Western Daily Press 24.11.96
So, you're due to play in the FA Cup Final at The Oval when you're wrongly accused of murder and arrested whilst your girlfriend is abducted by Belgian anarchists in a hot air baloon.
What happens next?
If you're Robert King Stanley of The Rovers you escape and score the winning goal in the Final. I presume he also rescued his girlfriend.
Alas this was all a fiction.
The Football King was popular in provoincial theatres for a number of years in the late 1890s.