In One Shot: The first televised football game

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England has always been a leader in football. The sport’s popularity in the country can’t be overstated, which reflected in many innovations.

This edition of Mediamax Sport’s In One Shot column tells the story behind a photo made in England in 1937.

BBC started broadcasting in 1936, and just a year later, it broadcasted the first football match on television.

On September 16, 1937 the friendly between Arsenal and Arsenal Reserves at Highbury became the first televised football game.

However, not all fans could watch it. Those living close enough to the BBC studio broadcasting the game were the lucky ones. Unfortunately, the recording of the game was not preserved.

There is this photo, nevertheless, which depicts Arsenal players getting acquainted with the camera that would shoot the game.


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