It's A Knockout 1975
British Domestic Series

Presenters: Stuart Hall and Eddie Waring

Referee: Arthur Ellis

Scoregirls: Karen Apted, Rena Edwards, Frances Sinclair and Marilyn Ward

Production Team: Alan Wright and Paul Loosley

Engineering Manager: Geoff Lomas

Sound: John Drake

Designer: Stuart Furber

Producer: Barney Colehan

Director: Geoff Wilson

A BBC North West Production

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It's A Knockout 1975

Heat 1

Event Staged: Sunday 13th April 1975
Venue: St. Ives Rugby Union Ground, St. Ives, Cornwall, England

Transmission:
BBC1 (GB):
Friday 23rd May 1975, 8.00-9.00pm

Teams: St. Ives v. Falmouth v. Redruth

Team Members included:

St. Ives - Jack Aitkin, Munroe Brawle, Billy Chappell, Charles Edding, Malcolm Fernough, Joanne Haddy, Brian Hannigal, Maureen Hopley, Sarah Kinwell, Margaret Payne, Ivor Phillips, Dudley Richards and Hilary Wilson;
Falmouth -
Ann Barnecote, Claire Davis, Kevin Hill;
Redruth -
Geoff Burley, Patricia Dobbs, Ashley Hawleith, Amanda Pearce, Tony Potts, Janet Tomasin.

Games: Ramped Basketball, Ballista Balls, Balloons Down the Wire, Trampoline Quoits, Untwining the Maypole, Penalty Shoot-Out and Hoop-la Tyres;
Marathon: Pool Netball.

Game Results and Standings

Games

Team/
Colour
1 2 3 4 5 6 MAR 7
Points Scored
(Joker games shown in red)
I 3 - 3 4 3 2 6 3
F 2 3 2 3 2 - 4 4
R 1 2 1 - 1 6 2 2
Running Totals
(Leading teams shown in red)
I 3 3 6 10 13 15 21 24
F 2 5 7 10 12 12 16 20
R 1 3 4 4 5 11 13 15

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

1st
2nd
3rd

 I • St. Ives
 F Falmouth
 R Redruth

24
20
15

St. Ives qualified for Jeux Sans Frontières at Knokke, Belgium:
staged on Tuesday 20th May 1975

Additional Information

In previous years the Marathon was competed by each team on three occasions in between the playing of the first six games. However, with the advent of the three-team Domestic heats, the Marathon this year was competed by each team on two occasions. However, in this heat the game was played three times by all teams consecutively (after games 1, 5 and 6) and also on one occasion separately (after games 2, 3 and 4)!

St. Ives team player Brian Hannigal was over six-feet tall and was chosen to participate in the Marathon for this reason. Standing on a floating platform in the middle of a pool, he had to knock out any balls thrown into the net above his head by opposing girls at the pool’s edge. He made the game look easy compared to the other two teams as he was able to just ‘flip’ the balls from the net above his head as opposed to jumping up to knock them out. This resulted in a whitewash result in the Marathon with St. Ives only letting six balls remain in the net (over the four rounds), whilst Falmouth let 38 balls in and Redruth an incredible 48 balls!

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It's A Knockout 1975

Heat 2

Event Staged: Sunday 20th April 1975
Venue: St. Helen's Rugby and Cricket Ground, Brynmill,
Swansea, West Glamorgan, Wales

Transmission:
BBC1 (GB):
Friday 30th May 1975, 8.00-9.00pm

Teams: Swansea v. Caerleon v. Caerphilly

Team Members included:
Swansea -
Alan Major (Team Captain), Geoff Buller, Christine Griffiths, Susan Isaac, Lee Jones, Chris Moore, Paul Preeny, Robert Shaddick, Steve Seaman, Bill Sterio, Peter Thomas, Wendy Watson, Rose Williams and Mandy Wood;
Caerleon -
Bob Blyth, Simon Cumming, Len Francis, Jonathan Marshall, Sharon Medge, Ted Norfolk;
Caerphilly -
Gerald Black, Alan Morris, Colleen Mote, Jeanette Parsons, Owen Rhys-Hall.

Games: Elasticated Stretch, Plunger Walk, Ski Balloon Burst, Trapeze Football, Milk Crate Stack, Hurdled Carpet Race and Hoop-la Tyres;
Marathon: Punch Bag Statues.

Game Results and Standings

Games

Team/
Colour
1 2 3 4 5 6 MAR 7
Points Scored
(Joker games shown in red)
S 3 - 6 2 1 3 4 3
CN 2 4 1 3 2 - 6 1
CY 2 3 2 - 3 2 2 2
Running Totals
(Leading teams shown in red)
S 3 3 9 11 12 15 19 22
CN 2 6 7 10 12 12 18 19
CY 2 5 7 7 10 12 14 16

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

1st
2nd
3rd

 S • Swansea
 CN Caerleon
 CY Caerphilly

22
19
16

Swansea qualified for Jeux Sans Frontières at Maastricht, Netherlands:
staged on Tuesday 3rd June 1975

The Venue

Swansea, West Glamorgan

This heat was held at the famous St. Helen’s Rugby and Cricket Ground in Swansea. Since the ground opened in 1873, it has been the home to both the Swansea rugby football and cricket clubs. The ground achieved its claim to fame in 1968 when Garfield Sobers playing as captain of Nottinghamshire hit the first six sixes in one over in first-class cricket against Glamorgan.

Additional Information

On the day of competition it refused to stop raining. Throughout the previous night and all through the rehearsal in the morning, Mother Nature did not let up and drenched the arena into a quagmire of mud and pools of water. Despite some respite during the actual recording, the weather certainly caused problems and hindered all of the three teams.

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It's A Knockout 1975

Heat 3

Event Staged: Sunday 27th April 1975
Venue: Onchan Pleasure Park, Onchan, Isle of Man

Transmission:
BBC1 (GB):
Friday 6th June 1975, 8.00-9.00pm

Teams: Onchan v. Peel v. Port St. Mary

Team Members included:
Onchan -
William Christian, Linda Corkhill, Linda Court, Helen Foster, Clifford Hamilton, John Horshouse, Brian Kane, Philip Kermode, Karen Lees, Brian Mellor, Anne Moffatt, Helen Procter, Peter Quayle, Janice Stubbs, Brian Wasley;
Peel -
Robert Brewe, Lyn Cannon, Steve Coyle, Rex Hartley, Hilary Joyce, Carolyn Nicholson, Alan O’Connor, Duncan Rennie, Michael William, Paul Young;
Port St. Mary -
Gareth Jones, Pamela Jones, Gary McKenna, Eric Nelson, Maureen Oddie, Katherine Quirke, Josie Renner, Neil Shimming, Ewan Waterson.

Games: Boat Race, Seesaw Burst, Bobbin Rafts, Word Ramp, On the Stilts, Drum Roll Tower and Hoop-la Tyres;
Marathon: Water Board Run.

Game Results and Standings

Games

Team/
Colour
1 2 3 4 5 6 MAR 7
Points Scored
(Joker games shown in red)
O 3 3 3 6 2 --- 6 3
P 2 2 1 --- 3 6 4 1
M 1 --- 2 2 1 2 2 4
Running Totals
(Leading teams shown in red)
O 3 6 9 15 17 17 23 26
P 2 4 5 5 8 14 18 19
M 1 1 3 5 6 8 10 14

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

1st
2nd
3rd

 O • Onchan
 P Peel
 M Port St. Mary

26
19
14

Onchan qualified for Jeux Sans Frontières in Riccione, Italy:
transmitted on Tuesday 17th June 1975.
This result secured Onchan the Radio Times Trophy for 1975
for the highest scoring team in the British heats.

The Venue

Onchan, Isle of Man

This heat was held at Onchan Pleasure Park, which at one time was the envy of the whole of the Isle of Man. The site of the park and the stadium was originally farmland until the Onchan Village Commissioners purchased the land after World War II in 1948. It was completed in 1951 after three years of work at a cost of £60,000 and the opening, performed by Chairman of the Commissioners Mr John "Jack" Nivison JP, was timed to coincide with the International Cycle Week on the afternoon of Tuesday 19th June 1951. The park’s main feature was the stadium which had the first ever banked cycle track in the United Kingdom. Many cycling events were held in the stadium and in 1961 it was chosen for a world cycling championship bringing competitors from all over the world to Onchan. The park also included a grandstand, cafe, changing rooms, bowling green, tennis courts, putting green, miniature golf and a children's play area. The stadium became home to Onchan A.F.C. in 1952 and since 2004 it has been known as the Nivison Stadium in honour of the local JP who was at the forefront of its conception. Unfortunately, the cycling track has long gone and the stadium is now a stock-car racing venue.

Games were held in two different areas of the park, with Games 1 and 3 being played on the boating lake, whilst all the rest were staged in the stadium located next to it.

Returning Teams and Competitors

Onchan team members William Christian, Brian Kane, Philip Kermode, Karen Lees and Peter Quayle all returned four years later to participate in It’s A Knockout for the successful Douglas team in 1979.

Additional Information

The opening shots of the programme were filmed along the promenade in the Isle of Man’s capital, Douglas when the teams, scoregirls and presenters were shown travelling on the Isle of Man’s famous horse-drawn trams. This sequence was clearly filmed on the day before recording, as the weather was warm and very sunny. However, when the teams were introduced in the arena, the weather had changed to being dull, dank and overcast. During this introduction, presenter Stuart Hall made a faux pas by stating that this heat was the first to be held "across the water" from the British mainland: the programme had already 'crossed the water’ to Northern Ireland in 1969, before he began his involvement with It's A Knockout.

Winning every game apart from one, in which they came second, the Onchan team equalled Ely’s success of 1973 in the Domestic Heats by only dropping just one point from a maximum score. This result secured Onchan the Radio Times Trophy for 1975 for being the highest scoring team in the British Domestic heats.

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It's A Knockout 1975

Heat 4

Event Staged: Sunday 4th May 1975
Venue: Beamish Park, Beamish, Stanley, County Durham, England

Transmission:
BBC1 (GB):
Friday 13th June 1975, 8.00-9.00pm

Teams: Berwick-upon-Tweed v. Consett, Derwentside v. Darlington

Team Members included:
Berwick-upon-Tweed -
Brian Boyd, Walter Currie, Liz Dixon, Jill Dudgeon, Chris Przinski, Sandra Reid, Fiona Scott, Fraser Thompson, Graham Thompson;
Consett, Derwentside - Barry Chucsin, Michael Fleck, Barry Fowler, Rachel Harrison, Christine Ross, Brian Slayne, Colin White, William Witton, Malcolm Young;
Darlington - Malcolm Stringer (Team Captain), Douglas Bertelsen, James Branchorne, John Brockbanks, Margaret Davison, Helen Drew, Stanley Garside, Jeffrey Graham, Frank Johnson, Janet McKean, Kay Metcalfe, Eddie Stock, David Stott, Nancy Warwick.

Games: Drum Roll Burst, Seesaw Numbers, Three Blind Bobbins, Coal Truck Pull, Trolley Bump, Skater’s Stretch and Hoop-la Tyres;
Marathon: Podium Disc Build.

Game Results and Standings

Games

Team/
Colour
1 2 3 4 5 6 MAR 7
Points Scored
(Joker games shown in red)
B 3 2 2 3 2 --- 6 2
C 1 3 1 --- 3 6 2 2
D 4 --- 3 3 1 2 4 3
Running Totals
(Leading teams shown in red)
B 3 5 7 10 12 12 18 20
C 1 4 5 5 8 14 16 18
D 4 4 7 10 11 13 17 20 *

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

1st
2nd
3rd

 D • Darlington
 B Berwick-upon-Tweed
 C Consett, Derwentside

20
20
18

* Result decided by a throw of a dart. See ‘The Games in Detail’ section below

Darlington qualified for Jeux Sans Frontières at Engelberg, Switzerland:
staged on Tuesday 1st July 1975

The Venue

Stanley, County Durham

This heat was held in the grounds of the open-air museum located in Beamish Park. The museum was first proposed in 1958 but was not fully established until 1970 and was first opened to the public in 1971. Its objective was to preserve an example of everyday life in urban and rural North-East England at the climax of industrialisation in the early 20th century.

Additional Information

After three consecutive heats with wet and dull weather, the sun finally shone down on the programme and saw the games played without any hindrance.

During the opening introduction, the teams arrived in one of the brown and beige museum trams. Built in 1925 in Gateshead, the tram had last seen public service in 1961 until its restoration for the museum.

Strongman Darlington team member, Malcolm Stringer was ‘Mr Great Britain’ in 1958 and ‘Britain’s Strongest Man’ in 1961, but an It’s a Knockout game of strength pulling a coal truck proved beyond even him - and ended in a draw!

Without any explanation, plain yellow discs were placed on the scoreboard in this heat, next to the team’s names once they had played their Jokers.

The team of Berwick-upon-Tweed really blew their chances of winning this heat and competing in Jeux Sans Frontières. The team were actually leading Darlington by 1pt before the last game and had still not played their Joker. Unfortunately, their two competitors could not get the rubber hoops over the hoop-la pole at the end of the course and the team finished third on the game and scored just 2pts on the Joker. With Darlington winning the game and securing 3pts, it made the final score 20-20-18 and to decide the winner, a tie-break game had to be played. To add salt to the wounds, the Darlington team won the tie-break, which was on the throw of a single dart. The Berwick-upon-Tweed player opted to go second and Darlington scored a single 16. He then threw the dart and missed the board completely!

The team of Consett was actually representing the local borough of Derwentside, which was included on the team’s name on the scoreboard. Created in 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, Derwentside comprised mainly of the towns of Consett and Stanley, but was abolished in 2009. Incidentally, the name of Derwentside, and not Consett, was also clearly printed on the tops of the team members’ track suits.

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It's A Knockout 1975

Heat 5

Event Staged: Sunday 11th May 1975 at 4.45pm
Venue: Gourock Park, Gourock, Strathclyde, Scotland

Transmission:
BBC1 (GB):
Friday 20th June 1975, 8.00-9.00pm

Teams: Gourock v. Ayr v. Kilmarnock

Team Members included:
Gourock -
Rudi Stetz (Team Coach), John Canning, Jacqueline Duddey, Gordon Hepburn, Peter Jack, John McIlroy, John McIntyre, Christine Stetz, John Wilson;
Ayr -
Jim Bicker, Lindsey Boyd, Jennifer Dudley, Laurence 'Laurie' Hood, Derek McMurray, Robin Murray, Brian Picken, Peter Smedley, Graham Stanley, Kay Stevenson, Ricky Taylor, Frank Taggart, Sandy Wilson;
Kilmarnock -
Sean Anderson, Gordon Black, Philip Brown, Michael Crane, Derek Guthrie, James Harvey, Lesley Martin, Ann Mattison, Joanne Miller, Robert Old.

Games: High Baskets, Swinging Barrel Stack, Stepping Stones, Balloon Swat, Milk Crate Tower, Ball Tripod and Hoop-la Tyres;
Marathon: Punch-Bag Walk.

Game Results and Standings

Games

Team/
Colour
1 2 3 4 5 6 MAR 7
Points Scored
(Joker games shown in red)
G 2 6 1 --- 2 2 2 1
A 3 3 6 3 1 --- 4 3
K 2 --- 2 3 3 6 6 2
Running Totals
(Leading teams shown in red)
G 2 8 9 9 11 13 15 16
A 3 6 12 15 16 16 20 23
K 2 2 4 7 10 16 22 24

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

1st
2nd
3rd

 K • Kilmarnock
 A Ayr
 G Gourock

24
23
16

Kilmarnock qualified for Jeux Sans Frontières at Mannheim, West Germany:
staged on Tuesday 15th July 1975

The Venue

Gourock, Strathclyde

This heat was held in front of the clubhouse in Gourock Park, home of many sporting activities which included cricket, rugby and football. 

Presenters, Officials and Production Team

Being in Scotland, presenter Stuart Hall introduced Eddie Waring and referee Arthur Ellis as Eddie McWaring and Arthur McEllis.

Returning Teams and Competitors

Ayr team members Laurence 'Laurie' Hood and Brian Picken had previously participated in It’s A Knockout as members of the Prestwick team in 1971, and the youngest competitor in the programme was 16-year old Kilmarnock team member, Robert Old!

Additional Information

The heat was opened by caber tosser Douglas Edmunds, who, standing 6 feet 4 inches (1.93m) tall, had very little difficulty in tossing the 20-foot long 2 cwt (roughly 100 kg) caber in the arena. Edmunds, who wrote a cheekily titled autobiography in 1983 called The World's Greatest Tosser, was a seven-times Scottish shot and discus champion and twice the World Caber Tossing Champion in the 1970s. In 1977, he co-founded The World's Strongest Men competition (later The World's Strongest Man), an international strongman tournament which has become an annual event on the sports calendar and is televised across the globe. It should be noted that although presenter Stuart Hall introduced Edmunds as Morris-Edmunds, Morris was a former family name that Edmunds had rarely used.

The plain yellow discs which had mysteriously appeared in the previous heat were now embossed with a ‘J’, and Stuart Hall mentioned that they signified that the Joker had been played.

The Gourock team coach was a West German, Rudi Stetz. He had been living in Scotland for twenty years, and had developed a Scots accent. He was looking forward to taking his team to the West German heat of Jeux Sans Frontières in Mannheim, but sadly this was not to be. Incidentally, Rudi’s daughter Christine was also a member of the Gourock team, and his son Hans appeared with his father playing the Gourock team’s Joker!

Despite winning five of the seven games they played, the Ayr team were unfortunate not to qualify for the International series. Kilmarnock on the other hand only won four games, two of them were both worth 6pts each (the Joker game and the Marathon), and with a little bit of luck from Ayr’s misfortune on Game 5 - ‘Milk Crate Stack’ - the team narrowly qualified for the West German International Heat.

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It's A Knockout 1975

Heat 6

Event Staged: Sunday 18th May 1975
Venue: Southsea Castle, Southsea, Hampshire, England

Transmission:
BBC1 (GB):
Friday 27th June 1975, 8.00-9.00pm

Teams: Portsmouth and Southsea v. Guernsey v. Swanage

Team Members included:

Portsmouth and Southsea - Michael Horrocks (Team Captain), Bob Atkinson, Ian Chivers, Terri Hadey, Alan Hallam, Steve Knutt, Bill Leng, Anne Smart, Debbie Walters;
Guernsey -
Val Bouwmeesler, Janet Roe;
Swanage
- Bob Beauchamp (Men’s Team Coach), Frances McCall (Ladies’ Team Coach), Chris Tonge (Team Captain), Tony Bessant, Kate Fry, Ray Graves, Anthony Guarraci, Marguerita Hennessey, Elizabeth Higson, Karen Legg, Jonathan Olsen, Adrian Parker, Roger Pickering, David Sole, Margaret Wyatt.

Games included: Twinned Tug-o-War and Hoop-la Tyres;
Marathon: Beam Stretch.

Game Results and Standings

Result

 Team

Points

1st
2nd
3rd

 P+S • Portsmouth and Southsea
 G Guernsey
 S • Swanage

24
23
18

Portsmouth and Southsea qualified for Jeux Sans Frontières at Nancy, France:
staged on Tuesday 29th July 1975

The Venue

Southsea, Hampshire

This heat was held in the grounds of Southsea Castle which was originally built in 1544. The Castle was part of a series of fortifications constructed by Henry VIII around England's coasts to protect the country from invaders. Barely was the work completed when Henry VIII's flagship, the Mary Rose, tragically sank in front of the Castle. During the English Civil War, nearly a century later, the Castle was captured for the only time in its history, by Parliamentarian forces.

Returning Teams and Competitors

This was the competition that two of these three teams had waited almost two years to participate in. As compensation for their 1974 It's A Knockout heat being postponed, the teams from Portsmouth & Southsea and Swanage were invited to compete as part of the 1975 season.

From the original line-up of team members that were scheduled to participate in the cancelled 1974 programme, several took up the challenge to participate a year later. These included six members of the Portsmouth and Southsea team - Bob Atkinson, Ian Chivers, Terri Hadey, Alan Hallam, Steve Knutt and Debbie Walters - and ten members of the Swanage team - Bob Beauchamp, Tony Bessant, Kate Fry, Ray Graves, Marguerita Hennessey, Karen Legg, Jonathan Olsen, Roger Pickering, David Sole, Chris Tonge and Margaret Wyatt.

Additional Information

The Marathon in this heat finished in a three-way tie and each team received 6pts each. This was the first time that a Marathon had finished in deadlock and all the teams given the maximum score.

Guernsey is the only team from the Channel Islands ever to participate in the programme.

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It's A Knockout 1975

Heat 7

Event Staged: Sunday 25th May 1975
Venue: Cambridge City F.C. Football Ground (City Ground),
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England

Transmission:
BBC1 (GB):
Friday 4th July 1975, 8.00-9.00pm

Teams: Cambridge v. Oxford v. Peterborough

Team Members included:
Cambridge -
Derek Allinson, Caroline Cann, Alan Doyle, Philip Grantham, Colin Matheson, Angela Maxford;
Oxford - David Mason;
Peterborough - John Goldsmith.

Games included: Hoop-la Tyres;
Marathon: Beam Basketball.

Game Results and Standings

Result

 Team

Points

1st
2nd
3rd

 C • Cambridge
 P • Peterborough
 O • Oxford

22
20
18

Cambridge qualified for Jeux Sans Frontières at Southport, Great Britain:
staged on Tuesday 12th August 1975

The Venue

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

This heat was held on the pitch of Cambridge City Football Club. Known as the City Ground (or Milton Road by some supporters), it has been their home since 1922. It is located in the Chesterton area of the city, approximately 1km north of the city centre. The ground was one of the largest outside the Football League and was estimated to have a capacity in excess of 20,000, although the highest recorded attendance was 12,058 against Leytonstone in 1961. Since the late 1960s however, the ground has also been used for greyhound racing, and crowds have often been higher than for football matches!

Returning Teams and Competitors

Oxford team member David Mason would later compete for Henley-on-Thames in IAK 1979.

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