Video: Take a look at some of the amazing Match of the Day opening titles over the years 8 years ago

Video: Take a look at some of the amazing Match of the Day opening titles over the years

Happy 50th Birthday Match of the Day...

If you asked most people how they spend their Saturday nights then you'll probably hear the same answers.


Cinema, drinks with friends or swimming with an octopus seem to be the most popular answers that we have been given but JOE has never changed our routine.

Match of the Day has become an institution in our life and the theme song is just as important to us as the national anthem, The Sunday Game theme tune and Johnny Logan's Eurovision winner  'Hold Me Now'.

The 2014/15 season marks the 50th anniversary of this holiest of holy shows and to celebrate this landmark event we have decided to take a look at some of the show's best opening titles through the decades.



The very first programme was shown in black and white on BBC2 in 1964 and featured highlights from just one game. The programme's audience was estimated at only 20,000 which was less than half the attendance at the ground for Liverpool v Arsenal.

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The first time that the famous music was used and it hasn't changed since. See if you can spot Billy Bremner getting absolutely taken out of it. Irony eh?

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Terry McDermott's chip at the start is absolutely stunning as is Pat Jennings finger tip save over the bar. The fans mural to Jimmy Hill at the end is a nice touch also.

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All we can say about this very 80's-tatsic opening sequence is... take a bow Justin Fashanu!


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Ronnie Moran smiling, Neville Southall clapping and Peter Beardsley working his magic. Just wonderful.

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Substitution: Des Lynam for Jimmy Hill as host but the goals get better. Shearer, Cole, Cantona and an absolute pearler from Matt Le Tissier.

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Tony Yeboah... that is all.

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Sol Campbell is probably the most intense person to ever tighten his studs.

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Ignore the fact that Hamilton Ricard is in these titles because there are some amazing goals from Paolo Di Canio, Paul Scholes and a Steven Carr rocket.

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We love the new style MOTD titles and this one is probably still the best. Bobby Moore, David Beckham, Charlie George, Sir Matt Busby, Steven Gerrard and of course the iconic Paul McGrath.

Yes, we saw Rory Delap there also.

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If it ain't broke then don't fix it and this is the title sequence that Man City fans have been waiting for since 1968.

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Poignant, timeless and just perfect.

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Happy birthday Match of the Day and here's to 50 more years of brilliant Saturday night highlights.