Was it over the line?: Iconic shot of the classic 1966 encounter between The Star in West Croydon and The Lord Rodney’s Head in Whitechapel


BBC execs were said to be cock-a-hoop last night after securing the broadcasting rights to screen a shove ha’penny match between two rival pubs in the East End of London.

A spokesman for The Beeb told The Whelk last night, “We are delighted to announce that we will be screening full recorded highlights of the shove ha’penny match between The Blind Beggar in Whitechapel and The Boleyn Arms in West Ham. We hope this will make up for the disappointment felt by many of our viewers when we lost the rights to international test cricket and The Ryder Cup”

It is understood that the BBC paid an eye-popping £12.50 for the rights to screen the long-awaited duel and are rumoured to be in talks with both pubs over screening the recorded highlights of their traditional Christmas punch-up in the new year.