DO you remember Home and Away in the 1980s?
Not the Aussie soap which first unleashed Heath Ledger, Chris Hemsworth and Dannii Minogue on the world, but the infinitely more entertaining Granada documentary which followed the fortunes of a group of Everton and Liverpool supporters at the 1984 Milk Cup final in London.
Fox Films are planning a follow up and want to track down some of the fans who featured in the original.
They are seeking out Ronnie Morris (Lorry Driver), Steve and Tony Waldron, Colin Chorley (JCB Driver), Richie Woods (Bus Driver), Graham Egerton (Electrician), Alan Walker (Mechanic) and “Nosher”.
Home and Away offered wonderful insight into the Everton and Liverpool teams of that time, and poignant social documentary of the fans who followed them.
Alan Wells of Fox Films writes: “The 1984 League Cup Final was the first Merseyside Wembley Final.
“Incredibly, a third of the entire male population of the city left Liverpool that weekend and made it’s way down to London.
“It was more than just a game. It’s rare that a football match transcends its sporting constraints to become a symbol of wider social truths but in 1984 that’s exactly what happened.
“At the time, Liverpool felt like a city besieged.
“Industry had been decimated, jobs were scarce and the battle lines between the local government and Margaret Thatcher’s Conservatives had been drawn.
“The outlook was bleak but football gave people, and especially young men, a sense of hope and civic pride.
“The Final was a chance to show the rest of the country that Liverpool wasn’t a ‘basket case’ and became a very public act of defiance.
“Here was a chance to show Thatcher, and the rest of the nation, that she hadn’t crushed their soul, that their spirit was unbroken. And they were going to do it on her doorstep.
“The players joined in too.
“At the end of the match the match they decided to do a joint lap of honour and posed for a joint team photograph.
“Can you imagine any other clubs doing this? And the fans didn’t sing songs about Liverpool or Everton but joined together as 100,000 people burst into a mass chant of “Merseyside, Merseyside.
“Now, as part of a new documentary looking back at that important match and the issues that surrounded it, we’d like to track down those in the film to find out what they remember about that game and see how their lives have changed in the past 30 years.”
Andy Wells can be contacted at [email protected]
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