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Barney Ronay and his friends spent many a happy hour following football on Ceefax, but teletext is firmly on the retreat thanks to the digital revolution. The disappearance of a defiantly non-interactive, distinctly uncool and often misspelt of blue-and-white text might not seem such a big deal in the grand scheme of things.

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But so far the imminent demise of Ceefax seems to have gone pretty much unnoticed. No public protest, no online petitions, no angry letters to national newspapers. Ceefax, Teletext and the vaguely knocked-off looking versions that have recently ceased appearing on Channel Four and Five are all about to be sacrificed for good at the altar of digital communication.

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Everybody looks at the football scores on Ceefax. The original internet, there is no better medium to experience that white-knuckle final score moment. Nobody else has brought you news of transfer swoops, groups of death and sudden managerial axings there is something about Ceefax journalism that warms to these cliches — the lack of space perhaps? And all without trying to sell you a replica Swiss watch or arrange a gynaecological encounter with an unspecified American teenager. Sad, perhaps, but surprisingly engrossing.

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And it was great. Ceefax respects your desire just to know the score.

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No banks of four or quality in wide areas, no news of a fascinating round-table discussion next Thursday night. Just the score, thanks. What comes next?

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Digital communication abhors a vacuum and there are plenty of hour dedicated rolling football news channels out there, all more than capable of filling the Ceefax-shaped hole. It must be said, at this point, that a form of teletext still exists.

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The real replacement for football on Ceefax is the kind of round-table you-watch-the-pros-watch-football show available on Sky Sports and the BBC. You know the kind of thing. This is essentially Ceefax, but a crazily over-manned version with a human face.

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It tells you no more, except perhaps that attempts to turn football scores into light entertainment are doomed. Yes, you think.

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This is more than just a nostalgic harrumph. The invention of teletext was an instance of the kind of British technological ingenuity that seems increasingly associated with the past.

Engineers at Kingswood in Surrey had found a way of sending information inside the ordinary analogue television al. By October the government was announcing the first — and so far only — National Teletext Month, as countries across the world launched their own text services based on the British model. In the mids an all-time popularity high was followed black 4 whitetext chat southampton only a gradual winding down as the future began to look inexorably digital.

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Just as certainly, another long-standing, generally overlooked, but unpretentiously useful part of the experience of following football will have disappeared. From WSC March What was happening this month.

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The joy of text. Barney Ronay and his friends spent many a happy hour following football on Ceefax, but teletext is firmly on the retreat thanks to the digital revolution The disappearance of a defiantly non-interactive, distinctly uncool and often misspelt of blue-and-white text might not seem such a big deal in the grand scheme of things.

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