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The Football Years returns to our screens for a second series from Friday, February 25 and will be taking a look back at six memorable seasons in Scottish football.

 

From Scotland’s invincible failures in 1974 through to revolution at Celtic Park via a Rangers European adventure, the programme will run for six episodes and will be part of STV’s Football Friday, which also includes Friday Night Football, a special Sports Centre show based around The Football Years and live online chat after each episode.

 

Episode one: 1974 World Cup... The Golden Generation?

 

Led by Willie Ormond and inspired by their fiery-tempered captain Billy Bremner, Scotland were the only UK nation represented at the 1974 World Cup in West Germany. In this episode Ernie Walker, Joe Jordan, Peter Lorimer, John Blackley, Ally Hunter, Tommy Hutchison, David Hay and Sandy Jardine relive those heady days of summer 1974.

 

Episode two: 1986... Breaking Hearts and Breaking the Bank

 

Hearts came within seven minutes of the league title at Dens Park, only to have it snatched away in dramatic circumstances. Celtic were champions, Hearts finished runners-up and Alex Ferguson’s Aberdeen won the Scottish Cup. Rangers were nowhere.

 

In this episode we have exclusive interviews with Graeme Souness, Terry Butcher, Sandy Jardine, Sandy Clark, Willie Miller, Alex McLeish, Jim Leighton, David Hay, Murdo MacLeod, Ernie Walker and Frank McAvennie.

 

Episode three: 1994... In with the New

 

The battle for control of Celtic FC came to a head, bitter rivals Rangers cruised to their sixth consecutive Scottish league title and Raith Rovers created history in 1994 winning the Coca-Cola Cup. In this programme, we have exclusive interviews with Fergus McCann, David Low, Michael Kelly, Kevin Kelly, Jim McLean, Craig Brewster and Gordon Dalziel.

 

Episode four: 1982/1983... Local Heroes

 

This is the story of two north east clubs, two managers and two historic wins that were as joyous as they were unexpected. This was a time in Scottish football when the balance of power shifted, albeit temporarily from the west to the east.

 

Jim McLean, Ralph Milne, Richard Gough, Paul Hegarty, Hamish McAlpine, Maurice Malpas, Willie Miller, Alex McLeish, Gordon Strachan, Jim Leighton and Murdo MacLeod recall those wonderful days exclusively for The Football Years.

 

Episode five: 1973/74... The End of an Era

 

Celtic won the last of their nine-in-a-row Scottish Championships and came within a whisker of a domestic treble. But this season was to be the last hurrah of Jock Stein’s all conquering Celtic side. In this episode we have exclusive interviews with Billy McNeill, Harry Hood, Denis Connaghan, Dixie Deans, Tommy Gemmell and Jim McLean.

 

Episode six: 1992... The Trans Europe Express

 

It was the inaugural season of the UEFA Champions League but the champions of Scotland, Rangers, had to face the champions of England, Leeds, for the right to appear in it. In this episode we have exclusive contributions from Walter Smith, Ally McCoist, Ian Durrant, Stuart McCall, Richard Gough, Mark Hateley, Andy Goram and Gary McAllister.

 

The Football Years

The Football Years: delving into six great years in Scottish football

 

The Football Years, will kick off on Friday 25 February at 9pm and the programme signals the start of STV’s new Football Friday event, which will run for the duration of The Football Years.

 

This six-part programme takes the audience on a journey through the most iconic years of the beautiful game, interviewing some of the sport’s most influential players, commentators and experts who offer an exclusive insight into the most exciting and emotional times in Scottish football.

 

Oscar and BAFTA winning actor Peter Capaldi, best known for his role as Malcolm Tucker in BBC’s The Thick Of It, returns to narrate the second series and revisits some momentous moments in Scottish football history.

 

As part of Football Friday, in addition to the on screen action, viewers can log onto stv.tv/footballyears straight after the programme finishes at 10pm every Friday and participate in live online chat and discussion with The Football Years contributors and some very special guests.

 

The on-air football exploits continue from 10.30pm with a specially extended version of STV’s Sports Centre with presenters Gerry McCulloch and Sheelagh McLaren.

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I can't remember if the last series focused much on our European win? Was it more the seasons before it?

 

Of course, Dundee United have to be lumped in with us, imagine giving either of the "New Firm" a programme to themselves.  ::)

 

The last series was about our first Premier League title and United's amazing season which included them winning the league cup against us at Dens and ... eh... yeah, that was about it.

 

and in fairness to the Jute wankers, the season we won the ECWC they did win the league so it's only right they get a mention.  Of course, we should also mention that they only won it because we had our minds elsewhere on more pressing matters and it was their last trophy for more than a decade...

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1982-83

The Full Story: 1982-1983 Local Heroes

 

 

This is the story of two north east clubs, two managers and two historic wins that were as joyous as they were unexpected.

 

    * The two managers Alex Ferguson and Jim McLean were to be a force of nature in Scottish football in the early 1980’s.

    * Ferguson with guile and determination drove his team to European glory when they captured the European Cup Winners’ Cup.

    * Just ninety miles down the road, Jim McLean took his Dundee United team from being the small club in the City of Discovery to the best team in Scotland in a last-day fairytale title win against their local rivals.

    * This was a time in Scottish football when the balance of power shifted, albeit temporarily from the west to the east.

 

This is the story of two north east clubs, two managers and two historic wins that were as joyous as they were unexpected. Watch extended, exclusive interviews with Jim McLean, Ralph Milne, Richard Gough, Paul Hegarty, Hamish McAlpine, Maurice Malpas, Willie Miller, Alex McLeish, Gordon Strachan, Jim Leighton and Murdo MacLeod once the programme is transmitted on March 25.

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