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Class of 92 - A Tale of Football’s Development

Mon 2nd Dec 2013 | Football Industry Events

It seems freakish and farfetched in this day and age that six young British academy graduates could become the bedrock of team that would go onto to become English and European champions and make the club a global phenomenon. But that’s exactly what Class of 92 achieved.

Under the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson, the six young, aspiring footballers helped transform Manchester United from one of England’s great clubs into a super power that extended beyond the field.

A masterfully constructed film of individual thought, collective jesting and spine tingling footage, Class of 92 charts the collective journey of Scholes, Beckham, Butt, Giggs and the Neville brothers as they rose through the ranks to become legends in their own right.

There is something warm in the construction of the film that makes it feel personal, the players present themselves in a different light, remarkably almost normal, in such that you almost believe they are normal. It makes you feel as if it could have been you sat there retelling those stories, but it’s not and the film reminds you of how special these players were.

From Scholes' lack of memory to Giggs' impression of Beckham, the film has some genuinely intimate moments - even Tony Blair comes across as sincere. The Stone Roses' Mani is particularly engaging regaling tales of undying support, selling his only possession - a Lambretta scooter - to be at the Champions League final in Barcelona.

Manchester reinvented itself in the nineties; the vibrancy of its youth replaced the desperation of the previous decades of decline and neglect. The soundtrack is testament to the city's position in popular culture whilst the protagonists of the generation show how the individualism and selfishness of the Thatcher years was being replaced by a collective spirit, the nation's identity suddenly rediscovered.

This is very much a film that captures the imagination, it's more than just a film about six footballers, it's about friendship and living out your dreams. It has heart and warmth, but begs the question, will we ever see a story like this unfold again in English football?

The Class Of 92 is out on DVD from the 2nd December.

 

Posted by: Aaron Gourley

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