Those Glory Glory Days

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Those Glory Glory Days
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Directed by Philip Saville
Produced by David Puttnam
Written by Julie Welch
Starring Zoë Nathenson
Sara Sugarman
Cathy Murphy
Music by Trevor Jones
Release date
  • 17 November 1983 (1983-11-17)
CountryUnited Kingdom

Those Glory Glory Days is a 1983 British made-for-television film about football directed by Philip Saville and starring Zoë Nathenson, Sara Sugarman and Cathy Murphy. The screenplay was written by the sports journalist Julie Welch. The film is inspired by Welch's childhood love of football, and helped to establish her as a screenwriter. [1] The film was part of David Puttnam's 'First Love' series broadcast on Channel 4. [2] [3] It was released on 17 November 1983.


Plot summary

The film is about a group of girls growing up in 1960–61 London, who develop an interest in football and support for Tottenham Hotspur, which became the first English team in the 20th century to achieve the "double", i.e. winning both the English league and the FA Cup. Twenty years later, one of the girls is trying to make a career as a football journalist and is offered a lift home by her childhood hero Danny Blanchflower. The majority of the film is set during the 1960–1961 season and tells of the girls' obsession with Spurs. [4]


Box Office

Goldcrest Films invested £556,000 in the film but earned £313,000, resulting in a loss of £243,000. [5]

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  3. Fennell, Chris (1 June 2016). "10 great football films". British Film Institute.
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