1972

Source: Watford Observer Local Newspaper, May 1972
Kindly supplied by Russ Barker

Text in report: Watford's It's a Knockout hopefuls - kitted out in the town's blue and gold colours - do the "impossible" in full colour on the front of this week's Radio Times.

Five members of the squad to meet Luton in the TV spectacle on May 21, and another man who failed to qualify for the team, staged a life-size flesh and blood tableau of an It's a Knockout trophy.

One of two roller-skating Knockout girls apparently held aloft on a platform by the powerful legs of four male team-mates is Olympic hope Sandra Marquis, the team's top athlete.

The BBC asked the group to model a zany stunt which figures on a silver trophy designed by cartoonist Bill Tidy. The trophy goes to the winning British town in the international contest.

The picture - also shown on TV in a filmed trailer for the Radio Times - is a fake.

Watford's team manager Reg Morgan disclosed that it was not Watford muscle which held the two girls aloft.

He said: "This is a virtually impossible game. I certainly wouldn't like to do it."

"This is just a stunt. The men's legs are placed in such a way as to hide the supports for the upper platform."

Atop the upper platform are Sandra Maquis, 18-year-old student, and squad coach Lynn Taylor, who is about to lob a ball through a netball hoop.

The men in the picture are (left to right) fireman Keith Roszell, Derek Beevor, who has not got a place in the team, Nick Dobner, 21-year-old physical education teacher, and 28-year-old company director Chris Barker, who is an international oarsman.

Watford squad members will be out and about in the town centre today helping to boost flagging ticket sales for the televised contest with Luton.

More than a dozen of the team are expected to be in The Precinct.

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