are they now?
Television was taken by storm during the World Cup in
June when ITV brought together the most dynamic TV sports
team that has ever been screened - MALCOLM ALLISON (Manchester
PAT CRERAND (Manchester United), DEREK DOUGAN (Wolverhampton
BOB MCNAB (Arsenal), BRIAN MOORE and JIMMY HILL.
especially for the Watney Cup, the sextet will be
together again when ITV exclusively screen highlights of
the matches. Once again the bluntness of 'Big Mal' ; the
eloquence of 'The Doog' ; the passion of 'Paddy' Crerand
and the astuteness of Bob McNab will be seen and heard
throughout the country.
their three-week session with ITV's World Cup team, these
four top soccer names became TV's wonder-team. The fan
mail poured into the studios for all four men. Some asked
soccer questions, some complained but the vast majority
were pure fan-letters, asking anything from fashion
queries to marital status.
lasses from Gloucester wrote to the production team
saying: 'Will you send us Bob McNab when you've finished
with him'. Then they wrote the word 'please' 1,300 times.
Another ardent female Bob McNab fan invited him to her
home for the week-end and included the return rail fare !
National newspapers were equally ecstatic and Michael
Parkinson in the Sunday Times thought that 'Crerand,
Dougan and Allis is the most entertaining trio since
Wilson, Keppel and Betty or Curly, Larry and Mo,
depending which pleases you most'. So the team meet up
again and viewers are set for more TV soccer analysis
with the emphasis on entertainment.
and letters will again flood into the studios and the
non-soccer fan will again be shown that men involved with
British football are as articulate and intelligent as
anybody. The World Cup started the message and the Watney
Cup is certain to carry it on.
left to right Bob McNab, Pat Crerand, Jimmy Hill, Derek
Dougan, Brian Moore and Malcolm Allison.
feature appeared in The Watney Cup Hull City v Manchester
United Semi-Final programme, from Wednesday, 5 August,
1970, on page 13.
has been compiled following suggestions by Peter
McConnell, thanks for that Peter.