- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: Exempt
- Studio: 4Digital Media
- DVD Release Date: 10 Sept. 2012
- Run Time: 60 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- ASIN: B0086342ZM
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,118 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
The Newcastle United Big Match
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Back in the days of power cuts and perms, the only way football fans could see the stars of the day on TV was through programmes like Saturday night's Match of the Day and The Big Match on Sunday afternoon.
Trophies were few and far between on Tyneside during a period dominated by mutton-chop sideburns and muddy pitches, but the crowds still flocked to watch the Magpies and roar on the likes of Malcolm Macdonald, Terry McDermott and Frank Clark. The Newcastle United Big Match features a number of great games from the 1970s and early 1980s, including Supermac's stunning hat-trick on his home debut in the 3-2 victory over Liverpool in 1971 and a 5-0 crushing of Chelsea in 1974. This DVD relives an era which has taken on legendary status.
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The links between games are a bit rough in the editorial cut but then it's the football we are really interested in (although it's always a pleasure to hear and see Brian Moore). As a previous reviewer points out,this is not "Shoot !" but it does have Roger Tames commentating and sounding half good at it (which surprised me because I have always thought he was rubbish).
I am slighty disappointed that the 1986 live "Big Match" against West Ham which Newcastle won 4 - 0 (with goals from the likes of Andy Thomas and featuring Paul Goddard up front) is not included but you can't have everything !
I am also assuming that the BBC had the rights to show most of the Keegan playing years, hence their omission here.
Or, is it possible there's a "Volume 2" on the way ?
One star dropped for the rough and ready editing and for arousing my suspicion that they have games from later in the 80s still in the archives which they could have featured.At just over a fiver though, it's a pretty good deal.
And it was "goal machine" Peter Withe who was credited in the commentary with catching a pitch invading dog (why was it dogs seemed to get on the pitch every other week, back in those days ?)
The quality is decent and watching the industrial tackling and seeing the development of St. James Park through the 70's definitely brought back memories.
But be warned. This is "The Big Match" and not Tyne Tees'"Shoot", so there is a little something missing, nemely the North-East perspective.
Nevertheless, seeing Big Wyn Davies shoulder charge Sunderland's Montgomery into the net in front of the Gallowgate, or seeing goal upon goal smashed in my Supermac are worth the money for the dvd.
Other things can be rediscovered such as the great passing of Terry Hibbitt and the beautiful wing play of Micky Burns.
Towards the end it does get a little depressing when seeing the side battle against the likes of Charlton in the old second division but it also puts today's "woes" under mike Ashley into perspective.
So, all in all, slip in the dvd, take a trip down memory lane and enjoy yourself.
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