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Sky football comedy filmed across Derbyshire
Thursday 9th June 2016 @ 11:47 by Adam Higgins
Glossop Chronicle News

Scenes from a new Sky comedy about a fictitious non-league football club which has had little success were filmed in the heart of Derbyshire.  

Starring The Royle Family duo Sue Johnston and Craig Cash, Rovers is set in the clubhouse at Redbridge Rovers, a struggling team whose loyal and dysfunctional supporters have been put through the mill. 

Background shots for the light-hearted sitcom were taken at the home of the Millers – New Mills Football Club. 

Like Redbridge, they have found the going tough having been relegated from the Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division One North last season after 39 defeats from 42 league games. 

The bar constructed at the show’s Manchester studios was also based on the one at New Mills’ Church Lane ground, where the cameras were also in situ when local rivals Glossop North End visited last August and came away with a 3-0 win.  

Sue’s character Doreen, the widow of a legendary Redbridge Rovers player, is the long-serving social club manager who attempts to lift the spirits of fans amid their latest disappointment defeat with meat raffles among other delights. 

The biggest of those supporters is fish-finger lover Pete Mott – played by Craig, who is co-directing the series as well as leading a stellar cast which includes series writers Joe Wilkinson and David Earl. 

The down-to-earth sitcom promises half an hour of hilarity from die-hard followers of a team of perennial underdogs from the lower leagues.  

The six-part series, which began on May 24, airs on Tuesday nights at 10pm on Sky One. 

It’s not the first time Glossop has been used by TV crews as a filming location. 

Coronation Street captured dramatic scenes at Old Glossop quarry last year when the minibus carrying staff from Underworld factory plunged over the cliff before returning months later to shoot characters Carla Connor and Tracy Barlow grappling at the clifftop edge. 

In 2013, ITV chose to shoot part of its chilling drama Cold Blood – starring Matthew Kelly as serial killer Brian Wicklow – at various places in Old Glossop. 

The BBC’s black comedy series The League of Gentleman was also filmed in Glossop and Hadfield in the 1990s.