ITV Sunday Night Theatre: Season 4, Episode 12

Another Sunday and Sweet F.A (9 Jan. 1972)
"ITV Saturday Night Theatre" Another Sunday and Sweet F.A (original title)

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Mr. Armistead is the referee for an amateur league Sunday Football match. Disliked and abused by all the players he tries to play fair and ensure they follow the rules. By the end of the ... See full summary »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Swift ...
Mr. Armistead
Gordon McGrae ...
Parker Street Captain
Freddie Fletcher ...
Albion Captain
Fred Feast ...
Parker Street Coach
Joe Gladwin ...
Sam
Duggie Brown ...
Albion Coach
Bert King ...
Albion Linesman
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Parker Street Goalie
Susan Littler ...
Jeannie
Anne Kirkbride ...
Player's Girlfriend
Clare Sutcliffe ...
Player's Girlfriend
Clare Kelly ...
Gwen
Lynne Carol ...
Woman with Dog
Michael De Frayne ...
Norman, Groundsman (as Michael De Freyne)
Alan Erasmus ...
Parker Street Player
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Mr. Armistead is the referee for an amateur league Sunday Football match. Disliked and abused by all the players he tries to play fair and ensure they follow the rules. By the end of the match he's had enough and really uses his head to show them that he's not as useless as they all think. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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The title is a deliberate pun. The initials F.A. stand for Football Association (football's governing body in England). "Sweet F.A." is also UK slang for "Sweet Fuck All", meaning nothing of any value (it originally stood for "Sweet Fanny Adams", a reference to a young girl who was murdered and her body dismembered in 1867 - the story gained great notoriety and sailors at about the same time who were being issued with new rations of low grade tinned meat joked that they were being served "sweet Fanny Adams"). See more »

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[to two boys who are fighting in his gateway]
Mr. Armistead: All right lads - in your own gateway. Good lads. Can't you strangle each other at home? That's why your fathers pay rates.
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Brilliantly observed and written
22 July 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Brilliantly observed and written "slice of life" drama with comic elements. The players and the ref all take themselves so seriously and imagine themselves to be much better and worthy of more than they actually are. The players come onto the pitch sharing a last cigarette between them. Both coaches send their assistants to try to influence the ref - but he's having none of it.

Both teams think that "fair play" means that the ref should always give them the advantage. But he's determined that he'll be equally fair - or equally harsh - to both teams.

But at the end of the match the ref has the last word.


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