You might remember the beginning of the Australia-Italy match during the 2006 World Cup. Because of “technical difficulties”, the only working camera was high behind one goal, and for ten glorious minutes, we could watch the game develop across the entire pitch. Much football broadcasting follows the ball around like a playground centre forward, which means you see little of off-the-ball movement (that movement that was what so impressed observers of the teenaged Wayne Rooney).
Sadly, all good things, and the serendipitous technical hitch was sadly resolved.
Here’s Match of the Day’s coverage of Huddersfield Town v Coventry City in May 1966. England would be World Champions within eight weeks, not that you could tell from this. But the winners would achieve promotion to the old First Division, so it was an important game.
And it’s filmed throughout from behind the goals. Owing to the poor film stock used – especially for the time: this is not Mitchell and Kenyon – it’s often hard to really see what’s going on. But nevertheless far more of the pitch visible, and so they’ve captured English football off-the-ball before the wholesale abandonment of wingers in the wake of the World Cup. That has to be of some value: