World premiere of a new documentary on Northern Ireland’s wonderful 1958 team
In the summer of 1958 tiny Northern Ireland stood just one game away from a semi-final appearance in the World Cup against the mighty Brazil. The heroic story of this uniquely blessed squad of players, led by the peerless Danny Blanchflower, is one which takes in the Munich Air Tragedy, a fight against Sabbath Observers within the IFA who tried to stop them going to the tournament in Sweden and a violent win-or-bust struggle against Italy to qualify. And yet it has almost been forgotten.
This first-ever documentary on their achievements interviews all the surviving players and weaves it into an archive-rich tapestry to finally tell the story of Northern Ireland’s greatest ever team.