We Watch Them So You Don’t Have To. The Worst Football Films Of All-Time Part 2. When Saturday Comes.


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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11 Responses

  1. You actually watched it…? I didn’t ever go that far…

    (Not meant to be a self promo, just adding this in case your readers want to punish themselves further by listening to the soundtrack.)

  2. Ben says:

    I seem to remember that the mining disaster occurred at a pit conveniently and erroneously, situated right in the heart of Sheffield city centre.

  3. admin says:

    Yes, that is more or less correct. Anybody that has seen the sketch on That Mitchell And Webb look about the film producers who make films that they don’t know anything about the subject of their films will recognise a lot in this film.

  4. Dale says:

    Not quite sure I get your point about the I-spy book of British actors. Actors are allowed to be in more than one thing surely? Or should they have flown them in from Hollywood?

    You’re right about the film though. Completely awful.

  5. Gareth says:

    Am I alone in actually finding it quite funny, although only because it’s so bad?

    A Blades fan I lived with at Uni was adamant that it was his favourite film of all time. I never did work out if he was serious or not.

  6. Dan Rickard says:

    Sean Bean played a total **** in Essex Boys.
    He didn’t have a heart of gold.

  7. Mick says:

    There’s not a Blade alive who doesn’t find it as funny as the rest of the World. Little brothers attempt at “You’ve got a trail fo’t YIOUUNAAARTID” can to this day be heard with varying degrees of exaggeration pretty much every matchday in pubs around BDTBL

  8. Richard says:

    When they were filming this masterpiece, the working title was actually “A Pint Of Bitter”. They should have stuck with that, at least then people wouldn’t have been misled into thinking it might be a decent football film.

    Incidentally people still manage to sell copies of the DVD on Ebay, which makes you fear for humanity a little.

  9. Johnny C says:

    It didn’t only appeal to Unitedites. Us Boston United fans were watching it, not to spot random British actors, but instead some of our players pretending to be Man Utd ones. Sterland was managing us at the time you see. I recall a particular fine example of the Martin Hardy scything tackle to give away a penalty, which I assume Sean Bean must have scored…

  10. Highbury_Blade says:

    “It’s difficult to imagine that the producers of this film set out to write a film that would only appeal to Sheffield United supporters, but that is what they achieved with When Saturday Comes”

    Did they even achieve that? The sheer pisstake of Sterland playing our captain put paid to that.

  11. TonyAgana says:

    Love it. Love the film and love the review. It makes following a club who’s actual achievements are only documented by unfeasibly faded photographs that bit more bearable. It’s not “were you there when we won the cup?”, it’s “were you there when Sean Bean scored approximately 15% of the 40 penalties he took at half-time against a ‘keeper who wasn’t trying?”.

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