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BBC's Match of The Day celebrates 50 years

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The BBC will celebrate 50 years of its iconic football television show Match of the Day with a special programme on Friday.

Packed with classic archive material, it charts the evolution of football's most famous programme and features new contributions from a host of footballing glitterati, including Jose Mourinho, Ryan Giggs, Thierry Henry, Gary Lineker, Wayne Rooney, Des Lynam and Alan Hansen.

As part of the celebrations, legendary commentator Barry Davies will make a one-off special return for the Crystal Palace v West Ham match.

Davies joins the team of Guy Mowbray, Jonathan Pearce, Steve Wilson, John Motson and Alistair Mann for this Saturday's games.

The first Match of the Day - on 22 August, 1964 - featured Liverpool's 3-2 win over Arsenal 3-2, with the crowd inside Anfield outnumbering the audience on BBC Two - only available in London at the time - two to one. Kenneth Wolstenholme opened the first Match of the Day as a Beatles song played over the Anfield PA system.

Wolstenholme was later to be immortalised with his famous World Cup commentary when Geoff Hurst scored England's fourth goal in the 1966 World Cup Final.

And here comes Hurst! He's got...
(Wolstenholme's attention is diverted by some of the crowd spilling onto the pitch)
Some people are on the pitch! They think it's all over!
(Geoff Hurst scores to put England two goals ahead)
It is now, it's four!

JB

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