Weekly sports coverage extravaganza. Featuring previews and results of the weekend football. Famously including coverage of British professional wrestling.




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1985   1981   1978   1977   1974  


Series cast summary:
Dickie Davies ...
 Himself / ... (3 episodes, 1974-1981)
Neil Durden-Smith ...
 Himself - Commentator / ... (3 episodes, 1974-1985)
Johnny England ...
 Johnny England (3 episodes, 1978-1981)
 Himself - Interviewee (2 episodes, 1974-1977)
Reg Gutteridge ...
 Himself / ... (2 episodes, 1974-1977)
Jim Harris ...
 Himself / ... (2 episodes, 1981)
Gilbert Singh ...
 Gil Singh / ... (2 episodes, 1981)


ITV's Saturday afternoon sports anthology series, presented by Dickie Davies. Featuring "On the Ball" - a preview of the weekend football fixtures. The football half-time scores and full-time results service. Live coverage of horse racing - including "The ITV Seven" betting accumulator. Sports specials covering a wide and often bizarre range of sports from darts and snooker to stock car racing and the World Barrel Jumping Championships. Famously each edition includes coverage of British professional wrestling with commentary from Kent Walton. Written by Mark_a_Wood <markawood@hotmail.co.uk>

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8 July 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Before wrestling from America started to be shown in the UK we only had one show a week which was at 4.00pm on Saturday afternoons. Commentator Kent Walton always greeted us with "Welcome, Grapple fans !" What he should have been saying was "Welcome,gullible idiots." Despite claims to the contrary it was blatantly fixed and sometimes not very well. What I always found amusing were all the old grannies in the front row who would start hitting the heel (unpopular wrestler) with their handbags if he got thrown out of the ring. Archive footage can still be found on the wrestling channel (427) in the UK and it is sometimes amusing to watch for half an hour for that unforgettable trip down memory lane.

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