2013 Certificate: pg


In this Roy of the Rovers-type soccer yarn, former Manchester United coach Matt Busby (Brian Cox) is tempted out of retirement to help out a talented young player (Jack Smith) who has been sidetracked into petty crime. This feelgood family treat is the first movie to be simultaneously released as a Sky Movies Premiere on the same day it hits cinemas. Back of the net!


  • David Scheinmann


  • Brian Cox

  • Jack Smith

  • Natasha McElhone

  • Toby Stephens

  • Kate Ashfield

  • Anne Reid


Set in 1984 Manchester, this touching tale relates how legendary Manchester United football manager, Sir Matt Busby, helps a wayward boy fulfil his dream.

An act of petty crime committed by 11-year-old Georgie (newcomer Jack White) leads to Sir Matt (played by Brian Cox) tracking him down, only to discover that the boy is an extraordinarily gifted footballer and captain of a team of unruly talents.

Having lived with football all his life and survived the tragic 1958 Munich Air Disaster, in which eight of his players were killed, Sir Matt is still committed to continue his work of "training lads for life".

So begins a thrilling adventure as Sir Matt comes out of retirement to transform a young group of scallywags into a dream team.