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Playing at the Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury, October 2nd-5th 2019...
Thursday 19th September 2019 - IAK/JSF Running
Scores and Stuff... The update today has been a case of rolling out
the Running Scores and Positions information to Games in Detail sections
on JSF 1967,
IAK Cup Final
and IAK 1974.
In some cases this has involved the creation of completely new Games in
Detail sections for certain events.
Wednesday 18th September 2019 - JSF 1969 - The
Overhaul!... Today's update is not so much an update, it's more of an
overhaul - of JSF
1969, which is the result of a stupendous amount of
research on Neil Storer's part and is now as near as dammit perfect as we
can get it. There are still two 1969 events that are somewhat shrouded in
a degree of mystery - Heat 1 in Bruges and the International Final in
Blackpool - and we hope that one day we are able to fill in further
details on those.
Tuesday 17th September 2019 - The Updates Continue...
The last month has seen a great deal of activity at JSFnetGB, and I can't
deny that this is due to the excitement that suddenly JSF is current news
again, what with a new series currently being made (it debuts this Friday
on Canale 5 in Italy!). It been fascinating to go through the site and
give it a brush up, tweaking here, completely revising there... and it
will continue! Today, I've added a couple of paragraphs explaining how
Wales became involved in the series - see
1991 Introduction - and four
photos of the Sandwell team to
JSF 1978 at Zemun and Montecatini
Terme. Also on the photo front, I've added two to
at Stirling, one of a mascot with a distinct hump and another of crowds at
the event, which accompanies a new note on the subject. Finally, today,
I've also researched game and team member names for
Heat 1 from Morecambe and also added a scorecard for the programme.
Monday 16th September 2019 - Another Freebie + IAK
1969 / 1978 / 1979...
First up today, thanks are due once again to Val Matthews, who kindly
donated the souvenir programme for JSF Antibes 1980 to the JSFnetGB
Collection. This has now been scanned and converted to a PDF, which can be
downloaded (along with many other similar items!) in our
section. Second, I've added a Games in Detail section for
at Wolverhampton, complete with games cartoons (which were printed so
badly in the souvenir programme for this event, that I have had to redraw
them!). Third, I've added new team members for the
Bridgnorth team as well as new notes on that heat under Team Selection and
Training and Additional Information, with photo illustrations. Fourth,
following the discovery of some rare photos from the
heat from Eastbourne, Neil and I have revised the Games in Detail section
of that programme - and included the photos for good measure!
Sunday 15th September 2019 - All Sorts Today...
Rooting around my files and folders today to pick out items that have been
waiting to be added to the site, so... First up, have a
free download of the programme for
the Welsh JSF heats of 1993 (which has allowed me to add team photos of
Rhyl and Wrexham to
Teams 1993). Elsewhere, there's a new photo added to
IAK 1974 Heat 1
at Southport along with a new Team Personnel note. I've also revamped the
to bring together all the PDFs offered across the site, so they can be
found in one easy-to-use place. Also, thanks to Val Matthews, I've been
able to add the following JSF teams to
Teams 1980: Bellheim (D), Antibes
(F), Rushcliffe (GB, Virgilio (I) and Póvoa de Varzim (P), and also the
cover of the souvenir programme from the Antibes JSF event to
1980. I'm also very grateful to Denis Kirsanov for
translating the games titles of
Intervilles Internationaux 2007 and
2008 from Russian to English. Many
thanks also to Christos Moustakas for sending a scan of an item that gets
Collectables 1997 page underway. I've also tracked down a
venue for the first
1976 heat of Almost Anything Goes, a
series for which information available for research is pretty scarce, so
even a small addition like this feels like a big thing! Finally, several items
have been added to the Collectables section, so feel free to have a look
through, and I've also added a
newspaper report from June 1970
concerning IAK at Ramsgate.
Saturday 14th September 2019 - All About JSFnetGB's
Home Town... A locally-based update today focusing on St. Albans,
which has for the last five and a bit years been home to JSFnetGB (and
very nice it is, too!). As part of this update, I've added three teams
from the St. Albans IAK heat to
Teams 1977 (Southend-on-Sea, St.
Albans and Wandsworth), written a short piece about Team Training and
Selection (see IAK
1977 Heat 6), added a few team members to the St. Albans
and Wandsworth teams, an image of the cover of the souvenir programme to
Collectables 1977 and also scanned the programme, which you
download for free!
Thursday 12th September 2019 - JSF 1976 Update...
I've added games in detail, running scores/positions, game cartoons and
venue information for
JSF 1976: Leeds
today. Also, thanks to Paul Leaver, two superb
- a pendant from
Skegness 1974 and a promotional
Pembroke 1977 - have been added to that section. Paul has
also supplied team photos for the IAK teams Cwmbran, Pembroke and Tenby,
which I've now added to
Teams 1977. As well as all this - another busy date on the
site! - I've also scanned the souvenir programme for the two JSF 1992
heats in Swansea (download
a PDF for free!) and added a note to the
page about Swansea team selection and training. Finally, a promotional
sticker added to
Collectables 1980 from the Fribourg
JSF of that year.
Wednesday 11th September 2019 - Intervilles
Internationaux Scoreboards / IAK Updates... Today I've produced Scoreboards for
I've also added the following:
IAK 1971: Sheffield
(games in detail and cartoons),
IAK 1973: Ely (games in detail, three new
notes about the organising committee, team training
and rehearsals, and a team photo of the ill-fated
Hertford IAK team
from the same event),
IAK 1974: Ripon
(games in detail and cartoons),
IAK 1976: Redcar
(games in detail), and IAK
1977: Camberley (games in
detail). I've also added photos of
the Rotherham IAK team to
Teams 1974, the Birmingham, Carlisle,
Cirencester, Durham, Newbury, Redcar, Stoke-on-Trent, Tamworth and
Winchcombe IAK teams to
Teams 1976, and the Basingstoke, Surrey Heath and Windsor &
Maidenhead IAK teams to
Tuesday 10th September 2019 - Even more international Intervilles
/ EuroGames 2019... The
2008 Intervilles Internationaux
series has today been added to the site, with further thanks to Denis
Kirsanov. Also today, I've added a
Series Guide page for EuroGames - it
doesn't yet contain any results, but thanks to the diligent research of
David Laich Ruiz it includes all the teams competing and as much detail as
we've yet been able to glean. I've also written a
page, which will no doubt be revised as information is received.
Monday 9th September 2019 - More from Intervilles
2007 Intervilles Internationaux
series has today been added to the site, with big thanks to Denis
Sunday 8th September 2019 - Game Details for IAK 1972
at Luton... Today I've added game details and cartoons showing the
games to IAK 1972
Saturday 7th September 2019 - Updates to IAK 1977...
Many thanks to Paul Leaver for some nice updates to
including team members for Heats 1, 4 and Championship Knockout (and
therefore JSF 1977;
Beverley and Cwmbran), venue and game information and some additional
notes. Cheers, Paul! :)
Friday 6th September 2019 - Intervilles
Internationaux 2006, Deuxième Partie... A co-production between Denis
Kirsanov and I, today we unveil the second 2006 run of
Thursday 5th September 2019 - Intervilles
Internationaux... Many thanks to my dear friend in Russia, Denis
Kirsanov, for letting me know about an international version of
Intervilles which aired in Russia, where it was called The Great Races.
A little digging identified this series as Intervilles Internationaux, and
I've added details for it's
2006 season today.
Monday 2nd September 2019 - SOG 1968 / Zeskamp 1968...
Improved venue photos added for
Ohne Grenzen 1968 (Troisdorf and Dinslaken) and Aalten team
Zeskamp-Stedenspel 1968 (also added to
Super Final, JSF
Christmas 1971). Thanks to Neil for
Friday 30th August 2019 - Radio Times / JSFnet... Our
section has been refreshed today, with a page for each
year, rather than multiple pages for each year. This change has been
actioned in order to make the section more user-friendly and also easier
to update. Same great content, just easier to find and scroll through...
Also, sad to say, it appears that there are now only five JSFnet websites
- Czech, France, Greece, Italy and our GB site - and therefore I have
removed the links to non-functioning websites in Germany, Hungary,
Portugal and Ex-YU.
Thursday 29th August 2019 - JSF 1968 / IAK 1969 / SOG
1969 / Radio Times...
Neil Storer has updated information and added an additional photo to the
Host Town/Venue sections of the
JSF 1968 and
pages - Harrogate and Shrewsbury are the towns concerned. He has also
submitted a very comprehensive - and well illustrated - update to
Ohne Grenzen 1969, which has also been added to the site
today. Finally, thanks to Richard Farnham for sending in a Radio Times
cutting for the 1973 It's A Christmas Knockout, which has been
added to the Radio
Times 1973 page.
Wednesday 28th August 2019 - Fit to Win / Eurogames /
Spiel Ohne Grenzen...
Thanks to David Laich Ruiz on two counts - first for spotting that an
edition of Fit to Win has been uploaded on YouTube, which has allowed me
to grab a scoreboard a results for Heats 1 and 2... and also for passing along the latest
on Eurogames. It's looking like it's Russia and not France that will be
taking part! Participating countries are confirmed as being Germany,
Greece, Italy, Poland, Russia and Spain. Russian teams will be from
Yekaterinburg, Moscow, Novosibirsk, Saint Petersburg and Sochi.
Also today, some rare photographs for the
Ohne Grenzen 1968 series - for the Troisdorf and
Siegen heats. Thanks to Neil for tracking these down.
Tuesday 27th August 2019 - Under the Bonnet Stuff...
Today I've been working flat out to fix a few issues with the site,
notably that the dots in the Series Guide - i.e. denotations of Gold
●, Silver Trophy
and Bronze Trophy
etc! - haven't been showing up properly in some browsers for literally
years! Well, today I've been updating them to Unicode symbols which should
see an end to the problem. The trouble was that there were over 5000 of
them across the Series Guide and Team Database, and all of these have had
to be updated manually, one at a time. At the same time I have also been
adding, updating and in some cases simplifying the Keys to Symbols at the
top of each Series Guide page. One of those days where there's a huge
amount of work going on at the site but it's not something that is
immediately obvious to visitors. Back to business as usual shortly! After
I rest my aching fingers!!!
Wednesday 21st August 2019 - Comment Section Tidied /
Just sorted something that's been biting at me for some while - I've
tidied up the Fil
Rouge: Comment section, and have moved a couple of other
Fil Rouge sections to now be within the Comment area (BBC
Guido Pancaldi Writes and the couple
of items that were in the now-defunct Venues section - the latter having
been jettisoned after we started including venue information in the Series
Guide). Also today... Neil's splendid updates have now taken in
which is much improved as a result!
Tuesday 20th August 2019 - Northern Ireland IAK
Qualifiers 1969... We move now into 1969 with Neil's update and the
first page to be spruced up is
IAK NI Qualifiers.
Also, thanks to David Laich Ruiz, the latest news on the
new EuroGames series:
The main referee will be Juri Chechi, Italian gymnast who
won an Olympic Gold Medal in Atlanta 1996 and an Olympic Bronze Medal in
The arena setting will be in the style of a Roman
Each heat will have 9 games: 3 standard games (a fil rouge,
which will be an obstacle course; a game with a transparent ball where the
contestants will move it from the inside; and a game involving an inclined
wall). The rest of the games will be different in every heat.
Spanish entries: Aranda de Duero and Ciudad Rodrigo will
compete in the first and second heats respectively.
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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