City Ground to stage premiere of Forest Miracle movie

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The world premiere of Nottingham Forest movie I Believe In Miracles will be held at the City Ground on Sunday, October 11.

A special 60ft screen is to be erected at the ground where 15,000 Reds fans will be able to relive the glory years under Brian Clough and Peter Taylor when Forest rose out of Division Two to win the Division One championship followed by two successive European Cups – something that will never happen again.

Dan Taylor, chief football writer at the Guardian, has described it as the greatest football film ever made.

The film will then be shown in selected cinemas from October 14 and the UPHE Content Group will release the DVD and Blu-ray on November 16.

In 1975 Clough had gone from being football’s most exciting young manager to being seen as impossible to work with after walking out on Derby County, leaving Brighton under a cloud and being sacked as manager of Leeds United after just 44 days

His only offer of work came from a run-down Second Division club called Nottingham Forest whose brief glory days in the 1950s were seen as well behind them.

It was predicted that Clough would last less than a season but in five he’d won a remarkable two European Cups consecutively and produced one of the greatest domestic football teams in the game’s history.

Written, directed and produced by Jonny Owen alongside Baby Cow Productions (Philomena, Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa), and Spool Films/Post (completed post production for This Is England, Tyrannosaur, Nativity 2/3), I Believe In Miracles features 100 minutes of interviews with every player from that triumphant side to tell one of the greatest sports stories ever told.

Using unseen footage of games from the time and of the great man himself, the players - Trevor Francis, Martin O’Neill, Garry Birtles, Viv Anderson, Larry Lloyd, John Robertson, Kenny Burns, Ian Bowyer, John McGovern, Frank Clark, Colin Barrett, Peter Shilton, Archie Gemmill, John O’Hare, Tony Woodcock, John Robertson, David Needham – talk about about Clough’s remarkable man management and how he convinced a team, largely written off by the fans and media, to beat the world’s best.