The BBC sports programme Grandstand was last broadcast in January 2007. Here are some notable moments:

** Foinavon winning the 1967 Grand National at odds of 100/1 following a 23rd fence pile up in which every other horse fell or was remounted – the fence was subsequently named in Foinavon's honour.

** Golfer Tony Jacklin hitting the first live televised hole in one in Britain during the Dunlop Masters on 16 September 1967.

** Gareth Edwards scoring one of the most memorable tries in history, in the Barbariansv All Blacks Rugby Union match at Cardiff Arms Park on 27 January 1973.

** The first known streaker at a major sporting event during an England v France Rugby Union match at Twickenham on 20 April 1974.

** Cambridge sinking in the 1978 University Boat Race and again in 1984, after colliding with a stationary barge.

** A fight breaking out on air between staff in the newsroom behind presenter Des Lynamon 1 April 1989. This was later revealed to be an April Fool's Day joke.

** The Hillsborough football ground disaster on 15 April 1989.

** The Grand National on 3 April 1993 being declared void after two false starts – 30 horses ran the race when their jockeys mistakenly assumed the course officials waving red flags were protesters.

** Roland Ratzenberger & Ayrton Senna's fatal accidents during the San Marino Grand Prixon 30 April & 1 May 1994 (Sunday Grandstand).

** Jockey Frankie Dettori winning all seven races at Ascot on 28 September 1996.

** The evacuation of Aintree Racecourse on 5 April 1997 due to an IRA bomb threat that caused the cancellation of the Grand National (the race took place two days later).

** In the 1970s, Grandstand was famously preceded by the children's programme Multi-Coloured Swap Shop, meaning that only two programmes were regularly scheduled between the hours of 0930 and 1715 every Saturday on BBC1. One edition in the late 1970s saw the first few minutes of a Frank Bough-presented edition coming from the Swap Shop studio. This was because Bough was a guest on Swap Shop that morning and did not have time to get to the Grandstand studio. Similarly, the last programme of the first series of Swap Shop in 1977 included inserts in Grandstand throughout the afternoon.

Your memories of the programme???

I remember the fight for April Fools Day. 

and who can forget the theme music?!

seasider wrote:

I remember the fight for April Fools Day. 


A very Interesting article on the PL and telly. The Sky generation comes off quite badly, but I like what's he's saying...