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Local Heroes [DVD]

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The first collaboration of director Antonie Fuqua and star Denzel Washington, Training Day, is heading back to UK cinemas in August. also played for Manchester United while Woodcock had time at both Arsenal in England and Cologne in Germany. 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 latest centres on players for Nottingham Forest Football Club in the 1970s and 80s, a time when the team reached the pinnacle of Europe. Read all The story of how three young working-class lads from Nottingham went on to become unlikely heroes and reach the pinnacle of professional football when unfashionable Nottingham Forest, under the mercurial Brian Clough, won the European Cup not just once, but twice, in 1979 and 198. Set against the cultural and social backdrop of Britain in the 1970s, it focuses on how the Nottingham-born trio triumphed over adversity to achieve great success. A great sports documentary with a nostaligic trip down memory lane as well as moving storylines from today, particularly Garry Birtles story. Local Heroes" is set against the cultural, economic, and social backdrop of Britain in the 1970's and is a deeply personal film in which the three recount their climb to the top of the professional game during a period of austerity and economic turmoil.With dips into the big hits of the times and the local paper archives, Local Heroes will make you appreciate what can happen when you dare to dream of playing for your local club and believing that impossible is nothing. The story of the Reds’ glory years under Brian Clough is well-known, but this new film sheds light on a different side of the tale, focusing on how the trio triumphed over adversity to achieve great success.

Netflix adds a Rian Johnson director's commentary for Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery to its streaming service. The talented players defied the odds to rise to the top of professional football to become true sporting legends.The following year, they won the European Cup and as holders qualified for the following year, and won it again! What comes across in the documentary is that all three of these guys have each others backs in times of great need. So when I got the chance, some 30 years later, to watch ‘Local Heroes’ and also record a podcast with Forest legend Viv Anderson, I was thrilled. Their triumphs were not just on the football field but also off it, as they overcame hardship and discrimination to reach the pinnacle of the game. Illness, tragedy, and a shocking family discovery have touched the lives of Anderson, Birtles and Woodcock in recent times.

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