Spanner's Eleven. Image shows from L to R: Albert Spanner (Ronnie Barker), Councillor Mortimer Todd (Bill Maynard). Copyright: BBC.

Spanner's Eleven

BBC Two sitcom about a football manager. 1 pilot in 1973. Stars Ronnie Barker, Bill Maynard, Priscilla Morgan, John Cater and others.

Spanner's Eleven. Albert Spanner (Ronnie Barker). Copyright: BBC.

Spanner's Eleven

Comedy pilot starring Ronnie Barker. Driver Albert Spanner tries to save his beloved past-time job, as manager of the failing local football team

1 Pilot
Ronnie Barker, Bill Maynard, Priscilla Morgan, John Cater, Louis Mansi, Christopher Biggins, Geoffrey Todd, John Rutland and others
Roy Clarke
Harold Snoad
Harold Snoad

One of the Seven Of One pilots. Written by Roy Clarke, Ronnie Barker plays Albert Spanner. A man of many trades - notably a local bus driver and chauffeur - he is obsessed with football and his role as manager of Ashfield Athletic Football Club is his pride and joy.

Unfortunately the team is anchored at the bottom of the league, and Spanner is in danger of being sacked from the manager's job and being replaced by "Horace the Vet", who is only interested in repairing player injuries. Can he think of a way to save his position with the local squad?

Production Details

Part of

Seven Of One

Production company
Also known as
  • Seven Of One: Spanner's Eleven (Other official name)
  • 7 Of 1: Spanner's Eleven (Other official name)
Laugh track
Live audience

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Sunday 15th April 1973 on BBC Two at 8:15pm
Episode length
30 minutes
Last repeat
Tuesday 5th May 2015 at 1:20pm on Gold

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