This Children’s Film Foundation production followed the kids of Barton United – a junior football team based in Barton-upon-Irwell, Eccles (Lancashire), who were trying to win the cup in their local football league.
Nasty councillor Mr Bates (David Lodge) didn’t like them, though, and wanted the team his son played for (Salford Road Villa) to win instead so he made life as difficult as he could for them. And so the team learned that their local home pitch was to be turned into a car park. Now they had nowhere to train or practice.
But Barton United were offered help by the local professional team – that just happened to be Manchester United – and the kids were invited to train at Old Trafford with the Man U first team and meet legendary manager Matt Busby.
The young team also received help from a group of local milkmen.
Shot on location in Manchester, Salford and Eccles, Cup Fever offers a glimpse of a time and an age of innocence long since lost when kids around Britain paid their bobs and tanners to watch the Saturday Cinema Club films at cinemas throughout the country.
This was the first feature film for both Olivia Hussey and Susan George (pictured).