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Spikey pens football show

Dave Spikey has written a spoof documentary about the world of Sunday league football, which he hopes to get commissioned in time for June’s World Cup.

The comedy, provisionally entitled Footballers’ Lives, is based on his own experiences as an amateur player.

An improvised pilot has already been made, in which Spikey played the lead character Roby, a man who runs a pub side for The Red Lion. But he feels threatened by the arrival of a new landlord, a former professional footballer.

He told the Times of several real-life incidences that influenced his decision to tackle the subject, including players belting referees, being brutally slide-tackled by a spectator and ‘a match where the bloke marking me kept sticking his finger up my arse – it was very off-putting’.

Spikey has enlisted the help of film director Shane Meadows, who made Once Upon A Time In The Midlands, in his attempts to get the programme commissioned.

‘I think this is the best thing I’ve done and it would be great if we can get it on TV for the World Cup,’ he told the newspaper. ‘Nearly everyone has played Saturday or Sunday league football at some point.’

Published: 13 Mar 2006

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