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Jossy’s Giants

JUMPERS-FOR-GOALPOSTS JAPERY trotted out in the eternally promising but usually disappointing just-after-JOHN CRAVEN slot, notable by dint of being a) really rather ace b) being about football and c) being penned by SID “VOICE OF DARTS” WADELL. Eponymous Joswell Blair, erswhile “player” for Newcastle United (injured for life after – ho ho – just one match) takes over struggling Geordie junior league squad the Glipton Grasshoppers. Team turns out to be interested in anything but hitting the back of the net. Much pitching about ensues. MIKE “MOP AND SMIFF” supplied shouty theme (replete with obligatory kids call-and-response chorus) which attested to football being “a branch of science”. Second series found players not so much concerned with scoring goals as scoring…with girls! Plus they ended up going to Italy, which meant the theme tune naturally changed to Italian.



  1. Ian B

    July 26, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    This series wasnt set in Geordieland, it was set in Lancashire.

  2. IanW1968

    December 21, 2013 at 11:21 am

    They used Watford’s ground to film at didn’t they? Football’s just a branch of science.

  3. IanW1968

    December 21, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Or was that Murphy’s Mob?

  4. Applemask

    May 24, 2024 at 4:33 pm

    Starring Jim ” That’s white man’s electricity you’re burning” Barclay in the title role. Not the giant.

  5. Richardpd

    May 24, 2024 at 11:41 pm

    I think it was filmed around Greater Manchester, I remember the buses being the GMPTE / GM Buses livery.

    Also they got to be in the audience of A Question Of Sport which was made at the BBC’s Manchester studios.

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