Before this ‘internet’ thing came along and destroyed a legacy, the click of a red button would unlock a fantasy world full of cheap holiday deals, dodgy weather reports and most importantly; football scores. Teletext or Ceefax provided us with hundreds of pages for all sorts of things, but in my household it was strictly page 302. Just enter those all important numbers and as if by magic, an encyclopedia of fixtures, results and transfer news would appear on your TV screen. Hours of entertainment in the palm of your hand. On a Saturday afternoon, we would genuinely sit down as a family and spend hours waiting for a name to flash up but when it did, my god. The buzz. But to the disappointment of millions around the world, including my old man who was fuming, the last remaining bit of technology was switched off last year. I know. Heartbreaking.But fortunately for us, the guys over at Retro Clasico have brought back that nostalgic feeling with a t-shirt like no other. You can pick your favourite match from any era and these guys will create a personalised Ceefax style match result page. The website currently displays results from Liverpool’s dramatic comeback against Barcelona and Manchester City’s title winning game against Brighton on Sunday afternoon. Image: Retro Clasico Image: Retro ClasicoBut you have the choice of any game for £18.95.In fact, you can print your personalised result on Mouse Mats, Mugs and Drink Coasters if you fancy. The teletext information service was a world first when it launched in 1974, so to see it leave last year was rather emotional.Just check out the reaction when it switched off. Can we deep the progress made in terms of football transfers? There was days if it didn’t come up on teletext or you read a paper you wouldn’t know & now we have fans tracking plane flights.- Deluded (@DeludedGooner04) September 14, 2018
Best memory with football as a kid… getting back home after playing Saturday and checking footy scores on teletext- Jay Evans (@JayLFCEvans) September 17, 2018
You know what I say;.bring back page 302 to where it belongs.
Jack Kenmare Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He’s interviewed some huge names in the world of sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport, but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.