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Stoke-on- Trent Tamworth
Sunday 11 April 76 Stoke -on - Trent
admission on production of th is official programme
It's a (Bigger, Brighter)
The B.B.C. give details of the new series
"It's a Knockout is 10 years old. To celebrate, the new series will be launched in style
back where it all began, on the sea front at Morecambe.
There will be more shows than ever before with 21 towns competing to win a place in the International round. Host town for the British heat of 'Jeux sans Frontieres' will be Leeds and, as it is our turn to stage the Grand Final this year, Blackpool is the location for the show which is expected to have an audience of around 200 million.
The very first It's a Knockout was broadcast live from Morecambe sands in 1966 and nearly ended in disaster. The tide came in during the closing minutes and the cameramen were up to their knees in water by the end.
This time, the show will be done on the promenade.
There is a strong North v. South flavour to the contest, with the Midlands and Scotland also staking a claim.
Three towns take part in each of the seven 'domestic' heats, with the winner from each programme representing Britain in the international series which includes teams from France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Holland and Switzerland.
For the first time this year, the seven successful British towns will also participate in a special All-Winners programme to be recorded on neutral ground at Charnock Richard, lancashire, for the Radio Times trophy.
There will also be another all-star celebrity edition following the success of last year's charily-raising event, and a Cup Final special with teams of supporters from the two clubs who win through to Wembley.
Cecil Korer takes over as producer this year from Barney Colehan, who launched the show. However, Barney, who retired from the BBC in January, will still act as adviser on the series.
'My ambition is to put more fun back into the show,' says Cecil. " want to revive the original concept of the series as a seaside fun show with lots of fun. In recent years, it has become too competitive and serious.
'The European versions have often been crazier than ours and now we are importing some of that flavour with daft props and costumes.
'The bonus for the teams will be that they will have the chance to take part in Euro pean-style games before Jeux sans Frontieres actually starts. British teams haven 't per formed so well lately. The changes we are making should alter that.' Here's a run down of the series.
The nation-wide contest starts on April 4 with Morecambe playing host to Blackpool and Liverpool.
On Apri l 11, Hanley Park at Stoke-an-Trent is the venue when Birmingham and Tamworth challenge the home team.
A week later on April 18, Cirencester and Newbury lay seige at picturesque Sudeley Castle, in Gloucestershire. used as a location for The Pallisers, against a local team from Winch cam be.
Yorkshire enters the fray on May 2 when Kirklees. Don caster and leeds meet at the Princess Mary Playing Fields, Cleckheaton.
Harlow are at home to Thurrock (Grays) and lee Valley. at the Sportscentre on May 9.
The Boating lake on the seafront at Redcar will be the scene of a contest between the home team and Carlisle and Durham on May 16.
The domestic series winds up on May 23. Stirling University are the hosts when the town takes on Edinburgh and Linlithgow."
SToKE-aN-TRENT Welcomes ]][jJ',1 "It's a Knockout" Birminghom V Tomworth V
at Hanley Park, Stoke-on-Trent Sunday, 11th April. 1976 For the first time, the B.B.C's popular spectacular of fun and games "It's a Knockout" comes to Stoke-on-Trent and the City Council are both privileged and proud to put Henl ey Park at their disposal.
To be in competition with Birmingham and Tamworth is pleasing and the prospect of progressing into Europe will most certainly bring out the best in all who today proudly represent their locality. As usual, the B.B.C. have devised a serieS' of ga. es to capture the m imagination of you ng and old and although favoured with home advantage I am sure it will be a close match. At the end of the day may the best team win!
Since the decision was announced to stage this event at Stoke-an-Trent there has been much planning and preparation to ensure that everything is "right on the day". I hope therefore that it proves a huge success and provides an afternoon of excite ment for the whole family. It takes three teams to make this particular match and as hosts we extend a warm welcome to ou r friends from Birmingham and Tamworth.
The th ree teams and the officials involved have worked hard to arrive at this stage having survived the initial tests they now enter into battle with Europe beckoning.
" It 's a Knockout " was born in the North by way of the B.B.C.' s " Top Town " contests of the 'fifties and it has grown into an Olympian event watched by 15 million viewers in Britain, and via Eurovision, 150 million more in Europe.
In this series of "It 's a Knockout " there will be seven British Heats each with three teams. There will also be an All Winners Programme, followed by seven International Heats plus a Grand Final.
Of the towns selected for the British Heats seven will be Host towns and fourteen will play away. The winners of each British Heat will go forward to a special All Winners Programme and compete for the Radio Times Trophy, which they will retain for a year.
Each winner of a British Heat will also qualify to represent their town, and Great Britain, in one of the International Heats competing against six other countries from Europe.
As the competition progresses into Europe, the British Teams aims are two-fold. Firstly, of course, to win the Inter national Heat and a Silver "Jeux Sans Frontieres" trophy;
Secondly to gain the highest possible place and as many pOints as possible in the heat. It will be the best placed British Team, or the highest scoring if two are similary placed, who will go forward to the " Jeux Sans Frontieres" Final, where a Gold Trophy is the prize for the winning team, Page Two "It's a Knockout"
"Knockout's inimitable duo, Stuart Hall and Eddie Waring, are the commentators again, and former international soccer referee ArthuT Ellis and Mike Swan n are the British Referees.
Page Ten The Birmingham Team
COLOURS _ WHI TE SHORTS AND WHITE VESTSThe Birmingham Team will be chosen from the following squad:Alae ANDERSON (44) TEAM MANAGER. Recreation Officer with the City's Amenities and Recreation Depart ment, qualified P.E. teacher and ex-Rugby Referee--present pursuits are Badminton and Golf.
John ARDERN (23) A Student Civil Engineer, who plays football, squash and table tennis for tha University 01 ASlon. Regards himself as car accident prone.
lan BOWLAND (22) An Accountancy Student, plays cricke t and basketball, and rugby for his University, ASlon, and Midland and English Universi ties.
Paul BULLOCK (25) Is in Advertising Sales, and captains Birmingham Rugby Club's 1S1 XV, also plays rugby for North Midlands County, as well as being a keen squash and tennis player.
Richard BUTCHER (16) A student who ptays water polo and swims for Solihull. and plays rugby lor Greater Birmingham SchoOls.
Anne BUTLER (17) A Police Cadet, who swims and plays badminton, netball and hOCkey lor West Midlands Police.
Dave CARO (25) A Work s Manager, who runs for Birchfield Harriers and has represented Midland County AAA.. and is Interested in hang gliding.
Trovor CI..ARKE (27) An Insurance Development Superintendent who plays in Birmingham Rugby Club's 1st XV, squash In tho Birmingham League. and is keen on gliding.
George COOKSON (25) Teaches Physical Education and Chemistry, plays In Moseley Rugby Club's 2nd XV, and enjoys rough shooting and larming when he gets a chance.
Susan CREWE (23) A Remedial Gymnast at Birmingham Accident Hospital, does gymnastics coaching and is learning French and Italian, as well as the guitar. In 1972 swam in an English Channol Relay Team.
Janet DALE (23) A Physical Education Teacher, who plays hockey. volleyball and squash. and is interested in a wide range of sports Including scuba diving.
Malcolm EVEREST (18) A Police Cadet, who swims and plays badminton lor West Midlands Police, as well as rugby at County level.
Peter GRIMSHAW (18) A Polico Cadet who boxes and runs cross·country for West Midlands Police, and plays football and basketball for them also.
Hazel HUMM (22) A Physical Education Teacher who plays hockey, volleyball and squash and is keen on many other sports including parascending.
Mike JARREn (1 9) A Student who run s for Birchfield Harriers, re presented Midland Coun ti es AAA., and plays ru gby.
Steve JOHNSON (26) A Physical Education Teacher, plays in Sulton Coldfield Rugby Club 1st XV, capped for North Warwickshire, and plays basketball at reg ional level.
Gary L..ANGSTONE (17) A Police Cadet plays lootball and basketball, and boxes as well for We st Midlands Police.
Geoffrey UNNELL (21) A Student of Maths/Computer ScienCes who is captain of Birmingham UniverSity Basketball 1st team and has represented English Universities. Keen on goll and travel. and spent 3 months teaching goll in Am erica.
Chrlstopher MASON (20) A Business Studies Student, plays squash and rugby and was Birmingham Squash Rackets Club Champion in 1975. Was Victor Ludorum at schoot, excepting swimming.
Roy MULLER (29) An ElectriCian whose sport is Judo, was Great Britain Lightwei ght Champion in 1968, currentl y Staffordshire Open Heavyweight Champion.
Lesley PAl.LETT (21) A Student of Physical Education and Maths, who is a trampolinist and was World Mini Trampoline Champion in 1972, she also plays netball, tennis and hockey.
Margaret PASQUETTI (25) Teaches Physical Education and Art, throws discus and javelin lor Birchfield Harriers and Ireland, and was Irish Javelin Champion in 1973 and Discus Champion in 1974.
Stephon PEARCE (20) A Sales Consultant. who is an iCe speed skater with Birmingham Mohawks, and was chosen for the British Winter Olympics Squad this year.
Mike QUICK (24) A Stu dent of PhySical Education who represents Birmingham University in the modern pentathlon, and swimming and is English Universities biathlon champion of 1976.
Page Eleven THE BIRMINGHAM TEAM--Continued Rlta REES (33) A Private Secretary who plays netball and tennis and from 1963 10 1975 she played netball for England.
Paul AEYNOLOS ( 27) A Public Health Inspector. rows lor Birmingham Rowing Club 1st VIII. and is also the clubs number one sculler.
Anna SCARFF (21) A Physical Education Student who plays basketball (Ladies captain). hockey and bad· minton lor Birmingham University, and is a keen orienteer.
Sally SHEARO (19) Studying Physical Education and Geography at Birmingham University, and plays hockey lor the 1st team.
Joanna SMALLWOOO (32) Personal Assis tant 10 a Public Relations OffiCer, a high jumper who has repres· ented Midland Counties AAA., and plays netball lor linden and has been in England trials for 2 years.
Chrl. STROUO ' ( 19) A Physical Education Student who plays badminton and volleyballlor SI. Peter's College 1SI teams, and hockey at International tournament level.
Mullyn WALKER (19) Student at Birmingham University lor which she plays basketball and table tennis in 1st teams, in addition to playing hockey lor Moseley.
Garani WHITTLE (18) A Student who is a keen swimmer having swam for Birmingham, and a rugby and water polo player.
Davld FARMER (35) A PoliCe P.E. Instructor whose sports include canoeing, mountaineering and gymnastics.
Whilst in Royal Navy was a member of the Field Gun Team at the Royal Tourn ament and Rodaos in U.S.A.
Tbe Tamwortb TeamCOLOURS _ BLACK SHORTS AND YEllOW VESTS
Ladle. Taam Captain Barbara COLCLOUGH (over 21) Swimming Teacher at Wyndley Sports and Leisure Centre. Hobbies include swimming, sub-aqua diving, water skiing, paracending and horse riding. Plays badminton for Slatlordshire, teaches gymnastics and also anJoys squash, lennis, trampotining and netball, and is a member Of Tam worth Opera Group.
Men'. Team Captain Geoff BEALES (3 1) Married family man. Sports Centre Manager and Schoolmaster. Former International Athlete.
Stan ASHMORE (24) Assistant Physical Training Instructor at Whittington Barracks. Hobbies include foot· ball, rugby, athletics and judo, Martin BARKER (20) An electrician for the National Coal Board at Birch Coppice Colliery. Hobbies inClude football, weightlifting and body building.
Denl.e BATTERSBY (17) Student of Queen Elizabeth Grammar SChool, studying for her 'A' levels. En joys playing tennis, squash, badminton and, horse riding, Kelth BOWATER (24) Civil Servant, interested in unusual hobbies and pastimes such as trying to encourage people to give up bad habits including smoking.
Nathalla BULlOWS (17) Pupil 01 QUMn Elizabeth Grammar School in Tamworth. leader 01 Tamworth Bro wnies and Girl Guides. Member 01 Tam worth Red Cross and the Scottish Dancing Society.
SUl8n CHAPPELL (16) Student 01 Queen Elizabeth Grammar School. Plays Staffordshire under 18's county hockey and is captain of the team. Interested in amateur dramatics.
Wendy CHAPPELL (16) Student of Queen Etizabeth Grammar SChOOl. Interested in all kinds 01 sports and like her sister is interested in amateur dramatics.
Helen DALE ( 2l) Teacher 01 physical education. Member of Wolverhampton and Bilston Athletic Club. Inter· ested in swimming, gymnastics and hockey.
John DAYIS (29) Employee 01 Tamworth Borough CounCil. Main sporting activities include power lifting.
weight training and tug-o·war.
Ralph GRAHAM (26) Employed as a litter by the National Coal Board at Daw Mill Colliery. Married with two children. Interested in all kinds of sport. Hobbies include gardening. car maintenanCe and oil painting.
Martin HEAFIELO (23) A Police Ollicer, Staffordshire Police Force, stationed at Tamworth. Ropresents the town at rugby and cricket.
Pago Twelve THE TAMWORTH TEAM--Continued Teresa JONES (16) A pupil 01 Perrycroft Secondary Girl s' School. Proposed career is in the Police Force.