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The story of 'the beautiful game' comes to Stantonbury Theatre

Date Posted:24/10/2018

Stantonbury TheatreFootball is often referred to as ‘the beautiful game’, but how did it come to be the sport of the nation with mass popularity?

The Giant Killers, which comes to Stantonbury Theatre on Sunday 28 October explores footballing roots to tell the inspiring true story of football’s greatest underdogs.

Set in the early years of Association Football, the Giant Killers follows a ragtag bunch of Lancashire mill workers who defied all the odds to become the first working-class team in the country to play in the FA Cup.

Left tired and despondent from the cotton famine of the 1870’s, a small group of northern lads found pride and hope in a game that up until then had been reserved for the upper classes.

Darwen FC  rose  up  against  prevailing  social  prejudice  and  the  might  of  the  Football  Association,  to  earn  a  place  in  history  as  the  first  real  giant-killers in  English  football,  and  take  on  the  poshest  team  of  all, The  Old  Etonians.

Scoring  a  massive  moral  victory  for  all  working  class  people,  the  team  proved  that  passion  and  spirit  is  worth  more  than  wealth  and  privilege. 
When the battlefield is the football pitch, everyone is equal.

The  Giant  Killers, presented by Long Lane Theatre Company  is  an  absorbing,  heartfelt  story  of  a  town  that  came  together  to  achieve the  impossible  and win the respect of the nation. It’s also a rip-roaring evening out, whether you know the off-side rule or not! 

Tickets £15 – concessions £13 Suitable for ages 12 plus. Purchase on-line from