History Main / WhatIfGordonBanksHadPlayed

2nd Jul '14 5:58:37 AM SeptimusHeap
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WebOriginal AlternateHistory by Anthony Wells, located (in archived form) [[http://web.archive.org/web/20071212170442/http://www.btinternet.com/~chief.gnome/ here]]. In 1970, the British elections were scheduled to take place during the 1970 World Cup. In our timeline, a few days before the election, England were knocked out of the Cup by West Germany (whom, four years before, England had defeated to win the Cup); it's commonly believed that things would have been different had England goalkeeper Gordon Banks not been forced to drop out due to a stomach illness. Days later, Harold Wilson's Labour government -- increasingly unpopular to begin with -- was defeated by Edward Heath's Conservatives. In the Alternate History, Banks plays, England wins and Wilson rides the surge of resulting patriotic pride back into office (albeit with a significantly reduced majority). Heath's kicked out, and he's replaced as leader by Enoch Powell (him of the infamous ethnos-baiting "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rivers_of_Blood_speech rivers of blood]]" speech). Things go downhill quickly. ---- !!This work provides examples of: * AlternateHistory * ForWantOfANail: A footballer not having a stomach complaint eventually leads to a near-fascist Britain. * GovernmentConspiracy: It's hinted that {{MI5}} is behind most of the nastiness, as the increasingly authoritarian government means they have increased power. * POWCamp: The Powell Government introduces concentration camps to Northern Ireland - and later, the British mainland. Particularly for the crime of "DPM" - 'damaging public morale'. * TheTroubles: The author finds a way to make them ''[[UpToEleven even worse]]''. * ShownTheirWork: Throughout the chapters of this work the author demonstrates a strong ability to copy the style of British popular newspapers, official enquiries and underground Irish news-sheets, amongst others. The descriptions of action in the Palace of Westminster (including in lesser known areas like function rooms) are very accurate. * VillainousBSOD: After [[spoiler:the assassination of Queen Elizabeth II]], Enoch Powell falls into one of these. It enables MargaretThatcher and her allies to take an increasingly powerful role, which ends up making things much worse. ----
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WebOriginal AlternateHistory by Anthony Wells, located (in archived form) [[http://web.archive.org/web/20071212170442/http://www.btinternet.com/~chief.gnome/ here]]. In 1970, the British elections were scheduled to take place during the 1970 World Cup. In our timeline, a few days before the election, England were knocked out of the Cup by West Germany (whom, four years before, England had defeated to win the Cup); it's commonly believed that things would have been different had England goalkeeper Gordon Banks not been forced to drop out due to a stomach illness. Days later, Harold Wilson's Labour government -- increasingly unpopular to begin with -- was defeated by Edward Heath's Conservatives. In the Alternate History, Banks plays, England wins and Wilson rides the surge of resulting patriotic pride back into office (albeit with a significantly reduced majority). Heath's kicked out, and he's replaced as leader by Enoch Powell (him of the infamous ethnos-baiting "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rivers_of_Blood_speech rivers of blood]]" speech). Things go downhill quickly. ---- !!This work provides examples of: * AlternateHistory * ForWantOfANail: A footballer not having a stomach complaint eventually leads to a near-fascist Britain. * GovernmentConspiracy: It's hinted that {{MI5}} is behind most of the nastiness, as the increasingly authoritarian government means they have increased power. * POWCamp: The Powell Government introduces concentration camps to Northern Ireland - and later, the British mainland. Particularly for the crime of "DPM" - 'damaging public morale'. * TheTroubles: The author finds a way to make them ''[[UpToEleven even worse]]''. * ShownTheirWork: Throughout the chapters of this work the author demonstrates a strong ability to copy the style of British popular newspapers, official enquiries and underground Irish news-sheets, amongst others. The descriptions of action in the Palace of Westminster (including in lesser known areas like function rooms) are very accurate. * VillainousBSOD: After [[spoiler:the assassination of Queen Elizabeth II]], Enoch Powell falls into one of these. It enables MargaretThatcher and her allies to take an increasingly powerful role, which ends up making things much worse. ----[[redirect:Literature/WhatIfGordonBanksHadPlayed]]
1st Mar '14 11:40:40 AM fq
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don't refer to yourself when adding examples
* ShownTheirWork: Throughout the chapters of this work the author demonstrates a strong ability to copy the style of British popular newspapers, official enquiries and underground Irish news-sheets, amongst others. The descriptions of action in the Palace of Westminster (including in lesser known areas like function rooms) are so accurate this troper has 'walked' significant parts of the story.
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* ShownTheirWork: Throughout the chapters of this work the author demonstrates a strong ability to copy the style of British popular newspapers, official enquiries and underground Irish news-sheets, amongst others. The descriptions of action in the Palace of Westminster (including in lesser known areas like function rooms) are so accurate this troper has 'walked' significant parts of the story.very accurate.
21st Dec '12 7:49:48 AM BritPolNerd
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* POWCamp: The Powell Government introduces concentration camps to Northern Ireland - and later, the British mainland. Particularly for the crime of "DPM" - 'damaging public morale'.
21st Dec '12 7:39:08 AM BritPolNerd
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* Showntheirwork: Throughout the chapters of this work the author demonstrates a strong ability to copy the style of British popular newspapers, official enquiries and underground Irish news-sheets, amongst others. The descriptions of action in the Palace of Westminster (including in lesser known areas like function rooms) are so accurate this troper has 'walked' significant parts of the story.
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* Showntheirwork: ShownTheirWork: Throughout the chapters of this work the author demonstrates a strong ability to copy the style of British popular newspapers, official enquiries and underground Irish news-sheets, amongst others. The descriptions of action in the Palace of Westminster (including in lesser known areas like function rooms) are so accurate this troper has 'walked' significant parts of the story.
21st Dec '12 7:36:25 AM BritPolNerd
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This work deserves recognition for the fantastic realism it contains.
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* Showntheirwork: Throughout the chapters of this work the author demonstrates a strong ability to copy the style of British popular newspapers, official enquiries and underground Irish news-sheets, amongst others. The descriptions of action in the Palace of Westminster (including in lesser known areas like function rooms) are so accurate this troper has 'walked' significant parts of the story.
1st Dec '12 6:28:35 AM Tarlonniel
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Not the trope.
[[ItGotWorse Things go downhill quickly.]]
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[[ItGotWorse Things go downhill quickly.]] quickly.

* ItGotWorse
18th Jul '12 1:12:48 PM ZemplinTemplar
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* TheTroubles: The author finds a way to make them ''[[UpToElelven even worse]]''.
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* TheTroubles: The author finds a way to make them ''[[UpToElelven ''[[UpToEleven even worse]]''.
18th Jul '12 12:59:51 PM ZemplinTemplar
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WebOriginal AlternateHistory by Anthony Wells, located [[http://www.btinternet.com/~chief.gnome/ here]].
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WebOriginal AlternateHistory by Anthony Wells, located [[http://www.(in archived form) [[http://web.archive.org/web/20071212170442/http://www.btinternet.com/~chief.gnome/ here]].

WebOriginal AlternateHistory by Anthony Wells, located [[http://www.btinternet.com/~chief.gnome/ here]].

This work provides examples of:
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This !!This work provides examples of:

* TheTroubles: The author finds a way to make them even worse.
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* TheTroubles: The author finds a way to make them ''[[UpToElelven even worse.worse]]''.
10th Apr '11 2:04:03 PM CorahsUncle
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In 1970, the British elections were scheduled to take place during the 1970 World Cup. In our time line, a few days before the election England were knocked out of the Cup by West Germany (who, four years before, England had defeated to win the Cup); it's commonly believed that things would have been different had England goalkeeper Gordon Banks not been forced to drop out due to a stomach illness. Days later, Harold Wilson's Labour government -- increasingly unpopular to begin with -- was defeated by Edward Heath's Conservatives. In the AlternateHistory, Banks plays, England wins and Wilson manages to ride the surge of resulting patriotic pride back into office (albeit with a significantly reduced majority). Heath's kicked out, and he's replaced as leader by Enoch Powell (him of the infamous race-baiting "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rivers_of_Blood_speech rivers of blood]]" speech). [[ItGotWorse Things go downhill quickly]].
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In 1970, the British elections were scheduled to take place during the 1970 World Cup. In our time line, timeline, a few days before the election election, England were knocked out of the Cup by West Germany (who, (whom, four years before, England had defeated to win the Cup); it's commonly believed that things would have been different had England goalkeeper Gordon Banks not been forced to drop out due to a stomach illness. Days later, Harold Wilson's Labour government -- increasingly unpopular to begin with -- was defeated by Edward Heath's Conservatives. In the AlternateHistory, Alternate History, Banks plays, England wins and Wilson manages to ride rides the surge of resulting patriotic pride back into office (albeit with a significantly reduced majority). Heath's kicked out, and he's replaced as leader by Enoch Powell (him of the infamous race-baiting ethnos-baiting "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rivers_of_Blood_speech rivers of blood]]" speech). [[ItGotWorse Things go downhill quickly]]. quickly.]]

In 1970, the British elections were scheduled to take place during the 1970 World Cup. In our time line, a few days before the election England were knocked out of the Cup by West Germany (who, four years before, England had defeated to win the Cup); it's commonly believed that things would have been different had England goalkeeper Gordon Banks not been forced to drop out due to a stomach illness. Days later, Harold Wilson's Labour government -- increasingly unpopular to begin with -- was defeated by Edward Heath's Conservatives. In the AlternateHistory, Banks plays, England wins and Wilson manages to ride the surge of resulting patriotic pride back into office (albeit with a significantly reduced majority). Heath's kicked out, and he's replaced as leader by Enoch Powell (him of the infamous race-baiting "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rivers_of_Blood_speech rivers of blood]]" speech). [[ItGotWorse Things go downhill quickly]]. This work provides examples of:

* GovernmentConspiracy: It's hinted that MI5 is behind most of the nastiness, as the increasingly authoritarian government means they have increased power.
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* GovernmentConspiracy: It's hinted that MI5 {{MI5}} is behind most of the nastiness, as the increasingly authoritarian government means they have increased power.

* VillainousBSOD: After [[spoiler: the assassination of Queen Elizabeth II]], Enoch Powell falls into one of these. It enables Thatcher and her allies to take an increasingly powerful role, which ends up making things much worse.
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* VillainousBSOD: After [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the assassination of Queen Elizabeth II]], Enoch Powell falls into one of these. It enables Thatcher MargaretThatcher and her allies to take an increasingly powerful role, which ends up making things much worse.worse. ----
10th Apr '11 1:48:26 PM Micah
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moved to YMMV tab
* AcceptablePoliticalTargets: The author is clearly not a big fan of MargaretThatcher and the various members of her cabinet. [[CompleteMonster Compared to them]], Enoch Powell -- who is himself not exactly favourably depicted -- is a model human being.
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