Michael: In Group C, we find one of the heavyweights of
European football, alongside a nation which had good results in the past but
went into meltdown for a decade or two, a rising nation besieged by war, and an
underdog who likes to bloody noses. Will the heavyweights prove their worth, or
will avarice and injuries undo them? Will a country, once praised for attacking
football, find their promising current generation provide new memories to go
alongside those of old? Will a team find refuge in audacity, and turn a nation
at war into one which fights for success on the football pitch? And will the
underdogs, gone from the world stage for thirty years, pick up where they left
off, with shock wins over bookies favourites, or will they find football has
marched on too far in their absence?
Michael S. Collins – Owner of this blog, editor of The40p.
First Euros were 2004, with fond memories of the Czech Republic v Holland game,
still the finest game I've ever seen live.I bring the ITV style discussion points.
Jon Arnold – Author of The Black Archive: Rose, former
Shooty Dog Scribblist, and with a growing fiction output. A polymath’s
polymath, a Liverpool fan and music lover. He casts his eye over the world
game, and provides the literally parts of the discussion.
João Diogo Reis – Long time on the Bert Kassies’s
coefficient forum whose views were a blog favourite back in 2012.
And of course...
Gavin Mills – Lives in Estonia, and is a web designer. He
really, really, really likes Southampton Football Club. This information might
sneak in once or twice.
Its funny how time moves so quickly. After all, December
2015 gave us twelve years since Bob died, and some of the family asked how long
it had been near the time, so I said “twelve years” and that was their
response. “It’s never twelve years!” He seemed the most alive of all of us.
It’s also fair to be a pendant, and note that it’s actually
been twenty-five years. That’s when I recall dad taking mum to the gates of St
Helens in Shawlands. Of Bob himself – the most alive of all of us, you know –
in his smart, dark blue jacket and black trousers. He was smiling, I remember,
despite the fact it was his own personal loss. But I never counted that one,
because I was far too young to remember my Uncle Tommy. And, if he was my
grandfather’s brother, well, he must have been ancient to my four year olds
brain! He was fifty-four, which doesn’t seem so ancient these days, but one can’t
really call it my first family funeral, as I never attended it, and it was for
a person I don’t recall.
You know one of the things I really like about Doctor Who?
It's the little things. In episode one of Terror of the Autons, we see a Time
Lord character. He appears for less than five minutes. It's the only thing I
know the actor from. But he takes the part with extra gust and is great for it.
Lovely little cameos like that.
Terror of the Autons is where the things we all know and
love about the Pertwee start to come together. We already had UNIT and The
Brigadier, but now we see the débuts of Jo Grant, Mike Yates and The Master.
Truly the Pertwee era is born with this story. It is the story of The Master,
who wishes to bring the Nestene back to Earth, for reasons unexplained.
In 2010, I interviewed Duncan Lunan. A lot has changed since then: both of us have gotten married for a start! Some mutual friends have left, a Sarah has arrived, and Mr Lunan has had, I'm glad to say, something of a career renaissance. The piece this was for was to be the typical article length, but, as you'll see, Duncan provided the younger (and, dare I say, somewhat untactful) interviewer with a treasure chest of memories and insights going back fifty years. With his own permission, I re-print the entire thing here.