If TV characters were a Championship team, who would they be?
We’ve picked out some beloved TV characters and matched them to a number of Championship sides…
Which fictional character best represents your side?
Alan Partridge … Leeds Utd
Enjoyed plenty of success a decade or so back, and still can’t resist an appearance on the telly when the opportunity presents itself. Finally, after being downtrodden and ridiculed for so many years, looks more than capable of ‘Bouncing Back’.
Ian Beale (EastEnders)… Ipswich Town
A comforting presence in our lives, as you pretty much always know exactly what to expect from them.
They’ve been hanging around for ever, and despite the occasional threat, never look like leaving.
Baldrick (Blackadder)… Derby County
Always have a cunning plan to get promoted, but by accident or design the plan generally tends to fall apart in increasingly convoluted ways. That doesn’t stop them trying, however, and you fancy one day the scheming might just work.
The Peaky Blinders would be… Aston Villa and Birmingham
Villa: Thomas Shelby – keen to be mixing it at the top table as quickly as possible and seemingly ruthless in their ambitions to achieve that objective. That path to the big time regularly looks treacherous, however, with others keen to plot their downfall.
Birmingham: Arthur Shelby – never fully going to accept the prospect of being in the shadow of their relative down the road, but arguably far more streetwise. A real scrapper, they are more than capable of rolling with the punches when trouble presents itself.
Tyrion Lannister (Game of Thrones) – Millwall
They might be small in stature compared to many of their contemporaries, but they have the intelligence and cunning to cause more high-profile opponents to slip-up on a regular basis. Much-maligned, but they don’t really care.
Sherlock… Bristol City
Unashamedly maverick, with a knack for keeping you on your toes at all times. Capable of wild mood swings from one week to the next. Park your thoughts, go along for the ride and appreciate the fact sometimes it’s better simply to expect the unexpected.
David Brent (The Office)… Nottingham Forest
Always happy to talk their achievements up, even if others don’t still see them in the same way.
You’re vaguely aware some of the success they rattle off was genuinely impressive, but they have lost their way a bit in recent years. Still, despite their obvious flaws, there’s a part of you deep down rooting for them.
Basil Fawlty (Fawlty Towers)… Sheffield Wednesday
All too often infuriated at their present circumstances, when life previously promised so much more. Enjoy the occasional fleeting glimmer of hope that better times lie ahead before that dream is inevitably extinguished at the last minute. Part of you is curious as to what they might achieve if only they could get that lucky break.
Walter White (Breaking Bad)… QPR
Be honest, you’d written them off. Every time things look bleak and you think they might not be long for this world, they rally and show they are not prepared to go down without a fight.
Saul Goodman (Better Call Saul)… Bolton Wanderers
Supremely talented at hitting crisis mode before pulling things back from the brink. At their best, they can be a slippery opponent for anyone – but fortunes too often ebb and flow depending on the latest drama they’ve become embroiled in.
Don Draper (Mad Men)… Brentford
Slick, sophisticated and often leaving rivals envious with just how effortless they can make things look at times. Nonetheless, there’s a sense they could hit the self-destruction button at any moment. The style regularly outweighs the substance, but undoubtedly admired.
David Budd (Bodyguard)… Middlesbrough FC
Forensic, extremely well-drilled, and more than capable of self-defence. Not always the easiest to warm to, even if their intentions are positive.
Jay Cartwright (The Inbetweeners)… Stoke
Initially entered the room with plenty of swagger but floundered just as quickly when trying to back up all their talk. Looks extremely vulnerable the moment confidence takes a knock.
Trigger (Only Fools and Horses)… Preston North End
That loyal friend who always seems to be hanging around, even if half the time you’re not quite sure how they came to be there in the first place. Unthreatening, everyone’s secretly quite fond of them even if they rarely add much to the party.
Who would you pick to match your side?
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