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Fantasy Football League ‘will return to TV with Matt Lucas and Elis James as hosts’

Sky is said to want to restart the much-loved program which saw David Baddiel and Frank Skinner host from 1994 to 2004

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The Fantasy Football League is reportedly set to make a big return to television with Matt Lucas and Elis James reportedly front and center on the show.

Sky is said to want to restart the much-loved program which saw David Baddiel and Frank Skinner host from 1994 to 2004.

Guest celebrities would appear on the show and chat about football and their fantastic line-up.

Now the ‘iconic’ show is said to be set to return with Bake Off host Matt and Welsh comedian Elis at its helm.

A source told The Sun: “Fantasy Football is one of the most iconic football shows of all time and there has been tremendous demand for its return for a number of years.







The Fantasy Football League is reportedly set to make a big return to TV with Matt Lucas (pictured) and Elis James announced to be front and center on the show
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Welsh comedian Elis would be at the forefront of the reboot
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“Sky thinks their version can do him justice and possibly spark a full series.

“It will be very much in the mold of the original with some modern tweaks.”

Mirror Online has contacted Sky for comment.

After a run on the BBC, he moved to ITV for the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2004.

The set was a mock-up of the London flat where Baddiel and Skinner pretended to live, with celebrities standing outside the “front door” before being greeted by the comedians.







David Baddiel and Frank Skinner hosted the show from 1994 to 2004 (pictured)
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Skinner, born Chris Collins, played his first gig in 1987 and went on to beat Jack Dee and Eddie Izzard to the Perrier Prize in 1991.

Angus Loughran was also a favorite on the show and was known as Statto.

He wore a dressing gown and pajamas and scrolled down a list of stats and facts, especially in the early shows.

The lyrics to the theme song were the words “Fantasy Football League” sung to the tune of “Back Home”, which was the official song of England’s 1970 World Cup squad.

After switching to ITV for the 1998 World Cup, the theme was changed to that formerly used by the channel’s World of Sport series.

He was changed again for Euro 2004 at the Saint and Greavsie show.

It comes after Matt Lucas had ‘shame’ while watching Arsenal’s clash with Manchester United on Saturday.

The popular Great British Bake Off presenter, 48, has previously said he was inspired to ‘get fit’ after gaining ‘a lot of weight in lockdown’.







It comes after Matt Lucas was ‘shamed’ as he watched Arsenal’s clash with Manchester United on Saturday
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After looking noticeably thinner in recent months, Matt’s weight loss has been hailed by his fans, with the star joking that he had never been ‘ashamed in his life’ until he’s coming to the Emirates Stadium this weekend to watch his team.

Taking to Twitter after the game, Matt posted: “Shout out to the lady who stopped me at football today to ask me why I’ve lost weight and to let me know I look much older.

“For the first time in my life, I think I just felt ashamed,” he added.

After sharing the encounter, Matt’s supporters were quick to offer their support.

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Glentoran congratulates NI Football League on postponement of match


Glentoran boss Mick McDermott praised the NI Football League for postponing Tuesday’s game against Coleraine.

The highly anticipated Premiership showdown was called off hours before kick-off, in line with NIFL’s Covid case policy.

McDermott believes the governing body took the “reasonable option” to postpone the clash, after Covid-related issues were uncovered at the Glentoran camp.

He told the club website : “From a sporting point of view, we are always disappointed when a match is postponed but we have to understand that we are dealing with something much more important, the life of every person in and around our football clubs.

“Yesterday’s NIFL decision was the only correct one in the face of this unique challenge of match day Covid issues. NIFL’s priority was to protect everyone involved, so the only sensible option was to postpone the match. “

McDermott added: “I thank the NIFL for its swift and objective decision – it was for the greater good. It is imperative that we do the right thing, all the time.”

A new date has yet to be confirmed for the game, which has reportedly seen two fit teams meet at the Showgrounds.

Coleraine are undefeated in their last 16 games in all competitions, while the Glens have gone nine league games unbeaten.

Bannsiders chairman Colin McKendry expressed frustration with the late postponement, but said the health and safety of everyone involved was paramount when making any decisions.

He told the Belfast Telegraph : “The health of the players, officials, management and fans comes first and we must respect it.

“I was on the board that created the Covid-19 case policy and it can be read in two ways.

“Of course, the health and safety aspect is paramount but surely if other players – who have not tested positive or who have been in close contact and who have no symptoms – can play after having had a lateral flow negative?

“It is disappointing that the game had to be postponed as we had sponsors, mascots, ball collectors, social club staff, club store staff and other staff on the day of the game before it was played. ” be informed that it was not played after 2 p.m.

“However, we do realize that there is a new variant of Covid and we wish the affected players at Glentoran a very quick recovery.”


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