’89’ The Film-Review

Last night was the premiere of the film ‘89’.

The film covers the remarkable climax of the 88/89 Division One season when Arsenal’s Michael Thomas scored a last minute goal to win them the title.

To put it into context, Liverpool were untouchable at the time.

Not as formidable anymore, Arsenal and Liverpool pushed each other to the edge until the last game of the season where they played each other to decide the title.

Arsenal had to go to Anfield and win by a minimum of two-goal difference, anything less would see Liverpool as champions.

A Michael Thomas goal in the last second of added time won Arsenal the title, the win being regarded as the most dramatic title race ever.

Arsenal legends such as Tony Adams, record appearance holder David O’Leary, and manager George Graham were all there.

Lee Dixon, executive producer of the film said: “You know what’s going to happen – but I think it’s got this brilliant ability, even though you know the ending, you’ve got to find a way of getting people going: ‘is he going to score?’”

Arsenal legend O’Leary said: “We had a manager who made us believe. I thought it was going to be a big ask, but I doubted if we could win by two clear goals.

Edited by Matthew Watkinson

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