Library nets BBC match programmes

Around 200 assorted football and rugby programmes which have been used as source material for BBC Radio Scotland's sport commentators have been donated to the National Library of Scotland. Many of the main Scottish football clubs are represented, with the programmes mostly from league matches from 1994 onwards. The largest collection is for Kilmarnock FC, including 11 from the year the club won the Scottish Cup (1997).

Games covered by the rugby donations are chiefly at international level, particularly home fixtures for the Five Nations championship. A complete set of home and away programmes has been kept intact from 1998, while there is one programme for the Scotland v France encounter during the famous Grand Slam 'campaign' of 1990.
  Scotland v France rugby programme, 1990
Hibernian FC programme, 1996  

BBC SportScotland is 'delighted' that the Library can now extend its holdings of Scottish football programmes. Producer Jim Mason says: 'The programme is an entertaining and informative addition to the match day outing, containing as it does stats, player profiles and, of course, club gossip.' Match programmes are 'invaluable' for commentators and summarisers.

'They are also extremely helpful in the resolution of pub arguments,' he adds.

14 October 2003

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