No live sport on the telly? Relax with the LMMNews Sports Archive Survival Guide

With all sports cancelled or suspended the world over, for many, the cabin fever already present due to quarantine and lockdown, is just that bit more difficult to deal with.

Like every aspect of life in these new conditions, people are being encouraged to think outside the box and like the The A-Team or MacGyver, use the resources that are available to them in order to find a solution.

So we at Londonmultimedianews have decided to give you our guide to the best sporting archives/films/series available to you from the comfort of your own home.

‘When English Football Ruled Europe’ on ITV Hub

So despite ITV jumping the gun at the start of March and prematurely broadcasting two preview shows for the Euro 2020 finals (!!), the station has since made up for it with the fantastic documentary ‘When English Football Ruled Europe’.

Focussing on a period at the end of the 1970s and start of the 1980s when English clubs won European silverware in 5 out 6 seasons in a row before being banned for the rest of the decade.

A fantastic history lesson and comfort to those missing ‘the beautiful game’ at this time.

Especially a good tonic for Liverpool fans at the moment who are feeling tortured by the current state of affairs.

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Also on ITV Hub: ‘Football’s Foreign Legion’ and ‘Out Of Their Skin” telling the story of the first foreign and black players in the English game.

‘FA Cup Classic’ &

‘Match Of Their Day’ on BBC iPlayer

With no domestic football to watch (and MOTD’s failed attempt at filling the void by having Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer and Ian Wright needlessly calling round each other’s houses with rubbish banter!), the BBC has wisely decided to rebroadcast some classic FA Cup ties from the archives.

In addition they have Premier League classic matches including the best Premier League match of all time, the 7 goal thriller, Liverpool v Newcastle United from 1996.

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Also on BBC iPlayer: ‘The ’85 Black Ball Final: Final Frame’ – a full replay of the most dramatic of World Snooker Championship finals ever, ‘Hunt vs Lauda: F1’s Greatest Racing Rivals’ – the story of the rivalry between two of Formula 1’s finest, ‘Scotland 78: A Love Story’ – documentary about Scotland’s journey in the 1978 World Cup Finals in Argentina, ‘Glasgow 1967: The Lisbon Lions’ – documentary about the first British team to win the European Cup and ‘Driven: The Billy Monger Story’ – the awe-inspiring, life-affirming journey of young racing Driver Billy Monger.

NFL Gamepass

Having recently celebrated its centenary, The National Football League has kindly made their online streaming service temporarily free due to the Coronavirus, allowing American Football fans the world over, to not only keep up with all recent developments but also peruse the extensive catalogue of NFL films.  Worth checking out for the ‘Hard Knocks’ series which has since been facsimiled by every other sports documentary.

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‘Ashes 2005: The Greatest Series’ on All4

With the new cricket season inevitably postponed, relive one of the best Ashes series ever on Channel 4’s ‘All4’ service.  Full of drama, personality and tussles between Flintoff, Harmison, McGrath and Warne and captains Michael Vaughan and Ricky Ponting.

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‘Botham: The Legend of ’81’ on YouTube

Before Stokes and Flintoff, there was Ian Botham.  The original all-rounder, also as well known for his antics off the pitch, as on it.  If the 2019 Ashes will be remembered for Stokes, and the 2005 series for Flintoff, the 1981 Ashes will certainly be known as Botham’s.

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Test Match Special Podcast – classic interviews

With no cricket being played for the foreseeable future, the BBC has decided to rebroadcast some classic TMS interviews including John Cleese, Lily Allen and the Duke Of Edinburgh.

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In addition, there is a host of other sport documentaries available to subscribers of Amazon Prime Video, Netflix and BT Sport.

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