Jumpers For Goalposts
The renowned football comedy-duo of Ron Manager (Paul Whitehouse) and Tommy Stein (Mark Williams) are set to play one of the most entertaining quiz shows to hit the terraces yet.
Hosted by Simon Day, this new quiz show will offer fans, old and new, an entertaining new insight into the world of the beautiful game.
Each week, respected team captains Ron and Tommy will be joined by host Simon Day and four very special footballing and celebrity guests in a show packed with humour, football and Ron's inimitable wisdom.
Viewers will be able to enjoy a touch-line perspective as the two sides do battle each week to win the ultimate accolade of Jumpers for Goalposts Series Champion.
Offering a mix of comedy, classic clips and specially shot showbiz surprises, regular features will include Ron demonstrating his 'Top Tips', plus recently unearthed archive of black and white 'Public Information Films' made by Ron Manager for the 1966 World Cup.
A game of many halves, the quiz will culminate in the nail-biting 'Slow Fire Round' - an assortment of bizarre and occasionally pointless questions that will offer a new perspective into the world of 'the beautiful game'.
Paul Whitehouse aka Ron Manager said, "Jumpers for Goalposts is a simple, fun football quiz for small girls, small boys, large girls and large boys. We have to keep it simple because we have footballers and celebrities as guests so the questions can't be too hard can they?"
Ron Manager (Paul Whitehouse)
Ron Manager began his career in the late 1950s. Spending much of it as a tough, uncompromising wing-half at Fulham, he won England U-23 honours, but never a full cap. A little-known fact is that Ron's middle name is in fact Player, though he has since dropped it.
Following retirement, his ignominy was complete when his own Manchester based chain of 'own-label', 'man-made-fibre' clothes boutiques went bust. It was at this low ebb that a friend got him a guest spot on a Northern soccer show, where he was duly scouted by London TV headhunters and given a key role in bringing football into the homes of millions.
Tommy Stein (Mark Williams)
Now in his late 40s, Tommy Stein is the archetypal Scottish hardman, though his wizardry on the wing belied his psychotic nature. Indeed, early in his career he was sent off on his debut for the Scottish U-23 side for using his hands (in a fight).
He finished top scorer in his first season and was signed by Chelsea, where he stayed for three years, and was voted the supporters' player of the year. He also won eight Scottish caps.
Injury forced his retirement at the relatively early age of 32, by which time he had a trail of court appearances for D&D, tax avoidance, driving offences and actual bodily harm. Thrice married, he ran a pub and then a guesthouse before sinking his money into a Golf and Whiskey Caravan Park in the Highlands.
Thankfully, his quick wit and uncanny ability to pursue pointless arguments with unreasoning aggression won him a spot on TV and a top sports exec soon realised that adding him to Ron Manager would make for incandescent television. The rest is history.
Our Host (Simon Day)
Difficult to pin down; little is known about our host at this stage. We *can*, however, tell you that his professional roots lie in journalism, although he did once have trials for Charlton. He had a grammar school education, coincidentally attending the same establishment as Steve Ryder. University and a spell as a cub reporter on the Buckingham Bugle followed.
Created by : Paul Whitehouse & Chrysalis Television
Genre: Quiz Show
Running Time: 30 minutes (approx)
Database last updated: 22 February - 19:00