Stan Boardman

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Stan Boardman
Stan Boardman.jpg
At the Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Brighton, Merseyside
Born (1937-12-07) 7 December 1937 (age 82)
Liverpool,[citation needed] England
Years active1970–present
Notable works and rolesThe Comedians

Stanley Boardman (born 7 December 1937)[citation needed] is an English comedian.

Early life and career[edit]

Boardman was evacuated with his family to Wrexham during the Second World War, and after the family returned to their Merseyside home mistakenly thinking the area had escaped the German bombs, his elder brother Tommy was killed in a bombing raid.[1]

He had been a keen footballer in his youth and was an apprentice at Liverpool F.C.. He signed for Tranmere Rovers as a teenager.[2]

Boardman ran a haulage firm before winning a holiday camp talent contest and breaking into television on Opportunity Knocks and The Comedians.[3][4]

Boardman became known for his anti-German jokes, with his claim that "the Germans bombed our chippy" during the Second World War.[5]

His later involvement in football includes being invited by Ron Atkinson to entertain his Sheffield Wednesday and Aston Villa players before the League Cup finals in 1991 and 1994.[2]


An incident during a live edition of The Des O'Connor Show on Thames in the mid-1980s gained publicity. A joke – about the Second World War reminiscences of a Polish pilot who flew in the Royal Air Force – made play on the word "focke", referring to the German Focke-Wulf aeroplanes,[6].

Boardman's comedic style has led to controversy several times; after telling racist jokes at a Leeds United Player of the Year Award dinner in 2002 (months after two Leeds players had been arrested for assaulting an Asian student), the club withheld his fee, describing his act as "inappropriate and unacceptable", barring him from performing at the club in future.[7][8] This led to a planned appearance at a Leicester City event being cancelled.[7]

Other appearances[edit]

In June 2006 he had a hit with "Stan's World Cup Song", which reached No 15 in the UK Singles Chart.[9]

Fellow comedian Peter Kay wrote about him in his second autobiography "Saturday Night Peter"; in it he describes his early days on the comedy circuit and being on the bill with Stan who at the time had the nickname Stan "The German Fokker" Boardman.

In June 2009, Boardman appeared on Celebrity Wife Swap,[10] and in October 2011 he appeared with his daughter, Andrea Boardman, on the celebrity version of Coach Trip.[11]



  1. ^ Devine, Darren (23 September 2009), Comedian recounts tale of tragedy and survival on his return to Wrexham, Wales Online, retrieved 20 March 2010
  2. ^ a b Bevan, Chris (26 February 2010), When Boardman gave Villa the last laugh, BBC, retrieved 20 March 2010
  3. ^ Key, Phil (4 July 2007), "Stan Boardman review", Liverpool Daily Post, retrieved 20 March 2010
  4. ^ Grant, Peter (30 June 2007), "Review: Stan Boardman The Cavern, Sunday July 1", Liverpool Echo
  5. ^ Moore (2000), p. 118
  6. ^ Bycroft (2008), p. 119
  7. ^ a b Comic's show cancelled after racist jokes, BBC, 2 May 2002, retrieved 20 March 2010
  8. ^ Sayid, Ruki (2 May 2002), "LEEDS RACE OUTRAGE; EXCLUSIVE Club hires Stan Boardman for awards dinner and he says: 'I could murder an Indian' ..then tells Asian: 'F*** off back to your curry house'", Daily Mirror
  9. ^ Stan Boardman, Official Charts Company, retrieved 20 March 2010
  10. ^ Shennan, Paddy (13 June 2009), "Stan Boardman's wife, Viv, steals the show on Celebrity Wife Swap", Liverpool Echo, retrieved 20 March 2010
  11. ^ "Coach Trip". Archived from the original on 23 December 2012.


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