Conclusion: Saw at cinema night of its release. Great film/documentary, really takes you back to the moment. Well put together using old footage to bring the story of that summer in to light. Some great interviews with fans at the time and of recent events occuring roundabout.
Conclusion: This World Cup campaign took place against a political backdrop of riots due to the poll tax, hooliganism and requests from No. 10 for England to withdraw from the tournament. This alone should show how much football has changed in the years since. The documentary also shows the extent to which the print media were easily swayed. Pre tournament Bobby Robson obtains another job with PSV and is villifed for this choice. Post tournament he still goes to PSV but as a hero.
Conclusion: July 1990 and the English football team prepares to meet their arch-nemesis, West Germany, to take them into the World Cup Final. One moment in time given some fascinating context: the team's coach Bobby Robson was on his final game, the tournament had seen the birth of a new star in the unpredictable shape of Paul Gascoigne, England's football fans were seen as being the worst in the world following constant trouble, and England itself was virtually broken, lurching out...
Conclusion: Poor. After a terrific and compelling book, I'd hoped this would follow suit. It didn't. Poor coverage, poor "action-shots". It didn't evoke any memories or stir any emotion from having watched the tournament in my childhood. Can only assume it was lacking budget?