Remember when England won the World Cup. No, not 1966. And not 1982 when Roy of the Rovers won it.
This was 1986 and our national hero was Ball Boy.
The team itself was meant to consist of various character types but they all sort-of become background cyphers, reacting to the star. It is worth pointing out that one of the team members, Benjy, was black, which was a rare thing to see in comics of the time. Or indeed now.
In 1986 Ball Boy starred in an extended adventure in the bi-monthly spin-off Beano Comic Library, a small-format digest spotlighting particular characters. Now, because these were 66-page stories being produced at the same time as the regular Beano (there was also Dandy Comic Libraries running concurrently) they tended to be written and drawn by artist b-teams or the semi-retired. I do not know who is responsible for Comic Library no. 101 but it mostly seems to have been done in a hurry.
Anyhow, BB's so excited he's put his hand through the border!
The Captain gets so fed up with the disruptions that he calls for a helicopter.
On arrival they see the stadium in which they will play the final.
Also, yes, his name is basically "Greasy Dago". Clarkson would be proud.
Gerry saves them from both those threats, cos he's actually pretty awesome by this point.
Then after two amazing death traps, they end up in a booby-trapped revolving door, from which, again, Gerry saves them.
Anyway, their confidence shattered (especially after seeing Interathletico practicing), it's time for something special.
What follows is six full-page caricatures of footballers of the day. Presented in full for those fans of 1980s football:
Okay, what is it really?
Well, it's an ending. I guess.
(Plays Police Squad theme)