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World Of Sport

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World of Sport was hosted by Dickie Davies, an early forerunner to Des "Ladies Man" Lynam. Dickie almost always wore a beige suit and sported for a short time a fine 'tache.

Generally he introduced wrestling from some seedy hall in East London featuring Big Daddy or Giant Haystacks. But that's a different memory.


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'Grandstand' or 'World of Sport'? Last post by darren
01 February 2012

Do You Remember World Of Sport?

Do You Remember World Of Sport?

  • Anonymous user
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    Its final show was on 28 September 1985. Greg Dyke cancelled it, believing it to be too downmarket.
  • Andrew Dexter
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    That was my diet of tv every weekend, swop shop for breakfast, grandstand or world of sport(watching the wrestling with my dad and nana) and Doctor who tom Baker for tea, those were indeed the days of great tv, now sadly those days are long gone, as are my nana and my dad.
  • Anonymous user
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    i.m trying to find the tape roundabout 1980 world of sport wi dickie davies motorcycle racing my husband came 2nd against barry sheene its my hubbys 50th in jan and would really love to get hold of the tape if anyone knows how to go about it please let me no thank you mandy davey..??
  • Anonymous user
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    World Of Sport was ITV's rival to Grandstand and it followed the same format every week. Opening titles with light planes pulling banners with the programmes title fading to a studio shot of Dickie Davies presenting in front of a group of ladies furiously typing the next piece of information. Next was On The Ball with Brian Moore; then "International Sports Special 1" which featured bizarre events such as log rolling, "Sports at the Movies", cliff diving. Then came the snorefest that was the ITV Seven - 96 (felt like it)hours featuring SEVEN blooming horse races that bored every kid waiting for "International Sports Special 2's feature on Evel Keneivel's latest crash. Then over to Clacton Municipal Hall for Wrestling where you pined for the removal of Kendo Nagsaki's mask (damn those knotted laces!!!!) Then the Results section with a cheery goodbye from Dickie before he decided which of the typing laydees he would let run her fingers through his silvery streaky hair.
  • Anonymous user
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    World of Sport evokes memories of Saturday afternoons, Doctor Who, hiding behind the sofa from the Yeti, the Abominable Snowman or the Daleks and toasted pikelets for tea
  • Anonymous user
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    Its FA Cup Final day coverage began at 12o'c if I remember correctly, used to show the teams leaving their hotels for Wembley. Great stuff !
  • Anonymous user
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    World of Sport had a brilliant theme tune, with those little Chipmunk planes towing the name of the show behind them! It reminds me of wrestling, the Grand National and Dickie Davies bad hair with that grey fleck at the front! It also reminds me of the football scores, the smell of my mam's homemade sausage rolls and shopping at Presto on a Saturday morning! Magic!
  • Anonymous user
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    I also remember watching World of Sport at my nana's house. 3 main memories are 1. The wrestling, including Kent Walton's great commentary 2. The plane at the end credits and great music 3. Showing Evil Knievel almost killing himself at Wembley stadium
  • Anonymous user
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    Saturday teatimes spent watching this at my Nana's. Now the sound of Dickie Davie's voice stimulates my memory and I can hear her shouting 'oh giant haystakes is a dirty buggar of a wrestler' and biazzarly I can smell poached eggs on toast which she always made whilst watching this.