Last night I was doing the sort of socialising I excel at and lying alone on my sofa drinking Czech moonshine, eating Milka and reading Peter Baxter's TMS memoirs. I then watched a bit of The French Connection II and it was the bit when Gene Hackman's character Popeye Doyle is captured by the bad sorts in Marseilles and force fed heroin. It's not very pleasant viewing made worse by the appearance of an old lady who looks in on poor old Gene and you think she might help him but then you see her own arms are riddled with needle marks and when she starts to stroke his wrists in a soothing fashion she is in fact just stealing his watch. Eventually Gene is dumped by his captors on the steps of the local gendarmerie in a state of near non-existence. Robin Smith is Popeye Doyle. I'm not suggesting Ray Illingworth force fed him smack or Keith Fletcher stole his watch but they did inject him with self-doubt, leave him emaciated and then dump him.
|Oh la la: Smackman Hackman|
|Wristy slashes: Robin Smith|
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