Mike Bassett: England Manager

Mike Bassett: England Manager (2001)

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Corrected entry: In the shot when the league table for the qualifying group is flashed up on the screen, before England's final group game, the table can't be right, since the total number of defeats in the table does not equal the total number of wins.

Correction: Since when does the total number of defeats in the table need to equal the number of wins? Don't forget draws. Looking at the table, every team has played 9 games. England have won 4 games, drawn 2 games and lost 3 games. 4+2+3=9 games played. The table is perfectly correct. If you are asking why England have 11 in the "F" column" and 12 in the "A" column - these columns are not about wins or losses. They stand for the number of goals scored by England (F), and the number of goals conceded by England (A).


Corrected entry: When Mike Bassett is playing in goal, he tries to kick the ball away after a backpass but misses it. In those days (seventies or even eighties) the keeper would have just picked the ball up. The no back-pass rule didn't come into play until 1992.

Correction: Perhaps he chose to kick it rather than pick it up. Just because you were allowed to pick the ball up doesn't mean you had to.

Andy Benham Premium member

Corrected entry: When Mike is talking about Gary Wackett, he says he's started 26 games, but has only finished five. When Martin Bashir is interviewing the player, he asks him why he's been sent off 25 times. Last I saw, 26-5=21.

Correction: Wacket might have been brought on as a substitute in the four other matches he was sent off in, hence not 'starting' the games.

Corrected entry: Mike is seen boarding a GNER train to get from Norwich to London. However GNER runs between London and Edinburgh, going no where near Norwich.

Correction: They certainly go to Norwich, there is a service at least every hour from King's Cross that actually stops there.

David Mercier

Corrected entry: After winning the FA Cup, Norwich City parade through the town with it. However, the city centre used is not Norwich - it is St Albans.

Correction: Not a mistake. Quite often film and tv locations are filmed away from where they set due to cost and practicality. Only a mistake if there is an obvious reference to the host city, a landmark or a sign.

Corrected entry: England's centre back Gary Wackett was sent off against Slovenia and would have got an automatic two match ban. Instead he played in the very next game against Egypt.

Correction: Actually, in some cases, it's possible to be sent off, but have your ban start a game or two later. I've seen it happen many times.

Factual error: On the England shirt, you can see the badge where the three lions logo should be. But it is not there. It is the badge the England Cricket team wear on the sleeves on their shirts. [I'm assuming that the FA didn't give permission for the three lions logo to be used, but it is still a mistake].

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Trivia: In the opening scene of the film, the country representatives discuss potential premier league managers who could be England manager. For reasons of libel, they can't mention them by name but it's clear to football fans who the managers really are: "Ally MacTavish" is the most successful manager in the Premier League, having won the premier league 5 times, the FA cup 3 times and the Champion's league. The only problem is that he is Scottish, so will not want to manage England. This man is based on Sir Alex Ferguson, the Scottish manager of Manchester United, and the most successful manager in the premier league. "Young Jackson" the manager who has worked wonders managing Liverpool and is a superb formed player himself, but is turned down by the FA for being "a bit mouthy" is Brian Clough. He was one of the English league's top goalscorers, and hailed by many to have been "the best manager England never had." Despite being willing to do the job, Clough was turned down by the FA on three occasions because his abrasive, confrontational personality was disapproved of.


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