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England on Television
(1995-2000)

The commentators in italics are likely, but not confirmed.

Left: Clive Tyldesley, whose first TV commentaries were for Granada Television, before moving to the BBC, and then returning to ITV to become their lead commentator for over twenty years.

The first half of the decade had seen a lull in England match coverage. After the euphoria of Italia '90, the disappointments of Euro '92, the failure to qualify for the 1994 World Cup and two seasons of friendlies that could only be seen live on Sky Sports by a minority, the profile of the national team had reduced greatly.

That was all to change once more, however, with England hosting the European Championship in 1996. Sky Sports now had to step back in, what was to become, a familiar routine, for however much they dominated the coverage of England qualifiers and friendlies during the season, they could not break the stranglehold that the two free-to-air broadcasters had on the major tournaments (and still can't). Martin Tyler did not take a break, though. His voice could still be heard on various foreign channels around the world, continuing his impressive run of England games.

ITV had waited patiently since 1993 to broadcast an England game again, and they had the honour of the first game of the tournament, plus the opening ceremony. They even alternated coverage with the BBC, up until the semi-finals. Brian Moore led the ITV coverage, with Kevin Keegan, the future England manager, by his side, and Bob Wilson, poached from the BBC, in the studio. John Motson and Barry Davies had been alternating BBC highlights commentaries during the season. Davies was given four of England's matches at the finals. Only two were live, but they were the last two, including the classic semi-final against Germany. Motson only covered the Scotland game which was also a classic, but he was given the final, his fifth in a row. Des Lynam manned the studio with effortless ease and Jimmy Hill, in a St George cross bow-tie for the semi-final, emphasised the feel-good factor that the England team had created in a memorable tournament. Eurosport also joined the party, with the familiar voice of Archie Macpherson, previously of BBC Scotland, adding to the event.

Tuesday, 18 June 1996

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP

England 4 Netherlands 1

(ITV commentary transcript - Brian Moore)

23rd minute - 1-0

It's gonna be Alan Shearer...who English fans will hope that he can make it three outta three. He seems to me a fairly nerveless fellow whenever I've, er, been with him, but this is a supreme test of anybody's nerve, against that big, six-foot-four, Edwin van de Sar in the Dutch goal. Shearer now, it's one-nil, England! A perfect penalty, three games, three goals, Alan Shearer!

50th minute - 2-0

So, Gascoigne with the corner for England. Adams, again, has come up to the near post. McManaman on the goal-line, right beside the Dutch goalkeeper. Sheringham! It's two-nil! What a super header! What a big smile, and what a terrific comeback for a man who really hasn't shown his best form, and what relief for the manager, and what delight for the fans! England, now, with breathing space, two-nil lead.

57th minute - 3-0

Here's Adams, now Gascoigne, maybe he'll have his influence on this game tonight. Here he is, finds McManaman. Gascoigne, Sheringham again, and Shearer, and it's three-nil! This is a fantastic England performance now, and remember, this is against a side that came here as favourites to win the whole thing!

62nd minute - 4-0

Shearer, into the path of Darren Anderton. Oh, and a deflection, what a super save, and Sheringham! It's four! Oh, it's incredible now! Where's it all gonna finish?

78th minute - 4-1 (Kluivert pulled a goal back for the Netherlands)

(More transcripts from this tournament and the 1998 World Cup at the bottom of the page)

Only a select few had been privileged to commentate on England's matches during the nineties, but a few new names were about to make their mark. Clive Tyldesley, 41 years old, had been with the BBC for four years, and was given three England games at the end of the season, alongside Trevor Brooking, but he was to leave the corporation after the tournament to rejoin ITV. A year later, the vacancy was filled by Jon Champion, who on the day after his 32nd birthday, commentated on highlights of England's friendly against South Africa, at Old Trafford, for the BBC.

Normal service was resumed, after the tournament, with Sky Sports (and Martin Tyler) picking up the baton again. Trevor Francis had been his regular co-commentator for England games before the tournament, but Andy Gray was brought back into the commentary box for some of the games, following a period of studio analysis for Sky, including his own show, Andy Gray's Boot Room.

The 1996-97 season saw Sky Sports launch a third channel, as they secured the rights to live coverage of the Nationwide Football League and the Coca-Cola (Football League) Cup. ITV could still show highlights and some live games, but it was a diminished service. They were about to win over the Football Association again, though, thanks to rising costs forcing the BBC to prioritise the renewal of their Premier League Match of the Day highlights over England matches and the FA Cup. So, although John Motson commentated on his 18th live FA Cup Final for the BBC (23rd if you count final replays), it would bring to an end the corporation's historic 45-year run of continuous finals (including the epic six-hour Cup Final Grandstands of the seventies) on the BBC. They would, however, still provide Saturday-night highlights on Match of the Day (including for the final).

Another decision made inevitable by the new TV deals was the end of the BBC's midweek Sportsnight show which had been running for over thirty years, primarily to provide highlights of the evening's international matches and cup replays, neither of which was going to be available for the next three seasons.

There was also a new kid on the block in 1997. Channel 5 was launched at Easter, initially to only 70% of UK households, though it was also available on satellite television. Football was an obvious target to attract viewers to the new channel, and they acquired live rights to a World Cup qualifier in Poland, introducing television viewers to the excitable commentary style of 37-year-old Jonathan Pearce, another new voice for terrestrial England coverage, though listeners to Capital Gold in London would have been familiar with his radio commentaries of England games throughout the decade. For those unable to see the game on Channel 5, the BBC picked up the highlights, as they would on three more occasions over the next couple of years.

ITV took up their new role early, by securing highlights of Le Tournoi, a prestigious end-of-season tournament in France that gave England a rare trophy, a year ahead of the World Cup. Clive Tyldesley did his first England commentary for ITV, for the final game, against Brazil, and it was to be the first of many, for Brian Moore was to retire at the end of the following season, after thirty years as ITV's main commentator.

First of all, however, there was a World Cup qualifying campaign to bring to a close. Curiously, England matches were moved to Sky Sports 2 which was now broadcast seven days a week. The FA Carling Premiership was to be presented almost exclusively on Sky Sports 1, whilst the Nationwide Football League (plus England matches) would be on Sky Sports 2. Viewers could subscribe to either, or both, the theory being that those who felt that it was too expensive for both, were more likely to choose the cheaper option of just one of the channels, according to which team they supported.

Sky Sports were still using Andy Gray and Trevor Francis as co-commentators with Martin Tyler, whilst ITV were utilising Kevin Keegan and Ron Atkinson, alongside Brian Moore. Though Sky broadcast the dramatic goalless draw in Rome that secured England's passage to the World Cup finals in France, ITV were able to show the whole game just after its conclusion. So, their viewers could watch it, as live, assuming that they could avoid the score (which was a little easier then than it would be today, with smartphone notifications).

The 1998 World Cup was to be the last engagement for Brian Moore. In the previous month, he had commentated on his 21st FA Cup Final (24th including replays) and he had been the voice of ITV football for thirty years, both in the commentary box and in the studio, with his chairing of the pioneering World Cup panel of 1970 an outstanding achievement. His last England match was, fittingly, the epic draw with Argentina, watched by an ITV record audience for any programme of 23.8 million, though it ended in an unfortunately awkward exchange with Keegan as England bowed out of the tournament on penalties (see below). The final was his fourth for ITV, though he had also commentated on the 1966 final for BBC radio. Following the tournament he returned to radio, appearing as both guest and host, and presented Brian Moore Interviews on Sky Sports, reviving the essence of his old ITV Brian Moore meets... programmes, but purely with ex-footballers, instead of the big sports stars. Just three years after he finished commentating, Moore died in 2001, aged 69, on the day that England beat Germany 5-1 in Munich.

John Motson and Barry Davies took a match each as BBC commentators in France, whilst Guy Mowbray, one for the future, was heard voicing England's matches on Eurosport. Following Davies's one-off promotion in 1994, Motson was back to cover his fourth World Cup Final for the BBC and his number-one status was secured. The tournament also marked the end of Jimmy Hill's 25-year career at the BBC. The seventy-year-old had done it all in television, after a chequered career in football as player, manager, chairman and catalyst for changes, such as abolishing the maximum wage and replacing goal average with goal difference. Alongside Brian Moore, he had transformed ITV's coverage of the game with The Big Match at London Weekend, before switching to the BBC to get a nationwide audience, as he presented Match of the Day for 15 years, whilst also providing match analysis. He ended as a studio pundit, but increasingly marginalised, alongside the younger presenters and pundits. After the World Cup, he moved to Sky Sports to present The Last Word and Jimmy Hill's Sunday Supplement.

The 1998-99 season emphasised how much the other channels now valued football. Sky Sports had also acquired live coverage of all of Scotland's home games, as well as England's, but Channel 5 scooped up all five of their away games in their European Championship qualifying group and gave them a much larger terrestrial audience than if they had been on Sky Sports. Channel 5 also secured three of England's away qualifiers, even getting both Bulgaria and the Czech Republic to alter their kick-off times by five minutes to fit better into their schedule. In effect, they were doing to Sky Sports and ITV, what ITV had done to Sky and the BBC earlier in the decade, and disrupted what had previously been exclusive continuous coverage. Channel 4 also got into the act by screening Italy in live action, expanding on their coverage of Serie A since 1992. Sky Sports and Eurosport, meanwhile, expanded their coverage of England's various youth teams, Eurosport mainly as part of their broadcasts of UEFA and Toulon tournaments.

With Brian Moore's retirement came another vacancy at ITV, and 31-year-old Peter Drury became yet another to make his England match debut as a commentator on network television, but second choice behind Tyldesley.

The beginning of the next season brought a dramatic change when Des Lynam, frustrated by the late scheduling of Match of the Day on BBC1 and the lack of live matches, joined ITV, who were able to provide him with live Champions League and FA Cup football. Sky Sports' recent deals had given them coverage of all of the major competitions, however, and their subscriber base was growing. They had introduced a new state-of-the-art interactive channel with alternative camera angles and highlights on demand. Unlike the previous deal, Sky now had first pick of the live FA Cup ties in every round, though the competition was becoming secondary to the Premiership. They were sharing Champions League coverage with ITV, but viewers were less interested in England highlights because more were watching their games live. This meant that the highlights were shunted to late-night slots on ITV, invariably after 11pm. It was a move that Lynam later regretted, whilst Gary Lineker moved into his seat at Match of the Day and made it his own for the next two decades.

ITV did, at least, have live coverage of England's stuttering climax to qualification for the 2000 European Championship under Kevin Keegan. This was part of the deal that a deciding qualifier had to be broadcast live on free-to-air television, so Sky Sports had to share the second leg against Scotland, though many wished that they hadn't had the opportunity to see it. Just as ITV had done, two years earlier, in Rome, BBC1 broadcast full delayed coverage of the first leg, shortly after Sky Sports 2 had shown it live on a Saturday afternoon in November. This was purely because BBC Scotland (and not ITV) had the rights to show their games after the live Sky Sports broadcast.

As was probably forecast, Euro 2000 was a mitigating disaster for England. There was a morale-boosting first tournament victory against Germany since 1966, but it was sandwiched by a couple of England collapses from winning leads that left many believing that Keegan was not the right man for this job. His job in the commentary box was taken up by Ron Atkinson, with Clive Tyldesley leading ITV into a major tournament for the first time. As if they knew beforehand that England would only play three games, both BBC1 and ITV agreed to both of them showing the Germany game live. For the last time at a major tournament, Barry Davies and John Motson shared England commentary duties, with Mark Lawrenson appearing alongside Davies for their final game, against Romania, ending Trevor Brooking's run of 14 tournament co-commentaries on live England games stretching back to 1990.

The new millennium had arrived and the airwaves had turned into a battleground for football rights, with ever increasing prices for the elite competitions, and more and more channels entering the market to fight for games that hadn't previously been available to TV viewers. Sky Sports had become all-conquering in less than a decade, except for the fact that the major tournaments would forever remain the preserve of the two major network free-to-air channels, who grimly held on to fight back against the odds.

"A brave man steps forward to take England's third, banish the memory of Turin. Stuart Pearce, oh yes, what a penalty, and the relief belongs not only to this championship, but to the World Cup of 1990. That was a thumping penalty, could not have been more accurately into the corner! Barry Davies (England v. Spain, Euro '96 quarter-final penalty shootout)

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Season 1995-96


714

Wednesday, 6 September 1995 -
England 0 Colombia 0
[0-0]

Wembley Stadium, Wembley - Kick-off 8.00pm BST

International Football (Sky Sports) - 7:00pm - 10:30pm
commentator
Martin Tyler and Trevor Francis
Sportsnight (BBC1) - 10:00pm - 11:40pm
Sportscene (BBC1 Scotland) - 10:00pm - 11:40am

commentators Barry Davies and Trevor Brooking
(recorded highlights)
International Football (Sky Sports) - 12:30pm - 2:00pm - Thursday, 7th September
(full game recording)
Notes Highlights from the European Championship qualifiers between Scotland and Finland, Wales and Moldova, and Austria and the Republic of Ireland were also featured in Sportsnight and Sportscene. Wales' game was shown live on BBC2 Wales, with later highlights on S4C, whilst Eurosport had a programme of European Championship action at 9:00pm.


715

Wednesday, 11 October 1995 -
Norway 0 England 0
[0-0]

Ullevål Stadion, Ullevål, Oslo
- Kick-off 8.15pm BST
International Football (Sky Sports) - 7:30pm - 10:30pm
commentator
Martin Tyler and Trevor Francis
Sportsnight (BBC1) - 10:25pm - 12:10am
Sportscene (BBC1 Scotland) - 10:25pm - 12:15am

commentators John Motson and Trevor Brooking
(recorded highlights)
International Football (Sky Sports) - 12:30am - 2:30am and 12:30pm - 2:30pm - Thursday, 12th October
(full game recording)
Notes Sportsnight Special from Northern Ireland had live coverage of their European Championship qualifier in Liechtenstein in the afternoon on BBC1 Northern Ireland, and BBC2 Wales and S4C each broadcast Wales' evening game with Germany live. Highlights of both were featured in Sportsnight and Sportscene, along with Scotland's friendly in Sweden (which was top of the bill in Sportscene) and the Republic of Ireland's qualifier with Latvia. Highlights of England's 46-0 thrashing of Fiji in the Rugby League World Cup at Wigan were also included in Sportsnight. Eurosport had the usual European Championship qualifying action at 10.00pm.
Other England Internationals Tuesday, 14th November 1995 - UEFA Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Cellnet Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
England 2 Austria 1 -
Sky Sports - 7:00pm - 10:15pm
commentator Martin Tyler
Sky Sports - 12:45am - 2:45am and 10:00am - 12:00pm - Wednesday, 15th November (full game recording)


716

Wednesday, 15 November 1995 -
England 3 Switzerland 1 [1-1]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley - Kick-off 8.00pm GMT
International Football (Sky Sports) - 7:00pm - 10:15pm
commentator
Martin Tyler and Trevor Francis
Sportsnight (BBC1) - 10:25pm - 12:05am
Sportscene (BBC1 Scotland) - 10:25pm - 12:15am
Sportsnight from Northern Ireland (BBC1 Northern Ireland) - 10:25pm - 12:15am

commentators John Motson and David Pleat
(recorded highlights)
International Football (Sky Sports) - 12:45am - 2:45am - Thursday, 16th November
(full game recording)
Notes Sportsnight also featured highlights from the final set of European Championship qualifiers, with Scotland entertaining San Marino, Northern Ireland facing Austria, Wales in Albania, and the Republic of Ireland visiting Portugal. The regional variations would also have included the games. Sportsnight also previewed the England cricket team's first test series in South Africa for 31 years, because of apartheid. Eurosport had European Championship highlights at 9:00pm.


717

Tuesday, 12 December 1995 - England 1 Portugal 1 [1-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley - Kick-off 8.00pm GMT
International Football (Sky Sports) - 7:00pm - 10:15pm
commentator
Martin Tyler and Trevor Francis
Sportsnight (BBC1) - 10:15pm - 11:30pm
Sportsnight (BBC1 Wales) - 10:55pm - 12:10am
Sportsnight (BBC1 Northern Ireland) - 11:05pm - 12:20am

commentators Barry Davies and Trevor Brooking
(recorded highlights)
International Football (Sky Sports) - 12:15am - 2:15am and 12:30pm - 2:30pm - Wednesday, 13th December
(full game recording)
Notes Action from the night's FA Cup second round replays were also featured in Sportsnight, along with news from the World Cup qualifying draw in Paris, which was earlier shown live on Eurosport, where England were placed in the same group as Italy. Eurosport also featured Samba Football from Brazil at 11:30am. After midnight, Football Italia Mezzanotte on Channel 4 broadcast highlights from the weekend's goalless draw between AC Milan and Napoli in Serie A.
Other England Internationals Friday, 2nd February 1996 - adidas Victory Shield
Fratton Park, Portsmouth
England 2 Wales 1
- Schoolboys International Football (Sky Sports 2) - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

commentator
Schoolboys International Football (Sky Sports) - 11:30pm - 1:00am and 10:30am - 12:00pm - Saturday, 3rd February
(full game recording)
Friday, 23rd February 1996 - adidas Victory Shield
Cellnet Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
England 0 Northern Ireland 0
- Schoolboys International Football (Sky Sports 2) - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

commentator
Schoolboys International Football (Sky Sports) - 1:00am - 3:00am - Saturday, 24th February (full game recording)


718

Wednesday, 27 March 1996 - England 1 Bulgaria 0 [1-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley - Kick-off 8.00pm GMT
International Football (Sky Sports) - 7:00pm - 10:15pm
commentator
Martin Tyler and Trevor Francis
Sportsnight (BBC1) - 10:20pm - 12:00am
Sportsnight from Northern Ireland (BBC1 Northern Ireland) - 10:20pm - 12:00am
Sportscene (BBC1 Scotland) - 10:20pm - 12:15am

commentators John Motson and David Pleat
(recorded highlights)
International Football (Sky Sports) - 12:15am - 2:15am and 12:30pm - 2:30pm - Thursday, 28th March
(full game recording)
Notes Sportsnight from Northern Ireland featured their game with Norway, whilst Sportscene had extended highlights from Scotland's meeting with Australia. Both games were included in Sportsnight, plus the Republic of Ireland's match with Russia, along with previews of the weekend's FA Cup semi-finals and the Grand National steeplechase.
Other England Internationals Thursday, 28th March 1996 - adidas Victory Shield
Rugby Park, Kilmarnock
Scotland 1 England 1 - Schoolboys International Football (Sky Sports) - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

commentator
Schoolboys International Football (Sky Sports) - 12:30am - 2:30am - Friday, 29th March (full game recording)


719

Wednesday, 24 April 1996 - England 0 Croatia 0 [0-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley - Kick-off 8.00pm
BST
International Football (Sky Sports) - 7:00pm - 10:15pm
commentators
Martin Tyler and Trevor Francis
Sportsnight (BBC1) - 10:20pm - 12:20am
Sportsnight from Northern Ireland (BBC1 Northern Ireland) - 10:20pm - 12:20am
Sportsnight Wales (BBC1 Wales) - 10:20pm - 12:20am
Sportscene (BBC1 Scotland) - 10:20pm - 12:20am

commentators Barry Davies and Trevor Brooking
(recorded highlights)
International Football (Sky Sports) - 1:15am - 3:15am and 12:30pm - 2:30pm - Thursday, 25th April
(full game recording)
Notes All of the BBC programmes included highlights from the games between Scotland and Denmark, Northern Ireland and Sweden, Wales and Switzerland, and possibly the Republic of Ireland's trip to the Czech Republic. Sportsnight also previewed the weekend's rugby league Silk Cut Challenge Cup Final between Bradford Bulls and St Helens, and included first-round action from the Embassy World Snooker Championship at Sheffield where former champion Terry Griffiths won the last five frames to snatch a dramatic 10-9 victory against Jamie Burnett after losing the first six frames of the contest.


720

Saturday, 18 May 1996 - England 3 Hungary 0 [1-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley - Kick-off 3.00pm BST
International Football Special (Sky Sports) - 1:00pm - 5:00pm
commentators
Martin Tyler and Trevor Francis
Match of the Day (BBC1) - 5:30pm - 6:20pm
commentators Clive Tyldesley and Trevor Brooking
(recorded highlights)
International Football (Sky Sports) - 12:00am - 2:00am and 11:30am - 1:30pm - Sunday, 19th May
(full game recording)
Notes The Scottish Cup Final was broadcast live at the same time by both BBC1 Scotland and Sky Sports 2, with Rangers thrashing Hearts 5-1. Brief highlights followed afterwards on Grandstand for the rest of the UK on BBC1, with an extended version on Sky Sports, whilst BBC1 was showing highlights of the England game.


721

Thursday, 23 May 1996 - China 0 England 3 [0-1]
Workers' Stadium, 
Chaoyang District, Beijing -
Kick-off 7.45pm (12.45pm BST)
International Football (Sky One) - 12:30pm - 3:00pm
commentator
Martin Tyler
International Football (Sky Sports)
6:35pm - 9:00pm
(full game recording)
International Match of the Day (BBC1) - 6:45pm - 7:30pm
commentators Clive Tyldesley and Trevor Brooking
(recorded highlights)
International Football (Sky Sports) - 1:45am - 4:15am - Friday, 24th May
(full game recording)
Notes Eurosport provided live coverage in the afternoon from the Toulon tournament.
Other England Internationals Friday, 24th May 1996 - Under-21
Stade Mayol, Toulon
Belgium 0 England 1 - Tournoi Espoirs de Toulon
Eurosport - 6:00pm - 7:45pm (approximately)
commentator
Eurosport - 11:00pm - 12:30pm and 10:00am - 11:00 am - Saturday, 25th May (recorded highlights)
Sunday, 26th May 1996
Happy Valley Stadium, Wan Chai District, Hong Kong
Hong Kong Golden Select 0 England 1
- International Football (Sky Sports 2) - 8:30am - 11:00am

commentator Martin Tyler
Grandstand (BBC2) - 12:05pm - 12:35pm
commentators Clive Tyldesley and Trevor Brooking
(recorded highlights)
International Football - 2:00pm - 4:00pm (Sky Sports 2)
and 8:30pm - 10:30pm (Sky Sports 1)
(full game recording)
International Match of the Day (BBC1) - 11:40pm - 12:30am
International Match of the Day (BBC1 Wales) - 12:10am - 1:00am - Monday, 27th May
(recorded highlights)
Tuesday, 28th May 1996 - Under-21
Stade Paul Rocofort, Cuers
Angola 2 England 0 - Tournoi Espoirs de Toulon
Eurosport - 6:00pm - 7:45pm
commentator
Eurosport - 8:30am - 9:30 am - Wednesday, 29th May (recorded highlights)
Thursday, 30th May 1996 - Under-21
Stade Fernand-Fournier, Arles
Portugal 3 England 1 - Tournoi Espoirs de Toulon
Eurosport - 6:00pm - 7:45pm
commentator
Saturday, 1st June 1996 - Under-21
Stade Mayol, Toulon
Brazil 2 England 1 - Tournoi Espoirs de Toulon
Eurosport - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
commentator
European Championship Finals 1996

England


722

Saturday, 8 June 1996 - England 1 Switzerland 1 [1-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley - Kick-off 3.00pm
BST
Euro 96 - Live (ITV) - 1:10pm - 5:10pm (all regions)
commentators
Brian Moore and Kevin Keegan
Eurosport - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
commentator
Archie Macpherson
(full game recording)

Euro 96 (BBC1) - 10:45pm - 11:45pm
commentators Barry Davies and Trevor Brooking
(recorded highlights)
Sportscene Euro 96 (BBC1 Scotland) - 10:45pm - 11:45pm
commentators
Jock Brown and Billy McNeill
(recorded highlights)
Eurosport - 11:00pm - 1:00am
(full game recording)

Euro 96 Replayed (ITV) - 1:10am - 3:45am (all regions)
Sunday, 9th June
(full game recording)
Eurosport - 7:30am - 9:00am - Sunday, 9th June
(recorded highlights)
Notes The Opening Ceremony was broadcast live at 1:30.


723

Saturday, 15 June 1996 - Scotland 0 England 2 [0-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley - Kick-off 3.00pm BST
Grandstand (BBC1) - 2:00pm - 5:10pm
commentators
John Motson and Trevor Brooking - see transcripts below
BBC Scotland commentators
Jock Brown and Billy McNeill - see transcripts below
Eurosport - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
commentator Archie Macpherson
(recorded highlights)

Euro 96 - Live (ITV - all regions) - 8:00pm - 8:45pm
(approximately)
commentators Brian Moore and Ron Atkinson - see transcripts below
(recorded highlights)
Euro 96 (BBC1) - 10:45pm - 12:00am
(recorded highlights)
Sportscene Euro 96 (BBC1 Scotland) - 10:45pm - 12:00am
(recorded highlights)
Euro 96 Replayed (ITV) - 12:55am - 3:15am (all regions)
Sunday, 16th June
(full game recording)
Eurosport - 11:00am - 12:30pm - Sunday, 16th June
(recorded highlights)
Notes Earlier in the day, Eurosport broadcast re-runs of the previous day's games; between Portugal and Turkey, and Czech Republic and Italy. ITV had live coverage, after the England game, of the meeting between France and Spain, highlights of which were included in each of the later programmes on BBC1 and ITV, with full delayed coverage on Eurosport at 11:00pm.


724

Tuesday, 18 June 1996 - Netherlands 1 England 4 [0-1]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley - Kick-off 7.30pm BST
Euro 96 - Live (ITV) - 7:10pm - 10:00pm (recorded highlights only in Grampian and Scottish, live in all other regions)
commentators
Brian Moore and Kevin Keegan - see transcripts above
Eurosport - 7:30pm - 9:30pm
commentator
Archie Macpherson

Euro 96 (BBC1) - 10:30pm - 11:50pm
Sportscene Euro 96 (BBC1 Scotland) - 10:30pm - 11:50pm

commentators Barry Davies and David Pleat
(recorded highlights)
Euro 96 (
ITV Border) - 10:40pm - 1:30am
(recorded highlights)
Eurosport - 11:00pm - 12:30am
(recorded highlights)

Euro 96 Replayed (ITV) - 1:00am - 3:50am
Wednesday, 19th June
(recorded highlights only in Grampian and Scottish, full game recording in all other regions, except Border, who opted out)
Eurosport - 3:00pm - 4:30pm - Wednesday, 19th June
(recorded highlights)
Notes Eurosport broadcast highlights from earlier in the tournament, before its live coverage of, possibly, Romania against Spain in the afternoon at Leeds, whilst BBC1 was showing the other final game in the group, between Bulgaria and France, with brief highlights of the Leeds game at half-time and full-time. Before the England game, Eurosport broadcast highlights from the game that they hadn't shown live. Highlights were also shown in all of the later BBC and ITV programmes. The Grampian and Scottish regions of ITV had live coverage of the other deciding game in England's group, in which Scotland failed to get the second goal against Switzerland that would have taken them into the quarter-finals with England. Each region included highlights, at half-time and full-time, of the game that they hadn't shown live, whilst regions showing the England game switched to the closing stages of Scotland's after England's had ended. Eurosport also broadcast highlights of the Scotland game after England's. The later BBC programmes showed highlights of both games. Grampian and Scottish broadcast their earlier programme featuring the Scotland game (with England highlights) in Euro 96 Replayed. This programme was also broadcast by Border in their earlier slot.


725

Saturday, 22 June 1996 - Spain 0 England 0 [0-0]ᴭᵀ 2-4 on penalty-kicks
Wembley Stadium, Wembley - Kick-off 3.00pm BST
Grandstand (BBC1) - 2:30pm - 6:00pm (approximately)
commentators
Barry Davies and Trevor Brooking
Euro 96 - Live (ITV - all regions) - 5:45pm - 6:15pm
(approximately)
commentators Brian Moore and Ron Atkinson

(recorded highlights)
Eurosport - 8:30pm - 10:00pm
commentator Archie Macpherson
(recorded highlights)

Euro 96 (BBC1) - 10:25pm - 11:25pm
(recorded highlights)
Euro 96 Replayed (ITV) - 1:15am - 3:55am (all regions)
Sunday, 23rd June
(full game recording)
Eurosport - 8:00am - 12:00pm - Sunday, 23rd June
(recorded highlights)
Notes Eurosport broadcast highlights from earlier in the tournament in the morning. It then provided live coverage of the second quarter-final, between France and the Netherlands, as did ITV, with BBC1, ITV and Eurosport all showing later highlights.


726

Wednesday, 26 June 1996 - Germany 1 England 1 [1-1]ᴭᵀ 6-5 on penalty-kicks
Wembley Stadium, Wembley - Kick-off 7.30pm BST
Euro 96 - Live (BBC1) - 7:10pm - 10:30pm (approximately)
commentators
Barry Davies and Trevor Brooking - see transcripts below
Euro 96 - Live (ITV - all regions) - 7:20pm - 10:30pm
(approximately)
commentators Brian Moore and Ron Atkinson - see transcripts below
Eurosport - 10:30pm - 12:00am
commentator Archie Macpherson
(recorded highlights)

Euro 96 Replayed (ITV) - 2:05am - 4:30am (all regions)
Thurs
day, 27th June
(full game recording)
Eurosport - 2:00pm - 4:00pm, 4:30pm - 8:00pm and 9:00pm - 10:30pm - Thursday, 27th June
(recorded highlights)
Notes Eurosport re-capped action from the weekend's quarter-finals, earlier in the day. Both BBC1 and ITV showed the first semi-final live at 4:00pm, as the Czech Republic beat France on penalties. Eurosport showed highlights before the England game, whilst the other two channels probably included brief action during their live broadcasts of the second semi-final. The Eurosport broadcasts are likely to have been changed and/or extended to accommodate the fact that both semi-finals went to extra-time and penalties.

Season 1996-97


727

Sunday, 1 September 1996 -
Moldova 0 England 3 [0-2]
Stadionul Republican, Strada Bucuresti, Chişinău
- Kick-off 6.00pm (4.00pm BST)
International Football (Sky Sports 1) - 3:00pm - 6:30pm
commentators
Martin Tyler and Andy Gray
International Match of the Day (BBC1) - 10:25pm - 11:25pm

commentators John Motson and Trevor Brooking
(recorded highlights)
International Football (Sky Sports 1) - 12:30pm - 2:00pm - Monday, 2nd September
(recorded highlights)
Other England Internationals Tuesday, 8th October 1996 - UEFA Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Molineux, Wolverhampton
England 0 Poland 0 -
Sky Sports 1 - (approximately) 9.45pm - 12:00am
commentator Martin Tyler
Sky Sports 1 - 1:00am - 3:00am and 12:30pm - 2:30pm - Wednesday, 9th October (full game recording)


728

Wednesday, 9 October 1996 -
England 2 Poland 1 [2-1]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley - Kick-off 8.00pm BST
International Football (Sky Sports 1) - 7:00pm - 10:15pm
commentators
Martin Tyler and Trevor Francis
Sportsnight (BBC1) - 10:20pm - 12:05am
World Cup Sportscene (BBC1 Scotland) - 10:20pm - 12:10am

commentators Barry Davies and Trevor Brooking
(recorded highlights)
International Football (Sky Sports 1) - 12:15am - 2:45am and 1:00pm - 3:00pm (Sky Sports 3) - Thursday, 10th October
(full game recording)
Notes BBC2 Scotland was due to show Scotland's qualifier live from Estonia in an earlier World Cup Sportscene in the late afternoon, but a dispute over the quality of the floodlighting created a farcical situation with Scotland turning up at 3:00pm local time and the hosts, two hours later. A report was broadcast in Sportsnight and in the later edition of World Cup Sportscene, showing Scotland kicking off with no opponents. Highlights from the Republic of Ireland's game with Macedonia was also featured. Eurosport had live coverage of France's friendly with Turkey, plus World Cup qualifying action.


729

Saturday, 9 November 1996 -
Georgia 0 England
2 [0-2]
Boris Paichadze National Stadium, Didube-Chugureti, Tbilisi
- Kick-off 5.00pm (12.00pm GMT)
International Football (Sky Sports 1) - 11:00am - 2:00pm
commentators
Martin Tyler and Ray Wilkins
International Football (Sky Sports 2) - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
(recorded highlights)
International Match of the Day (BBC1) - 10:50pm - 11:55pm
commentators
John Motson and Trevor Brooking
(recorded highlights)
Goals on Sunday International Special (Sky Sports 1) - 11:00am - 12:00pm - Sunday 10th November
(recorded highlights)
Eurosport - 12:00pm - 2:00pm and 9:00pm - 11:00pm - Sunday,10th November
(recorded highlights)

International Football (Sky Sports 1)
- 4:30pm - 5:30pm - Sunday, 10th November (recorded highlights)
Notes Channel 4 broadcast the previous weekend's highlights in Italy's Serie A in Gazzetta Football Italia at 11:00am. Some ITV regions broadcast goal highlights of the local teams in action in the Nationwide Football League in a ten-minute slot at 5:10pm. BBC2 Wales covered their qualifier in the Netherlands live at 7:00pm, highlights of which were in International Match of the Day as well as on Eurosport. Highlights from Northern Ireland's 1-1 draw in Germany against the European champions were also included in International Match of the Day, possibly as the main feature in the province. Earlier in the evening, Sky Sports 3 broadcast live coverage of the 3-3 draw between Bobby Robson's Barcelona and Atlético Madrid in Spain's La Liga.
Other England Internationals Wednesday, 12th February 1997 - UEFA Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Ashton Gate, Bristol
England 1 Italy 0 -
Sky Sports 1 - (approximately) 5:50pm - 6:50pm (first half) and Sky Sports 3 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm (second half)
commentator


730

Wednesday, 12 February 1997 -
England 0 Italy 1 [0-1]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley - Kick-off 8.00pm GMT
International Football (Sky Sports 1) - (approximately) 6:50pm - 10:30pm
commentators
Martin Tyler and Trevor Francis
Sportsnight (BBC1) - 10:30pm - 12:00am
commentators John Motson and Trevor Brooking
(recorded highlights)
International Football (Sky Sports 1) - 12:00am - 2:30am and 9:00am - 11:30am - Thursday, 13th February (full game recording)
International Football (Sky Sports 3) - 1:00pm - 3:30pm - Thursday, 13th February (full game recording)
Notes Eurosport had an hour of World Cup qualifying action at 10:00pm and featured the game between Spain and Malta in the following morning. Sportsnight may have included action from the previous night's internationals, between Northern Ireland and Belgium, Wales and the Republic of Ireland, and the rearranged World Cup qualifier between Estonia and Scotland in Monaco. The programme ended with a preview of the following weekend's rugby union Five Nations Championship fixtures.
Other England Internationals Thursday, 13th February 1997 - adidas Victory Shield
Ninian Park, Cardiff
Wales 2 England 3 -
Schoolboys International Football (Sky Sports 1) - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
commentator
(Sky Sports 1) - 4:30pm - 6:00pm - Friday, 14th February (full game recording)
Thursday, 13th March 1997 - adidas Victory Shield
Windsor Park, Belfast
Northern Ireland 0 England 3 -
Schoolboys International Football (Sky Sports 1) - 7:00pm - 8:59pm
commentator
(Sky Sports 1) - 5:00pm - 6:00pm - Friday, 14th March (recorded highlights)


731

Saturday, 29 March 1997 -
England 2 Mexico 0 [1-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley
- Kick-off 6.00pm GMT
International Football (Sky Sports 1) - 5:30pm - 8:15pm
commentator
Martin Tyler and Trevor Francis
International Match of the Day (BBC1) - 10:35pm - 11:50pm
World Cup Sportscene (BBC1 Scotland) - 10:35pm - 11:50pm
commentators
John Motson and Trevor Brooking
(recorded highlights)
International Football (Sky Sports 1) - 3:30am - 5:30am BST - Sunday, 30th March (full game recording)
Notes Channel 4 broadcast the weekly Gazzetta Football Italia at 11:00am, with the previous weekend's highlights in Italy's Serie A. Eurosport featured action from the quarter-finals of the Coupe de France at 5:00pm, and World Cup qualifying highlights at 9:30pm, including Northern Ireland's game with Portugal. Wales' game with Belgium was featured on the following night (Easter Sunday). Some of the ITV regions had their usual goals round-up from the Nationwide Football League in the early evening. Scotland against Estonia was the main feature in World Cup Sportscene, but the programme also included action from each of the other home nations' games, as did International Match of the Day which may have had different versions in Northern Ireland and Wales.
Other England Internationals Tuesday, 1st April 1997 - Under-21
County Ground, Swindon
England 0 Switzerland 0 -
Sky Sports 1 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
commentator Martin Tyler
Sky Sports 1 - 2:00am - 2:30am and 11:00am - 11:30am - Wednesday, 2nd April (recorded highlights)
Thursday, 24th April 1997 - adidas Victory Shield
City Ground, Nottingham
England 1 Scotland 1 -
Schoolboys International Football (Sky Sports 1) - 7:00pm - 8:59pm
commentator
(Sky Sports 3) - 4:00pm - 5:00pm - Friday, 25th April (recorded highlights)
Tuesday, 29th April 1997 - UEFA Under-21 Championship Qualifying
The Valley, Charlton
England 0 Georgia 0 -
Sky Sports 1 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
commentator Martin Tyler
Sky Sports 1 - 3:00am - 4:30am and Sky Sports 3 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm - Wednesday, 30th April (recorded highlights)


732

Wednesday, 30 April 1997 - England 2 Georgia 0 [1-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley - Kick-off 8.00pm BST
International Football (Sky Sports 1) - 7:00pm - 10:30pm
commentators
Martin Tyler and Andy Gray
Sportsnight (BBC1) - 10:30pm - 12:30am
World Cup Sportscene (BBC1 Scotland) - 10:30pm - 12:50pm
Sportsnight from Northern Ireland (BBC1 Northern Ireland) - 10:30pm - 12:50pm
commentators
Barry Davies and Trevor Brooking
(recorded highlights)
International Football (Sky Sports 1) - 12:30am - 3:00am and 1:00pm - 3:00pm - Thursday, 1st May
(full game recording)
Notes BBC2 Scotland broadcast live coverage of Scotland's qualifier in Sweden in an earlier World Cup Sportscene. Sky Sports 1 followed the England game with highlights from Italy's 3-0 win against Poland in the same group in Naples. Sportsnight also included action from Northern Ireland's game with Armenia (the main feature in Sportsnight from Northern Ireland) and the Republic of Ireland's trip to Romania. Highlights of Scotland's game completed the football action, whilst World Cup Sportscene had a longer edit of the game. Sportsnight finished with coverage from the Embassy World Snooker Championship at Sheffield where Stephen Hendry remained on course to win his sixth consecutive title by reaching the semi-finals. Eurosport provided a further two hours of World Cup qualifying action at 9:00pm.

733

Saturday, 24 May 1997 - England 2 South Africa 1 [0-0]
Old Trafford, Stretford, Manchester
- Kick-off 6.00pm BST
International Football (Sky Sports 2) - 5:30pm - 8:30pm
commentator
Martin Tyler and Trevor Francis
International Match of the Day (BBC1) - 10:50pm - 11:40pm
commentators
Jon Champion and Trevor Brooking
(recorded highlights)
International Football - 1:00am - 2:00am (Sky Sports 1) and 1:00pm - 2:00pm (Sky Sports 2) - Sunday, 25th May (recorded highlights)
Notes Gazzetta Football Italia on Channel 4 had the usual action from the previous week's games in Serie A in the morning. Before the England game, viewers to BBC1 Scotland and Sky Sports 2 saw Kilmarnock beat Falkirk in the Scottish Cup Final (with brief highlights at the end of Grandstand on BBC1 in the rest of the UK), whilst Sky Sports 3 had live coverage of the Third Division Play-Off Final from Wembley between Northampton Town and Swansea City. Sky Sports 2 then had live late-night La Liga action as Barcelona entertained Deportivo La Coruña.


734

Saturday, 31 May 1997 - Poland 0 England 2 [0-1]
Stadion Śląski, Katowicka, Chorzów - Kick-off 8.30pm (7.30pm BST)
Turnstyle (Channel 5) - 7:00pm - 9:30pm
commentators
Jonathan Pearce and Phil Thompson
International Match of the Day (BBC1) - 10:20pm - 11:10pm
commentators Barry Davies and Trevor Brooking
(recorded highlights)
Notes Channel 4's Gazzetta Football Italia at 11:00am featured highlights from the previous weekend's games in Serie A and previewed the following day's climax to the season. Eurosport had live second-half coverage of Scotland's game with Portugal in the Toulon Tournament, and Sky Sports 2 broadcast a late-night match from Spain's La Liga.


735

Wednesday, 4 June 1997 - Italy 0 England 2 [0-2]
Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes Erdre, Nantes
- Kick-off 8.30pm (7.30pm BST)
Live Tournoi de France (Sky Sports 1) - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
commentators
Martin Tyler and Trevor Francis
The International Match (ITV
- all regions) - 10:40pm - 11:40pm
commentators Brian Moore and Kevin Keegan
(recorded highlights)

Tournoi de France (Sky Sports 1) - 12:00am - 1:00am and 9:00am - 10:00am - Thursday, 5th June
(recorded highlights)
Notes Eurosport broadcast action from the Toulon Tournament at 9:00am.


736

Saturday, 7 June 1997 - France 0 England 1 [0-0]
Stade de la Mosson, Bologne, Montpellier
- Kick-off 8.30pm (7.30pm BST)
Live Tournoi de France (Sky Sports 1) - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
commentators
Martin Tyler and Trevor Francis
The International Match (ITV
- all regions) - 10:35pm - 11:35pm
commentators Brian Moore and Kevin Keegan
(recorded highlights)

Tournoi de France (Sky Sports 1) - 12:00am - 1:00am and 12:00pm - 1:00pm - Sunday, 8th June
(recorded highlights)
Notes Gazzetta Football Italia provided highlights from the previous weekend's concluding matches in Serie A on Channel 4 at 10:00am. Sky Sports 1 followed the England game with highlights from the World Cup qualifier between Georgia and Moldova played earlier in the day in England's group, whilst Eurosport replayed the previous weekend's qualifier between Canada and Costa Rica at 9:00pm.


737

Tuesday, 10 June 1997 - England 0 Brazil 1 [0-0]
Parc des Princes, Boulogne, Paris
- Kick-off 8.30pm (7.30pm BST)
Live Tournoi de France (Sky Sports 1) - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
commentators
Martin Tyler and Andy Gray
The International Match (ITV
- all regions) - 10:40pm - 11:40pm
commentators Clive Tyldesley and Ron Atkinson
(recorded highlights)

Tournoi de France (Sky Sports 1) - 12:00am - 1:00am, 9:00am - 10:00am and 12:00pm - 1:00pm - Wednesday, 11th June
(recorded highlights)
Notes Eurosport broadcast highlights from the previous games in Le Tournoi at 9:00am in Eurogoals, followed by recent World Cup qualifying action.
Other England Internationals Wednesday, 18th June 1997 - FIFA World Youth Championship
Tan Sri Dato' Haji Hassan Yunos Stadium, Johor Bahru
Côte d'Ivoire 1 England 2
- World Youth Live (Eurosport)

1:00pm - 2:45pm
commentator
World Youth (Eurosport) - 9:00pm - 10:30pm
(recorded highlights)
Friday, 20th June 1997 - FIFA World Youth Championship
Tan Sri Dato' Haji Hassan Yunos Stadium, Johor Bahru
United Arab Emirates 0 England 5
- World Youth Live (Eurosport) -
1:00pm - 3:00pm
commentator
World Youth (Eurosport) - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
(recorded highlights)
Monday, 23rd June 1997 - FIFA World Youth Championship
Tan Sri Dato' Haji Hassan Yunos Stadium, Johor Bahru
Mexico 0 England 1
- World Youth Live (Eurosport)

10:30am - 12:30am
commentator
World Youth (Eurosport) - 5:30pm - 7:00pm, 10:00pm - 11:00pm and Tuesday 24th June (9:30am - 10:30am and 10:00pm - 11:00pm)
(recorded highlights)
Thursday, 26th June 1997 - FIFA World Youth Championship Second Round
Tan Sri Dato' Haji Hassan Yunos Stadium, Johor Bahru
Argentina 2 England 1
- World Youth Live (Eurosport)

10:15am - 1:00pm
commentator
World Youth (Eurosport) - 9:00pm - 10:00pm
(recorded highlights)

Season 1997-98
Other England Internationals Tuesday, 9th September 1997 - UEFA Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Adams Park, High Wycombe
England 1 Moldova 0 -
Sky Sports 2 - 7:30pm - 10:00pm
commentators Martin Tyler and Trevor Francis
Sky Sports 2 - 12:30am - 2:00am, 11:30am - 1:00pm and 3:00pm - 4:30pm (recorded highlights)


738

Wednesday, 10 September 1997 -
England 4 Moldova 0 [1-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley - Kick-off 8.00pm BST
International Football (Sky Sports 2) - 7:00pm - 10:30pm
commentators
Martin Tyler and Trevor Francis
The International Match (ITV
- all regions) - 10:40pm - 11:40pm
commentators Brian Moore and Kevin Keegan
(recorded highlights)

International Football (Sky Sports 2) - 1:00am - 3:00am and 12:00pm - 2:00pm - Thursday, 11th September
(full game recording)
Notes Sky Sports 1 and 2 each broadcast a half-hour review of the previous weekend's Scottish Premier action in Tartan Extra. Eurosport had live coverage from the Under-17 World Championship in Egypt where the hosts were taking on Germany and they also had World Cup qualifying action at 9:00pm. Sportscene: Match of the Day on BBC1 Scotland featured highlights from the Scottish League's Coca-Cola Cup quarter-final between Celtic and Motherwell, with action from the other ties.
Other England Internationals Friday, 10th October 1997 - UEFA Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Stadio Centro d'Italia, Reiti
Italy 0 England 1 -
Sky Sports 2 - 7:30pm - 10:00pm
commentators Martin Tyler and Andy Gray
Sky Sports 2 - 1:00am - 2:30am and 4:30am - 6:00am - Saturday, 11th October (recorded highlights)


739

Saturday, 11 October 1997 -
Italy 0 England
0 [0-0]
Stadio Olimpico, Municipio XV, Roma - Kick-off 8.45pm (7:45pm BST)
International Football (Sky Sports 2) - 6:00pm - 10:00pm
commentators
Martin Tyler and Andy Gray
The International Match (ITV
- all regions) - 10:00pm - 11:59pm
commentators
Brian Moore and Ron Atkinson
(full game recording)
International Football (Sky Sports 2) - 12:30am - 2:30am - Sunday, 12th October (full game recording)
Notes The weekly Gazzetta Football Italia on Channel 4 reviewed the previous weekend's action in Serie A at 10:00am. Channel 5 had exclusive live coverage of Scotland's final World Cup qualifier against Latvia in the afternoon on the day that they secured their passage to France for the finals. An extended Grandstand on BBC1 provided highlights at the end of the game, as did BBC1 Scotland with World Cup Sportscene at 10:25pm. Brief goal action from the Nationwide Football League was presented in some of the ITV regions in the early evening. BBC2 Wales showed their last qualifier, in Belgium, live, whilst Eurosport had live coverage of the friendly between France and South Africa, followed by World Cup qualifying action.


740

Saturday, 15 November 1997 -
England 2 Cameroon 0 [2-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley - Kick-off 6.00pm GMT
International Football (Sky Sports 2) - 5:30pm - 8:30pm
commentators
Martin Tyler and Andy Gray
The International Match (ITV - all regions) - 10:15pm - 11:14pm
commentators
Brian Moore and Kevin Keegan
(recorded highlights)
International Football (Sky Sports 2) - 12:00am - 2:00am and 9:30am - 11:30am - Sunday, 16th November (full game recording)
Soccer Extra (Sky Sports 2) - 8:00am - 11:00am - Sunday 16th November (recorded highlights)
Goals on Sunday International Special (Sky Sports 1) - 11:00am - 12:00pm - Sunday 16th November
(recorded highlights)
Notes At 10:00am, Eurosport was showing the previous week's World.Cup qualifier between Canada and the United States, whilst Channel 4 was reviewing the action from the previous weekend's Serie A games in Gazzetta Football Italia. After some of the ITV regions had shown goals from the afternoon's first-division games in the Nationwide Football League, Channel 4 had a Live Football Italia Special with the World Cup qualifying play-off second leg between Italy and Russia, direct from Naples. Meanwhile, Channel 5 was broadcasting live the Republic of Ireland's ultimately unsuccessful second leg in Belgium. Following the England match, Sky Sports 2 had edited highlights from one of the afternoon's first-round ties in an FA Cup Special that was repeated at 2:00am. At 9:00pm, Eurosport provided action from the earlier World Cup play-offs and BBC1's Match of the Day had highlights from all of the day's FA Cup first-round ties at 10:50pm, featuring the GM Vauxhall Conference's Hednesford Town's shock 2-0 win away at third-division Hull City, apart from in Scotland, where Sportscene: Match of the Day focused on Aberdeen's Scottish Premier game with Rangers. Then, at 3:30am, Sky Sports 1 provided a recording of Real Sociedad's goalless draw with Atlético Madrid, earlier in the evening in Spain's La Liga.
Other England Internationals Wednesday, 17th December 1997 - UEFA Under-21 Championship Qualifying Play-Off Second Leg
Carrow Road, Norwich
England 4 Greece 2
Aggregate 4-4. Greece win on away goals.
Sky Sports 2 - 7:30pm - 10:00pm
commentator
Sky Sports 2 - 12:30am - 2:30am and 3:00pm - 5:00pm - Thursday, 18th December (full game recording)
Sky Sports 1 - 10:00am - 12:00pm - Thursday, 18th December (full game recording)
Friday, 23rd January 1998 - adidas Victory Shield
Gigg Lane, Bury
England 1 Wales 0
-
Schoolboys International Football (Sky Sports 2) - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
commentator
Sky Sports 2 - 3:00am - 5:00am - Saturday, 24th January
(full game recording)
Tuesday, 10th February 1998 - B International
The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
England 1 Chile 2 -
Sky Sports 2 - 7:30pm - 10:00pm
commentators Alan Parry and Trevor Francis
Sky Sports 1 - 12:30am - 2:30am and 12:30pm - 2:30pm - Wednesday, 11th February (full game recording)


741

Wednesday, 11 February 1998 -
England 0 Chile 2 [0-1]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley - Kick-off 8.00pm GMT
International Football (Sky Sports 2) - 7:00pm - 10:30pm
commentators
Martin Tyler and Trevor Francis
The Big Match (ITV
- all regions) - 10:40pm - 11:40pm
commentators
Brian Moore and Kevin Keegan
(recorded highlights)
International Football (Sky Sports 1) - 12:30am - 2:30am - Thursday, 12th February (full game recording)
International Football (Sky Sports 2) - 9:30am - 11:30am and 1:30pm - 3:30pm - Thursday, 12th February (full game recording)
Notes Tartan Extra on Sky Sports 1 at 11:00am and 3:30pm provided a round-up of the previous weekend's games in the Scottish Premier.
Other England Internationals
Friday, 20th February 1998 - adidas Victory Shield
Oakwell Stadium, Barnsley
England 3 Northern Ireland 0
-
Schoolboys International Football (Sky Sports 2) - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
commentator
Sky Sports 2 - 3:00am - 5:00am - Saturday, 21st February
(full game recording)
Tuesday, 24th March 1998 - Under-21
Stadion Brügglifeld, Aarau
Switzerland 2 England 0 -
Sky Sports 1 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm
commentators Martin Tyler and Andy Gray
Sky Sports 2 - 1:00am - 3:00am and Sky Sports 1 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm - Wednesday, 25th March
(full game recording)


742

Wednesday, 25 March 1998 - Switzerland 1 England 1 [1-0]
Wankdorfstadion, Wankdorf, Bern
- Kick-off 8.00pm (7.00pm GMT)
International Football (Sky Sports 2) - 6:30pm - 9:30pm
commentator
Martin Tyler and Andy Gray
The Big Match (ITV
- all regions) - 10:40pm - 11:40pm
commentators
Clive Tyldesley and Ron Atkinson
(recorded highlights)
International Football (Sky Sports 2) - 2:00am - 4:00am - Thursday, 26th March (full game recording)
International Football (Sky Sports 1) - 10:00am - 12:00pm and 1:00pm - 3:00pm - Thursday, 26th March
(full game recording)
Notes Sky Sports 1 broadcast the weekly Tartan Extra, with highlights from the previous weekend's games in the Scottish Premier in two half-hour slots during the day. Wales' friendly with Jamaica was broadcast live on BBC2 Wales. Sportscene: Match of the Day had highlights from Scotland's game with Denmark on BBC1 Scotland, whilst BBC1 Northern Ireland had their own Match of the Day featuring highlights from their game with Slovakia. Eurosport had started the day with Eurogoals at 7:30am for an hour and a half, and had delayed coverage at 9:30pm of the friendly in Stuttgart as the European champions, Germany, lost 2-1 to world champions, Brazil.
Other England Internationals Friday, 27th March 1998 - adidas Victory Shield
Stark's Park, Kirkcaldy
Scotland 3 England 1 -
Schoolboys International Football (Sky Sports 3) - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
commentator
Sky Sports 2 - 4:00am - 6:00am - Saturday, 28th March
(full game recording)
Tuesday, 21st April 1998 - B International
Loftus Road, Shepherd's Bush, London
England 4 Russia 1 -
Sky Sports 2 - 7:30pm - 10:00pm
commentators Alan Parry and Trevor Francis
Sky Sports 2 - 12:00am - 1:30am and Sky Sports 1 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm - Wednesday, 22nd April
(recorded highlights)
The Big Match (ITV - all regions) 11:20pm - 11:40pm (approximately) - Wednesday 22nd April
(recorded highlights voiced over by Bob Wilson)


743

Wednesday, 22 April 1998 -
England 3
Portugal 0 [1-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley - Kick-off 8.00pm BST
International Football (Sky Sports 2) - 7:00pm - 10:30pm
commentators
Martin Tyler and Trevor Francis
The Big Match (ITV - all regions) - 10:40pm - 11:40pm
commentators
Brian Moore and Ron Atkinson
(recorded highlights)
International Football (Sky Sports 1) - 12:30am - 2:30am - Thursday, 23rd April (full game recording)
International Football (Sky Sports 2) - 1:00pm - 2:30pm - Thursday, 23rd April (recorded highlights)
Notes Sky Sports 1 had the usual half-hour weekly round-up of the previous weekend's Scottish Premier games at 11:00am and 2:00pm. The Republic of Ireland's friendly with Argentina appeared as delayed coverage on Eurosport at 9:00pm, highlights from Northern Ireland's game with Switzerland were featured on BBC1 Northern Ireland's Match of the Day, and Sportscene: Match of the Day on BBC1 Scotland provided highlights from their game with Finland.
Other England Internationals Thursday, 14th May 1998 - Under-21
Stade des Costières, Nîmes
France 1 England 1 - Tournoi Espoirs de Toulon
Eurosport - 6:00pm - 8:30pm
commentator
Eurosport - 7:30am - 9:00am - Friday, 15th May
(full game recording)
Saturday, 16th May 1998 - Under-21
Stade de Lattre-de-Tassigny, Aubagne
South Africa 1 England 3 - Tournoi Espoirs de Toulon
Eurosport - 7:30pm - 9:00pm
commentator
Monday, 18th May 1998 - Under-21
Stade Adrien Gilly, Manosque
Argentina 2 England 0 - Tournoi Espoirs de Toulon
Eurosport - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
commentator
Eurosport - 9:30am - 11:00am - Tuesday, 19th May
(full game recording)

 
744

Saturday, 23 May 1998 - England 0 Saudi Arabia 0 [0-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley - Kick-off 3.00pm BST
International Football (Sky Sports 2) - 2:00pm - 5:30pm
commentators
Martin Tyler and Andy Gray
International Football (Sky Sports 1) - 7:30pm - 8:30pm and 3:30am - 4:30am (Sunday, 24th May)
(recorded highlights)
The Big Match (ITV - all regions) - 10:45pm - 11:44pm
commentators
Brian Moore and Ron Atkinson
(recorded highlights)
International Football (Sky Sports 2) - 11:00pm - 12:00am and 1:00pm - 2:00pm (Sunday, 24th May) (recorded highlights)
Notes Channel 4's Gazzetta Football Italia reviewed the previous weekend's climax to the Serie A season at 10:00am. Eurosport provided live action from first, the UEFA Under-21 Championship quarter-final in Bucharest, with Greece beating Germany in the afternoon, and then, in the evening, Argentina beating France in the final of the Toulon tournament, despite losing 3-0 to them, just a week earlier, in the group stage. At 10:00pm, there were highlights from the evening's UEFA Under-21 quarter-final, as the hosts, Romania were eliminated by the Netherlands.


745

Wednesday, 27 May 1998 - Morocco 0 England 1 [0-0]
Complexe Sportif Mohamed V, Maarif Ancien, Casablanca
- Kick-off 5.30pm BST
International Football (Sky Sports 2) - 5:00pm - 7:20pm (approximately)
commentators
Alan Parry and Trevor Francis
The Big Match (ITV
- all regions) - 10:40pm - 11:40pm
commentators
Brian Moore and Kevin Keegan
(recorded highlights)
International Football (Sky Sports 2) - 12:00am - 1:30am, 12:30pm - 2:00pm and 4:00pm - 5:30pm - Thursday, 28th May
(recorded highlights)
Notes Immediately after the England game, Sky Sports 2 broadcast the game between Belgium and France live from the same venue. The Big Match would also have had highlights. Eurosport presented Eurogoals at 7:30am and had live coverage of the game between Russia and Sweden in Bucharest in the UEFA Under-21 Championship in the afternoon, with highlights in the evening.


746

Friday, 29 May 1998 - Belgium 0 England 0 [0-0] 4-3 on penalty-kicks
Complexe Sportif Mohamed V, Maarif Ancien, Casablanca
- Kick-off 6.30pm BST
International Football (Sky Sports 2) - 6:30pm - 8:30pm (approximately)
commentators
Alan Parry and Trevor Francis
The Big Match (ITV) - 10:40pm - 11:40pm
Anglia, Border, Central, Channel, Grampian, Granada, HTV Wales, Meridian, Scottish, Tyne Tees, Ulster, Westcountry and Yorkshire
11:30pm - 12:30am
London Weekend
11:40pm - 12:40am
HTV West
commentators
Brian Moore and Kevin Keegan
(recorded highlights)
International Football - 2:30am - 4:30am (Sky Sports 2)and 12:30pm - 2:30pm (Sky Sports 1) - Saturday, 30th May (recorded highlights)
Notes Sky Sports 2 followed the England match with live coverage of France against Morocco from the same stadium, as the French won the tournament after a penalty shootout. Action from the game would also have appeared in The Big Match. Eurosport broadcast live coverage of the friendly between Yugoslavia and Nigeria.
World Cup Finals 1998

France


747

Monday, 15 June 1998 - England 2 Tunisia 0 [1-0]
Le Stade Vélodrome, Saint-Giniez, Marseille
- Kick-off 2.30pm (1.30pm BST)
World Cup 98 - Live (BBC1) - 1:00pm - 3:35pm
commentators
Barry Davies and Trevor Brooking
Eurosport - 1:00pm - 3:30pm
commentators
Guy Mowbray and Bryan Robson
World Cup 98 (ITV - all regions) - 3:50pm - 4:20pm (approximately)
commentators Brian Moore and Kevin Keegan
(recorded highlights)
World Cup 98 - Live (BBC1) - (approximately) 7:30pm - 7:50pm (recorded highlights)
Sportscene World Cup 98 - Live (BBC1 Scotland) - (approximately) 7:30pm - 7:50pm (recorded highlights)
Eurosport - 10:00pm - 12:00am
(full game recording)
World Cup 98 Encore! (ITV - all regions) - 10:40pm - 11:40pm (recorded highlights)
World Cup 98 (ITV - all regions) - 1:35am - 3:20am - Tuesday, 16th June (full game recording)
Notes ITV's live game was the other match in England's group, between Colombia and Romania, also shown live by Eurosport, whilst BBC1 showed the match between Germany and the United States in the evening. Both channels showed highlights from all three games. Eurosport also replayed the previous day's game between Argentina and Japan at 9:00am, with various other repeated action during the day. Sportscene occasionally opted out to produce their own World Cup 98 programmes in order to focus more thoroughly on Scotland's preparations for their matches as well as showing the same featured games as in the rest of the UK.


748

 

Monday, 22 June 1998 - Romania 2 England 1 [0-0]
Stade Municipal, Iles du Ramier, Toulouse - Kick-off 9.00pm (8.00pm BST)
World Cup 98 (ITV - all regions) - 7:30pm - 10:00pm
commentators
Brian Moore and Kevin Keegan
Sportscene World Cup 98 (BBC1 Scotland) - 11:00pm - 12:00am
World Cup 98 - Match of the Day (BBC1) - 11:15pm - 12:15am
commentator
Barry Davies
(recorded highlights)
World Cup 98 (ITV - all regions) - 1:30am - 3:10am - Tuesday, 23rd June (full game recording)
Eurosport - 9:00am - 11:00am - Tuesday, 23rd June
commentator
Guy Mowbray
(full game recording)
Notes Eurosport replayed the previous day's game between Germany and Yugoslavia at 9:00am and covered the other game in England's group live, between Colombia and Tunisia in the afternoon, as did BBC1, with ITV providing highlights, and also BBC1 in Match of the Day.


749

Friday, 26 June 1998 - England 2 Colombia 0 [2-0]
Stade Félix-Bollaert, Avenue Alfred Maes, Lens
- Kick-off 9.00pm (8.00pm BST)
World Cup 98 - Live (BBC1) - 7:30pm - 10:00pm
commentators
John Motson and Trevor Brooking
Eurosport - 10:00pm - 12:00am
commentator
Guy Mowbray
(full game recording)
World Cup 98 Encore! (ITV - all regions) - 11:15pm - 12:15am
commentators
Clive Tyldesley and Ron Atkinson
(recorded highlights)
World Cup 98 (ITV - all regions) - 2:50am - 4:30am - Saturday, 27th June (full game recording)
Notes ITV had live coverage of the game between Argentina and Croatia in the afternoon, as did Eurosport, who followed it with delayed coverage from Jamaica against Japan in the same group, with ITV including highlights within their broadcast. Whilst England were playing, Eurosport was relaying the other closing match in the group, between Romania and Tunisia, and BBC1 was showing brief highlights at half-time and full-time of the England game, plus action from the two afternoon games during the programme. ITV's Encore! had highlights from all four games.


750

Tuesday, 30 June 1998 - Argentina 2 England 2 [2-2]ᴭᵀ 4-3 on penalty-kicks
Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Rue Paul et Pierre Guichard, Saint-Étienne
- Kick-off 9.00pm (8.00pm BST)
World Cup 98 (ITV - all regions) - 7:30pm - 11:00pm (approximately)
commentators
Brian Moore and Kevin Keegan - see transcripts below
Eurosport - 10:00pm - 12:30am
commentator
Guy Mowbray
(full game recording)

World Cup 98 - Match of the Day (BBC1) - 11:20pm - 12:20am
World Cup 98 - Match of the Day (BBC1 Northern Ireland) - 11:50pm - 12:50am
commentator
Jon Champion and Trevor Brooking
(recorded highlights)
World Cup 98 (ITV - all regions) - 2:10am - 4:25am (approximately) - Wednesday, 1st July
(full game recording)
Eurosport - 8:00pm - 9:00pm - Wednesday, 1st July
(recorded highlights)
Notes BBC1 broadcast live coverage of the tie between Croatia and Romania in the afternoon, as did Eurosport, with later highlights, and on both ITV and BBC1.

Season 1998-99


751

Saturday, 5 September 1998 -
Sweden 2 England 1
[2-1]
RŚsunda Fotbollstadion, Solna kommun, Stockholms lšn
- Kick-off 6.00pm (5.00pm BST)
International Football (Sky Sports 2) - 4:30pm - 7:30pm
commentators
Martin Tyler and Andy Gray
The Big Match (ITV
- all regions) - 10:15pm - 11:15pm
commentators
Clive Tyldesley and Ron Atkinson
(recorded highlights)
International Football (Sky Sports 1) - 11:00pm - 12:30am (recorded highlights)
Notes Channel 5 showed Scotland's opening European Championship qualifier live from Lithuania in the afternoon. Some of the ITV regions were showing brief goal action from the afternoon's Nationwide Football League matches whilst England were playing, and Eurosport had two hours dedicated to the European Championship qualifiers at 9:00pm. Wales' qualifier with Italy at Anfield was live on BBC2 Wales, whilst Northern Ireland's in Turkey appeared as highlights on BBC1 Northern Ireland's Match of the Day from Northern Ireland.
Other England Internationals Friday, 2nd October 1998 - adidas Victory Shield
Racecourse Ground, Wrexham
Wales 2 England (Under-16) 4 -
Schoolboys International Football (Sky Sports 3) - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
commentator
(Sky Sports 2) - 3:30am - 5:30am - Saturday, 3rd October (full game recording)
Friday, 9th October 1998 - UEFA Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Boleyn Ground, Upton Park, London
England 1 Bulgaria 0 -
Sky Sports 2 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
commentators Alan Parry and Andy Gray
Sky Sports 2 - 1:00am - 3:00am - Saturday, 10th October (full game recording)


752

Saturday, 10 October 1998 -
England 0 Bulgaria 0 [0-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley - Kick-off 3.00pm BST
International Football (Sky Sports 2) - 2:00pm - 5:30pm
commentators
Martin Tyler and Andy Gray
International Football (Sky Sports 1) - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
(recorded highlights)
The Big Match (ITV - all regions) - 10:25pm - 11:30pm
commentators
Clive Tyldesley and Ron Atkinson
(recorded highlights)
International Football (Sky Sports 1) - 11:00pm - 12:30am (recorded highlights)
Notes A bumper day of football began with Gazzetta Football Italia at 10:00am on Channel 4 and S4C. As well as reviewing the previous weekend's games in Serie A, the programme previewed the European Championship qualifier between Italy and Switzerland, screened live in the evening by Channel 4, with S4C joining them for the second half. Sky Sports 1 had live coverage of Scotland's qualifier with Estonia at the same time as England's game on Sky Sports 2. Sportscene: Match of the Day had later highlights on BBC1 Scotland. Channel 5's Sportsweek on 5 included recent domestic league action from Brazil, the Netherlands and the United States. Selected ITV regions featured some goal highlights from the afternoon's Nationwide Football League games, as did the new Sky Sports News service. Wales' qualifier in Denmark was broadcast live by BBC2 Wales in the early evening. Eurosport featured action from the qualifier between Russia and France in its round-up, and finally, Match of the Day from Northern Ireland on BBC1 Northern Ireland had highlights of their victory against Finland from the afternoon.


753

Wednesday, 14 October 1998 -
Luxembourg 0 England 3 [0-2]
Stade Josy Barthel, Belair, Lëtzebuerg
-
Kick-off 8.30pm (7.30pm BST)
Channel 5 - 7:00pm - 9:45pm
commentators
Jonathan Pearce and Joe Royle
International Match of the Day (BBC1) - 10:30pm - 12:05am
Sportscene: Match of the Day (BBC1 Scotland)
10:30pm - 11:20pm
International Match of the Day (BBC1 Northern Ireland and Wales)
11:00pm - 12:35am

commentators John Motson and Trevor Brooking
(recorded highlights)
Live and Dangerous (Channel 5) - 12:50am - 2:50am (approximately) - Thursday, 15th October
(full game recording)
Notes Eurosport broadcast highlights from the previous night's goalless friendly between the Netherlands and Ghana at 7:30am. Sky Sports 1 had live coverage of Scotland's European Championship qualifier with the Faroe Islands, whilst BBC2 Wales was showing their game with Belarus. Sportscene featured highlights of Scotland's game, with extended highlights on Sky Sports 1 at midnight and on the following day. Scotland's and Wales' games both appeared on Match of the Day, with possibly also the Republic of Ireland's game with Malta, which did appear on Eurosport with the usual qualifying action at 9:30pm. Channel 4 and S4C had a Football Italia programme at 2:30am which was probably highlights from Italy's victory against Switzerland that they had shown live at the weekend.
Other England Internationals Friday, 6th November 1998 - adidas Victory Shield
The Showgrounds, Ballymena
Northern Ireland 1 England (Under-16) 3
- Schoolboys International Football (Sky Sports 1) - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
commentator
Schoolboys International Football (Sky Sports) - 12:00am - 2:00am - Saturday, 7th November (full game recording)
Tuesday, 17th November 1998 - Under-21
Portman Road, Ipswich
England 0 Czech Republic 1
- Sky Sports 2 - 7:30pm - 10:00pm
commentators Alan Parry and Trevor Francis
Sky Sports 1 - 12:30am - 2:00am and 12:30pm - 2:00pm - Wednesday, 18th November (recorded highlights)


754

Wednesday, 18 November 1998 -
 England 2 Czech Republic 0 [2-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley - Kick-off 8.00pm GMT
International Football (Sky Sports 2) - 7:00pm - 10:30pm
commentators
Martin Tyler and Trevor Francis
The Big Match (ITV
- all regions) - 11:10pm - 12:10am
commentators
Peter Drury and Kevin Keegan
(recorded highlights)
International Football - 12:30am - 2:30am (Sky Sports 1) and 12:30pm - 2:30pm (Sky Sports 2) - Thursday, 19th November (full game recording)
Notes Eurosport began the day with Eurogoals and had an hour of European Championship qualifying action at 9:30pm. Match of the Day from Northern Ireland on BBC1 Northern Ireland featured highlights from the qualifier against Moldova, whilst Football Italia, at 2:35am on Channel 4 and S4C, repeated the weekend highlights from Sunday afternoon when the featured match saw Roma beat Juventus in Serie A.
Other England Internationals
Friday, 20th November 1998 - adidas Victory Shield
London Road, Peterborough
England (Under-16) 0 Scotland 1
- Schoolboys International Football (Sky Sports 1
) - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
commentator
Tuesday, 9th February 1999 - Under-21
Pride Park, Derby
England 2 France 1 -
Sky Sports 2 - 8:00pm - 10:15pm
commentators Rob Hawthorne and Brian Marwood
Sky Sports 2 - 12:15am - 2:15am and 12:30pm - 2:30pm - Wednesday 10th February (full game recording)
Sky Sports 2 was planning to show the Under-19 international (billed as Under-18) between England and France live from Adams Park, High Wycombe at 6:00pm, but it was called off due to a frozen pitch. The Under-21 coverage may have started at 7:30pm as a result.


755

Wednesday, 10 February 1999 - England 0 France 2 [0-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley
- Kick-off 8.00pm GMT
International Football (Sky Sports 2) - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
commentators
Martin Tyler and Andy Gray
The Big Match (ITV - all regions) - 10:40pm - 11:40pm
commentators
Clive Tyldesley and Kevin Keegan
(recorded highlights)
International Football (Sky Sports 2) - 12:30am - 2:00am and - 12:30pm - 2:00pm - Thursday, 11th February (recorded highlights)
Notes The usual Eurogoals began the day at 7:30am for Eurosport (and the new British Eurosport channel), and they had international action at 9:30pm. At 12:45am, Football Italia Mezzanotte on Channel 4 broadcast a replay of the Serie A meeting between Juventus and Parma from three nights earlier.
Other England Internationals
Friday, 12th March 1999 - Under-16 (billed as Under-15)
Deepdale, Preston
England 0 Republic of Ireland 0 -
Sky Sports 2 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm
commentator
Sky Sports 2 - 12:30am - 2:30am - Saturday 13th March (full game recording)
Friday, 26th March 1999 - UEFA Under-21 Championship Qualifying
The Dell, Southampton
England 5 Poland 0 -
Sky Sports 1 - 7:30pm - 10:00pm
commentators Rob Hawthorne and Brian Marwood
Sky Sports 2 - 11:00pm - 1:00am and 3:00am - 5:00am - Saturday 27th March (full game recording)


756

Saturday, 27 March 1999 - England 3 Poland 1 [2-1]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley - Kick-off 3.00pm GMT
International Football (Sky Sports 2) - 2:00pm - 6:30pm
commentators
Martin Tyler and Andy Gray
International Football (Sky Sports 1) - 6:30pm - 9:00pm
(full game recording)
The Big Match (ITV - all regions) - 11:00pm - 12:00am
commentators
Clive Tyldesley and Ron Atkinson
(recorded highlights)
International Football (Sky Sports 2) - 11:00pm - 2:30am (full game recording)
Soccer Extra (Sky Sports 2) - 8:00am -11:00am - Sunday, 28th March
(recorded highlights)
Notes Channel 4 faithfully presented highlights from the previous weekend's Serie A fixtures in Gazzetta Football Italia in the morning, repeated on S4C in the afternoon. Grandstand on BBC1 Northern Ireland covered the province's European Championship qualifier with defending champions, Germany live. Sky Sports 1 had intended to show Scotland's qualifier with Bosnia and Herzegovina live at the same time as England's game on Sky Sports 2, but it was postponed on the previous day, due to military action in the Balkans preventing the visitors from flying. The qualifier between Sweden and Luxembourg in England's group was shown live in its place, and highlights shown later in the evening, after broadcasts of the England game. Channel 5's Sportsweek on 5 showed some recent Eredivisie action from the Netherlands in the afternoon, and Sky Sports News showed goals from the afternoon's second- and third-division games in the Nationwide Football League. Eurosport and British Eurosport each broadcast live the goalless qualifier between world champions, France, and Ukraine in the evening and followed it with more qualifier highlights.
Other England Internationals
Tuesday, 30th March 1999 - Under-17 (billed as Under-16)
Brisbane Road, Leyton
England 1 Turkey 0 -
Sky Sports 3 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm
commentator
Sky Sports 2 - 12:00am - 2:00am and 12:00pm - 2:00pm, and Sky Sports 3 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm - Wednesday 30th March
(full game recording)
Monday, 5th April 1999 - FIFA World Youth Championship
Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano
England 0 United States 1 -
British Eurosport - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
commentator
Eurosport and British Eurosport - (approximately) 5:45pm - 7:30pm - Tuesday 6th April (full game recording)
Thursday, 8th April 1999 - FIFA World Youth Championship
Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano
Cameroon 1 England 0 -
Eurosport and British Eurosport - 4:00pm - 6:00pm
commentator
Eurosport and British Eurosport - 9:00am - 10:30am - Friday 9th April
(recorded highlights)
Sunday, 11th April 1999 - FIFA World Youth Championship
Abubarkar Tafawa Balewa Stadium, Bauchi
Japan 2 England 0 -
Eurosport and British Eurosport - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
commentator
Eurosport and British Eurosport - 10:00am - 11:00am and 10:00pm -11:30pm - Monday 12th April
(recorded highlights)
Tuesday, 27th April 1999 - UEFA Under-16 Championship
Stadion Na Bêlince, Kunovice
Sweden 1 England 2 -
Eurosport and British Eurosport - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
commentator
Eurosport and British Eurosport - 9:00am - 10:30am - Wednesday 28th April
(full game recording)
Tuesday, 27th April 1999 - UEFA Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Stadion Albert Flórián, Budapest
Hungary 2 England 2 -
Sky Sports 2 - 4:30pm - 7:00pm
commentators Martin Tyler and Clive Allen
Sky Sports 2 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm and Sky Sports 1 - 1:00am - 3:00am - Wednesday 28th April
(full game recording)


757

Wednesday, 28 April 1999 - Hungary 1 England 1 [0-1]
Népstadion, Istvánmezõ, Budapest - Kick-off 8.15pm (7.15pm BST)
International Football (Sky Sports 2) - 6:30pm - 9:30pm (approximately)
commentators
Martin Tyler and Clive Allen
The Big Match (ITV - all regions) - 10:30pm - 11:05pm
commentators
Clive Tyldesley and Ron Atkinson
(recorded highlights)
International Football (Sky Sports 1) - 11:00pm - 1:00am (full game recording)
International Football - 3:30am - 4:30am (Sky Sports 2), 10:00am - 11:00am (Sky Sports 1) and 3:00pm - 4:00pm (Sky Sports 2) - Thursday, 29th April
(recorded highlights)
Notes After Eurogoals to start the day, Eurosport and British Eurosport featured live coverage in the late afternoon of the game between Poland and Spain from the UEFA Under-16 Championship finals in the Czech Republic. They would meet again in the final, with Spain winning again. The two Eurosport channels had two further hours of full-international action at 9:30pm. Sky Sports 1 broadcast the friendly between Germany and Scotland live from Bremen, with highlights on Sky Sports 2 after the England game, and on BBC1 Scotland's Sportscene: Match of the Day. Channel 5, meanwhile, had highlights from Barcelona's star-studded centenary match against the Brazilian national team which was shown in full on Eurosport and British Eurosport on the following morning. After midnight, Channel 4 and S4C broadcast Football Italia Mezzanotte with a late-night showing of the weekend's Serie A fixture between Sampdoria and Lazio.
Other England Internationals
Friday, 4th June 1999 - UEFA Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Alfred McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield
England 3 Sweden 0 -
Sky Sports 2 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm
commentators Rob Hawthorne and Brian Marwood
Sky Sports 1 - 1:00am - 2:00am and 7:30am - 8:30am
Sky Sports 2 - 4:00am - 5:00am - Saturday 5th June
(recorded highlights)


758

Saturday, 5 June 1999 - England 0 Sweden 0 [0-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley - Kick-off 3.00pm BST
International Football (Sky Sports 2) - 2:00pm - 5:30pm
commentators
Martin Tyler and Andy Gray
International Football (Sky Sports 1) - 7:00pm - 8:30pm (recorded highlights)
The Big Match (ITV) - 10:35pm - 11:35pm
Anglia, Border, Central, Channel, Granada, HTV Wales, HTV West, London Weekend, Meridian, Tyne Tees, Ulster, Westcountry and Yorkshire
(Grampian and Scottish opted out)
commentators
Clive Tyldesley and Ron Atkinson
(recorded highlights)
International Football - 4:00am - 5:30am (Sky Sports 2) - Sunday 6th June
(recorded highlights)
Soccer Extra (Sky Sports 2) - 9:00am - 12:00pm - Sunday, 6th June
(recorded highlights)
Notes Channel 4 and S4C broadcast highlights in the morning from the previous month's English Schools Under-14 Heinz Ketchup Cup Final, with Cardinal Newman High School from Luton victorious. Channel 5 had two live European Championship qualifiers, with Scotland being held to a shock draw in the late afternoon in the Faroe Islands, followed by Wales' loss to Italy in the evening. BBC1 Wales had later Euro 2000 highlights. Highlights of both games were shown on Channel 5 in the early hours, two nights later. Eurosport and British Eurosport also broadcast international highlights.


759

Wednesday, 9 June 1999 - Bulgaria 1 England 1 [1-1]
Stadion Balgarska Armia, Borisova Gradina, Sofiya - Kick-off 7.25pm (5.25pm BST)
Euro 2000 (Channel 5) - 5:10pm - 7:25pm
commentators
Jonathan Pearce and Joe Royle
Euro 2000 (Channel 5) - (approximately) 9:30pm - 10:00pm (recorded highlights)
International Match of the Day (BBC1) - 10:50pm - 11:45pm
International Match of the Day (BBC1 Northern Ireland) - 11:30pm - 12:25am
commentators
Jon Champion and Trevor Brooking
(recorded highlights)
Notes England's game was brought forward by five minutes so that Channel 5 didn't have to go straight to their live coverage of Scotland's European Championship qualifier in the Czech Republic without a break, and the Czechs were also accommodating by putting back their game by five minutes to 7:35 BST. BBC2 Wales and S4C, meanwhile, broadcast live coverage from Anfield of Wales' qualifier with Denmark, highlights of which were included in International Match of the Day, possibly with the Republic of Ireland's qualifier with Macedonia, as well. Eurosport and British Eurosport featured two live games from the Toulon tournament, between Mexico and South Africa, and Brazil and France, with brief highlights from the previous day's game between Colombia (the eventual winners) and Portugal, in-between the two live games, plus a later round-up of European Championship qualifiers, including Scotland's game. Sky Sports 2 had a re-run of the previous night's goalless Copa del Rey semi-final first leg between Atlético Madrid and Deportivo de la Coruña in the afternoon. This had been shown live by Sky Sports 3, which also then broadcast the other first leg live that evening, with Valencia thrashing Real Madrid 6-0.

Season 1999-2000
Other England Internationals
Thursday, 1st July 1999 - Nationwide Under-16 International Tournament
Drill Field, Northwich
England 1 France 1 -
Sky Sports 2 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
commentator
Sunday, 4th July 1999 - Under-16 Girls
Wembley Stadium, Wembley
England 5 Scotland 0 -
Sky Sports 2 - 12:30pm - 2:45pm (approximately)
commentator
Sunday, 4th July 1999 - Nationwide Under-16 International Tournament
Wembley Stadium, Wembley
England 2 Argentina 1 -
Sky Sports 2 - (approximately) 2:45pm - 5:30pm
commentator
(Sky Sports 2 also screened Argentina's 1-0 win against France at Kingston live on the previous afternoon)
Friday, 3rd September 1999 - UEFA Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Madejski Stadium, Reading
England 5 Luxembourg 0 -
Sky Sports 3 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
commentators Martin Tyler and Andy Gray
Sky Sports 1 - 12:00am - 1:30am - Saturday, 4th September (recorded highlights)


760

Saturday, 4 September 1999 -
England 6 Luxembourg 0 [5-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley
- Kick-off 3.00pm BST
International Football (Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports Extra) - 2:00pm - 5:05pm (approximately)
commentators
Martin Tyler and Andy Gray
International Football - 8:00pm - 9:30pm (Sky Sports 1) and 10:30pm - 12:00am (Sky Sports 3)
(recorded highlights)
The Big Match (ITV - all regions) - 10:50pm - 11:50pm
commentators
Clive Tyldesley and Ron Atkinson
(recorded highlights)
International Football (Sky Sports 1) - 6:30am - 8:00am - Sunday, 5th September
(recorded highlights)
Soccer Extra (Sky Sports 2) - 9:00am - 12:00pm - Sunday 5th September (recorded highlights)
Notes Sky Sports Extra was a channel exclusive to Sky Digital subscribers and featured the Sky Sports Active application, where viewers could select their own camera angles, and highlights from earlier in the game, together with match statistics. Following the England match, Sky Sports 2 featured live coverage of the European Championship qualifier between Sweden and Bulgaria in England's group, joining the action after eight minutes' play, and brief highlights may have been included in the later Sky Sports programmes. Sky Sports News and some ITV regions continued to include goal clips from the afternoon's Nationwide Football League games. Channel 5 had live coverage of Scotland's qualifier away to Bosnia and Herzegovina in the evening, in a programme which also included action from Belarus, where Wales were the visitors in the afternoon in a game broadcast live by S4C. The whole Channel 5 programme was repeated in the early hours, two nights later. British Eurosport, which was now available on all platforms, had an extended programme of qualifying action at 8:30pm. The Big Match included highlights from the Scotland game, as well as the Republic of Ireland's trip to Croatia, and BBC1 Northern Ireland (a home game against Turkey) and BBC1 Wales had their own highlights programmes at 11:35pm.
Other England Internationals Tuesday, 7th September 1999 - UEFA Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Stadion Orlen, Płock
Poland 3 England 1 - British Eurosport
- 9:30pm - 11:00pm
commentator
(recorded highlights)


761

Wednesday, 8 September 1999 -
Poland 0 England 0 [0-0]
Stadion Wojska Polskiego, Srodmiescie, Warszawa - Kick-off 8.30pm (7:30pm BST)
Euro 2000 (Channel 5) - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
commentators
Jonathan Pearce and Joe Royle
British Eurosport - 9:30pm - 11:30pm
commentator
(recorded highlights)
International Match of the Day (BBC1) - 10:45pm - 11:25pm
International Match of the Day (BBC1 Northern Ireland) - 11:00pm - 11:40pm
commentators
John Motson and Trevor Brooking
(recorded highlights)
Notes Scotland's European Championship qualifier in Estonia was also shown live by Channel 5 in the afternoon, with highlights after the England game. Highlights of both games were then shown on the following night, in the early hours. International Match of the Day may have included action from Northern Ireland's qualifier in Germany and the Republic of Ireland's in Malta.
Other England Internationals Wednesday, 6th October 1999 - UEFA Under-18 (Under-19) Championship Qualifying
Boleyn Ground, Upton Park
England 0 Spain 2 -
Sky Sports 1 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
commentator
Sky Sports 1 - 12:45am - 1:45am and
Sky Sports 2 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm - Thursday, 7th October
(recorded highlights)
Friday, 8th October 1999 - Under-21
The Pulse Stadium, Bradford
England 4 Denmark 1 -
Friday Night Football (Sky Sports 2) - (approximately) 10:15pm - 10:30pm
commentator
Martin Tyler
(recorded highlights)

Sky Sports 1 - 12:45am - 1:45am
- Saturday, 9th October
(recorded highlights)


762

Sunday, 10 October 1999 - England 2 Belgium 1 [1-1]
Stadium of Light, Monkwearmouth, Sunderland - Kick-off 3.00pm BST
International Football (Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports Extra) - 2:00pm - 5:30pm
commentators
Martin Tyler and Andy Gray
The Big Match (ITV) - 12:15am - 1:20am - Monday, 11th October
Anglia, Border, Central, Channel, Grampian, Granada, HTV West, London Weekend, Meridian, Scottish, Ulster, Westcountry and Yorkshire
12:50am - 1:50am - Monday, 11th October
Tyne Tees
1:20am - 2:20am - Monday, 11th October
HTV Wales
commentators
Clive Tyldesley and Ron Atkinson
(recorded highlights)
Notes Before the England game, Sky Sports 3 had live coverage of the Nationwide League Division Two game between Burnley and Scunthorpe United. The rest of the weekend's action could be found in Goals on Sunday on Sky Sports 1 and repeated on Sky Sports 2, whilst The West Match on HTV West featured highlights from the previous day's second-division meeting between Bristol Rovers and Cardiff City. British Eurosport had a comprehensive three-hour round-up as the European Championship qualifying groups came to an end, and then Channel 5 presented highlights from the previous day's Major League Soccer game between Columbus Crew and Chicago Fire at 4:30am.
Other England Internationals Friday, 15th October 1999 - adidas Victory Shield
Bootham Crescent, York
England (Under-16) 2 Northern Ireland 1
- Schoolboys International Football (Sky Sports 1) - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
commentator
Schoolboys International Football (Sky Sports 2) - 12:30am - 2:30am - Saturday, 16th October (full game recording)
Thursday, 28th October 1999 - adidas Victory Shield
Deva Stadium, Chester
England (Under-16) 3 Wales 1
- Schoolboys International Football (Sky Sports 1) - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
commentator
Schoolboys International Football - 2:45am - 4:45am (Sky Sports 1) and 12:00pm - 2:00pm (Sky Sports 3) - Friday 29th October (full game recording)
Thursday, 11th November 1999 - adidas Victory Shield
Palmerston Park, Dumfries
Scotland 1 England (Under-16) 2
- Schoolboys International Football (Sky Sports 1) - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
commentator
Schoolboys International Football (Sky Sports 1) - 1:15am - 3:15am and (Sky Sports 2) - 9:00am - 11:00am and 3:00pm - 5:00pm - Friday 12th November
(full game recording)


763

Saturday, 13 November 1999 -
Scotland 0 England 2
[0-2]
The National Stadium, Hampden Park, Glasgow
- Kick-off 2.00pm GMT
International Football (Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports Extra) - 12:00pm - 5:00pm
commentators
Martin Tyler and Andy Gray
Grandstand (BBC1) - 3:55pm - 5:40pm
commentators
John Motson and Trevor Brooking
(full game recording)
Grandstand from Scotland (BBC1 Scotland) - 3:55pm - 5:40pm
commentators
Rob MacLean and Gordon McQueen
(full game recording)

International Football (Sky Sports 2) - 6:00pm - 7:55pm and 2:00am - 3:55am - Sunday, 14th November
International Football (Sky Sports 1) - 9:30pm - 11:25pm
(full game recording)
Goals on Sunday International Special (Sky Sports 1) - 5:30pm - 7:25pm - Sunday, 14th November
(recorded highlights)
Notes Gazzetta Football Italia at 10:00am on Channel 4 and S4C reviewed the previous weekend's Serie A games. Viewers to Sky Sports News may have seen the goals from the three games played in the Nationwide Football League. Two of the other three European Championship qualifying play-off first legs were also shown live. British Eurosport covered the game between Slovenia and Ukraine, whilst Match of the Day Live on BBC2 showed the Republic of Ireland's encounter with Turkey. The other game, between Israel and Denmark, may have featured on British Eurosport in the two hours after their live game.


764

Wednesday, 17 November 1999 -
 England 0 Scotland 1
[0-1]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley
- Kick-off 8.10pm GMT
International Football (Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports Extra) - 7:00pm - 10:45pm
commentators
Martin Tyler and Andy Gray
The Big Match - Live! (ITV) - 7:30pm - 10:30pm (approximately)
Anglia, Border, Carlton (London), Central, Channel, Granada, HTV Wales, HTV West, Meridian, Tyne Tees, Ulster, Westcountry and Yorkshire
commentators
Clive Tyldesley and Ron Atkinson
The Big Match - Live! - 7:30pm - 10:30pm (approximately)
Grampian and Scottish
commentators
Archie Macpherson and Richard Gough

International Football - (Sky Sports 1) 12:00am - 2:00am and 10:00am - 12:00pm, and (Sky Sports 2) - 2:00pm - 4:00pm - Thursday, 18th November
(full game recording)
Notes Having also broadcast the first leg live, British Eurosport brought the European Championship qualifying play-off second leg between Ukraine and Slovenia to the screens live, and also provided later action from the other play-offs, including the Republic of Ireland's agonising exit on away goals in Turkey. British Eurosport began the day at 7:30am with Eurogoals, and Channel 5 ended it at 4:30am with action from the Argentine league.
Other England Internationals
Tuesday, 22nd February 2000 - Under-21
Craven Cottage, Fulham
England 1 Argentina 0 -
Sky Sports 2 - 7:30pm - 10:00pm
commentators Martin Tyler and Trevor Francis
Sky Sports 2 - 12:30am - 2:00am and Sky Sports 1 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm - Wednesday, 23rd February
(recorded highlights)


765

Wednesday, 23 February 2000 - England 0 Argentina 0 [0-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley - Kick-off 8.00pm GMT
International Football (Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports Extra) - 7:00pm - 10:30pm
commentators
Martin Tyler and Trevor Francis
International Football (ITV - all regions) - 11:30pm - 12:30am
commentators
Clive Tyldesley and Ron Atkinson
(recorded highlights)
International Football (Sky Sports 1) - 12:15am - 2:15am, 10:00am - 12:00pm and 1:30pm - 3:30pm - Thursday, 24th February
(full game recording)
Notes British Eurosport's Eurogoals began the day, as usual, at 7:30am, and they also had international action in the evening. Sky Sports 3 provided live coverage of the Republic of Ireland's game with the Czech Republic at the same time as England's game on Sky Sports 2. There was more late-night action as highlights from Northern Ireland's trip to Luxembourg were on BBC1 Northern Ireland's International Match of the Day at 11:30pm, and ten minutes later, BBC1 Wales followed suit with action from their visit to Qatar.
Other England Internationals Friday, 24th March 2000 - Under-16 (billed as Under-15)
Memorial Stadium, Bristol
England 1 Netherlands 0 -
Sky Sports 1 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
commentator
Sky Sports 2 - 12:00am - 2:00am and 4:00am - 6:00am - Saturday 25th March (full game recording)
Wednesday, 29th March 2000 - UEFA Under-21 Championship Qualifying Play-Off
Miniestadi, Barcelona
England 3 Yugoslavia 0
- Sky Sports 2 - 5:30pm - 8:00pm
commentator
Friday, 7th April 2000 - Under-16 (billed as Under-15)
London Road, Wellingborough
England 2 Italy 2
- Sky Sports 3 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
commentator
Sky Sports 2 - 12:30am - 2:30am - Saturday, 8th April
(full game recording)
Monday, 1st May 2000 - UEFA Under-16 Championship
Municipal Stadium, Ashkelon
England 2 Russia 3 -
British Eurosport - 9:00am - 10:45am
commentator


766

Saturday, 27 May 2000 -
England 1
Brazil 1
[1-1]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley - Kick-off 3.30pm BST
International Football (Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports Extra) - 2:00pm - 6:00pm (approximately)
commentator
Martin Tyler and Andy Gray
International Football (ITV - all regions) - 5:30pm - 6:30pm
commentators
Clive Tyldesley and Ron Atkinson
(recorded highlights)
International Football (Sky Sports 1) - 6:00pm - 7:00pm, and 12:30am - 1:30am - Sunday, 28th May (recorded highlights)
International Football - 3:30am - 4:30am (Sky Sports 2) and 8:00am - 9:00am (Sky Sports 1) - Sunday, 28th May (recorded highlights)
Soccer Extra (Sky Sports 2) - 9:00am - 12:00pm - Sunday, 28th May (recorded highlights)
Notes Immediately before the coverage of the England game, Sky Sports 2 broadcast a full recording of the previous night's Third Division Play-Off Final between Darlington and Peterborough United at Wembley that had also been shown live on that channel. At the same time as England's game on Sky Sports 2, Sky Sports 1 was showing the Scottish Cup Final which was also live on BBC1 Scotland in Cup Final Sportscene. With Aberdeen losing their goalkeeper to injury in only the second minute, and no 'keeper on the bench, Rangers romped home 4-0 winners. Highlights were shown at 11:00pm in Sportscene: Match of the Day on BBC1 Scotland, and in late-night slots and in the following morning, on Sky Sports 1 and 2.
Other England Internationals Saturday, 27th May 2000 - UEFA Under-21 Championship
Tehelné pole, Bratislava
Italy 2 England 0 -
Sky Sports 1 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm
commentator
Monday, 29th May 2000 - UEFA Under-21 Championship
Tehelné pole, Bratislava
England 6 Turkey 0 -
Sky Sports 1 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm
commentator
Sky Sports 2 - 1:00am - 3:30am - Tuesday, 30th May
(full game recording)


767

Wednesday, 31 May 2000 - England 2 Ukraine 0 [1-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley
- Kick-off 8.00pm BST
International Football (Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports Extra) - 7:00pm - 10:30pm
commentator
Martin Tyler and Andy Gray
International Football (ITV - all regions) - 11:30pm - 12:35am
commentators
Clive Tyldesley and Ron Atkinson
(recorded highlights)
International Football - 12:00am - 2:00am (Sky Sports 1) and 12:00pm - 2:00pm (Sky Sports 2) - Thursday 1st June (full game recording)
Notes Sky Sports 1 had provided live coverage of the previous night's friendly between the Republic of Ireland and Scotland and it was replayed during the day on both Sky Sports 1 and 2. British Eurosport broadcast international action at the same time as England's game.
Other England Internationals Thursday, 1st June 2000 - UEFA Under-21 Championship
Štadión Pasienky, Bratislava
England 0 Slovakia 2 -
Sky Sports 1 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm
commentator
Sky Sports 2 - 9:00am - 11:30am - Friday, 2nd June
(full game recording)


768

Saturday, 3 June 2000 - Malta 1 England 2 [1-1]
Stadium Nazzjonali, Ħ'Attard, Ħ'Attard - Kick-off 4.00pm (3.00pm BST)
International Football (Sky Sports 2) - 2:00pm - 5:30pm
commentators
Martin Tyler and Andy Gray
International Football (Sky Sports 1) - 6:30pm - 7:30pm (recorded highlights)
International Football (ITV - all regions) - 11:15pm - 12:20am
commentators
Peter Drury and Ron Atkinson
(recorded highlights)
International Football - 12:30am - 1:30am (Sky Sports 1) and 8:00am - 9:00am (Sky Sports 2) - Sunday, 4th June (recorded highlights)
Soccer Extra (Sky Sports 2) - 9:00am - 12:00pm - Sunday, 4th June (recorded highlights)
Notes At 8:30am, British Eurosport showed highlights from a charity match played three days earlier at Menton in France, involving Formula 1 racing driver, Michael Schumacher and Prince Albert of Monaco on opposite sides. Channel 4 and S4C broadcast highlights, later in the morning, from the previous month's English Schools Under-14 Heinz Ketchup Cup Final at the Arsenal Stadium, with Barking Abbey School from Essex the winners. In the evening, British Eurosport provided the climax to the Toulon tournament, with Colombia retaining their title after a penalty shootout victory against Portugal in the final.
European Championship Finals 2000

Belgium and Netherlands


769

 

Monday, 12 June 2000 - Portugal 3 England 2 [2-2]
Philips Stadion, Philipsdorp, Eindhoven - Kick-off 8.45pm (7.45pm BST)
UEFA Euro 2000 Live (ITV - all regions) - 7:00pm - 9:55pm
commentators
Clive Tyldesley and Ron Atkinson
UEFA Euro 2000 (British Eurosport) - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
commentators
Dave Farrar and Joe Kinnear
Match of the Day at Euro 2000 (BBC1) - 11:30pm - 12:30am
commentators
Barry Davies and Trevor Brooking
(recorded highlights)
UEFA Euro 2000: The Big Match (ITV - all regions) - 12:35am - 2:20am - Tuesday, 13th June
(full game recording)
Euro 2000 Replay (BBC1) - 12:35am - 3:45am - Tuesday, 13th June (full game recording)
UEFA Euro 2000 Your Match (British Eurosport) - 1:00am - 2:00am - Tuesday, 13th June
(recorded highlights)
UEFA Euro 2000 (British Eurosport) - 11:30am - 1:00pm - Tuesday, 13th June (recorded highlights)
Notes British Eurosport's schedules were taken over by the tournament, with no less than 14 Euro 2000-themed programmes during the day, including repeats of the three games played on the previous day (Italy v. Turkey, Denmark v. France and Czech Republic v. Netherlands). Sky Sports 1 twice broadcast re-runs of the previous day's final match, that they had shown live, in the Nike US Cup with the Republic of Ireland beating South Africa at East Rutherford to finish runners-up to the hosts. BBC1 had an earlier Euro 2000 Match of the Day Live to show the opening match in England's group, between Germany and Romania, highlights of which were included in ITV's coverage of the England match, the later Match of the Day at Euro 2000, and on British Eurosport. It was also shown again in full on Euro 2000 Replay. Channel 5 ended a long day at 4:30am with highlights from the previous month's Amstel (Dutch) Cup Final, when Roda JC Kerkrade beat NEC Nijmegen in Rotterdam.


770

 

Saturday, 17 June 2000 - England 1 Germany 0 [0-0]
Stade Communal, Neuville, Charleroi - Kick-off 8.45pm (7.45pm BST)
UEFA Euro 2000 Live (ITV - all regions) - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
commentators
Clive Tyldesley and Ron Atkinson
Euro 2000 Match of the Day Live (BBC1) - 7:15pm - 10:00pm
commentators
John Motson and Trevor Brooking
UEFA Euro 2000 (British Eurosport) - 11:30pm - 1:00am
commentators
Dave Farrar and Joe Kinnear
(recorded highlights)

Match of the Day at Euro 2000 (BBC1) - 12:00am - 1:05am and 7:30am - 8:30am - Sunday 18th June

(recorded highlights)
UEFA Euro 2000: The Big Match (ITV - all regions) - 1:00am - 2:45am - Sunday, 18th June
(full game recording)
Euro 2000 Replay (BBC1) - 1:45am - 4:55am - Sunday, 18th June (full game recording)
UEFA Euro 2000 (British Eurosport) - 4:15pm - 5:45pm - Sunday, 18th June (recorded highlights)
Notes British Eurosport broadcast both of the previous day's fixtures in full. These were between the Czech Republic and France, and Denmark and the Netherlands. ITV also had live coverage of the earlier game, as Portugal scored the only goal after 94 minutes against Romania which won them the group following England's victory. Highlights were included in each of the later programmes, with the full match broadcast in Euro 2000 Replay.


771

 

Tuesday, 20 June 2000 - England 2 Romania 3 [2-1]
Stade Communal, Neuville, Charleroi - Kick-off 8.45pm (7.45pm BST)
Euro 2000 Match of the Day Live (BBC1) - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
commentators
Barry Davies and Mark Lawrenson
UEFA Euro 2000 (British Eurosport) - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
commentator
Dave Farrar
Euro 2000 Today (ITV
- all regions) - 11:30am - 12:35am
commentators
Clive Tyldesley and Ron Atkinson
(recorded highlights)
Euro 2000 Replay (BBC1) - 12:30am - 3:40am - Wednesday, 21st June (full game recording)
UEFA Euro 2000 Your Match (British Eurosport) - 1:00am - 2:00am - Wednesday, 21st June
(recorded highlights)
UEFA Euro 2000: The Big Match (ITV) - 1:30am - 3:15am - Wednesday, 21st June (full game recording)
Anglia, Border, Carlton (London), Central, Channel, Granada, HTV Wales, HTV West, Meridian, Tyne Tees, Ulster, Westcountry and Yorkshire
(Grampian and Scottish opted out)

UEFA Euro 2000 (British Eurosport) - 8:30am - 10:30am and 12:30pm - 4:00pm - Wednesday, 21st June (full game recording)
Notes Once again, British Eurosport broadcast both of the previous day's fixtures in full. These were between Belgium and Turkey, and Italy and Sweden. Euro 2000 Match of the Day Live also included brief highlights from the group's other closing game, played at the same time as England's, between Germany and Portugal. Extended highlights were then featured in Euro 2000 Today, with the full match broadcast in Euro 2000 Replay.
Other England Internationals Tuesday, 11th July 2000 - Nationwide Under-16 International Tournament
Bootham Crescent, York
England 3 Thailand 0 -
Sky Sports 1 - 7:00pm - 10:30pm
commentator
Sky Sports 1 - 12:00am - 2:00am and 12:30pm - 2:30pm - Wednesday, 12th July (full game recording)
Sunday, 16th July 2000 - Nationwide Under-16 International Tournament
Stadium of Light, Sunderland
England 1 Brazil 2 -
Sky Sports 2 - 2:00pm - 4:30pm
commentator
Sky Sports 1 - 9:15pm - 11:15pm and Sky Sports 2 - 2:30am - 4:30am and 1:00pm - 3:00pm - Monday, 17th July (full game recording)
(Sky Sports 2 also screened Brazil's 4-0 win against Thailand at York,
three days earlier)

Saturday, 15 June 1996

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP

England 2 Scotland 0

(BBC transcript - Jimmy Hill)

During the half-time analysis on BBC1...

Gascoigne doesnít look physically right, he doesnít look emotionally right in that game, and without him, without his creativity, the England team suffers.

(BBC Scotland commentary transcript - Jock Brown)

Alan Shearer had given England the lead in the 53rd minute, but with 14 minutes left, Scotland were pressing for an equaliser...

BILLY McNEILL: I think thereís a suggestion and a feeling that, er, England look that bit more tired than Scotland. We saw them collapse that little bit against the Swiss and, really, Scotland look the sharper side.

Can they make that pay? McAllister, the run is made on the far side by McCall, he just was not picked up. Thatís Durie, penalty kick! Tony Adams, the tackle! Great play by Stuart McCall and Gordon Durie and now, the responsibility rests with Gary McAllister.

BILLY McNEILL: Tremendous ball, initially and Stuart McCall does so well, as, so does Gordon Durie, goes across the front of the defender, clearly brought down, thereís no doubt whatsoever, thatís a penalty kick.

No arguing about that. Now, can McAllister equalise?

As Scotland were awarded a penalty in the 77th minute...

(BBC commentary transcript - John Motson)

That's a lovely ball by McAllister to McCall, penalty! Penalty for Scotland, Tony Adams on Gordon Durie, and for the second week running, England possibly concede a winning position by conceding a penalty kick.

TREVOR BROOKING: Well, that's amazing, isn't it? Didn't make contact with the ball and I think it was a correct decision.

Well, it was Türkyilmaz last week, it's Gary McAllister this week. Oh, saved by Seaman! Gary McAllister stunned by a wonderful reaction save, and England are still in front.

(BBC Scotland commentary transcript - Jock Brown)

McAllister canít believe it, nor can the Scottish fans. He went for power, Seaman stood his ground.

(ITV commentary transcript - Brian Moore)

A brilliant save! McAllister holds his head, and Scotland denied an equalising goal...

...good reaction by Seaman, not a particularly good penalty by McAllister, let it be said, but a huge, huge reprieve for England.

 

As Paul Gascoigne scored one of the greatest goals in English football history, exactly sixty seconds after Seaman's penalty save...

(BBC commentary transcript - John Motson)

Here's Gascoigne, oh, brilliant! Oh yes, oh yes! What a wonderful goal by Gascoigne, what a pertinent answer to all his critics, and Terry Venables vindicated. Straight from the penalty save, almost, England back on the attack, Gascoigne here, flicking it over Hendry, and volleying it majestically past Andy Goram, one of the great Wembley goals in England-Scotland fixtures, surely, mesmeric stuff.

(BBC Scotland commentary transcript - Jock Brown)

Hereís Gascoigne. Sheer genius from Gascoigne! The game has been turned on its head! Genius from Gascoigne and England are two ahead, and the game looks safe. Paul Gascoigne milking the moment to the full. What a goal it was.

(ITV commentary transcript - Brian Moore)

Oh, hereís Gascoigne. Gascoigne, he can finish it here! Paul Gascoigne! Two-nil! Would you believe it? From one end of the field to the other. The crowd are in raptures, the England players, too, when it could so easily, a minute ago, have been one-one. Seaman's save kept England ahead, and now Gascoigne has increased it to two-nil, and England are marching towards the quarter-finals.

 

Live television viewers didn't actually see the water being squirted from the bottle into Gazza's mouth by first, Alan Shearer, and then, Teddy Sheringham, because the television director cut away to shots of the celebrating crowd. The picture quickly returned to find Gascoigne being obscured by his team mates, whilst still lying on the ground, and after another shot of the crowd, returned again, and then cut to the bench just as Sheringham picked up the bottle in order to give Gazza a second soaking! It was only after the game that footage emerged of the full celebration, filmed from the side of the goal.

Wednesday, 26 June 1996

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINAL

England 1 Germany 1

AFTER EXTRA TIME

Germany won 6-5 on penalties

As England took the lead in only the third minute...

(BBC commentary transcript - Barry Davies)

Flick on, and in by Sh...by Shearer! Wonderful start, his fifth goal in his fifth match (they can't quite believe it on the bench) in the European Championship. Before coming here it took him 23 games to score five goals!

(ITV commentary transcript - Brian Moore)

Hit towards the near post, a little flick-on! Itís a goal for England! Alan Shearer! Shearer has done it again. His fifth goal in five games has sparkled Bryan Robson, delight from the English fans and the perfect start!

As Germany equalised in the 16th minute...

(BBC commentary transcript - Barry Davies)

This is Helmer, this is Möller, for Germany, Helmer, Kuntz! It's one-one!...and a man who hadn't scored for Germany since September '94 puts Berti Vogts' team level.

(ITV commentary transcript - Brian Moore)

Moving well, Sammerís up there, MŲllerís in there, but heís surrounded by grey shirts, but heís found Helmer again, the cross is in there, Kuntz! Itís one-one. Well, that is a major blow.

As Darren Anderton hit the post in the third minute of extra time...

(BBC commentary transcript - Barry Davies)

Ince, Platt, McManaman! Anderton waits for the pull-back and he hit the post, and it goes straight back to Köpke! How unlucky can you get? The Germans were appealing for offside. Terry Venables, Bryan Robson, cannot believe that! Oh, goodness me!

As Paul Gascoigne was inches away from putting England in the final with a 99th-minute golden goal...

(BBC commentary transcript - Barry Davies)

Sheringham, looks for Shearer, who loses him, and Gascoigne! I don't believe it! Just couldn't get the leg to it, when the goal was yawning at his mercy! This is unbelievable stuff!

(ITV commentary transcript - Brian Moore)

England get possession, played now to Teddy Sheringham, trying to get Shearer on the far side, onto the volley, no! Gascoigne went flying in there and it looked as though it needed, well, it did, theÖ just the merest touch.

After Gareth Southgate's miss and Andreas Möller's successful penalty kick had put Germany in the final...

(BBC commentary transcript - Barry Davies)

The Germans go through again. England, again, suffer the torment of losing in a penalty competition, in a semi-final...to the Germans, but just listen to the crowd chanting, "England! England!", it's so, so tough on the man who doesn't score.

(ITV commentary transcript - Brian Moore)

The dream is over for England...what a tough, tough business it is, and what heartbreak it will be for that young man...

Tuesday, 30 June 1998

WORLD CUP SECOND ROUND

Argentina 2 England 2

AFTER EXTRA TIME

Argentina won 4-3 on penalties

(ITV commentary transcript - Brian Moore)

As 18-year-old Michael Owen put England 2-1 in front in the 16th minute...

Beckham now, to Owen, and here's another Owen run. He's gonna worry them again, it's a great run by Michael Owen, and he might finish it off! Oh, it's a wonderful goooal! What an amazing moment in Michael Owen's young career! A fantastic run that frightened the Argentinians, and a most alluring finish, beyond Roa to make it two-one, England, a terrific moment!

After David Beckham had been sent off in the second minute of the second half...

Now, my feeling is that the referee has over-reacted, quite violently, there.

KEVIN KEEGAN: Well, he's right on the spot, and he did retaliate. If you look, he has a little flick of him. He waits, he gets up, he's apologising to him, and then he kicks him, Brian.

Oh yeah, I beg your pardon, beg your pardon, yeah, yeah.

KEVIN KEEGAN: I think, he's got to go, the referee is four yards away.

As David Batty stepped up to take England's fifth penalty in the shootout, needing to score...

34 caps, he's not scored. Do you...now, you know him better than anybody, probably, do you back him to score, quickly, yes or no?

KEVIN KEEGAN: Yes.

Oh, and he hasn't!

KEVIN KEEGAN: No!

Argentina go through and England go out! David Batty, well, it's a tough thing for anybody to have done. The England players go to him and, well, the Argentinians know that they've, well, in a way, been to hell and back, because they should have won, with ten men, right through 74, 75 minutes, and England, who've battled, and battled, and battled, so manfully, in the end are beaten on the penalty shootout.


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