Football's Foreign Legion (2018)

A retrospective look at the influx of foreign footballers into the English leagues during the 1970s and 1980s and their lasting influence on the game.


Jonathan Sides


Bill Thomas




Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Barclay Patrick Barclay ... Himself - Football Writer
Liverpool F.C. ... Themselves (archive footage) (as Liverpool)
Club Brugge K.V. Club Brugge K.V. ... Themselves (archive footage) (as Bruges)
Tony Woodcock ... Himself - Nottingham Forest 1974-79 / Himself - FC Köln 1979-82
John Wark John Wark ... Himself - Ipswich Town 1974-84, 88-90, 91-97
John Helm John Helm ... Himself - Football Commentator
Argentina National Football Team ... Themselves (archive footage) (as Argentina)
Netherlands National Football Team ... Themselves (archive footage) (as Netherlands)
Osvaldo Ardiles ... Himself - Tottenham Hotspur 1978-88
Paul Hawksbee Paul Hawksbee ... Himself - Broadcaster and Tottenham Fan
Keith Burkinshaw Keith Burkinshaw ... Himself - Tottenham Hotspur Manager (archive footage)
Robert Peston ... Himself - Broadcaster and Journalist
Glenn Hoddle ... Himself - Tottenham Hotspur (archive footage)
Jonathan Wilson Jonathan Wilson ... Himself - Football Writer
Tottenham Hotspur F.C. ... Themselves (archive footage) (as Tottenham Hotspur)


Forty years ago, English football was a world away from today's slick cosmopolitan product--a more parochial beast. But incoming was a shot of 'je ne sais quoi' with the EU-enforced freedom-of-movement, ending English football's fifty years of splendid isolation. So, in 1978, English football was turned upside down as the island state opened its doors to a whole world of footballers, but not everyone rolled out the red carpet. For some it was a foreign game in a foreign land, while some brave Brits headed for the continent. A multicultutal revolution was underway and football would never be the same again. Written by Anonymous

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28 March 2018 (UK) See more »

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References Grange Hill (1978) See more »


Ça plane pour moi
Music by Lou De Prijck
Lyrics by Yves Lacomblez
Performed by Plastic Bertrand
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