Football’s Ten Worst Films: The Prelude

A year ago this month, we took a look at ten of the finest films and television shows ever made on the subject of football. In some respects, finding truly excellent programming about the game is more difficult than it is to find absolute rot, but there are some rules that we can apply which help us find our way through the minefield of production companies that want us to watch their offerings. Looking down the list of the great films, you may note that almost all of them are documentaries, with only Jimmy McGovern’s “Hillsborough” and Jack Rosenthal’s “Another Sunday And Sweet FA” making the cut from the section of the archive marked “Fiction”. There are other dramatic interpretations of the game that are worthy of your time – apart from those on our previous list, Ken Loach’s “Looking For Eric” is a mini-masterpiece, and the 1983 comedy-drama “Those Glory Glory Days”, also co-scripted by the aforementioned Rosenthal, are also well worthy of your attention – but, on the whole, to make the assumption of “documentary good, drama bad” isn’t an unreasonable starting point from which to take one’s cue when searching out football on the screen. In the mediocre middle of the spectrum we could place such offerings as “The Manageress”, Channel Four’s flawed series about a female manager at a top football club, or “Bend It...

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