Sunday 29 June 1986 (World Cup Final)

Only one entry for today, World Cup Final (Mexico) 7.00pm on both ITV and BBC.  It was always this, wasn’t it?

Given a choice between ITV or BBC for coverage of a game, then ITV always lost as far as I was concerned.  I don’t know really what it was, can’t quite put my finger on it.  Brian Moore versus John Motson, much of a muchness really, both could be equally annoying.

Then there was the anchor (yes I know it rhymes), Des Lynam versus Elton Welsby, mmm, perhaps this was it.  I had no time for Welsby that much is a fact, however, when Des defected to ITV in the nineties, I still felt that coverage on the BBC was hundreds of times better.  It must have been a gut feeling.  One of those, in me water things.

Anyway, in a great game (moot point – great game, or good game with great finish?), Argentina moved into a 2-0 lead with goals from Jose Luis Brown and Jorge Valdano.  Karl-Heinz Rummenigge pulled one goal back on 74 minutes and then with just about 10 to go, Rudi Voller equalised.  But who would win it?  Momentum was with the West Germans, but only 4 minutes later, it was Jorge Burruchaga who took Maradona’s pass to win the game and the world cup for Argentina.

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