| 1st May 1976 - 12th November 1977 |
| Written by Tom Tully |
| Art by Tony Harding |
Lefty Lampton came very close to getting kicked off the bench when Action was withdrawn. The infamous bottle incident and the negative press it created left IPC with some hard decisions about the strip. Instead of the hot-tempered hooligan with the hair trigger and a habit for finding trouble that the readers had taken to before the ban, the 'new' Lefty stuck to football and carefully considered actions. The scrapes were no longer of Lefty's own making. Kenny became a responsible young man who was a victim of circumstance, or the unwitting recipient of the bad will of others. The Rotherfield Rippers story was swiftly concluded. The Rippers wound up doing Lefty a favour by smashing up the junk shop, because our boy found a lost oil painted masterpiece. How lucky! Sid Smythe returned when Lefty caught the attention of the Burmington City scouts who had turned him down before. Smythe did all he could to ensure Lefty never made it to the team, whilst plucky Lampton was philosophical when it didn't pan out for him. Then came the England Youth tour, where Smythe once again did his utmost to ruin Lampton's career by souring relations with the England boss, thanks to a goat named Sugar. Ah yes, the goat...probably the lowest point in Lefty's story. Tom Tully and Tony Harding continued as regular creators through to the conclusion of the strip, which would have been more at home in Tiger, Scorcher or Roy of the Rovers than it was in Action. Where some strips managed to cling to at least a little of their former edge, Lefty became a blunt instrument to bash the readers over the head with, rolling to a hasty conclusion when war became the next flavour of the month. Included here are the first two episodes, and the final episode.