
BBC - 2:45pm - 4:45pm
commentator
Kenneth Wolstenholme
Sportsview (BBC) - 8:30pm - 9:30pm
(recorded highlights)

340

Sunday, 15 May 1960 - Spain 3 England 0 [1-0]
El Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid - Kick-off 5.00pm BST
BBC - 6:00pm - 6:45pm
commentator
Kenneth Wolstenholme
(second half only)
 
   

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