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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 1971, IAK Cup Final 1971, IAK 1972, IAK 1973 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 Teams 1978, IAK 1978 Championship Knockout, JSF 1978 at Zemun and Montecatini Terme. Also on the photo front, I've added two to IAK 1976 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 IAK 1976 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 Downloads section. Second, I've added a Games in Detail section for IAK 1978 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 IAK 1979 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 IAK 1969 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 Downloads section 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 Collectables 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 our 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 can 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 Collectables - a pendant from Skegness 1974 and a promotional poster for 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 JSF 1992 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 Intervilles Internationaux 2006, 2007 and 2008. 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 Teams 1977.

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 2019 Introduction page, which will no doubt be revised as information is received.

Monday 9th September 2019 - More from Intervilles Internationaux... The 2007 Intervilles Internationaux series has today been added to the site, with big thanks to Denis Kirsanov.

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 Heat 6.

Saturday 7th September 2019 - Updates to IAK 1977... Many thanks to Paul Leaver for some nice updates to IAK 1977, 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 Intervilles Internationaux!

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 Spiel Ohne Grenzen 1968 (Troisdorf and Dinslaken) and Aalten team members for Zeskamp-Stedenspel 1968 (also added to Zeskamp 1970 Super Final, JSF 1970 and Christmas 1971). Thanks to Neil for the legwork!

Friday 30th August 2019 - Radio Times / JSFnet... Our Radio Times 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 IAK 1969 pages - Harrogate and Shrewsbury are the towns concerned. He has also submitted a very comprehensive - and well illustrated - update to Spiel 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 Spiel 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 Trophy , 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 / IAK 1969... 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 Manchester, 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 IAK 1969, 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 Athens 2004.

  • The arena setting will be in the style of a Roman colosseum.

  • 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 / Stedenspel-Zeskamp 1968... Staying with the 1968 series, today Neil updates the Spiel 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 Interneige 1968 and It's A Knockout 1968 have received a major spruce-up thanks to Neil Storer's diligent research work.

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 Dutch Referee's Pocket Badge from 1970; team photo for Hoogland 1970; team photo for Wierden 1974; 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 IAK 1970 (a photo, venue information and game standings have also been added) and JSF 1970 (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 this news.

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 November.

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 1977).

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 Team Database and Venue Database. A note has also been added to JSF 1972 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 JSF 1993.

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 (IAK 1969) 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 JSF 1980).

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 Teams 1981. Thanks to Neil for sending these along.

Tuesday 19th February 2019: Another great item added to 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 Collectibles 1978.

Wednesday 13th February 2019: A rare dalliance into the 1990s today - to present corrected staging dates for all JSF 1992 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 down the Collectibles 1974 page to see Andy's photograph of it. Further collectibles examples have been provided by Neil Storer - a beer mat from JSF Bristol 1973, an entry ticket for Spiel Ohne Grenzen 1974 from Rheinhausen, an IAK snack packet from 1976, what we think is probably a sticker from Frameries 1977 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 1970 page.

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 Radio Times section covers only the years that the show was on air in the UK).

Saturday 12th January 2019:  Happy 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 site!

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 JSF 1981 - with thanks to Neil Storer for finding this information.


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