For our superhero-mad gang back in The Bronze Age, footballing strips were even lower on the interest-o-meter than war or romance. Might've occasionally glanced at somebody else's copy of sports paper Tiger, 'cos Hot Shot Hamish was quite fun, but on the whole, nah, not bothered.
Leave it to Action to come up with a great football strip, in the form of Look Out For Lefty!
Kenny 'Lefty' Lampton was a soccer prodigy whose life off the pitch was the real draw of the piece, being as he was, like every other great Action character, as downtrodden and working class as yer like and born with a chip on his shoulder. Always involved in run-ins with local street gangs, unsympathetic coppers and snidey, conniving teachers, Lefty had more trouble than most comic characters. He's also got a great supporting cast, in the form of his Steptoe & Son-like Junk shop owning Grandad, and Angie, his ballsy Bay City Roller loving girlfriend.
It was Angie, actually, who contributed indirectly to Action's eventual ban, mostly because of the episode where she lobs a glass Coke bottle at another player giving her man grief on the pitch. What a gal.
And don't you just love everybody's classically third-division '70's haircut's in this strip?
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