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Local Heroes (2023)

Thursday 25th May 2023

A powerful piece of footballing history is told in the feature-length documentary Local Heroes, kick-offing on DVD and Blu-ray 5th June 2023 courtesy of Miracle Media.
Viv Anderson, Garry Birtles, Tony Woodcock, Gary Webster
John Warrington
John Warrington
Miracle Media
1 hour 24 minutes
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Meet the Local Heroes... three inspiring young men who, through their passion for football and determination to succeed despite the odds, went all the way to the top. Now the story of this powerful piece of footballing history is told in a brand-new feature-length documentary which is set for its kick-off on digital, DVD and Blu-ray 5th June 2023 courtesy of Miracle Media.

This eye-opening film tells the incredible, little-known tale of three Nottingham Forest football players, Viv Anderson, Garry Birtles and Tony Woodcock who triumphed over adversity - during a time of major political and social upheaval and cultural change in the UK - to win the European Cup in 1979 and 1980, under legendary football manager Brian Clough.

The talented players defied the odds to rise to the top of professional football to become true sporting legends... Anderson made history as the first black footballer to play for England, he went on to have many wins, both on and off the pitch, he was awarded an MBE in 2000 and was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame in 2004. Birtles, who started his career as a carpet fitter, went on to play for England and Manchester United and Woodcock's career saw him play for Arsenal and Germany's FC Cologne. This rousing documentary offers a window into British modern history through the eyes and stories of these unlikely heroes.

Sharing their fascinating journey, the trio recount their rise to fame and the obstacles they faced along the way, and how, during a time of economic difficulty, they persevered and prevailed. Local Heroes explores football's political and cultural transformation over the years and draws parallels between life as a footballer in the 1970s to life in the footballing world now.

This must-see film provides a captivating and moving glimpse into the lives of these determined individuals and sheds light on an inspiring, rarely heard story from the history of the beautiful game.

You'll all be singing for the Local Heroes - a must-see documentary.

  • Trailer
  • Alan Hill On Signing For Nottingham Forest
  • Alan Hill & Brian Clough Miners Story
  • Alan Hill Stuart Pearce Story
  • Garry Birtles Joining Man United & Rejoining Forest
  • Garry Birtles Recounts Scary Incident When Rooming With Viv Anderson
  • Kevin Keegan Working With Brian Clough
  • Live Show Clip
  • Martin O' Neill & Viv Anderson Aperitif Story
  • Tony On Leaving Forest
  • Tony Woodcock & Alan Hill Reminisce

Please note - Disc special features are subject to change, may differ from format to format and/or may differ from region to region.

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