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Thursday, January 26, 2023

Football commentary grid : Arsenal and Sheffield United at Highbury 1927...

On January 22, 1927, BBC Radio broadcast a football match for the very first time - a Division One fixture between Arsenal and Sheffield United at Highbury, with commentary by former rugby player, Teddy Wakelam. 
However, there was understandable concern that radio listeners might not follow the game very easily so Radio Times published this handy diagram of a football pitch, divided into eight numbered squares. 
While Wakelam called the play, another voice would call out numbers corresponding to the area of the pitch where the action was taking place. 
The grid was also thought to be the origin of the phrase, “back to square one”.

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