About a month ago, the BBC announced that Ceefax, its text-only, real-time news channel, would be shut down in all markets except for Tyneside, Kent and Northern Ireland as the UK moves to an all-digital television signal. The passing of the service was met largely with a whiff of nostalgia by a lot of observers, perhaps none moreso than football fans. For a time, Ceefax was the top source of transfer news as it broke, and match updates for those whose clubs received no television coverage over the BBC airwaves.
Over the past week, Aston Villa saw its move for Molde Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær dissolve, with the Manchester United legend yesterday announcing that he would be remaining with the defending Tippeligaen champions to keep his family in Norway, after being whisked away to Birmingham for surprise talks with Villa Chairman Randy Lerner.
So, you’re probably thinking, how are these two stories related? Well, the latter is an example of how the speed of information today has rendered the former obsolete, and how, in a Ceefax world, I might be a very happy chappy with my club’s managerial appointment.