Ripping Yarns (1976–1979)
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Golden Gordon 

Barnestoneworth United is the worst football team of 1935,who lose every match. Gordon Ottershaw is,however,their loyal fan,determined to prevent them from being disbanded after their final... See full summary »


Alan J.W. Bell


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Palin ... Gordon Ottershaw
Gwen Taylor ... Mrs. Ottershaw
Bill Fraser Bill Fraser ... Mr. Foggen
Teddy Turner ... Chairman
David Leland David Leland ... Football Manager
John Berlyne John Berlyne ... Barnstoneworth
Ken Kitson ... Cyril
Roger Sloman ... 'Baldy' Davitt
David Ellison ... 1st Footballer
Colin Bennett ... 2nd Footballer
Matthew Scurfield ... 3rd Footballer
Charles McKeown ... Goalkeeper
Pat Taylor Pat Taylor ... Mrs Foggen
Margot Lawson Margot Lawson ... Chairman's Wife
Tom Harrison ... Man in Social Club


Barnestoneworth United is the worst football team of 1935,who lose every match. Gordon Ottershaw is,however,their loyal fan,determined to prevent them from being disbanded after their final game. To this end he recruits the players from the renowned winning team of 1922 who turn up to defeat rivals Denley Moor. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Adventure | Comedy


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Release Date:

17 October 1979 (UK) See more »

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Color | Black and White (archive footage: football matches in opening credits)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Fellow former Python John Cleese made a cameo appearance as "Passer-by". See more »


This is set in 1935, however the 'Bert Williams All Star Football Book', seen briefly about Gordon's person, was not printed until 1951. Bert, the Wolverhampton Wanderers and England goalkeeper, didn't play league football until 1937. See more »


Arthur Foggen: I'd like to see them win again.
Chairman: I'd like to see them turn up!
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References Ripping Yarns: The Testing of Eric Olthwaite (1977) See more »


Also Sprach Zarathustra
Music by Richard Strauss
played when Baldy Davitt's toupee is removed
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Golden Gordon
20 August 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Well this is where I came in. My first encounter with Ripping Yarns was with this episode and it is probably one of the best remembered.

Golden Gordon is about football fanatic Gordon Ottershaw during the 1930s depression. His beloved Barnstoneworth United were once a mighty non league team but now have fallen on hard times in the local Yorkshire league.

They have not won a match year in six years and their latest defeat was an 8-1 loss. Gordon comes home and smashes the furniture in disgust, even smashing the window. His wife and son look on in despair. His wife desperately tries to tell Gordon she is having a baby but Gordon will not listen. He is down in the dumps when he leans that the club has been sold and the new owner is going to disband the team. Barnstoneworth United will be no more.

Gordon decides to round up some of the past veterans from their cup winning side for the final match.

The highlight is a rant by the team's football manager about shorts who then throws his shorts away and runs around showing his bottom. He is later arrested in the bakery for indecent exposure.

It is a loving parody of football fans of small town football clubs who are going through difficult times with some funny lines, the Match of the Day theme and a brief cameo from John Cleese.

Directed by Alan J.W. Bell who would direct many episode of Last of the Summer Wine, there are some links between the two shows. Ken Kitson who plays the barman was the policeman in the panda car and a few other actors from here turned up in Summer Wine including a brief cameo from John Cleese.

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