Jack Hawkins and other celebs to have played at Griffin Park

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Ok, now Rod Stewart has owned up, just who is the best known showbiz star to have actually played football at Griffin Park?
And, please, we must do better than Bradley Walsh!
Here are a few, from the past, for festive starters;
Billy Cotton, famous bandleader
Jimmy Edwards, top comedian from stage, tv and screen
Jack Hawkins, legendary actor
 

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Brenda Blethyn played for Brentford I believe although I may be getting her mixed up with Paul Brooker.
 

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Geoffbee two other facts for your stats jack hawkins son still drinks in the royal oak , Rod stewart also worked at chalkers corner in the cemetary as a gravedigger when he wasnt too stoned to work .dont suppose he will mention that either ??
 

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Ok, now Rod Stewart has owned up, just who is the best known showbiz star to have actually played football at Griffin Park?

Jude Law
Robbie Williams
 
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Geoffbee two other facts for your stats jack hawkins son still drinks in the royal oak , Rod stewart also worked at chalkers corner in the cemetary as a gravedigger when he wasnt too stoned to work .dont suppose he will mention that either ??

Wow!
Does young Hawkins Jr know that his late father captained a Jack Hawkins' Elleven in a Showbiz tournament one evening here in the very early 1960's?
His entire team lined up in the goalmouth when the opponents kicked off!
With Jimmy Edwards in goal , that was understandable, but the whiskered funnyman did make an amazing save when a shot from 'guest' opponent George Eastham wedged under his boot!
 

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perhaps you could ask him if you venture into this pub, or do you want me to get his mobile no aswell Wow
 

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Tyrone from corrie. Back in the days when the family fun day was fun
 

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Tyrone from corrie. Back in the days when the family fun day was fun

He was rather weak in the tackle and allowed people to dominate him a little to much
 

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Wow!
With Jimmy Edwards in goal , that was understandable, but the whiskered funnyman did make an amazing save when a shot from 'guest' opponent George Eastham wedged under his boot!

A good friend of mine played in that match for the 'ShowBiz XI'........Jerry Lordan who wrote Apache, Wonderful Land, Diamonds and other stuff for the Shadows, Jet Harris, Tony Meehan & Co plus a song or two for Cliff Richard. Jerry was still talking about the match ten years later!!! :yawn:

Jerry was a good mate of Jimmy Logie (older GPGer's will know the name......a supremely gifted inside forward for Arsenal who would probably be earning £100k pw were he playing now) and Jerry told me back in the seventies that JL had fallen on very hard times and was selling newspapers outside Piccadilly Circus Station.
 
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A good friend of mine played in that match for the 'ShowBiz XI'........Jerry Lordan who wrote Apache, Wonderful Land, Diamonds and other stuff for the Shadows, Jet Harris, Tony Meehan & Co plus a song or two for Cliff Richard. Jerry was still talking about the match ten years later!!! :yawn:

Jerry was a good mate of Jimmy Logie (older GPGer's will know the name......a supremely gifted inside forward for Arsenal who would probably be earning £100k pw were he playing now) and Jerry told me back in the seventies that JL had fallen on very hard times and was selling newspapers outside Piccadilly Circus Station.

Thank you Sir!
The very mention of 'Apache' has had me box stepping and air guitaring around the lounge !
A Very Merry Christmas to you and your family!
 

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A good friend of mine played in that match for the 'ShowBiz XI'........Jerry Lordan who wrote Apache, Wonderful Land, Diamonds and other stuff for the Shadows,.

This was the programme, any idea of year? Date was October 4th......
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Geoffbee two other facts for your stats jack hawkins son still drinks in the royal oak , Rod stewart also worked at chalkers corner in the cemetary as a gravedigger when he wasnt too stoned to work .dont suppose he will mention that either ??

I got a Kitten off Jacks son when he was a barman in The Oak abbout 20 years ago.
F'kin nightmare cat from day 1.
 

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This was the programme, any idea of year? Date was October 4th......

Thanks for that but I'm not sure of the year. Jerry Lordan is there although his name is spelt incorrectly. We went on vacations with Jerry and I think it was 1973 or maybe 1974 when we'd rented a villa in Albufiera and Allan Clarke lead singer with the Hollies was there at the same time. Jerry was still banging on about when he played at GP some ten years or so after the match. Some very interesting names there.......Sean Connery...:eek:....but too often advertised 'stars' didn't show for these charity matches. I do recall that the national press the next day carried photos of Jimmy Edwards leaning against a goalpost.......or maybe the goal post was leaning against him.

Jerry always said that he played for the 'ShowBiz XI' although I see he is down for the 'TV All Stars XI'. Maybe he switched to cover for a 'no show'.
 
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This was the programme, any idea of year? Date was October 4th......
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Fantastic! Well done Paul!:sorted:
Those line-ups were incredible for that era, and chock full of stage, screen, radio and football legends. I cannot imagine a bigger number of top personalities all appearing at any football ground on the same evening.:)
I cannot be sure, without checking, but I reckon it was probably 1959 or 1960.
 

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perhaps you could ask him if you venture into this pub, or do you want me to get his mobile no aswell Wow

Hes a right bundle of laughs him, visibly hates the football crowd. He looks older than his dad too
 

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Nick you need to learn the art of angling , jacks son will talk all night about piscatorial matters lol lol,
 

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Fantastic! Well done Paul!:sorted:
Those line-ups were incredible for that era, and chock full of stage, screen, radio and football legends. I cannot imagine a bigger number of top personalities all appearing at any football ground on the same evening.:)
I cannot be sure, without checking, but I reckon it was probably 1959 or 1960.

That's what I thought, But there isn't any report or preview of that game in a Brentford programme from that era, or any from 1959-1969 come to that, which is unusual.
 

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Can the date be worked out by looking at a calendar for said years and seeing which has 4th October as rhe most probable weekday for a match (was it Tuesdays back then?)

Ps. Thanks for starting this new thread... My Rod Stewart one must look well sh*t now.
 
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Can the date be worked out by looking at a calendar for said years and seeing which has 4th October as rhe most probable weekday for a match (was it Tuesdays back then?)

Ps. Thanks for starting this new thread... My Rod Stewart one must look well sh*t now.

I am now sure the match was in....1960.
My reasoning is that I recall seeing George Eastham guest for one of the teams. He was on strike from Newcastle Utd at the time, in what was a landmark dispute. Barred from playing for any other professional side, he took advantage of a loophole and put his boots on again that night, much to the delight of the fans, because he was regarded as one of the country's very top players. I have checked the records, and it has been confirmed he started his one man strike , which lasted 8 months, at the end of the 1959/1960 season. So the only October it could be was 1960.
 

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I am now sure the match was in....1960.
My reasoning is that I recall seeing George Eastham guest for one of the teams. He was on strike from Newcastle Utd at the time, in what was a landmark dispute. Barred from playing for any other professional side, he took advantage of a loophole and put his boots on again that night, much to the delight of the fans, because he was regarded as one of the country's very top players. I have checked the records, and it has been confirmed he started his one man strike , which lasted 8 months, at the end of the 1959/1960 season. So the only October it could be was 1960.

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I've found it. :banghead: It was mentioned, in the Southend programme a few days before! How did I miss that??!! :crazy3:

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What a plum!! ;)

ps Who won the beauty contest??!!
 

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