On the Buses: Season 7, Episode 5

The Football Match (25 Mar. 1973)

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The bus crews are encouraged to form their own staff football team,to take on the Basildon Bashers. Jack and Stan are not enthusiastic but there is a five pound bonus on offer. The depot ... See full summary »

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Reg Varney ...
Bob Grant ...
Stephen Lewis ...
Inspector
Anna Karen ...
Doris Hare ...
Mum
Jules Walters ...
Chalkie (as Jules Walter)
Bob McNab ...
Bob
Melanie Jane ...
Canteen Girl
Carol Gillies ...
Eunice
Jennifer Guy ...
Iris
Jeannette Wild ...
Rita (as Jeanette Wild)
Maxine Casson ...
Mary
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The bus crews are encouraged to form their own staff football team,to take on the Basildon Bashers. Jack and Stan are not enthusiastic but there is a five pound bonus on offer. The depot only has one star player,young Bob,and Stan injures him in training,so he asks Blakey if he can field a substitute - Olive. Blakey feels that women and football do not mix - until he sees the Basildon Bashers. They are an all-female team and they contrive by fair means and foul to give Stan's team a good pasting. Written by don @ minifie-1

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And you thought 'Escape To Victory' was daft...
13 November 2006 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

A football match is to take place between the Luxton bus company and 'The Basildon Bashers'. The winning team gets a fiver each, so Stan ( in need of ready cash as ever ) signs up, along with Jack. Blakey assumes responsibility for knocking his squad into shape, but nearly puts himself in hospital. With one man short, Stan asks Blakey if Olive can substitute, but the inspector is adamant that women and football don't mix. He gets an almighty shock when the 'Bashers' finally show up

  • its an all-woman team...




Bob Grant and Stephen Lewis raid the 'On The Buses' archive yet again for this episode, its 'Self Defence' from Season 2 given a footballing angle. The 'Basildon Bashers' are a collection of dolly-birds and middle-aged frumps who resort to cheating by distracting the male players as only women know how. When Stan complains, they tear off his shorts. Funniest moment - Blakey wandering into the women's changing room in his long johns!


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