Football's Foreign Legion (2018)

A retrospective look at the influx of foreign footballers into the English leagues during the 1970s and 1980s and their lasting influence on the game.

Director:

Jonathan Sides

Writer:

Bill Thomas

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Barclay Patrick Barclay ... Himself - Football Writer
Liverpool F.C. ... Themselves (archive footage) (as Liverpool)
Club Brugge K.V. Club Brugge K.V. ... Themselves (archive footage) (as Bruges)
Tony Woodcock ... Himself - Nottingham Forest 1974-79 / Himself - FC Köln 1979-82
John Wark John Wark ... Himself - Ipswich Town 1974-84, 88-90, 91-97
John Helm John Helm ... Himself - Football Commentator
Argentina National Football Team ... Themselves (archive footage) (as Argentina)
Netherlands National Football Team ... Themselves (archive footage) (as Netherlands)
Osvaldo Ardiles ... Himself - Tottenham Hotspur 1978-88
Paul Hawksbee Paul Hawksbee ... Himself - Broadcaster and Tottenham Fan
Keith Burkinshaw Keith Burkinshaw ... Himself - Tottenham Hotspur Manager (archive footage)
Robert Peston ... Himself - Broadcaster and Journalist
Glenn Hoddle ... Himself - Tottenham Hotspur (archive footage)
Jonathan Wilson Jonathan Wilson ... Himself - Football Writer
Tottenham Hotspur F.C. ... Themselves (archive footage) (as Tottenham Hotspur)
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Storyline

Forty years ago, English football was a world away from today's slick cosmopolitan product--a more parochial beast. But incoming was a shot of 'je ne sais quoi' with the EU-enforced freedom-of-movement, ending English football's fifty years of splendid isolation. So, in 1978, English football was turned upside down as the island state opened its doors to a whole world of footballers, but not everyone rolled out the red carpet. For some it was a foreign game in a foreign land, while some brave Brits headed for the continent. A multicultutal revolution was underway and football would never be the same again. Written by Anonymous

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Documentary | Sport

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 2018 (UK) See more »

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PDI Media See more »
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Connections

Edited from The Match (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Get Up and Boogie
(uncredited)
Written by Sylvester Levay and Stephan Prager
Performed by Silver Convention
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