In fact live club football did not return to the screens until January 1986 after a bad tempered war of words between the Football League, which ran the top flight then, and broadcasters at the BBC and ITV.
They were wrangling over a deal offered by the TV firms worth just £19m over four seasons, about £55m in today’s money.
The Football League chairmen felt that the true value was closer to £90m.
However, unlike now, 30 years ago the TV companies – not football clubs – held the upper hand, and when no agreement could be brokered (there was also a row about the split between live games and highlights) they had reached an impasse.
As a result, there was a football blackout for the first half of the 1985-86 season, and in the second half, only 13 English club games were shown live. Read more here…