In the early 90′s there was a TV show hosted by Frank Skinner and David Baddiel called Fantasy Football League. I was about 15 at the time and it was one of my favourite programmes – football and comedy, what could be better?
Probably my favourite part of the show was ‘Phoenix From The Flames’ where Baddiel, Skinner and a former footballer would recreate a moment from football past. Off the top of my head some of the ex players that took part were Nayim, Alan Hansen, Ricky Villa, Ronald Koeman, Matt Le Tissier and a lot more.
20 years later and I still haven’t got over the desire to make my own Phoenix. Good Friday 2014 seemed like the perfect day, and it was. A few friends and I headed to Westbrook YMCA and set about remaking Roberto Baggio’s penalty miss in the World Cup final 1994 – one of the worst World Cups in recent history (South Africa was pretty bad too).
It was loads of fun making this and pretty tough at the same time – how the hell do you match a high angle shot when you’re on a pitch that has no tall structures nearby?
It’s hard to judge whether it’s good or not, you tend to be pretty biased when it’s you and your friends that have made it.
I’d love to make some more and probably will at some point so watch this space!