Jelleyman's Thrown a Wobbly: Saturday Afternoons in Front of the Telly
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The cult SkySports Soccer Saturday anchorman delivers a volley of entertaining and informative anecdotes about life in front of the videprinter.
Jeff Stelling is a legend amongst football fans. To the millions unable to get to their teams' games on Saturday afternoons, the next best thing is undoubtedly the pleasurable company of Jeff and the Sky Sports videprinter for a cosy marathon on the sofa.
If someone's got to reveal that your beloved team have just gone 3-0 down away from home and had a man sent off, it's best if it's consummate professional Jeff who breaks the news to you. Avid Hartlepool fan Jeff knows our pain and shares our joy…but mostly he knows our pain.
The long-time host of SkySports' iconic Soccer Saturday show has become a cult figure, universally admired for his encyclopaedic knowledge of the game, his genuine and unlimited enthusiasm for ALL levels of football, and his wicked sense of humour which makes the six-hour long show simply whiz by.
Jellyman's Thrown a Wobbly is a deliciously chaotic, hugely entertaining, anecdote-ridden, humorous taste of life in the Soccer Saturday studio. Hear what Jeff has to say about some of the show's legendary pundits over the years – ex-players such as George Best, Rodney Marsh, Chris Kamara, Charlie Nicholas and Matt Le Tissier. Be a fly on the wall of the hotel bar on Friday nights as Jeff and his guests gather for a natter and few drinks.
Get the inside track on all those great one-liners:
• "Mansfield Town's Gareth Jellyman has been shown the red card for dissent. Looks like Jellyman's thrown a wobbly."
• "Darlington's equaliser has been scored by Guyain Ndumbu-Nsungu. Very much a case of local boy makes good." (He's from Congo.)
• "They'll be dancing in the streets of Total Network Solutions tonight."
• "James Brown's grabbed a second for Hartlepool. I feel good!"
Jellyman's Thrown a Wobbly goes a long way to demonstrate how a six-hour long, studio-based show with no live action pictures and featuring men gazing into TV monitors which the viewer can't see, can hold a huge audience enthralled every Saturday afternoon between August and May.
on-screen and when there isn't the time for joking around, up pops the glorious news in red letters at the bottom of the screen: ‘Off: Gareth Jelleyman’. I thought, ‘Yessss! You beauty!’ I dropped everything. ‘Bugger the scores,’ I thought. ‘Ladies and gentlemen, Gareth Jelleyman's been sent off! It looks like he's thrown a wobbly!’ It was a cheap gag, but I'd waited a long time for that one to come up. Normally I won't plan the gags in advance, but this time it came to me and seemed to make
last night,” he said. “My intention was to make a light-hearted football joke.” ’ The daftest thing was, Rodney told me afterwards that he'd thought of the gag in the commercial break. He then sat there thinking, ‘Shall I use this or not?’ Later, he decided to go with it. He then told me that it was the worst decision he'd ever made in his life. I said to him, ‘Rodney, even if it was the best gag in the world, if you had the slightest sliver of doubt about it, you shouldn't have used it.’ Of
THOMPSON BORN: 21 January 1954 CLUBS: Liverpool, Liverpool, Liverpool, Liverpool, he may have played for Liverpool (1971–84), Sheffield United (1984–6) HONOURS: (Liverpool) Nearly as many cups as Roy of the Rovers – League Championship 1973, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983; FA Cup 1974; League Cup 1981, 1982; European Cup 1978, 1981; UEFA Cup 1973, 1976; European Super Cup 1977 INTERNATIONAL CAPS: (England) 42 Viewers, there's a little-known fact about Phil ‘Thommo’ Thompson, former
playing for Arsenal (now Boro), he'd tie himself in terrible knots. More hilariously, as Rodney Marsh would attest, Frank was easier to wind up than Thommo. And Marshy would revel in it. During one show, Frank foolishly claimed, ‘Well, I could be repeating myself here, but I think that Alan Curbishley, along with Martin o'Neill, are the two best young managers in the game’. Rodney, being Rodney, couldn't help himself and fired back, ‘Frank you're repeating yourself.’ He would never let him get
disturbed when the bedside phone began to ring. Whoever was on the other end of the line was asking for Jonathan Marlin, head of the BBC at the time. I explained, somewhat gruffly, that they had called the wrong number and tried to get back to sleep, but the alarm bells were beginning to ring. Anyone brave enough to want to wake the head of the BBC at that ungodly hour must have had some serious news to report. I was right. Half an hour later I received another call, though this one was more