Teletext Has Officially Been Switched Off And It's A Sad Day For Football Fans

In the glory days before this internet thing happened and ruined our beloved Teletext, life was relatively simple.

As if my magic, after dialing in 302 or 316 on your vintage TV remote, a selection of scores flashed up and your Saturday afternoon would be sorted. Teletext or Ceefax provided pages for all sorts of things ranging from weather reports to airline flights, but in my household it was strictly football scores.

We'd spend hours waiting for a name to pop up on screen, but when it did - my god. What a feeling.

To the disappointment of millions around the world, however, the last remaining bit of Ceefax technology was switched off this week. I know. Heartbreaking.

Memories of football as a kid...

For 38 years this simple but effective piece of technology has informed and entertained, but we must say goodbye.

Goodbye daily transfer rumours. Adiós.

The teletext information service was a world first when it launched in 1974, so to see it leave like this is rather emotional.

Here's how Twitter reacted to the news:

You will be missed.

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.

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