Do You Want To Win?
BY The City Talking
One morning in October 1988, Howard Wilkinson walked into history. History was Elland Road; the great football stadium in Leeds, built by the efforts of Don Revie; home to one of the greatest club sides in Europe, built by Don Revie. But on that morning, Leeds United were 21st in Football League Division Two, and now Howard Wilkinson was here, history had to go. He met his new employers, cracked jokes with the press, and got to work.
The photos of the glory days had to go, that day. The players had to come back for extra training, that day. The football club had to become part of the city again, that day. Leeds needed a football team to be proud of, that day.
Wilkinson’s challenge to the club, the players and the city was simple. Do you want to win? And will you back a man who says he will? It will be expensive, and difficult, and even at times upsetting. But if you want to win, can you afford not to?
Do You Want To Win? is a feature-length documentary film, a collaborative project from The City Talking, BlackBox Creative, Leeds United and BBC Leeds, including interviews with Howard Wilkinson, Gordon Strachan, Gary McAllister, Bill Fotherby, Ces Podd, Mel Sterland, Dylan Kerr, Chris Whyte, Eddie Gray, Vinnie Jones and more.
Director Lee Hicken says, “Working on this film has been the dream project; telling the story of Leeds United from 1988 to 1992 and their First Division championship win. We want to introduce a well-loved story to a new generation in Leeds and the rest of the world. This project is a perfect example of Leeds International Festival as a platform for innovative collaborations; three of the country’s best storytellers, The City Talking, BlackBox Creative and the BBC, creating new work for an international audience.”
The premiere of Do You Want To Win? will take place in Leeds on April 24th at Everyman Cinema as a part of Leeds International Festival, and the film will be available to purchase on DVD.
The release is accompanied by a brand new hardback book about the era, written by Daniel Chapman, also titled Do You Want To Win?