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A game of two pints; Pub soccer team hits the bar.

Atletico Partick (Thurs, BBC1, 10pm)

Atletico Partick star Gordon Kennedy neatly body-swerved a defender, saw the ball coming over his head, trapped it skilfully with his right foot and lobbed the goalie beautifully.

A few scruffy supporters cheered half-heartedly. The director screamed "Cut!" The cameraman yelled: "Okay, that was great. I got the bit where you kicked the ball - but can you do the rest of it again?"

"Frustrating wasn't the word," Gordon says. "When he told me he'd missed the build-up I was stunned. It was a terrible moment."

Terrible moments are plenty in this story of a motley crowd of Glaswegians who play Sunday league football for a ramshackle pub team.

Most are useless on the pitch and in every other area of their lives - including at work and in the bedroom.

The team provides a pathetic form of escapism. Really they're keener to hit the beer than the ball.

Crisis follows crisis - until they sign up Gazza (Ronnie Letham). As his name might suggest, he's a useful player.

Just a couple of snags - he has been suspended 18 times and done time for GBH.

Much of the action, off the field and on, revolves around Gordon's's character, Jack.

His wife Karen (Aline Mowat) embarks on an affair with his amoral team mate, Ally (Tom McGovern). She tells Jack she's had enough - not perhaps surprising as her husband's first love is Atletico Partick.

Gordon - married in real-life to Susan with two young sons - laughs. "Nobody could be as bad at soccer as those guys.

"No, I've never played Sunday league football. I've knocked a ball about with pals in the park.

"It was good fun - but I much preferred rugby."
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Title Annotation:Features
Author:Hughes, Chris
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 20, 1996
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