1 9 7 5 – 1 9 7 6 (UK)
8 x 25 minute episodes
This BBC kid’s series revolved around young Ben Dyker (Kevin Moreton), the star forward of the Brenton youth team.
Ben lived in a caravan with his crippled dad (Geoffrey Hinsliff) who was adamant that his son wasn’t to play football. Turns out that Mr Dyker had been a football legend himself in his day but had his career cut short by a horrific injury – hence his disability.
For Ben, nothing could beat pulling on Brenton’s strip and guiding his team to the local cup final. But days before the cup, Mr Dyker discovered his antics and banned him from playing.
After much cajoling, Ben was finally allowed to play in the final where he was responsible for tapping in a last-minute winner.
Riveting sub-plots included such drama and intrigue as the Brenton club having to upgrade their changing rooms or be disqualified from the league.
The series was written by actor Kenneth Cope, famous as the deceased Marty Hopkirk in Randall and Hopkirk: Deceased.