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'Close Up: Jamie Redknapp'
Sky One. First broadcast 27/01/2002
Bob Rating: B
The second in the series of four documentaries about top footballers was on Bob's 70-71 Pages Next Generation star, Jamie Redknapp.
The first programme had kicked off the previous week with Michael Owen. This week, by complete contrast, the subject was a Liverpool and England player whose father had been a professional footballer himself... Er ...
In fact, Michael was even one of the players interviewed to take part in the programme, which will have handily cut down production costs, but to be fair the programme did stand up in its own right, as the focus was on Jamie's recovery from injury. But the most interesting new angle was the inclusion of Jamie's Mrs, Louise. The couple came across as well matched - good looking, ambitious, big media names in the UK, yet nice people underneath it all.
'Jamie was not just good, but very good at his chosen sport'
'Arry, Jamie's Dad, was there explaining how he'd kept his son from going to school behind his mother's back. Had Jamie not turned out to be an International level footballing superstar, this may have led to a visit from the Social Services.
Uncle Frank (Lampard) was in a shot or two. But the main footballing C.V.references came from his first manager, Graeme Souness (Tottenham Hotspur), who was positively gushing with enthusiasm for his young prodigy.
In Jamie's early years he was with his Dad in the USA. Harry listed some of the stars he played alongside - Bobby Moore, Franz Beckenbauer, Pelé, Alan Hudson, are a few that come to mind. Jamie was natrually sporting, and had the family remained there, he will doubtless have been lost to an American sport. Even his accent at this time was American.
As it was soccer took precedence, and soon it became clear that Jamie was not just good, but very good at his chosen sport. Initially he stayed with his father's side at Bournemouth, to ensure he got first team football, but by the age of 17 it was becoming clearer that Liverpool really wanted him, and not just as a squad player, so he moved.
To start with he moved in with one of Souness's friends, who accomodated Jamie by making him a golf course in his back garden ! After which Jamie spent a year in digs near Anfield, Liverpool's ground, eating off spagetti bolognaise.
Jamie settled well into his chosen club, and now eleven years on, he is Liverpool's longest serving player.
'Jamie may never play International football again. It's a horrible reality to face'
Once again a criticism of the programme is that it was all very pro-Jamie. Only Louise had a bad word to say, but even this was suger-coated in loving care, as she offered how hard it was to live with a footballer unable to play football due to his unfortunate injury. I imagine the strength of their relationship has had a lot to do with Jamie succeeding in making a comeback.
One of the more touching football moments was seeing Jamie lift the FA Cup for Liverpool last season, even though he had not participated in the game itself. The Liverpool team wanted to recognise his incredible efforts and personal drive for fitness following his knee operation.
As Jamie's personal trainer pointed out, Jamie was lucky to have the cameras there to show this frustrating side of football the fans do not normally get to see, and had Jamie been a Third Division journeyman, we still wouldn't be seeing it. What the programme did not make as much of is the fact that Jamie may never play International football again. It's a horrible reality to face.
it for Next Generation Stars for this series, but
currently I'm penning a letter claiming to be my son, in
which I ask the producers to feature Frank Lampard
(junior) in the next one ! Although my first choice would
be Darren Currie if only in the hope it will feature a
few of his Uncle Tony's goals amongst the library
Sky One. First broadcast 20/01/2002
Bob Rating: B
The first in a seires of four documentaries about top footballers kicked off with Michael Owen - Terry Owen's son (Bradford City). And what a nice bloke he is ! He really is just yer average millionaire World -Class footballing 21 year old...
Although the cameras attempted to get a true picture of Michael's life, one couldn't help but feel, that ultimately Michael bottled out. So scared of the tabloid exposure it would doubtless cause, we didn't see him drunk on a night out, or even a picture of him holding hands with his long-term girlfriend. Is he a man or not ?????
Instead, we see his mate's bum (thankfully fuzzed out) and lots of old bores saying what a sensible young man he is. Yeah right. I reckon he was born aged 52, what other bloke of his age relaxes by playing golf, for goodness sake.
Personally, I don't really believe the hype, I'm sure he lives a real life just like any other man his age, but he wasn't going to ruin his fun by having a camera crew there with him.
In terms of Bob's 70-71 Pages, we saw comments from a family friend, Steve Heighway (Liverpool), who was also Michael's coach when he was with Liverpool youth. We briefly saw Michael's dad living it up at the Races. But the highlight of the programme for me (this just shows how sad I am) was when Michael walked through the corridors of Chester City keenly looking out for pictures of his father when he was a player. (Terry was there between 1972-1977,and it was the club he played the most games for.) He found him in a team picture, too, and I was shouting 'there he is, there he is !'
The programme did have the usual pointless padding - comments by Sporty Spice and Michael Parkinson, for instance. And as pointed out by reviewers, this was a 'fan's-eye view', there wasn't a word of criticism in sight. But hell, anyone who can buy his whole family an entire street to live in, can probably bribe a camera crew to drop, say, that shot of Michael phoning the Masterful Suzy chat line - or whatever ...
In truth I rather warmed to him. When his mate took the micky out of his lack of interesting life, young Michael laughed out loud. He probably laughs all the way to the bank, too. What a great footballing talent Michael is, everyone who follows the England team, will hope he saves his drunken craziness till after his international career. Our country's fortunes have suffered from one Gazza, nobody really wants another ...
'100 Greatest Sporting Moments'
Channel 4. First Broadcast 19 and 26 January 2002
Bob Rating: BBB
I always think there is nothing that shows to you more how boring your life has become, than watching those programmes that compile meaningless top tens / 100s. Top Ten Punk Bands, Top Ten Glam Rockers, Top 100 Splatter Movies - that sort of thing.
It is kind of saying ... do you remember when you were living your life, rather than watching the essence of it being catagorised into Top Tens ?
And just to rub salt in the wounds, they are all shown on Saturday night, the night you would never have been at home watching telly in your youth.
But the Top 100 Greatest Sporting Moments, was actually worth cancelling your Saturday night-out for ... in fact, TWO Saturday nights-out for.
Based on votes cast by Channel 4 viewers and website visitors the list was packed with 70-71 Football Fun. Any regular visitors to the site will know I can twist any footballing event into having 70-71 relevence, so rather than do that, here's the full list of footballing moments.
Bob 70-71 highlights have to be 1) the Mexico World Cup double at numbers 41 and 36, which are from June 1970, just weeks before the beginning of the legendary 1970-71 season, and 2) George Best's six, placed at no.26, which happened in February 1970.
For the full list see C4 - 100 Greatest Sporting Moments
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