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Match of the Day at 50

The television institution that is Match of the Day celebrates 50 years since it was first aired. This definitive documentary charts the history of this iconic programme and highlights its long-ingrained place at the heart of Saturday night television.

We discover why Match of the Day holds such a special place in the nation's affections with classic archive featuring George Best, Brian Clough, Sir Bobby Robson, David Coleman and Jimmy Hill, and brand new contributions from Jose Mourinho, Sergio Aguero, Ryan Giggs, Thierry Henry, Gary Lineker, Wayne Rooney, Des Lynam, Rio Ferdinand, Ian Wright, Michael Owen, Alan Hansen, Alan Shearer, John Motson and stars from the England women's football team.

We also hear from fans of the show including Sir Alan Sugar, Sue Johnston, Piers Morgan and Russell Brand. Barry Stoller, who composed the iconic Match of the Day music, talks for the very first time about how the tune came about and how it also went on to be officially the most recognised theme tune on television, beating EastEnders and Doctor Who. There are also special performances of the music by Lethal Bizzle and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

The show looks at how MOTD has evolved over the years, remaining the main place for football viewers to watch highlights. We also remember how the programme dealt with tragedy when 96 Liverpool fans Iost their life at Hillsborough. We take a look at the elements of the show that have become synonymous with the MOTD brand, like Goal of the Month, and we track down the serial winner of the award who became a cult hero in the 1990s. And Sergio Aguero takes us back to the very spot he scored the most famous of last-minute MOTD goals.

Release date:

59 minutes

Last on

Sun 14 Dec 2014 06:30


Role Contributor
PerformerLethal Bizzle
Music GroupRoyal Philharmonic
ParticipantGeorge Best
ParticipantBrian Clough
ParticipantBobby Robson
ParticipantDavid Coleman
ParticipantJimmy Hill
ParticipantJose Mourinho
ParticipantSergio Aguero
ParticipantRyan Giggs
ParticipantThierry Henry
ParticipantGary Lineker
ParticipantWayne Rooney
ParticipantDes Lynam
ParticipantRio Ferdinand
ParticipantIan Wright
ParticipantMichael Owen
ParticipantAlan Hansen
ParticipantAlan Shearer
ParticipantJohn Motson
ParticipantLord Sugar
ParticipantSue Johnston
ParticipantPiers Morgan
ParticipantRussell Brand
ParticipantBarry Stoller

'I composed the MotD theme tune'

Barry Stoller

'It had to be lively with a good rhythm and make one want to tap one’s foot to it.'