Grandstand Vidiprinter Footage

BBC’s Grandstand was a sports programme that aired on Saturdays and provided football fans from across the country with the latest scores running across the screen.

In the 80s when the technology, called a vidiprinter, became popular, I remember watching the flashing cursor scroll across the screen hoping and wishing that a favorable score was listed for my team. The technology in those days was cutting edge. Now it seems quite hokey in comparison.

I haven’t been able to track down any original footage, but I did find this impersonation of Grandstand host Des Lynam and the vidiprinter. Enjoy.


3 thoughts on “Grandstand Vidiprinter Footage”

  1. Ceefax is still alive and kicking. You can even run a Ceefax widget on your Mac from

    Or you can learn more about Ceefax at

    I'll have to write a blog post in the future on what Ceefax was and how useful it was for me and other football fans.

    The Gaffer

  2. How fabulous! This takes me back, Gaffer! Rory Bremner did that wonderful mickey-take which I still remember even now... classic footage!



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