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The student series recently finished with Edinburgh becoming the first winners from Scotland since 1983.

This series has taken Jeremy Paxman past Bamber Gascoigne's total of 970 shows as presenter (or 971 if the 1992 Granadaland special is added). The game between Clare, Cambridge and St Edmund Hall, Oxford on 10 December was the 971st that he has chaired, consisting of (up to then) 802 regular student shows, 61 Professionals, 81 Christmas, 18 Reunited, and 9 Specials.

Someone was kind enough to send be a picture of Durham's 1977 winning team. Only two series champions left without pictures!

Can you help track down more fixtures and results from the Bamber Gascoigne series? Click on the series number in the table below:

SeriesYearStartEndWinnerRunner-upShows
Bamber Gascoigne
16321/09/196226/11/1963LeicesterBalliol, Oxford61
26503/12/196326/05/1965New, OxfordWorcester, Oxford62
36625/08/196508/06/1966Oriel, OxfordBirmingham42
46707/09/196603/06/1967SussexKing's, London40
56827/09/196724/07/1968KeeleJesus, Cambridge44
66902/08/196813/07/1969SussexEssex45
77020/07/196930/08/1970Churchill, CambridgeChrist's, Cambridge46
87125/10/197001/08/1971Sidney Sussex, CambridgeTrinity, Oxford40
97217/10/197123/07/1972University, OxfordKeble, Oxford41
107325/10/197205/09/1973Fitzwilliam, CambridgeGonville & Caius, Cambridge39
117431/10/197302/10/1974Trinity, CambridgeBalliol, Oxford38
127518/11/197431/10/1975Keble, OxfordHull38
137607/11/197510/12/1976?University, OxfordKing's, London42
147717/12/1976?31/10/1977DurhamNew, Oxford36
157807/11/197720/11/1978Sidney Sussex, CambridgeMagdalene, Cambridge43
167927/11/197811/02/1980BradfordLancaster41
178018/02/198008/12/1980Merton, OxfordQueens', Cambridge37
188115/12/198007/12/1981Queen's, BelfastEdinburgh40
198214/12/198123/01/1983St AndrewsUniversity, Oxford42
208330/01/198318/12/1983DundeeDurham39
218420/01/198421/12/1984OpenSt Andrews33
228607/04/198630/05/1986Jesus, OxfordImperial, London39
238713/07/198704/09/1987Keble, OxfordUniversity, Oxford42

Do email me (if this fails then try smb1001 at gmail) if you can fill in any of the many gaps, although it is inevitable that many of the fixtures and results are now lost as Granada only has a handful of recordings from the series before 1980.

I've recently added a page of links to articles by institutions reminiscing on their appearances over the years. If you're compiling one then start by taking a look at the series appearance tables (1962-87, and 1994-).

 

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