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Grandstand photos

Grandstand's first presenter Peter Dimmock

Grandstand's first presenter is Peter Dimmock and the show is broadcast on Saturday, 11 October 1958

David Coleman presenting the show in 1959

David Coleman takes over after just three programmes and quickly becomes the face and voice of Grandstand

The Grandstand cameras are at Twickenham in 1964 for a game between England and Ireland

The programme thrives on being the first to beam live sport into your living room every weekend

Kenneth Wolstenholme commentates on England's 4-2 victory over West Germany in the 1966 World Cup final at Wembley

And England's victory in the 1966 World Cup final attracts 27 million viewers, still a Grandstand record

A technician feeds the racing results into their slot in 1969

Horse racing results are hand-painted and slotted into a revolving box before facing the camera

Bing Crosby (left) and Frank Bough

A number of iconic stars appear on the show, entertainer Bing Crosby joins presenter Frank Bough in 1975

Des Lynam on Sunday Grandstand in 1981

A stylish Des Lynam hosts his first show in 1979 and goes on to front BBC Two's Sunday Grandstand

Cameras in the studio

The football results are presented on a number of different plates - all the camera have to do is focus in on each one

Graphics producer John Tidy

Graphics producer John Tidy with an example of the football results table - season 1985-86

Len Martin reading the football results in 1978

Len Martin is the voice behind the final scores until his death in 1995 when Tim Gudgin takes over

Helen Rollason

Helen Rollason breaks new ground in 1990 when she becomes Grandstand's first female presenter

(l-r back row) Sue Barker, Steve Rider and Hazel Irvine, (front) Clare Balding

By the 2002 Winter Olympics, Sue Barker, Hazel Irvine and Clare Balding join the ever-growing Grandstand family

(l-r) Steve Rider, David Coleman, Peter Dimmock, Des Lynam and Frank Bough gather at the show's 40th anniversary celebrations in 1998

But it is the show's more iconic presenters who will be best remembered when the show is phased out in 2009



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