Thursday, 14 June 2012

Coronation Street vs Euro 2012

As we're having our Coronation Street schedule messed around for the Euro 2012 football, I thought it was time we took a look back at the golden age of football in Corrie. They had their own football team - Weatherfield County FC.  Alas, along with Delphines, The Clock, The Square Dealers, The Weatherfield Area Retail Traders Society (WARTS) and the Licensed Victuallers Association, they're not mentioned anymore. Ain't it a shame?

So let's look back at Weatherfield's own footy team.

Weatherfield County FC has appeared in scripts since 1961. It's been referred to as playing in the Nationwide Conference in the English non-league and the team strip is green and white.

Cockney bookie and Weatherfield bad lad Dave Smith owned the football club in the 70s and he also had a bit of a thing for Blanche Hunt.  Ken Barlow's brother David used to play for the team in the 60s until he was injured and couldn't play any more.

In the 90s, Racquel Wolstenhulme went out with Weatherfield County press secretary Gordon Blinkhorn and then through him she met and started dating striker Wayne Farrell.

Warren Baldwin was signed for the team in 2004 with girlfriend Candice Stowe becoming the Street's first WAG before she swapped WAGs for WIGs and went off on tour as a hairdresser to Status Quo.

And in 2005 Martin Platt became the football club mascot, dressing up as rooster. He got himself into a race against a rival team's mascot, dressed as a fox and they raced against each other. The fox pulled Martin’s tail feathers and he stumbled and fell, leaving the cheating fox to win the race.

Another obvious football link to Coronation Street was Chesney's dog being named after former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, the Great Dane himself.  Peter Schmeichel also had a walk-on part as a Corrie extra but if you blinked you might have missed him. 

See also: Here's Stan and Hilda Ogden ready for action in a football game against the Flying Horse. 
See also: Carlos Tevez learns English watching Coronation Street
See also: Reece Dinsdale (Joe McIntyre) presented Huddersfield Town FC video

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1 comment:

MrsBarton said...

It was mentioned in the tram crash too, Paul the fireman (I think) saying the poor soul crushed in his car (the fabled 4th death)was a 'Lifelong County fan' or something along those lines !

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