In November 1985, the troubled streets of Belfast are torn up by rioting yet again. In amongst the angry mob, we find nine year old Tommy, nonchalantly dribbling a ball through the insanity. Whilst politicians argue over the peace process, there's only one thing on young Tommy's football-mad mind - the forthcoming World Cup, where Northern Ireland will take on Brazil. For the South American giants it's just another step on the path to inevitable global domination, yet for Northern Ireland, and young Tommy, it's the biggest game of their lives. They are two countries that couldn't seem further apart: Northern Ireland, with its Orange men and Republican curbstones, the Rev'd Ian Paisley and Fergal Sharkey; and Brazil with its carnival, its Samba, with Pelé and the 'beautiful game'. On the football field, eccentric Northern Ireland coach Billy Bingham (they call him Mr FIFA - "a fee for this and a fee for that") must plug together a bunch of misfits and third divisioners. Brazil are led ...
One boy's dream, a nation's hope.
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The film takes place from October 1985 to June 1986. See more
[coming out of the church in Mexico and seeing the Northern Ireland team heading in
Lads! It's us. There is no point batting and fighting your way trough all them cathoholics. Me and Spud here have lit about thirty candles. That's gonna cover the whole bench and all.
Fair play to yous, lads.
[shaking hands with the players
Scary. Me and him's Protestants.
Sorry to hear that.
But God is God, and a candle's a candle. Who is going to know what religion you are around here? Although, ...
Performed by The Wonder Villains
Written by Jake Burns
and Gordon Ogilvie (as Burns/Ogilvie)
Published by Union Square Music Songs
Produced and Mixed by Rocky O'Reilly
Courtesy of Polar Recordings See more