The Lost World of Football…. H is for Half Time Scoreboard.

Got, Not Got

Extract from the ‘Lost World of Football’ examining what we did before mega-pixelled jumbotrons and smart phones……

Travelling back through the mists of time to the late sixties (which now appears to technologically equidistant between the Saxons and Samsung) most grounds employed a simple but effective code which allowed supporters to see the scores around other grounds.

halftime scoreboard

It involved a chap, with a wooden box full of metal plates with numbers on them, arranging them next to a row of letters, usually situated on the front wall of a stand. In the days when a programme cost a shilling everybody bought one, and you turned to the appropriate page to crack the code.

And somehow, we got by.

Photo: Dave Morcom (guess the ground?)

If you want to read the rest ‘The Lost World of Football’ is available now in branches of WH Smiths and Waterstones or can be ordered…

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