Wednesday 20th May

The Football Men - The Price of Glory documentary screening
Venue: Facebook
Time: 10am

Tickets: Free

The Football Men – The Price of Glory charts the incredible success that legendary football managers Matt Busby, Jock Stein and Bill Shankly brought to their clubs during the sixties and seventies, and examines their later years. Presented by sports writer Hugh McIlvanney, directed by Frank Hanly, and executive produced by long-time Arena series editor, Anthony Wall, the film evokes memories of the glory days of English football at a time when the game was all that mattered.
Presented below by the Your Local Arena project working with the BBC Arena archives, Writing on the Wall are delighted to host an exclusive screening of this Arena documentary alongside a film of responses from Lizzi Doyle from The Anfield Wrap, Pitch Black author Emy Onuora and award-winning journalist Brian Reade. As well as the films, there are specially commissioned poetic responses from Yemeni-Scouse poet Amina Atiq and writer and performer Ashleigh Nugent, as well as an online life writing workshop at the bottom of this page from Tony Wailey for aspiring writers.


  Read more about the making of The Football Men and BBC Arena from Series Editor Anthony Wall here:

                  To listen to the creative responses, click the links below:   
                                          Backbencher by Amina Atiq                                                                                                     

Lizzi Doyle is the producer of The Anfield Wrap Podcast, Liverpool FC’s largest fan media organisation, which reaches 80 countries around the world. By the age of just 23, Lizzi had produced the two longest broadcasts in, Radio City’s, Liverpool’s biggest commercial station, history: the Hillsborough Inquests and the 24-hour Mental Health Marathon. She was the station’s first female sports producer and has gone on to win multiple awards for her work as a producer. Through her work producing The Anfield Wrap's podcasts and appearing on national media platforms, Lizzi is pushing for more female involvement in sports media.

Emy Onuora has an MA in Ethnic Studies and Race Relations from the University of Liverpool and has lectured extensively on issues of race and sport within higher education. He was co-editor of the Merseyside based football fanzine What’s the Score and is the brother of former footballer, coach and Ethiopia national team manager, Iffy Onuora and of athlete and Olympic medallist Anyika Onuora. He lives in Liverpool. Onuora’s book Pitch Black tells the story of how profound changes in attitudes from UEFA, the FA and the media towards racism in the game came about, but does so for the first time from the perspective of those who faced the poisonous stereotypes — the monkey chanting, the throwing of bananas and the bullets in the post. The book is a compelling insight into the motivations, thoughts, ideas and experiences of black British footballers. 

Brian Reade is an award-winning journalist and author who has two-weekly opinion columns, one on football, in the Daily Mirror. He was born in Liverpool and began his career on the Reading Post in 1980, became a columnist on the Liverpool Echo in 1990 and joined the Daily Mirror in 1994. The British Press Awards have named Reade Columnist, Sports Columnist and Feature Writer of the Year, and awarded him the Cudlipp Award for Journalistic Excellence for his Hillsborough campaigning. He has written two books, 43 Years With The Same Bird (2008) about a life following Liverpool FC, and Epic Swindle about LFC’s doomed Hicks and Gillett takeover, which made the Sunday Times bestseller list. In 2018 he wrote and narrated a documentary about trade union leader Jack Jones called Unsung Hero. He lives in Liverpool with a wife, three kids and a Kop season ticket.

Amina Atiq is a Yemeni–Scouse writer, performance artist and activist. She was awarded the LJMU Citizenship award for her active and community engagement work and awarded as a Young Associate for Curious Minds. BBC Words First Finalist 2019. She is currently a remote resident of Metal Southend, working on a new and exciting project, exploring a pamphlet for Yemeni women writers. Recent work involves a new commissioned poem for the ‘Yemen in Conflict’ project which will be used part of a multimedia exhibition at the Liverpool Arab Arts Festival. Her next upcoming commission is in collaboration with Imperial War Museums, responding to What does Victory mean? Atiq’s work explores the conflict and beauty of her dual identity, taking us on a journey to her heartland, Yemen, and her homeland, Liverpool. She is currently producing and writing her first one-woman show, exploring a 1970s Yemeni- British household to untangle what it means to belong.  

Ashleigh Nugent is a writer and performer with over twenty years’ experience. His latest work, Locks, is a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age novel set in a Jamaican prison. Locks, due to be published in summer 2020, won the 2013 Commonword Memoir Competition and has had excerpts published by Writing on the Wall and in bido lito magazine. Ashleigh’s one-man show, based on Locks, has won support from SLATE/Eclipse Theatre, and received a bursary from Live Theatre, Newcastle. The show has garnered rave audience reviews following showings in theatres and prisons throughout the UK. Ashleigh’s other published work includes poems, articles and academic writing. Ashleigh is also a director at RiseUp, where he uses his own life experience, writing and performance to support prisoners and inspire change.

Tony Wailey is a historian and the author of eight books including pocket size novels and three collections of poetry. Originally a seaman, his work concerns the cosmopolitan nature of the maritime city. He wrote Edgy Cities with Steve Higginson which featured in the 2007 Writing on the Wall festival and spoke at the festival on the work of George Garrett. Click the link to read Tony’s evocative memoir of Liverpool FC’s 1965 Europa Cup match against FC Köln, written in 1998 in response to a piece by Jurgen Kisters of the same football match:
You can view Tony’s workshop here.

Your Local Arena is a Lucy Hannah & Speaking Volumes co-production featuring BBC Arena’s film archive. Funded by Arts Council England.


All ticket donations from this event go to Fans Supporting Foodbanks, South Liverpool Domestic Abuse Services and WoW.