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
 

Key:
= Qualified for International Series / = Heat Winner
= Radio Times Trophy Winner
 

 ▲ = Promoted to Position / ▼ = Demoted to Position

 

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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, from 4.30pm
Venue: North of England Open-Air Museum, 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 (Full Squads):
Berwick-upon-Tweed -
D. Bell, M. Black, Brian Boyd, Chris Budzynski, P. Close, Walter Currie, Liz Dixon, Jill Dudgeon, M. Graham, M. Longbone, K. Patterson, I. Punton, Sandra Reed, M. Robson, Fiona Scott, I. Smith Sr., I. Smith Jr., R. Tait, Fraser Thompson, Graham Thompson;
Consett (Derwentside) - David Eccles (Co-Team Coach), Colin White (Co-Team Coach), G. Alderton, Barry Chucsin, P. Cookson, G. Cox, D. Dixon, B. Dodds, B. Dodds, J. Fenwick, Michael Fleck, Barry Fowler, Rachel Harrison, F. Holmes, W. Ledger, L. Middlemast, A. Newstead, S. Nicholson, J. Pogue, B. Richardson, D. Robbins, Christine Ross, J. Ross, Brian Slane, J. Thompson, C. Toner, Keith Walton, S. Whitton, William Wigham, J. Wilson, Malcolm Young;
Darlington - Malcolm Stringer (Team Captain), K. Robson (Team Coach), Douglas Bertelsen, James Blenkhorn, A. Blewitt, John Brockbanks, L. Coleby, S. Curnow, Margaret Davidson, I. Davies, B. Day, Helen Drew, M. Frazer (Team Captain during training), Stanley Garside, Jeffrey Graham, C. Graydon, E. Haigh, L. Hardy, G. Hartley, K. Jensen, Frank Johnson, A. Main, Janet McKee, Kay Metcalfe, Eddie Stock, David Stott, K. Taylor, J. Todd, Nancy Warnock, V. Weldon, C. Yeates.

Games (Official Titles): Drum Roll, See-saw Numbers, Bobbin Race, Coal Truck, Porters Truck Race, Skaters Balance and To the Rescue;
Marathon: Disc Throwing.

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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.

Team Selection and Training

 

Consett (Derwentside) squad members in training

 

The Consett (Derwentside) team began their team selection process towards the end of January 1975, when the Council of the recently-formed District of Derwentside invited applications for squad membership. Those interested had to be over 16 years of age and resident in the Derwentside area and were asked to submit details of their sporting capabilities. A total of 126 applications were received and these were vetted by Colin White, the Physical Education Instructor at the Consett Technical College, and David Eccles, a Physical Education Instructor at Greencroft Secondary School A total of 34 of the applicants were invited to form a training squad.
 

Consett's training for the 'Skaters Balance' game paid off in the final event

 

The responsibility for coaching the team was given to Colin White, who in addition to his profession, was also a member of the Gosforth Rugby Football Club and the England Rugby 15 Squad and listed his interests as discus throwing, volleyball and mountain rescue. Other well qualified members of the squad included Keith Walton, who won a medal in the swimming events in the 1974 Commonwealth Games, and Brian Slane, who had enjoyed several successful seasons playing football in the Northern League and was in 1975 playing for Blyth Spartans.
 

Squad members are put through their paces

 

Training sessions were held twice-weekly at the Consett Technical College. Having assessed the capabilities of the training squad in relation to the type of games to be played in the It's A Knockout programme, the squad was reduced from 34 members to 20 for the final period of intensive training.

The Games in Detail

Game 1 - Drum Roll

The first game - ‘Drum Roll’ - was played by two competitors (one male, one female) from each team in a single heat. The male team member had to roll the drum up the course, bursting the required number of balloons on the way. At the far end of the course was a girl who then rolled the drum back to the finish line. The team completing the course in the shortest time would be declared the winners.
 

Running Scores and Positions:

1st Darlington (4pts awarded / Joker / 4pts total)

2nd Berwick-upon-Tweed (3pts / 3pts)
3rd Consett (Derwentside) (1pt / 1pt)

Comments: This game was originally scheduled to be third in the running order and was noted as such in the souvenir programme for the event.

 


Game 2 - See-saw Numbers

The second game - ‘See-saw Numbers’ - was played over two heats by two male competitors from two of the three teams (with Darlington not participating). The see-saw has a universal pivot. The two male competitors had to work the see-saw so that one of them was able to collect the numbers from the ground and then hang them on the target. The more numbers that they were able to collect, the higher they would have to work the see-saw. The team achieving the highest score would be declared the winner.
 

Running Scores and Positions:

1st Berwick-upon-Tweed (2pts awarded / 5pts total) ▲
=2nd Consett (Derwentside) (3pts / 4pts) ▲

=2nd Darlington (--- / 4pts) ▼

 


Game 3 - Bobbin Race

The third game - 'Bobbin Race’ - was played in a single heat by two competitors, one male and one female, from each team. Placed along the course were a number of cases. The male competitor had to collect them, one at a time, by winding and unwinding the bobbin that he was wearing, and return them to his female team mate, who had to place them on a trolley. When the required number of cases had been collected, the female team member had to push the trolley to the end of the course to finish the game. The team completing the course in the fastest time would be declared the winners.
 

Running Scores and Positions:

=1st Berwick-upon-Tweed (2pts awarded / 7pts total) ▲
=1st Darlington (3pts / 7pts) ▲

3rd Consett (Derwentside) (1pt / 5pts) ▼

Comments: This game was originally scheduled to be first in the running order and was noted as such in the souvenir programme for the event.

 


Game 4 - Coal Truck

The fourth game - 'Coal Truck’ - was played in a single heat was played over a single heat by two male competitors from two of the three teams (with Consett (Derwentside) not participating). Each team was equipped with a coal truck. As they pulled it along the course, one team member had to collect bags of 'coal' - which were positioned at intervals along the course - and place them in the truck. The winning team would be the one that was able to haul the greatest number of bags of 'coal' to the end of the course in the allocated time.
 

Running Scores and Positions:

=1st Berwick-upon-Tweed (3pts awarded / 10pts total)
=1st Darlington (3pts / 10pts)

3rd Consett (Derwentside) (--- / 5pts)

 


Game 5 - Porters Truck Race

The fifth game - 'Porters Truck Race’ - was played over a single heat by two male competitors and one female competitor from each team. Each team was equipped with a truck with off-centre wheels. The object of the game was for the teams to collect as many parcels as possible in the time allowed. The parcels were to be collected from each end of the course and only parcels that remained on the trolley would count.
 

Running Scores and Positions:

1st Berwick-upon-Tweed (2pts awarded / 12pts total)
2nd Darlington (1pt / 11pts) ▼

3rd Consett (Derwentside) (3pts / 8pts) ▲

 


Game 6 - Skaters Balance

The sixth game - 'Skaters Balance’ - was played over two heats by two male competitors and one female competitor from two of the three teams (with Berwick-upon-Tweed not participating). One male competitor was wearing rollerskates and had to balance on a podium. Attached him by strong elastic were the remaining two team members. Their job was to collect balls - which were placed at a given distance away - and throw them into the net held by the man on skates. The team catching the greater number of balls would be declared the winners.
 

Running Scores and Positions:

1st Consett (Derwentside) (6pts awarded / Joker / 14pts total) ▲

2nd Darlington (2pts / 13pts)

3rd Berwick-upon-Tweed (--- / 12pts) ▼

 


Marathon - Disc Throwing

The Marathon game - 'Disc Throwing’ - involved two female competitors and one male competitor from each team. The male competitor, balancing on a float, had to catch discs thrown to him by two female team mates, which they had collected from a central pile and threw from given positions . Having caught the discs, the male competitor had to place them on the raft and stand on top of them. Points were scored for the number of discs on which the male team member was standing upon at the end of each heat. For the second three runs of the Marathon, the throwing positions were further away from the catcher.
 

Running Scores and Positions:

1st Berwick-upon-Tweed (6pts awarded / 18pts total) ▲

2nd Darlington (4pts / 17pts)

3rd Consett (Derwentside) (2pts / 16pts) ▼

 


Game 7 - To the Rescue

The seventh and final game - 'To the Rescue’ - was played over a single heat by two male competitors and one female competitor from each team. The male team members had to climb the net, each carrying with them an inflated inner-tube. Having negotiated the net, they then had to throw the inner-tubes over the target as illustrated. They then make as many additional runs as possible within limit time. The team which successfully threw the greatest number of inner-tubes was declared the winners.
 

Running Scores and Positions:

=1st Berwick-upon-Tweed (2pts awarded / Joker / 20pts total)

=1st Darlington (3pts / 20pts) ▲

3rd Consett (Derwentside) (2pts / 18pts)
 

With teams of Berwick-upon-Tweed and Darlington tied on points after the final game,
Darlington won qualification for Europe on the throw of a dart!
 

Final Scores and Positions:

=1st Darlington (0pts awarded / Dart Throw Won / 20pts total) ▲

=1st Berwick-upon-Tweed (2pts / 20pts)

3rd Consett (Derwentside) (2pts / 18pts)

Comments: 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!.

 

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 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 and in the souvenir programme.

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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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