Click for larger image The Superstars
1980
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Click for larger image Grand Prix
1981
Click for larger image Murray Walker on the phone for the seventh race of the season.


Click for larger image Grand Prix
1982
Click for larger image The right clip features Pages From Ceefax-style credits.

Click for larger image Racing From Ascot
1982
Click for larger image Trade tests were interrupted on this day for an afternoon of racing, and a start-up was required. The latter part of the start-up, including 30 seconds of the BBC2 clock, is featured in this clip.

Click for larger image The Unipart British Professional Darts Championship
1982
Peter Purves introduces light-hearted drama from Gaskins in Middlesbrough.
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Click for larger image Sportsnight
1982
Sportsnight was a mid-week mini Grandstand for insomniacs! Hosted, as in this case, by it's long-time host Harry Carpenter.
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Click for larger image Sportsnight
1982
Click for larger image Tony Gubba presents this edition of Sportsnight, sitting in for regular presenter Harry Carpenter.

Breakfast With Brisbane
1982
Desmond Lynam presents live coverage of the 1982 Commonwealth Games, hosted by Brisbane, Australia. BBC's Look East previously used the same theme tune.

Click for larger image International Ice Skating
1982
Click for larger image Alan Weeks, the voice of BBC ice skating for many years, introduces highlights of the European Championships.


Click for larger image The World Of Golf
1983
Click for larger image A repeat of Peter Allis's World Of Golf

Click for larger image Sports Special
1983
Click for larger image Once in a while, the BBC broadcast late evening weekend sporting action under the umbrella of Sports Special. This name was rarely used however and was last used in 1987.

Click for larger image International Athletics Trail
1983
Click for larger image Previewing the inaugural World Athletics Championships, which were covered extensively by BBC TV, and also by ITV Sport for that matter.

Click for larger image 100 Greatest Sporting Moments
1980s
Click for larger image In the early 1980s, BBC Sport put together a series featuring a selection of 100 great sporting moments from the television age. This edition, shown as part of a 1973 week, featured the 1973 Grand National, famously won by Red Rum after he had trailed Crisp until the final straight.


Click for larger image International Tennis
1984
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Click for larger image World Bowls Championships
28.7.1984
Click for larger image The 1984 World Bowls Championships were held in Aberdeen and a young Dougie Donnelly introduces highlights of the final day's play.

Click for larger image The Unipart British Professional Darts Championship
1984
Toby Gubba is in nearby Redcar for quarter-final Championship Darts,
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Click for larger image Embassy World Professional Snooker Championship
1984
In what must be almost an unknown, this programme is introduced over a blank screen. I've certainly never seen a blank screen used to introduce a programme.
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Click for larger image Sport '85
1985
Click for larger image Over the 1985 Christmas period, BBC2 broadcast a series of programmes featuring highlights of the major sporting events of 1985. This clip is the first of the series, which focussed on the epic World Snooker final which went to the final black.

Click for larger image Benson and Hedges Masters
1985
Click for larger image David Icke spent much of his BBC Sport career presenting snooker coverage and here he presents highlights of the Masters tournament.

Click for larger image Sportsnight
1985
Click for larger image Harry Carpenter was the voice of boxing at the BBC until his retirement in 1994 and this edition's top action is from that sport, including news of Barry McGuigan's world title shot being confirmed, a title he was to win that summer.


Click for larger image Bowls - World Pairs Indoor Championship
1986
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Click for larger image Sports Night
1986
At the start of the 1985/86 season, Steve Rider took over from Harry Carpenter as the presenter of Sportsnight. Boxing featured heavily in the programme and on this edition boxing was top of the bill.
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Click for larger image Commonwealth Games
1986
Click for larger image Edinburgh hosted the 1986 Commonwealth Games and, from what I recall, it rained a lot!

Click for larger image Grand Prix
1986
Click for larger image Murray introduces the action from Spain.

Click for larger image The Horse Of The Year Show
c1986
Click for larger image BBC TV presents highlights of the annual event which is seen as one of the showpieces of the equestrian calendar in the UK.


Click for larger image CIS Insurance UK Bowls Championship
1987
Click for larger image A relaxing end of the BBC1 evening - probably necessary given the shock to the system, whatever it was, from the previous film as eluded to by announcer Cathy Stewart.

Click for larger image Sportsnight
1987
Click for larger image A new set of titles was in use for the 1987/88 season. Apologies that we've missed the first few moments of this title sequence.

Click for larger image Rally Report
1987
Click for larger image William Woollard introduces highlights of the RAC Rally of Great Britain.

Click for larger image International Show Jumping
1987
Click for larger image Cheggers is waved in to introduce coverage from the pre-Christmas show jumping event at Olympia..

Click for larger image World Cup Rugby
1987
Click for larger image A fantastic theme tune introduces the inaugural rugby union World Cup. This is the only time the BBC has covered the event. ITV has held the rights ever since.

Click for larger image Grand Prix
1987
Click for larger image Murray Walker is 200 feet up with a bird's-eye view of the British Grand Prix.


Click for larger image Sportsnight
1989
Click for larger image Football highlights were a mainstay of Sportsnight. Here Steve Rider dubs this edition as World Cup Sportsnight.

Click for larger image Snooker
1989
Click for larger image David Vine was the lead snooker presenter for the BBC during his time with the BBC and here he introduces the latest green baize action from the Rothmans Grand Prix.

Click for larger image International Tennis
1989
Click for larger image Barry Davies occasionally popped up as a tennis presenter and here he introduces highlights from the 1989 Queen's tournament.


Sportscene
1991
Off to BBC Scotland now for the never ending MOTD replacement. Featuring highlights from the Scottish Priemer Division (as it was called then).

Click for larger image Sportsnight
1990s
Click for larger image This edition from the 90's is presented by Ray Stubbs.


Click for larger image Monaco Grand Prix
1992
Click for larger image The multi-skilled Murray Walker presents the highlights of the Monaco Grand Prix before taking his place in the commentary box to describe all the action.

Click for larger image International Athletics
1993
Click for larger image A familiar sports theme from the summer nights past. This edition is presented by the late Helen Rollason.

Click for larger image Embassy World Professional Darts Championship
1993
Click for larger image This was the last tournament when the darts world was united as it was in 1993 that the big split took place. Dougie Donnelly introduces highlights of the semi-finals of that historical tournament.

Click for larger image Golf - Alfred Dunhill Cup
1993
Click for larger image Dougie Donnelly presents the highlights fronm a chilly St Andrews.

Click for larger image World Indoor Bowls Championships
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Click for larger image Dougie is back to present more highlights, this time from the final of the World Indoor Bowls Championship.


Commonwealth Games Grandstand
1994
Sue Barker presents the opening ceremony of the 15th Commonwealth Games, held in Victoria, Canada.

Click for larger image Sally Gunnell's Year Of Athletics
1994
Click for larger image Sally Gunnell was our leading women athlete in the mid 1990s, winning everything in sight in her chosen discipline of the 400m hurdles. Here she presents a year-end review of the athletics year 1994.

World Snooker
1994
The Cruicble theatre in Sheffield is, as ever, the host for the World Snooker Championships.


World Athletics
1995
Des is here again, for the 1995 championships from Gothenburg.

Click for larger image Grand Prix
1995
Click for larger image The opening and closing credits for the BBC's coverage of the 1995 Formula One championship.

Click for larger image Rugby Special
1995
Click for larger image John Inverdale dons his rugby top to present the weekly rugby union round-up Rugby Special.

Click for larger image Match of the 70s
1995
Click for larger image Lots of musical and footballing nostalgia in this series which took a season-by-season look at football of the 1970s.


Cricket World Cup
1996
The Cricket World Cup through the years in this title sequence from 96

Click for larger image Grand Prix
1996
Click for larger image This was the final year which BBC TV had the rights for Formula One before ITV took over coverage. It was to be another thirteen years before Formula One returned to the BBC.


Click for larger image The Walker Cup
1997
Click for larger image Peter Alliss presents highlights of the second day's play of the 1997 Walker Cup, the amateur equivalent of the Ryder Cup.

Click for larger image Cornhill Insurance Test Series
1997
Click for larger image Richie Benaud presents highlights of the fifth test between England and Australia.

Click for larger image Snooker
1997
Click for larger image David Vine introduces all the action from Sheffield.

Sportsnight Special
1997
Des again, but this time with live coverage of the UEFA Cup Winners Cup.

World Athletics
1997
Des Lynam hosts the 1997 championships from Athens. A title sequence featuring those figures from the Royal Bank of Scotland advert!

Click for larger image Match Of The Eighties
1997
Click for larger image Danny Baker rewinds the footballing action of the 1980's - "when football wasn't popular" and when "two tribes go, well went to war."

Click for larger image World Professional Darts Championship
1997
Click for larger image Dougie is back at the Lakeside for the final of the 1997 BDO World Championship.


Click for larger image World Professional Darts Championship
1998
Click for larger image It was out with the old familiar tune and in with a guitar-based theme for the 1998 BDO World Darts Championships as once again we are at Lakeside for the final.


Click for larger image Cricket World Cup
1999
Click for larger image The BBC's live cricket swansong was the 1999 World Cup and this clip features highlights of the final. The BBC dropped out of live cricket coverage at this point as Channel 4 took over domestic cricket coverage.

Click for larger image Match Of The 90s
1999
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Click for larger image Final Score
2000
Click for larger image Until 2001 Final Score was a segment within Grandstand. Before then Final Score was only a programme in its own right on bank holidays.

World Darts
2000
The big guys get on the oche for the World Darts Championships every New Year. Since the early eighties this has always been staged from the Lakeside Country Club, Frimley Green, Camberley, Surrey GU16 !

Click for larger image On Side
2000
Click for larger image John Inverdale is On Side for some footballing chat.


Click for larger image Final Score
2001
Click for larger image At the start of the 2001 football season, Final Score and Football Focus were removed from Grandstand, becoming programmes in their own right. We present the half time (left) and full time (right) titles for the 2001/02 season

Click for larger image World Darts
2001
Click for larger image Ray Stubbs rounds up the action at the BDO Championships

Click for larger image World Athletics
2001
Click for larger image That familiar music still introduced the World Athletics tourament in the noughties.

Click for larger image World Heavyweight Championship Boxing
2001
Click for larger image The BBC got back into the ring for a brief period in the early 2000s and this clip was the first major event which the Corporation showed, sending John Inverdale, who the BBC appointed as its boxing presenter, all the way to South Africa to present all the action.


African Cup of Nations
2002
Garth Crooks, who else? fronts highlights of ACON as the BBC tries to get as much football as possible on screen.

Click for larger image Final Score
2002
Click for larger image A subtle change in the title sequence for Final Score's second season as a fully independent programme.

The Super League Show
2002
Damien Johnson introduces Sunday lunchtime rugby league highlights for viewers in the north.

Click for larger image Commonwealth Games - Opening Ceremony
2002
Click for larger image 2002 Commonwealth Games: Manchester hosted the 2002 Commonwealth Games and Steve and Sue were on hand at the City of Manchester Stadium to introduce the opening ceremony.

Click for larger image Embassy World Darts 25th Championship
2002
Click for larger image "We love you Stubbsy" sings the crowd as Ray Stubbs introduces highlights from the 25th BDO World Darts Championship.

Click for larger image Snooker
2002
Click for larger image Direct from the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, Hazel Irvine introduces live coverage of the final session of the final.

Click for larger image Wimbledon's Greatest Hits
2002
Click for larger image As a companion to the 2002 tournament, BBC Sport put together a series looking back at four recent tournaments. The first programme took a silver anniversary look at the 1977 event which saw Virginia Wade win in front of the Queen. The other tournaments featured were 1985, 1992 and 2001.


Click for larger image World Darts Championship 2003
2003
Click for larger image Ray Stubbs retreats to the relative peace and quiet of the players lounge ahead of the first semi-final of the 2003 tournament.

Click for larger image The World Athletics Championships
2003
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Click for larger image World Athletics Championships BBC Two Promo
2005
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Click for larger image 2005 World Athletics Championships
2005
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Click for larger image World Swimming Championships
2005
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Click for larger image Commonwealth Games
2006
Melbourne was the host city for the 2006 Commonwealth Games and Sue Barker begins BBC TV's coverage of the event with the Opening Ceremony.
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Click for larger image European Athletics Championships
2006
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Click for larger image World Rowing Championships 2006
2006
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Click for larger image Football Focus
2006
Click for larger image Manish Bhasin previews the day’s football. This clip is from the first day of the new BBC1 idents.


Click for larger image Snooker
2007
Click for larger image An afternoon of coverage of the 2007 World Championships.


Click for larger image The Football League Show
2009
Click for larger image After more than 20 years on ITV, Football League coverage returned to the BBC. BBC Sport decided to launch a separate programme rather than incorporate the highlights into Match of the Day. Manish Bhasin transferred from Football Focus to present the show.

Click for larger image Snooker
2009
Click for larger image More highlights from Sheffield. Richie Persad is at the table.

Click for larger image Formula 1
2009
Click for larger image The BBC got back the rights to Formula One for the 2009 season because ITV wanted to divert money to ensure it retained access to football's Champions League. The BBC decided to retain its famous theme tune, albeit with the now seemingly obligatory sound effects. BBC1 shows live race coverage with the highlights now being shown on digital channel BBC3, as seen in this clip.

Click for larger image Football Focus
2009
Click for larger image Football Focus 2009: Dan Walker took over presenting duties when Manish Bhasin was transferred to The Football League Show.

Click for larger image Final Score
2009
Click for larger image Ray Stubbs moved to ESPN at the start of the 2009/10 season so a new presenter had to be found for Final Score and Gabby Logan was chosen to host BBC Sport's football results programme.

Click for larger image The Super League Show
2009
Click for larger image Harry Gration presents the weekly round-up of action from rugby league's Premier League. The programme's first showing is only broadcast in the north of England with the rest of the UK having to rely on a middle-of-the-night repeat on BBC2 or the BBC's website to get their weekly rugby league fix.


Click for larger image RBS 6 Nations
2010
Click for larger image A title sequence underlining the sometimes explosive nature of rugby union is used to present BBC Sport's 2010 Six Nations coverage.

Click for larger image Australian Open Tennis
2010
Sound effects of a tennis ball being hit run throughout this theme tune as BBC TV presents highlights of the Australian Open which saw Andy Murray getting to his first Grand Slam final.
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Click for larger image Snooker
2011
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Click for larger image Final Score
2012
Click for larger image A new title sequence was introduced for the 2011-12 season and BBC Sport decided to base these titles on a montage of vintage clips, including a very old black and white clip of David Coleman and the teleprinter. Football Focus presenter Dan Walker presents this edition from the BBC's new sports hub at Media City in Salford.


Click for larger image Track Cycling
2012
Click for larger image Jill Douglas introduces BBC Two's coverage of the World Track Cycling. The live action had been shown on the red button so this programme was a round-up of the week's action.

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