10 Must-See Football TV Shows & Films


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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21 Responses

  1. Elliot Snook says:

    What? No mention for seminal classic The Football Factory?! This is the first time this blog has ever let me down.

    “What else ya gonna do on a Saturday? Wank yaself off to Pop Idols while you come to terms with your sexless marriages? Nah leave that, Tottenham away. Laaaaaave it.”

    If only the Oscars wasn’t all about politics, it would have swept the board.

  2. Dave says:

    I’d add a bid for ‘Bostock’s Cup’ a rarely seen and rarely shown one-off comedy drama about a lower-league set of giantkillers from the 1970s. Slightly clunky in parts, but all the cliches are affectionately done, rather than sneeringly so.

  3. imp65 says:

    Good selection, including some stuff I’ve never heard of and am curious to look out. One of my favourites is a BBC drama from 1997 called The Fix, about the bribery scandal and banning of Tony Kay at Sheffield Wednesday in the 60s – superbly shot and acted. Don’t think it’s available on DVD, though. And there’s a harrowing Israeli film (misleadingly) called Cup Final (1991) where an Israeli soldier seized by a PLO patrol in southern Lebanon finds some temporary common ground with his captors as they watch the Italy-Brazil game in the 1982 World Cup.

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  5. ejh says:

    Eight, thinking about it….

  6. Gervillian Swike says:

    Couldn’t agree more on two of these: the brilliant “Once In A Lifetime”, and the even better “Bostock’s Cup”. This was a fantastic comedy shown on ITV the night before the 99 Champions League final, starring Tim Healy, Neil Pearson and a host of other familiar faces. Brilliantly observed, and shamelessly ripped off by the far inferior Mike Bassett film that came out a year later. Unfortunately no DVD release, no full rip-off version available on YouTube, and so all I’ve got is a home-made DVD of dodgy quality, copied from a ten-year old VHS. There are one or two YouTube clips if you haven’t seen it before – see if you can spot the parodies of John Toshack, Gordon Hill, Steve Coppell, Alan Shearer and Phil Neal (they get easier, obviously…).

  7. der kaiser says:

    What about “The Miracle of Berne” ?

  8. Albert Ross says:

    I rather enjoyed the BBC series “Kicking and Screaming” a good few years back, narrated by James Bolam I believe…

    Another vote for “Bostock’s Cup” as well – I remember watching it and thinking it was done so well… “How do me old flower!”

  9. I had a soft spot at the time for the BBC2 fanzine show, Standing Room Only presented by Simon O’Brien in about 1991 – heavily influenced by the fanzine culture of the time and though jokey, not crass in the way that Fantasy Football became.

  10. Neil says:

    Great article.

    What about a ’10 greatest football books’ follow up?

    I vote for Steve Bruce’s ‘Sweeper!’.

  11. Roy Hickey says:

    What about the Micheal Palin’s “Ripping Yarn” about a failing Yorkshire League team in the 30’s. Can’t remember the name of the team, something like Barnoldswickthwaite Athletic Town? He played the part of a long suffering fan who wrecks the house after every massive defeat. He then turns the team around & they win a game & he returns home & wrecks the house again.

  12. Tim Vickerman says:

    No mention of ‘Hero’? I recall my bolder brother buying it when we got our first VCR. Every time I watched it I had the urge to go out and have a kickabout, trying (and falling well short) to be Maradona (I was around 8 or 9 at the time!). Classic 80s soundtrack by Rick Wakeman, narration by Michael Caine, fantastic commentaries in several languages and of course, El Pibe del Oro.

    A summary and some clips here: http://www.lowlifeopinions.com/page0/files/3c4b93e2d3f4ee7424a8811e120a3cd3-19.html

    A series I have great memories of is ‘Football, Fussball, Voetball’, a series aired before Euro ’96 and, I think, also narrated by James Bolam. Surely rather dated now but a wonderful series at the time.

  13. Alan J says:

    While it’s nice to see the excellent documentary ‘Six Days To Saturday’ on the list, in ’92-’93 Swindon let a film crew film them all season to get a view behind the scenes of a football club, which produced the documentary ‘That’s Football’, which was shown on Channel 4 in 1994.

    It was interesting to compare what had changed over the previous 30 years.

  14. Rob Marrs says:

    I can’t think of many really great footballing novels. Fever Pitch, to an extent, but none that is team-based rather than fan-based.

    Any thoughts?



  15. Roy Hickey says:

    I;m dissappointed no one has mentioned “A Captain’s Tale” which stared Dennis Waterman (with the worse geodie accent ever)as the captain of West Auckland FC who went to Italy, before the great war, & beat Juventus to win the inagural “World Cup” – sponsored by Liptons Tea no less. Great story, told with humour & pathos. If I remember there was a cracking speach given by one of the players at half time in the final. On a par with Henry V only “we are men of iron we work 12 hours down pit then play football – lets kick em off the park”

  16. Alan J says:

    The That’s Football documentary is now online.

    Watch at :


  17. Have anyone watch the latest movie – “the last song”?

  18. Anthony Wallace says:

    Does anyone remember a tv football series where a player goes from scottish football to play for Barcelona it was aired in the 90’s i swear it was but i catn remember the name it is bugging me as i dont know what happened to the series if it got binned or what something like striker or goalscorer main character was called Gary or something like that did central or channel 4 make a series about Gary Lineker possibly not sure can anyone help?

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