City on 1st MOTD in colour NOT LFC!

Gary James

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Earlier on my twitter & facebook I posted an On This Day about City wearing red/black stripes for the first time (OTD in 1968 v Everton). Fans were critical at the time and I posted an image of a letter written by a Blue in which he commented on how he'd seen City on Match of the Day in colour and was appalled at us wearing red. Ignoring the stuff about the kit (as with the 99 play off kit, the red/black became iconic because of what happened in the kit not because fans loved it initially - they had been critical), the comment about MOTD led to me getting a few messages from people saying that I was wrong because MOTD wasn't broadcast in colour until 1969 when LFC played WHU in a game. Well, as with so many other things in football history, that is wrong. It's a myth that LFC played in the first colour game on MOTD.

The truth is that reigning champions City lost 2-0 at Chelsea on 2/11/1968 in the 1st ever game shown in colour on MOTD not LFC/WHU in Nov 1969. The BBC themselves keep claiming the LFC game as the first but that's probably because our game at Chelsea a year earlier was on BBC2. Whoever has done the research for the BBC has obviously missed the BBC2 game.

I know many reading this will think 'so what?' but it's another example of how football history can be manipulated/misunderstood or simply incorrectly researched. So, if anyone ever sees that LFC/WHU was the 1st colour game on MOTD please put them right. Too much of our history has been eradicated or ignored.

I've been fighting these anomalies/myths/incorrect assumptions for years and I know many other Blues have too. It's important we carry on before myths become facts in people's eyes (recently I've written this article: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17460263.2020.1818613 It's free to download until 31/10 and while it's about the women's team and not the men's part of it is written with a similar motive - to correct myths and errors that become facts. The women's team's history has been discarded by many rival clubs and some in the media, so it's important that's challenged).
 

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Earlier on my twitter & facebook I posted an On This Day about City wearing red/black stripes for the first time (OTD in 1968 v Everton). Fans were critical at the time and I posted an image of a letter written by a Blue in which he commented on how he'd seen City on Match of the Day in colour and was appalled at us wearing red. Ignoring the stuff about the kit (as with the 99 play off kit, the red/black became iconic because of what happened in the kit not because fans loved it initially - they had been critical), the comment about MOTD led to me getting a few messages from people saying that I was wrong because MOTD wasn't broadcast in colour until 1969 when LFC played WHU in a game. Well, as with so many other things in football history, that is wrong. It's a myth that LFC played in the first colour game on MOTD.

The truth is that reigning champions City lost 2-0 at Chelsea on 2/11/1968 in the 1st ever game shown in colour on MOTD not LFC/WHU in Nov 1969. The BBC themselves keep claiming the LFC game as the first but that's probably because our game at Chelsea a year earlier was on BBC2. Whoever has done the research for the BBC has obviously missed the BBC2 game.

I know many reading this will think 'so what?' but it's another example of how football history can be manipulated/misunderstood or simply incorrectly researched. So, if anyone ever sees that LFC/WHU was the 1st colour game on MOTD please put them right. Too much of our history has been eradicated or ignored.

I've been fighting these anomalies/myths/incorrect assumptions for years and I know many other Blues have too. It's important we carry on before myths become facts in people's eyes (recently I've written this article: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17460263.2020.1818613 It's free to download until 31/10 and while it's about the women's team and not the men's part of it is written with a similar motive - to correct myths and errors that become facts. The women's team's history has been discarded by many rival clubs and some in the media, so it's important that's challenged).
Well done, Gary.

You're right that lies become accepted as fact and entrenched, if not challenged ... and at the risk of appearing paranoid, it does seem that City's achievements and interesting historical facts, aren't really believed by the wider public ... and are quickly & readily discarded in favour of facts about Liverpool or United.

It's really annoying.
 

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I suppose that few will remember that colour television started on BBC2 some 18 months before it was available on BBC1 and ITV.

The first colour programme on BBC2 was at Wimbledon on 1st July 1967. It did not start on BBC1 until 15th November 1969.
 

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I was at Goodison that day in 1968 when the team came out and we was all shocked and started singing "we don't want red" or words to that effect.

Strangely that shirt quickly became so popular.

I also seem to remember Big Mal claiming the red and black stripe shirts made the players look bigger.
 

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I also seem to remember Big Mal claiming the red and black stripe shirts made the players look bigger.

I read somewhere once that striped shirts make players look taller whilst hooped shirts make them look wider.

Apparently that's why hooped shirts are very popular in rugby but striped kits are very rarely used for rugby.

Could be rubbish but that's what've I've read somewhere...
 

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its the same in religion so many different stories and gods, but its making people believe in your versions
and they say the more you say it then its has to be true
 

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