SAVED BY THE BELL- SCRIPT
FX: FOOTBALL MATCH ATMOSPHERE- CROWD CHANTS
FX: FADE UP COMMENTARY
MARTIN: Haynes is on the ball. What a game he is having so far, in his last ever game for the Northern Knights! Haynes takes the ball forward, and he’s done brilliantly there to turn past the defender. What is he going to do now? He does a beautiful piece of dribbling once more, he looks like he’s going to line up a shot here…
FX: CROWD CELEBRATIONS
MARTIN: And that…is brilliant! Jim Haynes in his last game for the Northern Knights, has scored a quite exquisite goal, doing what he does best, and once again proves his credentials with his ever growing talent. He will sorely be missed at the Knights, but what a huge move this could be for the 22 year old striker. Next time we see Haynes on the pitch, he will be wearing the black and white colours of the West Londoners. Jim Haynes, remember the name folks!
FX: CROWD CELEBRATIONS FADE DOWN. WEST LONDON FM JINGLE PLAYS. A NEWS TUNE PLAYS UNDER THE CATCHPHRASE- “WEST LONDON FM 98.5, KEEPING YOU UP TO DATE WITH THE TOP NEWS AND SPORTS STORIES AROUND THE CAPITAL.” FADE DOWN NEWS TUNE.
ADELE: Good morning and welcome to Sportsline with me Adele Chambers, bringing you up to date with the top sports stories around merry old London. And I have a rather special guest in the studio with me today. Once a hero for the Northern Knights, and now a hero to be for the mighty West Londeners, come on you whites! It’s striker Jim Haynes! Jim it’s great to have you with us in the studio this morning.
JIM: Thanks Adele, pleasure’s all mine. Can I just say that’s a gorgeous dress you’re wearing, and I wouldn’t say you have a face for radio at all either!
ADELE: (laughs) Enough of that you’re embarrassing me! Now we’ve become quite a keen follower of you here at WLFM ever since we learnt of your move to the club. What do you hope to achieve at the West Londoners?
JIM: Well let’s face it, you know I didn’t cost this much to just sit around on the bench and twiddle my thumbs. I’ve come here to be successful you know, to be the best. I want to score goals and win trophies, enough said.
ADELE: And where did this hunger and passion come from in the first place?
JIM: I’ve wanted to be a professional footballer since I kicked my first ball. Not once have I considered otherwise. I was destined to be a footballer. I’ve played football just about everyday since I could first walk. You know I was the top scorer for my u7 and u9 teams. I was the best player for my primary and secondary schools. I was destined to succeed.
ADELE: What has inspired you to become this person? Has anything influenced you along the way?
JIM: Well my Dad bought me my first football, my first footy shirt, and has always encouraged me with whatever I do, so you know I guess he’s been a factor. Otherwise I just work really hard everyday at becoming the best. I think I get closer and closer everyday, and I know I’ll get there eventually because it’s what I was destined to become.
ADELE: You seem fairly sure of your ‘destiny’ as you like to call it. What in your mind, does it mean to be the best?
JIM: For me it means to stand out above the rest. To be the fans number one you know, the one they always sing about, the one they always talk about. So far I’ve been that person, and I expect to be at the West Londoners aswell.
ADELE: Well I must say, you’re confidence is admirable, and we all hope here at WLFM that you fulfill your so called destiny, because you could be just the player we need to challenge for the title this season!
JIM: Thanks Adele, I joined this club to help push this club to every sort of success.
ADELE: Well being the busy and important person that you are, I don’t want to keep you from your schedule, so we will call it a wrap. Thanks for joining us Jim, and hopefully we will see you back in the studio sometime soon!
JIM: Thanks Adele, if you’re lucky you might just!
ADELE: Well there it is everyone, you heard it from the man himself. Haynes is here to win, and he’s here to stay!
FX: FADE UP A BUSY STREET, AND A PHONE RINGS.
JIM: Hello, this is Jim speaking.
ADELE: Jim hi, it’s Adele here.
JIM: Aww only ten minutes till I last saw you in the studio and you’re missing me already?
ADELE: (awkward laugh). Jim, um, thanks again for coming in. What I’m calling you for is to ask if you can come in to the studio a bit more regularly, because we would love to do a documentary here at WLFM on your progress with the West Londoners. I reckon you’ve got quite a future ahead of you, so we want to try and get the best moments of your period at the club on air, step by step!
JIM: Well as I said, I’m going to quite busy, so I don’t know when I will fit you in, but I guess I can see how it goes? That’s the best I can give you for now though I’m afraid.
ADELE: Ok well thanks for considering it, I think it would not be just beneficial for us, but maybe you could even use it as a recorded timeline of your career?
JIM: Well that does sound good. How about we meet up for a cup of coffee sometime, and we can discuss it further?
ADELE: Sorry Jim, but it sounds more like you’re asking me out on a date?
JIM: Well so what if I am, maybe I’ll be more willing to do the documentary, you never know…
ADELE: Well you can take it or leave it Jim, we’re not forcing you to do anything.
JIM: So I’ll take that as a yes?
ADELE: (laughs) We’ll see about that. I’ll talk to you soon.
FX: ADELE PUTS PHONE DOWN. STREET SOUNDS FADE DOWN.
FX: SOUND OF A CAR PULLING UP ON GRAVEL. CAR DOOR OPENS, AND THEN SHUTS. SOUND OF FOOTSTEPS, AND THEN A KNOCK ON THE DOOR.
TREVOR: Come in!
FX: TREVOR SHOUTS THIS FROM INSIDE HIS OFFICE. DOOR OPENS.
TREVOR: Ah Jim come in. I was wandering when you would finally show up.
JIM: Yeh sorry I’ve just come from an interview at WLFM.
TREVOR: Well better late than never I suppose. Not that this meeting is to discuss your future or anything!
JIM: Well it’s just great to finally be here Mr Coleman. So, I’m sure my agent has got this covered already, but what exactly is the situation for me here?
TREVOR: Yes, well Jim, we’ve given you a one year contract. These days its always a bit of a risk signing youngsters like yourself on long term contracts with the amount of money that needs to get thrown around. But we all know you’re a talented lad, and presuming you put your talent to use here at the West Londoners, you’ve got the chance to sign a much more significant deal.
JIM: Yeh I’m sure that won’t be a problem. When do I start training?
TREVOR: Well you don’t start for another few days actually. But we’ve got some pretty serious injury problems. As I’m sure you know Miller is out for a couple months with a broken ankle, and now our second striker has a niggling injury himself. I’ll be throwing you in the deep end when I say this, but I’m going to stick you on the team sheet this weekend. You can cover Cooper on the bench.
JIM: Well that’s a bit unexpected, but I’m fit and good to go so that’s great. You reckon it’s a problem that I don’t know any of the lads yet though?
TREVOR: Well it’s not a major problem. Just do a bit of homework to get to know our style of play and structure, and you’ll fit right in. Get some rest and I’ll see you tomorrow.
JIM: Will do, see you tomorrow coach.
FX: DOOR CLOSES FOLLOWED BY FOOTSTEPS. THE FOOTSTEPS FADE DOWN. FADE UP A FOOTBALL MATCH ATMOSPHERE LIKE THE ONE AT THE BEGINNING OF THE PLAY. ATMOSPHERE LEVELS FADE DOWN AND COMMENTARY FADES UP.
MARTIN: So today it’s the West Londoners facing the Central Cavaliers. Welcome to the game, I am your commentator Martin Fry. We have quite a game on our hands here. It’s a top of the table clash, with the West Londoners looking desperate for three points today to cement their place at the top. But that has been somewhat overshadowed by the news that the West Londoners new signing Jim Haynes has made the bench today. He was a star for the Northern Knights, the club he’s played for since the age of 11! But will the 22 year old star get a chance to feature today?
FX: COMMENTARY AND MATCH ATMOSPHERE FADE DOWN, THEN THERE IS A PAUSE OF SILENCE AND THE MATCH ATMOSPHERE FADES UP AGAIN.
TREVOR: Sorry Jim but I’m not sure if today’s gonna be your day I’m afraid. It’s probably best though, it’s still very early days.
FX: JIM SIGHS
JIM: Yeh I suppose so.
TREVOR: Go on Cooper! Go all the way lad!
FX: CROWD BOOS
TREVOR: Referee! That was a horrible challenge! Send him off! Shit that looks painful, he’s not gonna last the rest of the game. Right, Haynes, change of plan! You’re on.
JIM: Right, shit, ok.
TREVOR: Jim, you’ve got ten minutes. You know the situation. One goal, that’s all we need. Do what you can.
FX: BOOING FADES DOWN. JIM TALKS TO HIMSELF.
JIM: Ok, come on Jim, you can do this. This is your best chance to prove your point. Come on let’s do this. Show everyone what you’re made of. Remember, you’re the best.
FX: MATCH ATMOSPHERE FADES UP, COMMENTARY FADES UP.
MARTIN: So Cooper is off the field, and it is indeed Haynes who has cracked the nod here. With ten minutes left in the game what can he do. At 1-1 it’s anybody’s game from here. Jim is on the ball straight away, he moves towards the wing with a fantastic turn to shrug off that defender, he’s sprinting forward now and Adams is free in the box. Haynes swings it in, it’s a beautiful cross…and goaaaaal!! What a goal, what a goal! It was a fantastic ball from Haynes to provide that goal and he has certainly taken his chance here with his first few kicks of the game! Incredible!
FX: THE TEAM CHEERS IN THE DRESSING ROOM AFTER WINNING THE GAME. FADE DOWN SO THAT IT”S IN THE BACKGROUND.
TREVOR: Fantastic play lad, that’s what we spent all that money on you for!
FX: FADE DOWN TEAM CHEERING, CUE FOOTBALL RELATED SONG.
TREVOR: You keep that up and you might just find yourself playing more regularly.
FX: FOOTBALL SONG CONTINUES AND FADE UP A MONTAGE OF COMMENATRY CLIPS. EACH CLIP CROSS FADES.
MARTIN: And It’s Haynes on the ball now, fantastic touch, and…. what a goal!
Great play by Jim Haynes here… and gooooal!!
Haynes strikes it….gooooal!
They just can’t get the striker ball off this lad, what a prestigious talent we have here!
Jim Haynes has had a fantastic start to the season so far.
This young starlet is one for the future!
FX: COMMENTARY AND SONG FADE DOWN. WLFM JINGLE FADES UP. “WEST LONDON FM 98.5, KEEPING YOU UP TO DATE WITH THE TOP NEWS AND SPORTS STORIES AROUND THE CAPITAL.” FADE DOWN NEWS TUNE.
ADELE: Hello and welcome back to sportsline on WLFM. And now we are delighted to have the player of the month, the player that everyone’s talking about, Jim Haynes! It’s great to have you back with us.
JIM: Pleasure’s all mine Adele.
ADELE: So Jim, what a rapid rise to stardom since we last had you with us here. What was going through your mind when you were put on centre stage a few weeks ago to play the last ten minutes of the game on your debut?
JIM: I didn’t expect to play to be honest, so I was caught off guard a little, but it was a pressure situation that I could handle.
ADELE: And that you certainly did! What did it feel like to play such a huge part in your teams dramatic late goal in that match?
JIM: It was a great feeling. To make an impact as quickly as I did was a top way to start the season.
ADELE: And how has it been since then? Have you settled in at the club?
JIM: Yes I think ever since my first game I’ve fitted in pretty well. I think I’ve got to that stage with the lads now. We’ve got a core group of guys who play brilliant football week in week out- the West Londoners wouldn’t be the same without us. You know what it’s like with the dressing room atmosphere, the better you are, the more prominent and popular with the lads you’ll be.
ADELE: So it’s safe to say you’re fairly confident of your abilities, do you see your season getting even better from here?
JIM: Yeah you know in this day and age confidence is key, and I think I can only get better from here you know, I’ll keep scoring goals and winning games for the West Londoners..it’s what I’m here to do.
ADELE: And what is the relationship with your coach? Do you get along with him quite well?
JIM: Yeh, as long as I do the talking with my feet we don’t have any problems, and so far that’s what I’ve been doing so we’ve getting along well. I’m just glad he brought me in, because without him I’d still be playing for the Northern Knights, who let’s face it, don’t really stand a chance of winning anything.
ADELE: Wouldn’t you say that’s quite a harsh thing to say about the club you grew up playing for?
JIM: Adele, you know, you’ve got to look at the bigger picture. I enjoyed my time there, but I’m destined to be successful, and I wasn’t going to achieve success there. In the end it became a dead end club to play for you know. A means to an end.
ADELE: Well I suppose you could say you have moved onto greener pastures, because at the West Londoners, (SHOUTS) Come on you whites! We certainly want to push for the league this season. That’s about all the time we have for you today, or more like all the time you have for us! So thanks again for joining us Jim, and we hope to see you on here again!
JIM: Pleasure, and don’t worry Adele, I’ll keep you in mind (LAUGHS). In fact Adele, I may aswell make it public. Let’s grab a coffee with you sometime..what do you say?
ADELE: (LAUGHS) Sorry Jimbo, but dream on mate!
JIM: Ouch, that’s the second time now!
ADELE: Thanks for tuning in listeners, till next time!
FX: FADE UP LATE MORNING STREET NOISES, FOOTSTEPS, AND THEN JIM’S PHONE RINGS.
TREVOR: Jim, it’s Trevor. Listen lad, we need to discuss the situation you’ve created for yourself.
JIM: What situation is this?
TREVOR: I just listened to your interview over at WLFM. Whilst your confidence is admirable and all that rubbish, I reckon it might just have got the better of you lad. Bear in mind, everyone knows who you are now. You’re on the back pages of most newspapers these days, and you’ll be the first to agree with that.
JIM: Yeh..I suppose..carry on.
TREVOR: Yeh well I’ve seen many young lads like yourself get into a state where the fame and stardom gets a bit too much, and they end up playing like shit cos they spend too much time on the front pages of the newspaper rather than the back if you see what I mean.
JIM: Yeh I get what you’re saying, but I don’t really see what this has to do with me, coach.
TREVOR: Jim come on, if that stupid interview you had earlier isn’t anything to go by then I don’t what is. You were full of it, and the last thing I want to see is one of my better players losing it.
JIM: Well you don’t have to worry, alright? I’m not gonna get like that. I just said things the way I see it. Surely you’re not gonna take measures for that now are you?
TREVOR: I think you’re starting to forget who you are lad. You’re 22, and I’m your 50 year old coach who determines your future. Now you leave the decisions to me, because I’ve been in the business for several decades now.
JIM: Oh come on coach you know I didn’t mean it like that, I’m just trying to say..
TREVOR: I’M just trying to say, that I’ve asked one of London’s finest mental conditioning coaches to come into the training ground later.
JIM: What? Coach I think you’ve got the wrong idea.
TREVOR: Now don’t freak out, he’s just gonna try and help you through what could be a huge few months for you. You’re right Jim, you are one of the better players in the team, you know it, I know it. And I wanna try keep it that way, alright? Let’s just start with a couple of sessions to ensure that your mentally on track..
JIM: Well whatever you say I guess. But just so you know, I’m not gonna pack in like some of the players that you’ve seen before. I’m all about my football, I don’t need some shrink to set me straight, I’m…
TREVOR: Just give it a try lad. I’ve arranged for you to meet him outside the club tomorrow at 10 before we start training. So get there a bit earlier than normal, alright?
JIM: (SIGHS) Alright, see you then.
FX: PHONE SWITCHES OFF. FADE UP SOUND OF A CAR PULLING UP ON GRAVEL. THE DOOR OPENS AND CLOSES. SOUNDS OF JIMS FOOTSTEPS AS HE WALKS INTO THE WEST LONDONERS TRAINING BUILDING. DOOR OPENS AND CLOSES. OFF MIC, TREVOR WALKS UP TO JIM.
TREVOR: Ah there you are, thanks for coming in Jim.
JIM: So tell me a bit about this dude before he gets here?
TREVOR: Right, yeh of course. His name is Alex Matthews. Very nice chap he is. And he’s not much older than you either! He’s worked with quite a few players in his short time in the field, and such is his success with him, he’s been deemed qualified enough to work with the likes of us.
JIM: Well yeh, he better be qualified, I’m not gonna have some random telling me what to do.
TREVOR: Just a heads up though before you get surprised or start to stare. He was involved in a pretty nasty car accident when he was young, and lost a leg as a result.
JIM: Oh, sucks to be him.
TREVOR: He’s a good lad though, mad about footy! He’s a walking footy encyclopedia. It’s a real shame, cos if it weren’t for the accident, there could have been every chance of him being where you are right now, judging by the way he talks about the plans he had to be a footy player!
JIM: Yeh, I suppose. So where is Long John Silver anyway?
TREVOR: Jim, watch it.
JIM: (LAUGHS) Ah I’m just kidding. But seriously where is he?
TREVOR: Oh there he is.
FX: NOISE OF CRUTCHES WALKING UP THE PASSAGE OF THE BUILDING.
TREVOR: (SHOUTS) Morning Alex!
ALEX: (OFF MIC AND WALKS TOWARDS MIC) Alright Trevor? How are you doing?
TREVOR: Alex this is Jim. Jim, Alex.
ALEX: Yeh, good to see you again, Jim.
JIM: What? Oh yeah, you look familiar, but where have I seen you before?
FX: FLASHBACK TO 10 YEARS PREVIOUSLY AT SCHOOL. THE FLAHSBACK SOUND IS A WHOOSH WITH A REVERB/ECHO EDIT. THE VOICES ARE SCHOOL CHILDREN, EDITED WITH AN ECHO. FADE UP SOUNDS OF CHILDREN PLAYING OUTSIDE.
JIM: Okay, now Mike, you be one captain, and I’ll be the other.
MIKE: Okay Jim, you go first.
JIM: Cool, I pick Shauny.
MIKE: Rich, you’re on my team.
JIM: Ah no, I wanted Rich! Okay never mind, I pick Troy.
MIKE: Tom, come this side.
MIKE: And Smithy, you’re on my side.
JIM: Okay that’s everyone, let’s go play!
ALEX: Um, sorry guys, but I want to play too and you left me out. Whose team should I play for?
JIM: (MOCKING VOICE) Aw did we leave you out? (CHILDREN LAUGH) Who are you anyway?
ALEX: I’m Alex.
JIM: Well you’re just going to slow everyone down with those crutches, so you don’t get to play. How are you supposed to kick the ball with one leg anyway? Didn’t you know that to be a footballer you need two? You’ll never be able to be a footballer. You can watch though!
FX: CHILDREN LAUGHING IN THE BACKGROUND.
ALEX: Okay, I guess I’ll watch then.
FX: NOISE OF THE WHOOSH WITH A REVERB/EDIT TO GO BACK TO PRESENT DAY.
JIM: Oh, I remember you now. You went to the same school as me.
ALEX: Yeh that’s right. It’s been a while! How have you been?
JIM: Pretty good, well, obviously you know.
TREVOR: Right I’m gonna sort out the lads and get them ready for training. The two of you sit and chat for a while and Jim then join us out on the field. Thanks again Alex.
ALEX: Of course, not a problem.
TREVOR: And Jim, please make an effort alright?
JIM: Yep, sure, whatever.
FX: FOOTSTEPS OF TREVOR MOVING AWAY FROM MIC.
JIM: So what’s the deal Al, I’ve got training to get to.
ALEX: Okay Jim, basically what I’m gonna do is make sure you keep your feet on the ground so to speak. I’m sure you have a good attitude going into the game. You want to score goals and you want to win, so that’s really great.
JIM: Yeh, so what exactly is the point in this then mate?
ALEX: Well, I’ve helped people who have been in similar frames of mind, but have become overwhelmed by the pressure of the press, and the people around them etc. Now I’m not saying this is something that will definitely happen to you, but I’m rather going to ensure that this doesn’t happen, by giving you simple steps as to how to manage your lifestyle, how to deal with the press in interviews and outside your home, and how to handle the pressures of going off form, and how to get back on to good form. My last client for instance, and for confidential reasons I can’t say who but I’m sure you’ve seen him play before, started to live a celebrity lifestyle if you like. He used to go out and party every night, bringing a different woman back with him.
JIM: Well that sounds pretty good if you ask me!
ALEX: This is all good and well, before he started missing training sessions, got dropped to the bench as a result, in turn leading to a drop of confidence, leading to playing badly when he was ever subbed on. The frustration that came with this led to falling out with his coach and team mates, leading to being released by the club, and then resorting to drugs. These are the type of people I deal with, Jim, and maybe you’ll thank me later because I am here before any of this has happened to you.
JIM: Yeh, well we will see about that.
FX: FADE UP MATCH ATMOSPHERE AND COMMENTARY.
MARTIN: We are approaching half time here in West London, and the West Londoners are not looking their usual selves, especially their trusty spearhead Haynes, who is looking very out of sorts this afternoon, and has been for the last couple of weeks I must say. And now it’s the man himself who is on the ball, he takes the ball into the penalty box, and does a lovely one two with his team mate, and he’s tripped! And the referee has given a penalty! Well Haynes has worked a rare moment of brilliance here, and he has won his team a penalty. Up he steps, and…oh no…
FX: CROWD BOOS
MARTIN: Jim Haynes has missed the penalty! He has sent it so wide that it’s almost gone out for a throw in. Oh dear. He hangs his head in shame.
FX: FADE DOWN BOOING. FADE UP NOISES OF A CAR STOPPING. IT IS NIGHTIME. THE DOOR OPENS AND CLOSES. SOUNDS OF JIM’S FOOTSTEPS AS HE APPROACHES HIS HOUSE. HUMS OF CRICKETS IN THE BACKGROUND. DOOR OPENS AND CLOSES. HIS PHONE RINGS AND HE PRESSES THE ANSWER BUTTON.
ALEX: Jim it’s Alex, I just wanted to talk to you about what happened in the game earlier.
JIM: Oh not now Alex, I’ve just got home. I just want to relax for a bit now.
ALEX: Please this won’t take long, can I pop over in a bit, this is really important.
JIM: If you really have to. But not for long, OK?
FX: JIM PUTS THE PHONE DOWN. FADE DOWN AND PAUSE OF SILENCE. FADE UP FOOTSTEPS OF ALEX AND CRICKETS HUMMING IN THE BACKGROUND. ALEX KNOCKS ON THE DOOR. THE DOOR OPENS AND THEN CLOSES.
ALEX: Sorry Jim, I know you just want to relax right now. But I’m just very concerned about your football at the moment. Have you not spoken to anyone about the way you’ve been playing?
JIM: Alex I don’t need your rubbish right now Okay? Just leave it for tonight.
ALEX: Yeh but Jim, there’s something strange going on. Something different. I think that’s why Trevor can’t even figure out what’s going on. I mean your fitness levels are great. But, I don’t know, it’s just the way you move around the pitch, the way in which you make those killer passes and stinging shots that you’re usually so good at. You’re not getting them on target. Instead of just allowing Trevor to shout at you, you need to talk to him about this! Or atleast talk to me! What’s going on?
JIM: Look it’s nothing alright mate? I’ve just had a series of headaches recently. I think a migraine or something. I’m just reacting badly to the light and all that shit.
ALEX: Well why haven’t you said anything, surely you should have seen a doctor by now?
JIM: No! As soon as I’m diagnosed with something, Trevor will put me on the sidelines and I won’t get to play. It’s just a stupid fuckin headache!
ALEX: I’m serious Jim, you’ve gotta see someone, cos in case you haven’t noticed, this has been going on for a while, and you missed that penalty today, and…
JIM: Look tosser, don’t you think I know what happened? It was a stupid mistake that anyone could have made. Just because you can’t be on the field earning 10 times more than what you earn now, scoring goals and the fans singing your name.
ALEX: Jim I really didn’t mean to…
JIM: Just because you’re jealous of what I’m capable of, you think you can try and intimidate me. You wish you could even have the chance to miss a penalty. But you can’t alright? So get over it!
ALEX: Whatever Jim. Get some rest, and I’ll see you soon.
FX: DOOR SLAMS. PAUSE OF SILENCE. FADE UP THE SOUND OF A WHISTLE. IN THE BACKGROUND THERE ARE PEOPLE KICKING THE BALL AROUND, AND CALLING TO GET IT PASSED TO THEM.
TREVOR: Alright lads, well done today. I think we’re looking pretty solid for the game tomorrow. I just wanna stress that this is another big three pointer for us. We win this, we go top again, where we belong alright lads!
FX: SEVERAL VOICES SHOUT “YES!” AND “COME ON!”
TREVOR: Right, so the line up for tomorrow, the same back 5 as last week you know who you are. Then in the centre we will have Cook and Phillips, on the wings its Morris and Sedgwick, and up front…we will have Cooper…and….Thompson. Get some rest and I’ll see you all there tomorrow morning. 9 sharp lads!
FX: SEVERAL FOOTSTEPS RUN AWAY.
JIM: Coach, I think there’s some sort of mistake here. Didn’t you mean to put Thompson on the bench? Unless I heard correctly, I’m on the bench.
TREVOR: Nope it seems you didn’t hear correctly Jimbo. You’re not on the bench. In fact you’re not in the team at all I’m afraid lad.
JIM: What? (NERVOUS LAUGH). What do you mean I’m not in the team?
TREVOR: Do you need me to spell that out for you lad? You will not be playing tomorrow.
JIM: But (NERVOUS LAUGH), I’ve been your best player this season, I’m the reason we’re looking to go top of the table, I’m Jim Haynes for fuck’s sake!
TREVOR: That’s great and all Jim Haynes, but recently, lets face it, you’ve been rubbish lad. We would be top of the table if you didn’t send that penalty into the advertising boards. You need to sort yourself out mate. Thompson has looked a lot sharper than you over the last couple weeks, and heck all the other strikers have too.
JIM: This is ridiculous. I can’t believe I’m not even on the bench!
TREVOR: It won’t always be this way, I mean, you start to impress me again, you will make the bench again. And considering the amount we paid to secure your service, you bloody well better get back on form. But I’ll see you on the bus tomorrow morning. The least you will be doing is watching from the stands, cheering your mates on.
TREVOR: No, screw this. I don’t deserve to be treated like this. I’m the best thing that’s happened to you at this club. So you can fuck right off. I’m outta here.
FX: FADE UP FOOTSTEPS OF JIM WALKING AWAY FROM THE MIC. PAUSE OF SILENCE, AND THEN FOOTSTEPS AGAIN IN THE AFTERNOON CITY. SOUNDS OF CARS. JIM OPENS A DOOR WITH A BELL, AND IT SLAMS BEHIND HIM. BACKGROUND NOISE OF TALKING AND LAUGHTER. SOUNDS OF FOOTSTEPS, AND THEN HE PULLS A STOOL TOWARDS HIM, SOUNDS OF THE STOOL SCRAPING ON THE FLOOR.
BARMAN: Jim Haynes (SURPRISED TONE), what a pleasure to have you in our midst’s! What I can do for you, sir?
TREVOR: A pint of your best please mate. Cheers.
BARMAN: One pint coming up.
FX: SOUND OF GLASS BANGING ON TABLE. THEN OF JIM DOWNING IT WITH A GLUG GLUG SOUND, AND THEN AN “AH” SOUND. OFF MIC, SOUND OF DOOR WITH BELL OPENING AND FOOTSTEPS APPROACHING BAR.
ALEX: Jim, I thought I’d find you here.
JIM: Oh you, what do you want mate.
ALEX: I heard about what happened at the training ground today. Are you alright?
JIM: I’ll be fine if you leave me here to drown my sorrows, yeh I will be.
ALEX: Do you really think that’s a good idea? If you don’t show up tomorrow, you’re gonn a get fined your month’s wages worth, and even worse Trevor could send you down to the reserves. He’s ruthless, you know that.
JIM: Yeh well, he can go…(WINCES) ah..shit.
ALEX: What’s wrong now? It’s your head isn’t it? Its getting worse.
JIM: Yeh its just cos I downed a drink though, that’s all.
ALEX: Can’t you see whats happening. You’ve been dropped because of what’s going on inside your head..literally. I’m worried Jim this has been going on way too long.
JIM: Yeh and I suppose you’re going to tell me that my vision is cloudy because of what’s going on in my head aswell aren’t you? Well’ it’s just the drink, mate, it happens.
ALEX: Your vision? No, I doubt that’s got anything to do with your head, Jim. That sounds a lot worse. That’s it, you’ve gotta get this checked out.
JIM: Screw you I’m fine, just let me…woah..woah!
FX: SOUND OF GLASS SMASHING AND STOOL CRASHING ON THE FLOOR.
BARMAN: Oi, get this lad out of here, I don’t care who he may be, when you’re drunk, you’re drunk.
ALEX: Yeh, something tells me that’s not the problem. Up you get, Jim. Hup! (SOUND OF STRUGGLES TO GET HIM UP). There we go, let’s take you to Doctor Cawood. She’s the team doctor, ans she’s also a qualified optometrist.
JIM: Fuck sakes, yeh yeh come on then.
FX: DOOR WITH BELL CLOSES. FADE DOWN FOOTSTEPS OUTSIDE WITH CARS DRIVING BY. FADE UP FOOTSTEPS TOWARDS THE WEST LONDON TRAINING GROUND. DOOR OPENS.
CAWOOD: So what seems to be the problem today, Mr Haynes?
ALEX: He won’t admit it, but he’s had a series of migraines, and sensitivity to light. Oh and he’s got cloudy vision.
JIM: Give me good news doc!
CAWOOD: Okay well firstly sit down here. Thank you. Keep your eyes wide open. There we go. Okay now I’m going to shine this light into your eyes. Try to sit still.
JIM: Ah, that’s bright, sorry but I can’t do that without blinking.
CAWOOD: That’s alright, just try your best. When did you start to get the headaches Mr Haynes?
JIM: Um,, 2-3 weeks ago I suppose?
CAWOOD: And when did the cloudy vision begin to set in?
JIM: A couple of days ago. It’s worse today though.
CAWOOD: I see. By worse do you mean your vision has become more and more cloudy throughout the day?
JIM: Yeh, and now my eyes are starting to ache quite a lot. So whats the damage doc? How long am I out for, because I really just wanna carry on. You see I got dropped for the game tomorrow. Obviously it’s cos of this, so get me back to normal please!
CAWOOD: Jim, I’m afraid I’ve got some bad news. There’s no real known reason for why this happens, and although it is rare, it is common for your age. Your headaches were the start of something quite serious, and now the increasing cloudiness in your eyes..
JIM: Just spit it out please Doc, what’s wrong?
CAWOOD: You’ve got closed angle glaucoma.
JIM: Ok..so what’s that, how are you gonna sort it out.
CAWOOD: Please try your best to stay calm when I tell you this, because this will be difficult to take in. The cloudiness in your eyes will become rapidly worse throughout the day, and approximately by this evening, I’m afraid you will be fully blind. But what…
JIM: (SHOUTS) WHAT? (NERVOUS LAUGHS) You’re joking right? Alex, is this some kind of sick joke you’re trying to pull here?
ALEX: I..I don’t know what to say.
CAWOOD: This is not a joke Jim, I would never joke about something like this. What has happened is that the ocular fluid is not draining from your iris properly. You’re suffering from an acute form that has rapidly deteriorated your vision. That’s why the cloudiness is getting worse as we speak.
JIM: This is ridiculous, just drain the fluid from my eyes now for fucks sakes. Come on!
CAWOOD: I’m so sorry Jim, but it’s too late. There really is nothing I can do. You can go to any doctor in the world and they will tell you the same thing. I would have needed to start examining you when the headaches started.
JIM: I can’t..I don..this…
ALEX: Jim? Jim!
FX: SOUNDS OF JIM CRASHING ON THE FLOOR FROM FAINTING. WHEN ALEX SHOUTS JIM, THE SOUNDS ARE EDITED TO BE SLOWER AND A LOWER PITCH. FADE UP MATCH ATMOSPHERE WITH AN ECHO EFFECT, MARTIN”S COMMENTARY ALSO FADES UP IN AN ECHO. EACH CLIP CROSS FADES.
MARTIN: And the crowd stands up in awe, as Jim Haynes lifts the trophy. Cometh the man, cometh the hour, Jim Haynes, captain of the West Londoners, has produced a truly sublime performance. Captain, man of the match. What more could you want from a truly sensational player!
MARTIN: It is Haynes on the ball. He turns, he shoots. (CROWD CHEERS). Truly magnificent!! And that surely is the goal that wins the world cup for England. And who else but Jim Haynes to win it for his country!
MARTIN: And today we witness a truly memorable game that will go down in history. It is Jim Haynes last game as a professional footy player. The crowd is full capacity, and they are louder than ever to pay tribute to a true sporting great. There is only one Jim Haynes, a true hero for the West Londoners in a truly special career.
FX: THIS FADES DOWN, AND CUE ALEX IN A LOWER AND SLOWER VOICE FOR THE FIRST THREE WORDS, THEN FOR THE LAST TWO WORDS THE SOUND EFFECTS GO BACK TO ALEX”S NORMAL VOICE.
ALEX: Jim? Wake up! Jim? Hello?
JIM: Wha? What happened? How long was I out?
ALEX: Barely a minute. You alright?
JIM: How do you think I am? I’ve just been told I’m gonna be as blind as a bat.
ALEX: I know. I can’t believe this is what it’s come down to. I mean, I know I thought there was something wrong, something more serious than you thought atleast. But I certainly wasn’t expecting that. I mean, I don’t even know what to say.
JIM: Don’t say anything, just take me home.
FX: SILENCE, AND THEN CUE THE WLFM JINGLE. “WEST LONDON FM 98.5, KEEPING YOU UP TO DATE WITH THE TOP NEWS AND SPORTS STORIES AROUND THE CAPITAL.” FADE DOWN NEWS TUNE.
ADELE: Hello West London, and welcome to another edition of sports line, with me, your host Adele Chambers! And in the studio today, for his third session here with us on sportsline, it’s Jim Haynes! Jim, we can’t even begin to express in words how sorry we are about what’s happened to you, and we really appreciate you coming back on the show. For oru audience, in case you don’t already know, or if you’ve been wandering why you haven’t seen Jim’s name on the teamsheet, Jim was diagnosed with Glaucoma a few weeks ago, and in a matter of hours of finding this out, his eyesight rapidly deteriorated, rendering him totally blind, and ‘unfit’ so to speak, to keep playing football. Jim, although I’m sure the answer is obvious, how have the last few weeks been?
JIM: Well, yeh, you know they’ve been tough. Football is my life, playing for the West Londoners was a dream come true, and one day I was even hoping to play for England. Now that can’t happen anymore you know, so it’s shattered me.
ADELE: Yes I’m sure it must be devastating, obviously I can’t begin to imagine what it must be like. I mean, where do you even go from here?
JIM: I don’t even know. I don’t even have a plan now. As I said you know, football is who I am. It is the essence of me, and to try and take another path now is unthinkable, and an unbearable thought. Sorry Adele, I thought I could do this (MOVE AWAY FROM MIC) but I can’t, the thought of it is too upsetting.
ADELE: I’m sorry listeners, but understandably that’s all we’ve got for you today on sportsline. Please tune in same time tomorrow for more sports news around the world. Until next time.
FX: MID AFTERNOON CITY SOUNDS- CARS GOING PAST AND HOOTING. SOUNDS OF JIMS FOOTSTEPS AND HIS WHITE CANE HITTING THE GROUND. HE OPENS THE DOOR OF A CAR AND THEN OFF MIC ADELE RUNS TOWARDS THE MIC.
ADELE: Jim! Wait! Jim, I’m so sorry about that. I knew it would be a tough but I didn’t mean to put you in that situation.
JIM: It’s alright, I didn’t think I was gonna break down like that either.
ADELE: The least I can do is accept that coffee date. What do you say we go grab one now.
JIM: Thanks Adele, but I don’t need you to pity me, ok?
ADELE: No I’m really not. I really would like to have a coffee with you. It’s been a long time coming.
JIM: Hmmm, well I suppose one cup wouldn’t hurt, and I have been waiting for that coffee date! Where should we go?
ADELE: There’s a nice one at the end of the road there. Thanks Mr driver person but you can go, I’ll take him back home.
FX: CITY NOISES FADE DOWN, FADE UP CASUAL CHATTING AND CLINKING OF CUPS AND CUTLERY.
JIM: Ah, well they sure do have good coffee here, good choice, thanks.
ADELE: They do right? Yeh it’s a pleasure.
JIM: Yeh I feel a bit better about things now, I really appreciate your company Adele. I hope you don’t think you were just a shoulder to cry on though. The last thing I want is sympathy. I’m still the same person, you know.
ADELE: No Jim of course I don’t. You deserve a bit of sympathy, but that’s not why I chose to have coffee with you. I thought I’d enjoy your company, and I was right. Let me take you home.
FX: COFFEE SHOP ATMOSPHERE FADES DOWN. DRIVING NOISES FADE UP.
JIM: So why did you turn me down all those months ago?
ADELE: To be honest, I didn’t want to give you the satisfaction. I know it sounds mean, and I was pretty rude (LAUGHS), but you were on a bit of a role Jimbo. I won’t forget it, I remember you saying that you’d be more willing to do the interviews if you went on a date with me, and then you said we may aswell make it official…live on air! So I decided to resist the temptation I’m afraid!
JIM: (LAUGHS) Well yeh at the time I suppose I felt pretty invincible. In fact, your refusal to go out with me was the only thing that reminded me I was human. It’s weird how things turn out, because now I feel lucky just to be human. Maybe I deserved it.
ADELE: Don’t be ridiculous, no-one deserves to get what happened to you. There was a humble person somewhere inside there, just a lot was happening to you very quickly.
FX: CAR STOPS
JIM: Yeh, and now look what’s happened. Anyway, thanks for the lift. I’m sure you need to get back to the studio. It was great spending time with you Adele, maybe we can do this some other time.
ADELE: Yeh, that sounds good, I’ll give you a call sometime.
FX: DOORCLOSES AND THEN JIMS FOOTSTEPS AND HIS WHITE CANE HITTING THE GROUND AS HE WALKS TO HIS HOUSE. OFF MIC, ALEX SHOUTS FOR HIM AND RUNS TOWARDS HIM.
ALEX: Jim! Hey Jim!
JIM: Alex? What are you doing here?
ALEX: I thought you’d be at home, but I waited around for a bit just in case you got back, and here you are!
JIM: (MOCKING TONE) Here I am!
ALEX: Listen, I’ve got a plan that might interest you.
JIM: Go ahead.
ALEX: Well, look I’ve done a bit of research, and I think you could kick start your career in footy once more.
JIM: What the hell are you talking about. As you can see, I can’t see.
ALEX: Yeh exactly, because I think you could make a successful career out of football for the blind! Obviously it’s not as good as the real thing, but it is footy after all, and I think you would do really well in it. I’ve spoken to someone in the business. His name is Alfie and he’d be delighted to take you on board. What do you say.
JIM: I say bullshit. Not so long ago I was one of the best players in England, and now you expect me to play football for the blind? What’s wrong with you? (PAUSE) You’re loving this aren’t you, just because I was mean to you all of those years, you’re looking to get your own back, by putting me in some stupid blind league. Well screw you.
ALEX: Jim, I got over that a long time ago. It’s all in the past. I’ve forgiven you, we were just kids back then. I’m only trying to help you, and I don’t even need to help you, it’s not like you’re my client anymore!
JIM: Yeh well I don’t need your help. Get out of here.
FX: DOOR SLAMS.
JIM: (SIGHS) What can I do. Football for the blind. Is he mad? I, Jim Haynes, still top goal scorer in the real league, playing blind football? What will the world think? Resigning to blind football, what a laugh that will be. (STUTTERED LAUGHING) But what now? Shit I don’t even know what to do now. What can a blind person even do? I’ve got plenty cash, but that’s not gonna last me too long. What am I even gonna use it for anyway. All there is to do is sit here and listen to the radio all day. Oh I suppose there is Adele. I think she likes me, but how long can you really like a blind person for. Shit. Maybe I could impress her with something. But what? I’m only good at footie. Football. Blind football. Football for the blind. Shit that might have to be it. It is still football after all. Oh let’s face it, I’m nothing without football. Get a grip now Jim, you have to accept your situation, and I’ve been offered a chance to keep doing what I love doing best. Shit but will Alex even talk to me anymore? He’s probably had enough of me, slamming the door in his face when he was just trying to help. Well it won’t hurt to give him a call I suppose. Now Stop talking to yourself and phone the damn guy.
FX: DIALS ALEX’S NUMBER. HE PICKS UP THE PHONE ON THE OTHER SIDE.
ALEX: Jim, hi.
JIM: Alex, we need to talk.
FX: SILENCE. THEN MORNING SOUNDS OF BIRDS CHIRPING FADE UP. A DOOR KNOCKS. DOOR OPENS.
JIM: Hey there, come in!
ADELE: Sorry I know it’s beena while since we last spoke but don’t worry I haven’t forgotten about you.
JIM: Ah yeh don’t worry about it.
ADELE: So I’ve heard through the grapevine that you’re making quite a name for yourself. Tell me news!
JIM: Yeh well as you probably know, I’ve started playing for the London centre of Excellence. It took a bit of convincing at first, but Alex got me started up there, and my new coach is a dude called Alfie. He’s actually a top guy. He has actually played for the England blind team before. He’s a bit of a hero within this community.
ADELE: Oh so he’s also blind? It must be quite difficult to coach in terms of monitoring the progress of the players?
JIM: No he’s actually not blind. He was a keeper, and the keepers in the blind league can see, for obvious reasons! So anyway yeh, it’s been going, you know as well as it could be. Some good lads there. Atleast I’m keeping fit, and Most of all I’ve got the ball at my feet.
ADELE: Ah Jim I’m happy for you. Look, I know the last one didn’t end so well, but do you think you could stomach another interview on WLFM. I think your progress could really make for good listening. What do you reckon?
JIM: Oh, and I thought you came here to suggest we go on another date.
ADELE: (LAUGHS) Yes don’t worry, a date is definitely in order. Maybe after you come into the studio? What do you say?
JIM: Okay, I reckon I can handle it this time.
ADELE: Great! And maybe bring in Alfie too? It would be awesome to see what he thinks of your progress too?
JIM: Yeh that sounds good. It’s tomorrow yeh?
ADELE: Yep usual time tomorrow morning. See you then Jim.
FX: DOOR CLOSES. SILENCE AND THEN WLFM JINGLE FADES UP. “WEST LONDON FM 98.5, KEEPING YOU UP TO DATE WITH THE TOP NEWS AND SPORTS STORIES AROUND THE CAPITAL.” FADE DOWN NEWS TUNE.
ADELE: Hello and welcome back to WLFM. You’re listening to sportsline, and in the studio today we have a rejuvenated Mr Jim Haynes. Obviously the last time he was here it was a difficult time for him, but goodness what a few weeks does.
JIM: Yeh Adele thanks for having me once more.
ADELE: Now alongside Jim in the studio with us is Alfie Bryan. Thanks for coming in Alfie.
ALFIE: Indeed, it’s a pleasure.
ADELE: Now, you the listener might be wandering who he is. Well, this is Jim’s football coach. Yes you heard correctly, football coach. Jim is playing for the London Centre of Excellence, and has been playing regularly for them in the Blind Football League. Jim has revamped his once flourishing football career, and adapted to what we all know has been a rough situation for Jim. Jim, it’s so great to see you here with a smile on your face once more!
JIM: Yeh well obviously it’s been a tough period, but this is as good as it gets. I’m still playing football, so because of my situation, I couldn’t really ask for more.
ADELE: Now that you’re regularly playing footy again, how have you had to adapt to the different style of play?
JIM: Well, for those who don’t know about the blind game, there is a ball bearing in the ball that sounds sort of like a bell. That’s how I know where the ball is. In my seeing days I was always quite a good mover around the field, so having that quality has really helped me with my special awareness around the field. Obviously my shooting and passing skills are still intact, which I’ve taken with me from the normal game. I haven’t really had to change that aspect.
ADELE: And Alfie, what is your policy when it comes to training guys like Jim from scratch?
ALFIE: Well in Jim I have a player who is clearly mad about his football. He has accepted his situation pretty well, and he works hard at what he does. So I assessed what his qualities already were, and worked on the ones that he was unfamiliar with when it comes to playing blind football, such as adapting to the ball bearings, the calling system, and spatial awareness. He’s adapted really well, and he’s got a bright future ahead of him, that’s for sure!
ADELE: And Jim, how would you rate your own performances so far?
JIM: I would say that I’ve played well within my limitations, but after all this is a team game, and I’m just happy that I can play a part in succeeding with a really good bunch of lads.
FX: PHONE RINGS.
ALFIE: Oh shit sorry I thought I turned this on silent. I’m going to have to take this I’m afraid, it’s the English Football Association.
ADELE: Wow the English FA! Well we will leave you to that Alfie, and Jim we may as well continue! So Jim, have there been any games in particular…
FX: SHOUTING OFF MIC
ALFIE: What? That’s fantastic news! Thank you very much!
ADELE: Alfie? You have some news for our listeners? Some breaking news that WLFM are hearing first?
ALFIE: I do indeed Adele, Jim has been invited to national trials! Jim, you’re gonna be training with the England team!
JIM: (SHOUTS) What!! That’s incredible! I can’t believe it! I’m going to play for my country!
ADELE: That’s brilliant Jim! I’m so proud of you!
JIM: Oh Adele come here already!
FX: SOUND OF KISSING
ALFIE: Oh will the two of you just get a room or something?
FX: THEY ALL LAUGH. LAUGHING FADES DOWN. JIM DIALS A NUMBER. ADELE ANSWERS.
JIM: Alright Adele? How are you doing?
ADELE: Good thanks. What’s going on?
JIM: Look..um we haven’t really spoken since the other day in the studio, so I guess I just want to clear the air about what happened. You know cos I realize it’s a one time thing, and I just got ahead of myself..it really was just a rush of blood to the head..and I’m sorry I’m not really sure…
ADELE: Jim relax. I’m sorry we haven’t spoken about it since, but you really don’t have anything to worry about. Honestly. I enjoyed it, and what better way to celebrate getting called up for England trials, right?
JIM: Um..well yeh I guess it was! I didn’t realize you enjoyed it. I felt like such an idiot, just as we were starting to build up a friendship I went and did that. I mean, what chance have I got right? I’m blind, you’re not..how could that work right? (NERVOUS LAUGH).
ADELE: Jim, you can’t help the fact that you’re blind, and you deserve every chance to live a normal life, so I am certainly not one to judge who to date based on something like that! Turning blind has of course changed your life dramatically, but it’s also changed who you are as a person aswell. Look at it this way, before, you were I’ve gotta admit, a bit cocky, a bit full of yourself, because you thought you could do anything and you didn’t really care how it affected other people. Now that you can’t be like that, (and let me just be clear, I would never have wished this on you, that’s for sure), you’ve become more humble, more accepting, and the good qualities that you did have when you could see, have really shone through. You used to stop at nothing in order to become the best, you had a never say die attitude. And now look. Despite what’s happened to you, you have picked yourself up, and now you are wearing an England shirt. Okay maybe not quite how you expected it, and I guess it’s not for certain if you will get to wear that England shirt, but atleast there’s a chance. Jim are you still there? I feel like I’ve been talking for hours!
JIM: Yes yes I’m here and I heard every word. I suppose I never really saw it that way, but you’re right in every sense. I guess I was a bit over the top. I mean, obviously it’s completely shit what’s happened, but I suppose in some ways atleast I’ve come to realize that now. And oh yeh, there’s more of a chance than you think about the England shirt, cos I’ve been picked for the World Blind Championships squad!
ADELE: That’s incredible! Wow Jim you’ve done really well for yourself. It’s the bit of luck you’ve been needing for quite some time. It’s in Hungary this year isn’t it? When is it?
JIM: Yeh it’s in Hungary, how did you know that?
ADELE: Well I knew that you had a chance of making it through to the national trials, so I did my homework. You see? You’re always in my thoughts!
JIM: (LAUGHS) Well I’m impressed. It’s next week. And I get to take all the family I want, plus two friends along with me.
ADELE: Ah well that’s nice, atleast you get to take some support with you.
JIM: Yeh, and Adele, I know this may throw you off a bit, but I want you to be one of the friends I get to take along. I’d been thinking about it, and after talking to you now, I know that you’d be the perfect person to bring along. But look, if you don’t want to, you really don’t have to.
ADELE: Wow, um (NERVOUS LAUGH), I don’t know what to say, I mean…
JIM: It’s okay Adele, really, you know I can always…
ADELE: Yes, Jim, of course I’ll go! I mean I’ll have to try get out of my shows and everything else. But I will make a plan!
JIM: Really, ah that’s great! I’m so pleased.
FX: DOOR KNOCKS
JIM: Someone’s knocking on the door, so I better go. I’m so happy we had this chat though. Thanks Adele.
ADELE: It’s a pleasure, and I can’t wait for next week!
FX: PHONE SWITCHES OFF. DOOR OPENS.
ALEX: Hey Jim.
JIM: Alex, what a nice surprise. Come in.
ALEX: Jim, congratulations on making the England squad! Alfie just told me that you played brilliantly at the trials, and you’re tipped to be one of the real stars at the tournament. It was excellent to hear!
JIM: Thanks. Al. It wouldn’t have happened without you though. You were the one who got me started in the first place, even after I threw the idea right in your face. I’ve got you to thank for everything’s that’s happened since the glaucoma.
ALEX: Ah well, all I did was lay the foundations. It took a lot from you to try it in the first place, and with all the hard work you’ve put in, you deserve it.
JIM: Well thanks, and I’ve got some news. I can bring a couple of friends with me, and Alex, I want you to come along. I want you and Adele to be on that plane with me, because without the two of you, I wouldn’t have had the courage to keep going.
ALEX: Really? Yeh I’d love to, that would be amazing! Are you sure you don’t want to invite any of your team mates or old school mates though?
JIM: Nah, what have they done for me over the last few months? You’ve been there for me, even through all the shit I gave you during school, and even when we became reunited again. It’s the least I could do for years of bullying, just because you couldn’t play footy. I should have known better. As I was saying to Adele earlier, it’s taken me to be in a similar situation to realize.
ALEX: Don’t be too harsh on yourself, no-one deserves to be in your situation. The same goes for me. Had I not been in the car crash, who knows, maybe I could also have had the chance to play professional footy. But no-one can predict these things. I got on with it, and I still do something I love anyway. As do you. You’ve got to look at it that way. Anyway, with a week to will jet off, I better go and cancel my clients appointments!
JIM: Alright, see you soon!
FX: DOOR CLOSES, AND FADE UP THE SOUND OF A PLANE LANDING. FADE DOWN PLANE SOUNDS AND FADE UP A TRAINING GROUND ATMOSPHERE, WITH WHISTLES AND SHOUTING. ALFIE BLOWS HIS WHISTLE.
ALFIE: Everyone in! Alright guys, well done that was a great session. I think we’re looking pretty good! Right, big game tomorrow. Huge one in fact. I know our opponents have been written off to go anywhere in this tournament, but we need to be on the alert. They know they’re underdogs, so they will go in feeling they have nothing to lose. It’s our first game of the tournament lets make it count yeh? Cos if we stuff this up, there’s no second chances. We take the next flight home to London. But we’re looking good chaps, we can do this!
FX: STAGGERED RESPONSES OF AGREEING AND CHEERING.
ALFIE: Alright guys tomorrow morning 9 o clock at the ground. Get some good rest.
FX: FOOTSTEPS MOVE AWAY FROM MIC.
ALFIE: Hold back Jim, just wanna talk to you for a second.
JIM: Alright coach. Whatsup?
ALFIE: Right Jim, I firstly want to say that you trained very well today. Your movement on and off the ball was sharp.
JIM: Thanks coach.
ALFIE: And Jim, I think you and I both know that you’re going to be the driving force behind our success at this tournament.
JIM: Wow coach, what a way to put pressure on a player! Come on, we all played well today.
ALFIE: I’m not saying this to put pressure on you, and I don’t want to try and put any unnecessary expectations on you either. But if there was ever a moment for you to try and relive the success of your seeing days. It would be in this tournament, cos I think you have the potential to really light this place up. What you’ve done to try and overcome your situation in such a short space of time is admirable, and I think you should not let this go to waste, and make it really happen right here.
JIM: Well thanks coach, you’re right. All I want to do is win at the end of the day, so all I can do is my upmost.
ALFIE: Alright lad, see you tomorrow.
FX: FOOTSTEPS WALK AWAY FROM THE MIC. FADE UP SOUNDS OF A WHEELCHAIR AND FOOTSTEPS.
ADELE: Alex, are we in the right place? I’m not sure the taxi driver had a clue where we wanted to go!
ALEX: Yeh I’m a bit clueless to be honest. I suppose it’s not how it used to be. I mean before, the taxi driver would have just taken us to wherever the singing was coming from!
ADELE: Yeh that’s true, well I hope there’s a good turnout.
ALEX: I’m sure there will be. I’ve been to a couple of his games and you’d be surprised at how many people come to watch these guys in action. They play some good football ey!
ADELE: Oh look there it is! The world blind football championships!
FX: FADE UP SMALL MATCH ATMOSPHERE. IT GRADUALLY BECOMES LOUDER AS ADELE AND ALEX FIND THEIR SEATS.
ALEX: Wow this looks pretty impressive! Have you got your ticket? Alright lets find our seats shall we.
ADELE: (STRUGGLING TONE) Sorry, excuse me. Sorry! Man in a wheelchair coming through!
ALEX: (LAUGHS) Thanks Adele. Ah there we go, and pretty good seats if you ask me!
ADELE: Yeh not bad at all, and you’re right this is a pretty impressive atmosphere. Ah I’m so glad Jim will get to hear the crowds spurring him on once more.
ALEX: Oh look there they are, running out on to the pitch now!
FX: FADE DOWN MATCH ATMOSPHERE. FADE UP AGAIN, WITH COMMENTARY.
MARTIN: So here we are. The day has finally come! Welcome to the first game of the Hungarian World Championships! And what a game this could turn out to be, it’s England v China! Some are tipping England as favourites for the tournament, where China will be glad to get anything out of this game. And in England’s lineup is Jim Haynes! Remember him? Oh yes, the player that was so unfortunately diagnosed with glaucoma a few months ago, is back, and has been thrown into the England team here after a short spell of brilliance with the London Centre of Excellance. Let’s see what has in store for us in this form of the game.
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MARTIN: And its Parker now…goal!
Melville..and he’s scored!
Hudson has made it 4-0!
Parker again…and that’s his hatrick!!
Well..what a game it’s been. It’s finished here a resounding 5-0. England have stamped their authority on the tournament, and China will go home with their heads in their hands. Parker scored a quite fantastic hatrick, but Haynes, on his England debut, couldn’t score that dream goal.
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ADELE: Ah Jim, there you are, I couldn’t find you after the game! Well played you were so good out there, you’re through to the semis that’s so exciting!
JIM: (SIGHS AND SULKING TONE) Yeh that’s great, we’re through.
ADELE: What’s wrong? Why aren’t you happy you guys were brilliant!
JIM: Yeh my team played well, but I didn’t. I didn’t score any goals. I’m supposed to be the driving force of this team, and I didn’t really play much of a part.
ADELE: Jim (CROSS TONE). Just because you didn’t score, doesn’t mean you didn’t play well. You had a great game, and plus the boys thrashed China out there. What happened to the ‘it’s a team game’ attitude?
JIM: Oh I dunno, I guess I just thought I was one of the better players, but I din’t really show it when it counts.
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ALEX: Hey Jim well done out there you guys were incredible! But you don’t look happy, what’s wrong?
ADELE: Alex talk some sense into Jim, he’s not happy because he didn’t score.
JIM: I’m supposed to be the best. The coach even told me that yesterday.
ALEX: Jim we’ve been over this before. You’re reminding me of an attitude you had not so long ago, and that attitude got you nowhere. Maybe you are the best, but if you tell yourself that on the pitch, you’re not going to play like you are, because you will forget that you have six other teammates on the field who are trying just as hard as you are to win. Parker may have scored the hatrick today, and maybe Melville will score a hatrick in the semi final tomorrow. But that shouldn’t be bothering you. You should be excited that you’re part of a team that is winning, and without your qualities, who knows, maybe Parker wouldn’t have had the chance to score a hatrick today.
ADELE: Alex is right, Jim. Do you think I would be here watching you from the stands if you were the person you were with that attitude back then? No. I’m here because you’re not the person I knew back then. You’re better than that.
JIM: As usual, you guys are right. I just really want to score, I think that’s all it is.
ALEX: Be the Jim we’ve come to know you as, the Jim you’ve come to know yourself as, and anything can happen. If you don’t score tomorrow, you don’t score, but you should be getting your feeling of pride and excitement from winning the game tomorrow. So focus on that.
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MARTIN: There’s not long left to go now, and although England have looked the most likely to score, Mexico are putting on a great deal of pressure, and at this stage it really could go either way. Jim Haynes has looked hungry for goals today, and he looks like he’s waiting to explode into a life full of goals. But him along with all his team mates are playing the patience game, and this game wouldn’t do justice if it was to finish 0-0, that’s for sure! A couple minutes to go now, and Melville is on the ball now, and passes to Parker. Parker holds up the ball, and hears Haynes screaming for the ball. Haynes is completely unmarked, and even Alfie Bryan from the sidelines is shouting for him to pass. He’s finally got that away, and it’s a great ball. Haynes has the ball now, he’s one on one with the keeper! He steadies himself, he shoots!
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ALFIE: Okay okay calm down lads we’ve only done half the job here! Well played everyone, we played some good footy out there. I’m a little concerned that it took us that long to score the goal, but at least we’re there ey! And I’m giving man of the match to…Jim.. great goal to finish them off, and congratulations on your first goal!
FX: TEAM CHEERS.
ALFIE: Now the final is already tomorrow morning, and as you all know we’re up against Hungary. They have looked good in this tournament, but we have such a good chance of doing this lads. We’ve come this far, and we’re 1 hour of football away from it. Come on everyone give it everything you’ve got!
FX: TEAM CHEERS.
FX: CHEERING FADES, AND SMALL MATCH ATMOSPHERE FADES UP WITH COMMENTARY.
MARTIN: Ladies and gentlemen here it is! We have reached the thrilling finale of what has been a superb tournament, and in the final today, it is tournament favourites England, against the hosts Hungary, whose loyal support and backing has got them this far. Will England be distracted by the overwhelming Hungarian support, or will they focus enough to take what they came here for. I’m your commentator Martin Fry, enjoy the game!
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ADELE: Go England! Come on Jim rip them apart! Alex this doesn’t look good! They’re running out of time!
ALEX: Yeh it’s not looking good at all. One nil down with 5 minutes to go? I dunno it’s gonna be a tight finish. And Jim hasn’t looked quite himself on the field today, I don’t know what’s wrong, but there is something missing today.
ADELE: Yeh I can sort of see it too. Maybe he’s tired, or I dare say the pressure is getting to him a bit!
ALEX: Yeh I dunno, we’ve just haven’t been in this game. These bloody Hungarians are getting to the team I think.
ADELE: Look Alex he’s on the ball now! Come on Jim! Go on go all the way! Yes here we go…oh ref! Send him off that’s disgusting! I think Jim was going to score there Alex! Alex why are you smiling?
ALEX: Because the ref has given a penalty, England can still do this!
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MARTIN: England, perhaps unlucky to not have already levelled, have a fantastic chance to make sure of that now. And as predicted it is Haynes, who was fouled in the first place, to step up and take it. Haynes steps over the ball , and winds his leg back to kick it. He kicks it…
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ADELE: Hello and welcome to sportsline with me, Adele Chambers, and in what has been an incredible journey, we have Jim Haynes in the studio with us, quite possibly for the last time, or atleast for the last time in this series of interviews for the documentary that we will be releasing on Jim. Thanks for being here once more Jim.
JIM: Pleasure’s all mine.
ADELE: So, for those of you out there who don’t know what jim Haynes has been up to recently, he played a vital role in the recent World Blind Championships for England a couple of weeks ago. It was quite a tournament, that I had the pleasure of being at. Now last time we were in the studio, you had just got called up to train with England for the first time. How has it been since then for you?
JIM: Well its had its ups and downs that’s for sure. Being picked for the England squad was a dream come true, albeit not in the England squad I had imagined And then the tournament was an incredible experience. Representing my country was amazing. And then that goal I scored in the semi-final was an awesome feeling cos it was goal that sen us through to the final. In the final, I felt fairly confident I was gonna score to level the game before I got brought down, and then I of course…missed the penalty which knocked us out of the tournament. And that has been quite difficult to get over as I feel like we would have gone on to win had I scored that penalty.But it wasn’t meant to be I guess.
ADELE: Well as I’ve said to you over and over, you can’t be too hard on yourself. If it wasn’t for your fine bit of play in the box to get tripped up in the first place, you wouldn’t have had that chance. Do you feel like you can build on your career from here, and become a regular in the national side?
JIM: Well that’s certainly what I aim for. I just want to try and get over the disappointment of losing in the final and get better from here. I feel like I have a lot more to give. My qualities as a blind player are still not set in stone, and the more familiar I become with the game, the better I can get.
ADELE: Well that’s admirable considering what you’ve had to go through. You deserve every chance you can get from here.
JIM: Yeh, but there are a couple of people I would like to thank for getting me to where I am now, because without them, I don’t know where I would be. Firstly I want to thanks Alex, who started off as my mental conditioning coach, pretty much to try and cure the arrogant, self-obsessed attitude I turned out to have when I started playing for the West Londoners. No matter how much I put him down, denied that he was doing me any good, and dismissed what turned out to be brilliant ideas for me, he stuck by me through thick and thin. He had belief in me when others wouldn’t have, and he has become one of my great friends as a result. I would also like to thank you, Adele, for being a ray of sunshine in my life. You gave me a hope different to the one Alex put in me. You gave me the belief that there are people who give others a second chance. You have given me a reason to wake up in the morning with a smile on my face, and you have been there to support me ever since I got the disease. I can’t thank you enough.
ADELE: Oh stop it now you’re gonna make me cry!
JIM: Well it’s the truth. I’m sorry for saying this live on air, but I love you, Adele.
ADELE: (GASPS) Well since we’ve made it fairly public already..I love you too Jim.
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ADELE: Oh shit, almost forgot we’re still live. Right, well let’s call it a day there shall we? You’ve listened to sportsline with me Adele Chambers, and just a reminder that this is last time you will hear Jim Haynes on Sportsline, because next month we will be releasing “Saved By The Bell”, the documentary based on his rise, his fall and then his rise once more in the game.
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