Fulltime whistle finally blows for out-of-date Teletext and Ceefax

ENGLISH FOOTBALL

ROY PILOTT
Last updated 08:49 14/12/2012

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OPINION: The demise of Teletext, announced this week, illustrates how our consumption of football information has changed in a generation.

Teletext, if you had an up-to- date TV with it (we didn't), arrived with the advantage of live sports results.

And if you missed the phrase on the National programme on a Sunday morning: "It's four minutes past nine and now here are the British football results . . ." Teletext could help.

I say could, because it was also reliant on staff giving a toss about football or having time to update results. Whatever the reason, there were times when the results were not updated for days. And days. Today, thanks to the internet, we need neither the Sunday alarm set for 9am nor someone to update Teletext.

The service here will be pulled in April - six months after its UK equivalent, Ceefax, was turned off after 38 years.

Which reminds me of one of Gary Lineker's greatest lines as a rookie football comments man.

He who never upset a referee, brassed off Wimbledon fans by suggesting viewers would have been better off watching the first half of a Wimbledon match on Ceefax.

Arsenal's Santi Cazorla can expect precious little from referees for the rest of the season after joining the dive club last weekend. He cheated to get a penalty in the first half against West Brom but word had obviously reached the officials at the break, because he got nothing for being up-ended in the second half on the edge of the box. Team- mates have been quick to stress Cazorla "isn't that type of player".

Perennial reserve keeper Carlo Cudicini - now No 3 at Spurs - is being linked with a move to the LA Galaxy . . . Longshot of the week: Arsenal will swap Theo Walcott with Manchester United's Nani . . . Everton are reportedly interested in taking [PndStlg]90,000-a-week Joleon Lescott back to Goodison on loan from Manchester City, where he moved for a ridiculous [PndStlg]24 million three years ago.

Alan Shearer reckons Martin O'Neill is on borrowed time at Sunderland, so the win over Reading could be important . . . David Jones isn't in a much better place after seeing Sheffield Wednesday lose seven in a row . . . but then, who would want to be in Arsene Wenger's shoes after a near-full-strength team was humiliated (well, this fan was, I can't vouch for the players) by fourth division Bradford in the League Cup this week?

Gateshead have sacked manager Ian Bogie, in charge for five years, after slipping to 14th in the Conference League . . . Another to be shown a non-league door last week was former Nottingham Forest striker Jason Lee at Boston . . . Reading's Danny Guthrie refused to travel with the squad to Sunderland this week.

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Southampton are looking at Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez . . . Chelsea midfielder Oriol Romeu has had a knee reconstruction after suffering cruciate ligament damage at Sunderland and is out for the season . . . Didier Drogba is training with Chelsea during the Chinese break.

After Rio Ferdinand was struck by a coin at Maine Road, postings purportedly from Ashley Cole's brother, Matthew, on Facebook read: "So happy Rio got hit in the face today when he tried to give it kissing his badge! Straight in the eye! Made my day." And someone claiming to be Cole's mum, Sue, responded: "Bloody missed that, ha ha ha . . . give the fan that threw it a medal!!!" Sue Cole denied responsibility for a series of posts. They were apparently taken down soon after she was asked about it.

A group called the Football Supporters' Federation is pushing for a return to standing at matches. Standing was outlawed as a result of the Taylor report into the Hillsborough tragedy.

Liverpool have apologised for tapping up Fulham's Clint Dempsey . . . Bolo Zenden, who is Rafa Benitez' No 2 at Chelsea, could be called on if the club's injury list gets much bigger . . . Roman Pavlyuchenko is being linked with a swift return to the premiership with Reading.

Weekend fixtures:

England, Newcastle v Man City, Liverpool v Aston Villa, Man Utd v Sunderland, Norwich v Wigan, QPR v Fulham, Stoke v Everton. Sunday, Tottenham v Swansea, West Brom v West Ham. Monday, Reading v Arsenal. Scotland, Aberdeen v Kilmarnock, Celtic v St Mirren, Dundee Utd v Inverness CT, Hibernian v Motherwell, Ross County v Dundee, St Johnstone v Hearts.

roy.pilott@dailynews.co.nz

- Taranaki Daily News

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