Meaney to star in football biopic about Clough

Colm Meaney will star in ‘The Damned United’, a biopic of legendary English soccer coach Brian Clough.

According to Variety the 6.5m film will be directed by Tom Hooper from a script by Peter Morgan.

The biopic will tell the dramatic story of controversial football manager Clough and his turbulent 44-day reign as the coach of Leeds United in 1974.

Michael Sheen, who played Tony Blair in ‘The Queen’, the previous collaboration between Morgan and Harries, is set to play Clough.

Timothy Spall will take the role of his sidekick Peter Taylor; Jim Broadbent will be the chairman of Derby County and Meaney will play rival coach Don Revie.

‘The Damned United’ is due to begin shooting on 25 May.

Meaney actually looks like Don Revie.

Kind of related to this, is there actually any good sport films?

escape to victory was on channel 4 a couple of sundays ago…

any given sunday
days of thunder
million dollar baby

ESPN top 25 Sport movies:

  1. Hoosiers
  2. Raging Bull
  3. Field of Dreams
  4. Bull Durham
  5. Caddyshack
  6. The Natural
  7. Chariots of Fire
  8. Jerry Maguire
  9. Seabiscuit
  10. Remember the Titans
  11. A League of Their Own
  12. Eight Men Out
  13. White Men Can’'t Jump
  14. Major League
  15. Tin Cup
  16. 61
  17. The Hurricane
  18. The Color of Money
  19. Finding Forrester
  20. The Rookie
  21. Ali
  22. Bend it Like Beckham
  23. Cobb
  24. Rudy
  25. Searching for Bobby Fischer

Have seen most of these except for Searching for Bobby Fischer, Rudy, Eight Men Out and The Natural

rudy is a pile of shit…bout this kid who kept on trying and finally got on the field for 10 seconds of an american football game for notre dame…

the miracle of Bern is good

Raging Bull. Fight sequences are as brutal as you can get. It’s also just an absolutely fantastic film.

Your mother sucks big fat fucking elephant dick - you got that?

couple of more recent american football ones which show highschool/college football at a more local level were Friday Night Lights and We Are Marshall. 2 good films based on true stories. The FNL book is a good read, and interesting how the townsfolk got really upset after it was published as it showed them as backward redneck hicks, even though that is what they were. Thousands showing up for highschool games on a Friday night, and people queing days beforehand to make sure they got tickets.

WAM is about a college team that was killed in an air crash coming back from a game. All the squad except for a couple of players injured who werent on board were killed. film shows how the school football program had to be rebuilt and shows how the town got over it. Marshall won a few big 10 college bowls in the years after, and Randy Moss is probably the most famous student to come out of there in the game now.

Happy Gilmore is one of the best ever.