As the show became more popular in Great Britain, the BBC decided to expand its franchise by staging the first annual It’s A Cup Final Knockout special. Recorded a week or two ahead of the prestigious match, the competitors were generally supporters of the two teams that had qualified to contest the FA Cup Final. Current and former players linked with these teams and other celebrities were present to lend the events extra colour. Over the seven years that It's A Cup Final Knockout was in production, the programme was transmitted as an integral part of the BBC's lead-in coverage on the day of the FA Cup Final during the sports magazine programme Cup Final Grandstand

On the International front, the Jeu Intermédiaire in the International competition officially had its name changed to the more familiar and permanent name of the Fil Rouge. There was also the introduction of a new blue scoreboard which would remain until 1977, by which time technology would finally catch up with Jeux Sans Frontières. This scoreboard had been trialled in 1970 at the Dutch International Heat at Groningen.

However, for one year only, the new master scoreboard displayed the teams in order of Fil Rouge participation and this resulted in every country appearing in every position on the scoreboard.

Unlike previous years in Jeux Sans Frontières, the order of participation in the Fil Rouge was determined by a draw before the start of the series. All countries were guaranteed to miss a different numbered game spread out over the series, instead of the normal sequence of the country alphabetically first after the home team.

This year saw the Fil Rouge played after every two games and featuring two teams at a time. The last round would be reserved for the home team, who would tackle it using expert, professional or semi-professional competitors (but with a further degree of difficulty).

For the second year running, the way in which Jokers could be played led to a disparity in the highest achievable scores. In 1970 and 1971, teams were permitted to play their Jokers on the final game. This game was the only standard game in these two series that featured a full complement of teams, the others each having one team sitting the game out. This meant that teams could win 12 points on a Joker in the other games, but 14 on the final game. However, from 1972 a change in the rules meant that Jokers were no longer permitted to be played on the final game, restoring a parity to the highest achievable scores once again.

One notable absentee from this series was the animated opening sequence, which was dropped for this year only. Editions instead opened with non-descript captions against live pictures from the venue. Unusually, in addition to denoting the various international names for the series and the national broadcasters, the captions also introduced the teams who would be competing in each edition.

At the end of the year, Blackpool did Great Britain proud in the International Final by bringing home the nation’s second Jeux Sans Frontières Golden Trophy in three years.

Finally, after five years loyal service, it was a sad farewell to commentator David Vine as he retired from the BBC TV It’s a Knockout team.

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