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Mike and Bernie: The Roar of the Crowd, the Smell of the Linament (S1EP4 ITV 4 Jan 1972, Sam Kydd)



In The Roar of the Crowd, the Smell of the Linament, Mike and Bernie go to Stamford Bridge to watch their team Chelsea take on Liverpool but manage to cause no small amount of chaos. Later they also pay a visit to the Chelsea training ground, again things don’t go as planned and the directors of the club consider a life ban for the pair of them.

Both Mike and Bernie were keen soccer fans in real life and members of the Showbusiness XI charity team, their visit to the training ground does give an opportunity for an appearance by several real life Chelsea players including Ron Harris, Peter Osgood and Charlie Cooke.

There are quite a few other familiar faces in this one, the hardworking Sam Kydd (who notched up well over 300 film and TV roles in his career), popular 1950’s actor/comedian Fred Emney (who was taking on fewer roles from this point on) and Roy Barraclough all make an appearance.

production details
UK / ITV – Thames / 1×30 minute episode / Broadcast Tuesday 4 January 1972 at 8.30pm

Series: Mike and Bernie Episode 4 of 6

Writers: Vince Powell, Harry Driver / Production Design: Harry Clark / Director: Stuart Allen

Mike Winter as Mike
Bernie Winters as Bernie
Sam Kydd as Sammy
Michael Brennan as Scouse
George Tovey as Ticket Tout
John Lyons as Policeman
Roy Barraclough as Turnstile Attendant
Larry Martyn as Chelsea Supporter
Harry Littlewood as Referee
Fred Emney as Mr Matthews