Film ID: YFA 5757 Video of SPORTS FAN 1973 Visitor TabsDescription This is one of a series of television advertisements produced for the Yorkshire Post in the early 1970s, aiming to promote the paper as a national, and not just a regional, newspaper. Several of them, like this one, feature the actors Yootha Joyce and Tommy Godfrey. A man in his jogging gear arrives at a newsagents. He brings the day’s delivery of the Yorkshire Post, which is picked up by the shop keeper, played by Tommy Godfrey. The man says he is in training for football and asks for a copy of the Yorkshire Post. Godfrey retorts that he thought he would want a sporting paper, to which the man replies that the Yorkshire Post has it all. After a bit of banter, the shopkeeper’s wife, played by Yootha Joyce, brings in a cup of tea and says that Leeds are winning the football match. The film finishes with a sign for “Yorkshire’s National Newspaper.” Context A Leeds United fan and uprooted Cockney newsagent clash in this national ad for the Yorkshire Post. A mistress of the withering one-liner, rising 70s sitcom star Yootha Joyce reprises her role as the better half of warring couple ‘the Ropers’ in successful ITV series Man About the House. TV comedy talent Tommy Godfrey is a stand-in for George – and a Hammers fan in the wrong town. The Yorkshire Post is on home turf when it name checks Don Revie’s champions, playing on a sporting North-South divide. Founded in 1754 as the Leeds Intelligencer, the newspaper has had an illustrious history, breaking momentous stories such as the 1936 abdication crisis. The popular London-born comedy stars were hired to boost the paper’s national appeal. Before her huge sitcom success in the 1970s, RADA-trained Yootha Joyce acted with Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop, a company that also hosted the idiosyncratic talents of Brian Murphy, Roy Kinnear, Barbara Windsor and Harry H. Corbett.