DIARY: TMA man proves he’s always on the ball

With England’s prospects of winning Euro ’96 looking as slim as a Vogue cover model’s waist, the BBC has been forced to go back to the World Cup in 1966 for a taste of victory.

With England’s prospects of winning Euro ’96 looking as slim as a Vogue

cover model’s waist, the BBC has been forced to go back to the World Cup

in 1966 for a taste of victory.



Broadcast in July, ‘The Spirit of ’66’ will be a celebration of English

eccentricity.



Amid the archive footage is film from BBC West featuring our own PR

magician Clive Turner, of the Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association. Then

deputy PR manager for WD&HO Wills in Bristol, Turner is shown correctly

predicting the score in the final, the minutes in which the goals were

scored and by whom.



According to Turner, he was asked to make his predictions a month ahead

of the World Cup and such was the accuracy of his predictions that he

became an instant celebrity.



But fame has its price, as Turner was to find out. ‘People kept asking

me to help them their missing children. It got a bit much,’ he says.



So impressed was the Beeb with Turner’s accuracy 30 years ago, that it

asked him to predict the outcome of the European championships. ‘No,’

says Turner, ‘once is enough’.



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