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Last Updated: Tuesday, 9 September, 2003, 14:56 GMT 15:56 UK
Cannon and Football
Rock on, Tommy

Oldham Athletic's financial plight has wiped the smile off comic Tommy Cannon's face.

Tommy Cannon: Born Thomas Derbyshire, Oldham 1938
Bobby Ball: Born Robert Harper, Oldham 1944
Did you know? They were the first duo to be featured on TV's This Is Your Life (1981)

Tommy is one half of the Cannon and Ball comedy duo, who hail from the town.

The straight man to Bobby Ball's brace-twanging antics was born at the Boundary Park Hospital next to the Latics' ground.

But after the highs of being among the first clubs in the Premiership and reaching the FA Cup semi-finals, the club has hit the lows of administration and fears over their future.

Tommy told BBC Five Live he is desperately hoping Oldham can emerge from the gloom.

"Nine times out of ten, something happens where it's sorted out," he said.

"Hopefully, that's what is going to happen with Oldham - fingers crossed and everything crossed that happens. What a shame it would be if Oldham no longer had a football club."

Tommy laughed off suggestions the club went into freefall soon after adopting as a theme tune The Boys in Blue from Cannon and Ball's film of the same name.

Maybe, they could re-release the track to raise money for the club's fighting fund. Then again...

Taking the rap

Football commentators Alan Green, Mike Ingham and Jonathan Pearce are enjoying a new-found cult status after their hip hop outing in television promotions.

The trio trot out their footie chat over the beats of Eminem and 50 Cent in a club hosted by DJ Spoony and Mikee B, of Radio 1's Dreem Team.

Spoony, a Liverpool-supporting Londoner, has been recruited by Five Live to front its midweek edition of the fans' forum 606.

And his link-up with the broadcasting trio is earning them new-found respect at home.

Ingham revealed: "I'm milking it for as long as it lasts.

"For the only time in my life I will have a certain amount of street credibility with my 10-year-old son."

Green, however, said he was a reluctant rapper.

"Someone said to me: 'Did you really enjoy doing it?' I couldn't tell a lie - no, I didn't," he confessed


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