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 Local Heroes

The Local Heroes

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.

The World premiere and limited theatrical release from 25 May 2023 On digital, DVD and Blu-ray 5 June 2023


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Who was the Manager of Nottingham Forest when they won the European Cup in 1979 and 1980.

A. Arsene Wenger

B. Brian Clough

C. Matt Busby


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