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* RetroactiveRecognition: Vocal example. Music/LilyAllen filled in for Natasha Hamilton on the Atomic Kitten song.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: ''England Manager'' can appear somewhat dated to modern audiences, as a result of the film quality, the footballers parodied (nearly all of whom had retired by the early-mid 2010s), the presence of Atomic Kitten (who were active from 1999-2004), plus the storyline being a very specific parody of the circumstances surrounding Kevin Keegan's resignation as England manager in 2000. It's less of a problem for ''Manager'', oddly enough, which mostly references and parodies footballers from several decades before the series was made.

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* RetroactiveRecognition: Vocal example. Music/LilyAllen filled in for Natasha Hamilton on the Atomic Kitten song.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: ''England Manager'' can appear somewhat dated to modern audiences, as a result of the film quality, the footballers parodied (nearly all of whom had retired by the early-mid 2010s), the presence of Atomic Kitten (who were active from 1999-2004), plus the storyline being a very specific parody of the circumstances surrounding Kevin Keegan's resignation as England manager in 2000. It's less of a problem for ''Manager'', oddly enough, which mostly references and parodies footballers from several decades before the series was made.
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** One early scene has Bassett playing in goal for Crewe Alexandra and conceding a goal when he fails to connect with a backpass. In 2006, England goalkeeper Paul Robinson conceded a goal in a Euro 2008 qualifier against Croatia in near-identical fashion.


** When Music/AtomicKitten appear, Natasha isn't there because she has food poisoning. This would become eerily prophetic of the group's third album - where Natasha would be infamous for no-showing various promotional events and would even miss a whole show after a fight with the other two.



* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: ''England Manager'' can appear somewhat dated to modern audiences, as a result of the film quality, the footballers parodied (nearly all of whom had retired by the early-mid 2010s), plus the storyline being a very specific parody of the circumstances surrounding Kevin Keegan's resignation as England manager in 2000. It's less of a problem for ''Manager'', oddly enough, which mostly references and parodies footballers from several decades before the series was made.

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* RetroactiveRecognition: Vocal example. Music/LilyAllen filled in for Natasha Hamilton on the Atomic Kitten song.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: ''England Manager'' can appear somewhat dated to modern audiences, as a result of the film quality, the footballers parodied (nearly all of whom had retired by the early-mid 2010s), the presence of Atomic Kitten (who were active from 1999-2004), plus the storyline being a very specific parody of the circumstances surrounding Kevin Keegan's resignation as England manager in 2000. It's less of a problem for ''Manager'', oddly enough, which mostly references and parodies footballers from several decades before the series was made.


** We find out that Basset lasted one year after the film as England Manager, after failing to qualify for Euro 2004. England failed to qualify for the real life Euro 2008.

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** We find out that Basset Bassett lasted one year after the film as England Manager, after failing to qualify for Euro 2004. England failed to qualify for the real life Euro 2008.2008, cutting short the career of manager Steve [=McClaren=] after just a year. Moreover, Bassett got Newcastle United relegated after managing England, which [=McClaren=] also proceeded to do.

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** The England physio is depicted as being a pervert who insists on inspecting the players' groins even when the injury is clearly somewhere else, and in a deleted scene talks gleefully at length about how his job involves "rubbing young men's thighs." This takes on a much darker tone following the revelations in 2016 about sexual abuse of young players having been a serious problem in English football around the time the film was made (and going back several decades).


* HilariousInHindsight: The series has a bizarre knack for predicting the future. In ''England Manager'', England progress through the group stages of the 2002 World Cup thanks to a controversial 1-0 win over Argentina, then progress to the semi-finals where they get knocked out by Brazil, who go on to win the World Cup. ''All of this actually happened'' (albeit with England's elimination by Brazil occurring in the quarter-finals) in the real 2002 World Cup, which took place a year after the film's release.

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* HilariousInHindsight: The series has a bizarre knack for predicting the future. future:
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In ''England Manager'', England progress through the group stages of the 2002 World Cup thanks to a controversial 1-0 win over Argentina, then progress to the semi-finals where they get knocked out by Brazil, who go on to win the World Cup. ''All of this actually happened'' (albeit with England's elimination by Brazil occurring in the quarter-finals) in the real 2002 World Cup, which took place a year after the film's release.

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** The David Beckham parody in ''England Manager'' is named Steve Harper. The Beckhams later had a daughter and named her Harper.


* HarsherInHindsight: Wirral County are mentioned as being the less successful rivals of Chester City, and despite the efforts of a corrupt chief executive, narrowly survive the 2007--08 season at the expense of Mansfield Town. In real-life, Chester City survived the same season ''also'' at the expense of Mansfield Town... only to get relegated the following year, before going out of business altogether in 2010 thanks to the actions of their corrupt owner. If you assume that the series' talent for predicting the future works both ways, then [[FridgeHorror Mike only succeeded in postponing the demise of Wirral County by two years]].

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Wirral County are mentioned as being the less successful rivals of Chester City, and despite the efforts of a corrupt chief executive, narrowly survive the 2007--08 season at the expense of Mansfield Town. In real-life, Chester City survived the same season ''also'' at the expense of Mansfield Town... only to get relegated the following year, before going out of business altogether in 2010 thanks to the actions of their corrupt owner. If you assume that the series' talent for predicting the future works both ways, then [[FridgeHorror Mike only succeeded in postponing the demise of Wirral County by two years]].years]].
** In the film, Scotland receive much mockery for their habit of getting to World Cups and then going out in the first round. In real-life, not only did Scotland not qualify for the 2002 World Cup, they haven't even come close to qualifying for a major international tournament since then, and most of their fans would probably be glad to go back to the days of actually getting to tournaments even if they don't make any progress there.

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** Averted in one sense when the actual next World Cup to take place in Brazil rolled around in 2014; England completely bombed at the tournament and went out in the first round, the only thing in common with Bassett's team being that one of the results was a turgid 0-0 draw. Played straight in another, very odd sense however; in the film, Alan Massey taunts the Scotland squad by saying "Costa Rica are looking tasty this year." At the 2014 World Cup, Costa Rica proved to be the dark horses of the tournament, getting through to the quarter-finals and beating several more fancied teams in the process.


* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Mainly down to both the film quality and the footballers parodied, the movie's starting to look a little dated in 2014.

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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Mainly down ''England Manager'' can appear somewhat dated to both modern audiences, as a result of the film quality and quality, the footballers parodied, parodied (nearly all of whom had retired by the movie's starting to look early-mid 2010s), plus the storyline being a little dated very specific parody of the circumstances surrounding Kevin Keegan's resignation as England manager in 2014.2000. It's less of a problem for ''Manager'', oddly enough, which mostly references and parodies footballers from several decades before the series was made.


** We find out that Basset lasted one year after the film as England Manager, after failing to qualify for Euro 2004. England failed to qualify for the real life Euro 2008.

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** We find out that Basset lasted one year after the film as England Manager, after failing to qualify for Euro 2004. England failed to qualify for the real life Euro 2008.2008.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Mainly down to both the film quality and the footballers parodied, the movie's starting to look a little dated in 2014.

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* HarsherInHindsight: Wirral County are mentioned as being the less successful rivals of Chester City, and despite the efforts of a corrupt chief executive, narrowly survive the 2007--08 season at the expense of Mansfield Town. In real-life, Chester City survived the same season ''also'' at the expense of Mansfield Town... only to get relegated the following year, before going out of business altogether in 2010 thanks to the actions of their corrupt owner. If you assume that the series' talent for predicting the future works both ways, then [[FridgeHorror Mike only succeeded in postponing the demise of Wirral County by two years]].

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