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puppets in the UK
of the Week
Each week, Match of the Week foced on a "mad"
of football between two cockeyed teams.
So we had
teams of Shop Staff Vs Customers, Bus Drivers
Conductors (an all-ticket affair), Snow White Vs The
Witch and as many different loopy combinations
This being Fleetway footy, any conceivable method
beat the opposition would be employed. Hence when we
saw Cops Vs Robbers (ShSh#2) in The Stolen
Cup, the Cops set their patrol dogs on the Robbers,
Robbers snared the Cops in their own handcuffs, then
Cops distracted the Robbers' striker by placing a fake
jewellers window next to the goal.
You could say it was a forerunner to the Premiership.
Originally this was a strip in the Shake section of
& Shake and its companion Annuals.
The very first match was a Western League Cup
Cowboys and Indians (ShSh#1). After a year's worth
stupidity the strip bowed out with a Cup Final
Ref's XI Vs Spectators (ShSh#52) which, after
shenanigans, ended with the disgruntled
supporters in the
stands taking to the field to show them all how a "real"
footy match should be played...
Match of the Week experienced several different
over the years. Originally its full title was
Shake's Match of
the Week. But in its 1974 and 1975 Annual appearances
it was retitled Match of the Year.
In 1978 that very first ShSh strip was reprinted
Krazy Annual, only now it was called Mad
It's interesting to note that the very first strip
by Mike Lacey, but the second week saw Mike Brown
holding the pen. Lacey then returned to
draw the majority
(if not all) of the subsequent matches...