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.

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!!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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