Preview: Local Heroes

A brand new film, celebrating three unsung heroes of Nottingham Forest’s glory years, is set to launch this Friday – with a limited theatrical release to follow.

Viv Anderson making his England debut – the first black player to be capped by the Three Lions.

The film tells the tale of three members of the team that went on to win the European Cup, under Brian Clough, in 1979 and 1980, Viv Anderson, Gary Birtles and Tony Woodcock.

Viv Anderson, of course, made history as the first black player to be capped by England, while Birtles, who started his career as a carpet fitter, before going on to play for England and Manchester United, while Woodcock’s career saw him take in both Arsenal and German side FC Cologne. Of course, all three are synonymous with Clough’s remarkable team.

John Woodcock and Gary Birtles at The City Ground

Now you can dive deep into the story behind these unlikely local heroes as the trio recount their rise to fame, the obstacles they faced and how, during a time of economic difficulty, they preserved and prevailed. The film will also take a look at the political and cultural transformation over the years and draws parallels between life a a footballer in the 70s to life in the footballing world now.

This is an inspiring, rarely heard story from inside the beautiful game.

Local Heroes will launch Friday 25 May at Arc Cinema Beeston and will then follow with a short theatrical run, before launching on digital, DVD and blu-ray on 5 June

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