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Sunday 18th August 2019 - JSF 1968... Rounding off
our 1968 updates, Neil has turned his attention to
Jeux Sans Frontières
1968, and as a result the page has received a major update.
Friday 16th August 2019 - Spiel Ohne Grenzen 1968 /
Staying with the 1968 series, today Neil updates the
Ohne Grenzen and
Stedenspel-Zeskamp pages for that year.
Thursday 15th August 2019 - New Brighton 1968 /
Interneige 1968 / It's A Knockout 1968...
It's always thrilling to be able to add some information concerning the
earliest days of It's A Knockout, and that what we've been able to
do today as Ian and Sandra Hughes have kindly furnished us with details of
a 1968 IAK between New Brighton and Blackpool. This includes New Brighton
team members (IAK
1968 Heat 2,
JSF 1968 Heat 1), an Additional Note
for the IAK heat and a
newspaper clipping from The
Wallasey News. Also today, the pages for
and It's A Knockout
have received a major spruce-up thanks to Neil Storer's diligent research
Tuesday 13th August 2019 - A Proper Catch-Up Session...
Lots added today, things that have been waiting in my inbox for a day when
I had some time on my hands. Let's get straight down to it: a
Referee's Pocket Badge from 1970; team photo for
Hoogland 1970; team photo for
team photo for Maastricht
1975 (thanks to
Neil Storer); a photo of the
Maastricht venue added to the Series Guide
page (from Neil); team
photo for Ragusa 1979 (thanks
to Gianni Magrin); a lovely
newspaper feature about British referee Mike Swann
from 2004 (from Gianni); Andy Aliffe and Neil have kindly supplied Great Yarmouth
and Lowestoft team members, added to
(a photo, venue information and game standings have also been added) and
(a photo has also been added to the International Final). Finally, thanks
to Ian and Sandra Hughes for a photo of the
New Brighton team of 1968.
Thanks also to David Laich Ruiz, who has sent over the
latest news about the 'new JSF'. It appears that in a break with
tradition, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) will not be involved in
the programmes, with the Mediaset conglomerate running it, primarily
Mediaset Italia. While the series is acknowledged as being the return of
Jeux Sans Frontières, it will in this new era go by the new name of
Eurogames. Participating countries are confirmed as being Spain,
Italy, Greece, Poland, Germany and a sixth country that (depending on the
source) is either France or Russia. Each country is to provide five teams
composed of competitors with a link to the towns they represent. Spanish
teams will be: Ciudad Rodrigo (previously competed in 1992), Mérida,
Aranda de Duero (Burgos) and Monforte de Lemos (Lugo). This has been
confirmed by Ciudad Rodrigo's city council, which has started the
selection process for the show (their team will be in Rome from 11th-15th
September 2019). The fifth Spanish team is yet to be confirmed (at least
to the media). Each team in the new competition will comprise 10 members
of ages between 18 and 55. Town councils will each pay €10,000 including
tax to the organisers – this payment will cover participation expenses in
the contest, including travel and accommodation. It still remains unclear
whether the French version announced by France Télévisions in June is the
same programme as Eurogames or not.
Monday 12th August 2019 - A tough year... The last
few months have been very busy for me - and also very sad as since April
I've lost both my closest friend, suddenly and unexpectedly at just 55,
and also a much-loved pet, whose cancer my wife and I had been managing
since the New Year. There have been other things going on, too, not least
the fact that my parents have been burgled three times this year - and
we've been beefing up their security (and the good news is that finally
things have quietened down with them). Anyway, I wanted to explain on the
site why maybe updates have been less frequent and email response time has
been sometimes wayward. I do apologise, but 2019 has been one of those
years where real life has got in the way.
One thing I do want to highlight is that there is an
It's A Knockout-related stage play coming up in October at the Theatre
Seven in Shrewsbury entitled Shrewsbury's Finest Hour, about the
1969 IAK/JSF team from that city which ended up sharing the 1969 JSF Gold
Trophy with Wolfsburg of Germany. I have a feeling that this is almost
certainly the first play about JSF!
Click here for details!
Monday 22nd July 2019 - The TWO? Returns of JSF... They say you wait
for a bus and then two come along at once, and it's now looking like the
same applies to JSF as it appears there are two distinct revival series
being produced. The EuroGames series (now confirmed as being
recorded at Cinecittà World in Rome) appears to be a separate entity from
the series announced by France Télévisions back in June, so we might have two new
JSF series happening in 2019. Swiss Television were reportedly approached
by producers Mediaset to be involved in EuroGames, but did not
consider they had time to organise their participation and hope to join
the series for the second year in 2020. EuroGames filming takes place from
2nd September to 18th October this year. Thanks to Neil for rooting out
Friday 19th July 2019 - Latest on the Return of JSF... Thanks to Neil
for the latest news about the return of Jeux Sans Frontières. It seems
that the Italians will be producing the series, with six heats and a final
being staged at Cinecittà World Amusement Park in Rome. They will be
calling the series EuroGames, though other competing countries - Germany,
Poland, Austria, Spain and Switzerland - may possibly use the JSF name.
Hosts will be Ilary Blasi and Alvin. The first programme is due to air on
either the 12th or 19th September with the final being screened in
Monday 8th July 2019: A couple of lovely promotional items have been
sent in by Neil Storer - namely a commemorative plate for the Liège 1976
JSF heat (Collectables
1976) and a tie produced for the Windsor 1977 JSF heat (Collectables
Thursday 27th June 2019 - The Return of JSF! Maybe the biggest
announcement ever at this site. Twenty years after the final edition of
the 'second series' of Jeux Sans Frontières in 1999, it appears
that plans are afoot in France to revive the show for a third series!
After six months of planning, Nagui will be producing a revived JSF for
the France 2 channel, with teams from France and five other countries (one
of whom is believed to be Italy, where it will air on Canale 5) competing.
The show is likely to be recorded in Romania. The news was announced on
18th June at the Théâtre Marigny by Takis Candilis, Deputy General Manager
for France Télévisions, at the group's press conference. Thanks to Kostas at
JSFnetGREECE for letting us know about this exciting development. More
news when we have it! :)
Wednesday 26th June 2019: It's not often that we are able to add a
whole new year's competition to a series, but thanks to Neil Storer's
diligent research we are able to do so today! A previously unknown (to us
at least) series of
Zeskamp from 1971-72 has come to
light. Details are sketchy but it's great to find out about it. Also
updated as a result, the Netherlands
Database. A note has also been added to
Heat 4. Well done, Neil!
Sunday 16th June 2019: Official theme and game titles plus Welsh team
members added for the two Wales heats of
Friday 7th June 2019: Dave Moore has come back to us with a photo
from the Shrewsbury team's 50th anniversary get together. The photo, by
Deanna Selby, can be seen on the
IAK 1969 page.
Wednesday 29th May 2019: Thanks to Shrewsbury team member Dave Moore
for dropping us a line to let us know that the team got together to
celebrate the 50th anniversary of their It's A Knockout appearance
on Saturday 25th May. Great to hear!
Tuesday 7th May 2019: Many thanks to Val Matthews, who has kindly
donated a souvenir programme relating to the 1980 JSF heat at Antibes. As
a result, I've been able to update the Games titles and Team Members for
that event (Heat 1
Tuesday 16th April 2019: My thanks to the
JSFnetGREECE site for passing along
some sad news today.
Kostas Sgontzos, the Greek presenter of Jeux Sans
Frontières for the 1996 to 1999 series, passed away following a stroke
at the age of 62 on 14th April 2019. Kostas was well known in Greece,
having enjoyed a long career in television and radio as a music presenter,
radio producer and journalist. He became known to the public by presenting
the ERT music show Mousiko Kalidoskopio (Music Kaleidoscope) and
from JSF, which he co-hosted with Dafne Bokota (1996-1997) and later
worked on as sole Greek presenter (1998-1999). He participated in the
production of the legendary festival Rock in Athens 85. JSFnetGB are sad to
hear the news of his death and send our condolences to his family, friends
and fans. Rest in peace Kostas.
Wednesday 13th March 2019: A nice JSF collectible
today - a
souvenir pin badge from the 1979 British heat at St Albans.
Friday 22nd February 2019: Two team photos added
today - Blanzac-Porcheresse to
Teams 1977 and Sunderland to
Thanks to Neil for sending these along.
Tuesday 19th February 2019: Another great item
Collectibles 1978, again with thanks
to Neil, a sheet of commemorative stamp tags issued to coincide with the
staging of the JSF heat from Verbania, Italy. Neil has also tracked down
some team member names for the Blanzac-Porcheresse team that competed at
Carouge in JSF 1977.
Monday 18th February 2019: A modest update today -
thanks to Neil I've been able to add a commemorative sticker from the
Swiss JSF heat in Arosa - see
Wednesday 13th February 2019: A rare dalliance into
the 1990s today - to present corrected staging dates for all
programmes along with official theme and games titles for the two Welsh
heats. Team member names have also been added for the Abertawe (Swansea)
team for these events.
Saturday 19th January 2019: The focus today is on
Collectibles... Many thanks to Andy Garner who has photographed and sent
me a JSF baseball-style cap from the 1974 Northampton JSF heat. Scroll
Collectibles 1974 page to see Andy's photograph of it.
Further collectibles examples have been provided by Neil Storer - a beer
JSF Bristol 1973, an entry ticket for
Grenzen 1974 from Rheinhausen, an IAK
from 1976, what we think is probably a sticker from
and a pin badge from the revived
It's A Knockout 1999.
Tuesday 15th January 2019: A nice addition
today - I've found some great film footage of the IAK Lowestoft and Great
Yarmouth teams training for
IAK 1970 Heat 5. It can be seen
online at the East Anglian Film Archive site and is linked to from the IAK
Also today, I've added two PDFs to
IAK 1976 Heat 6
(Redcar) - help yourselves to a free downloadable Souvenir Programme and
Teams Sheet from this event! The information contained means I've been
able to update the entry for this edition.
Sunday 13th January 2019: Thanks today to Hazel
Ford for sending in a recent
Radio Times feature
mentioning IAK which I have added to the
Magazines section (since the
section covers only the years that the show was on air in
Saturday 12th January 2019:
New Year to all visitors and contributors to JSFnetGB!
We at JSFnetGB hope that readers had a good Christmas and New Year
celebration! We hope that 2019 is good to all our visitors - and this
We start off for this first update of 2019 by adding the
names of the full squads for the Dartmouth, Exmouth and Plymouth teams -
IAK 1981 and for Dartmouth
- with thanks to Neil Storer for finding this information.
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