Linfield TV to broadcast ‘Weavers to Winners’ at 2pm on Saturday

Posted : 8th June 2020 at 13:40:24

The following is a preview article by well known local journalist Ivan Little, ahead of the broadcast of the ‘Weavers to Winners’ video he coproduced with Stephen McCoubrey, on Linfield TV YouTube channel at 2pm on Saturday.

“Linfield FC is delighted to announce an exciting new opportunity for supporters to re-live the club's glory years.

For the acclaimed video ‘Weavers to Winners’ which tells the story of Northern Ireland's most successful club is to be aired in its entirety on Linfield’s YouTube channel.

The video was produced in 1992 by journalist Ivan Little and his UTV colleague at the time Stephen McCoubrey, whose late father Billy was Linfield chairman.

Ivan who wrote and narrated the video and Stephen who edited the 90 minute production have now given their permission for ‘Weavers to Winners’ to be screened online from 2pm on Saturday.

"Many younger fans may not have seen the video and we wanted to share the Linfield story with them" said Ivan.

The enhanced quality video includes rare footage of the victory parade by the all-conquering 1961-62 Seven trophy winning team and European games in the never-to- be-forgotten 1966-67 season when the Blues reached the quarter finals of the European Cup.

Fans will see glimpses of stars of yesteryear in action like the sadly departed Sammy Pavis, Phil Scott and Sammy Hatton.

Interviews with Linfield legends from the past, including the late Jackie Milburn, Tommy Dickson, John Parke and Alex Russell are also in the video.

But fans will also hear contributions from other heroes like Billy Bingham, Bobby Irvine, Bryan Hamilton, Tommy Leishman, Lindsay McKeown, Peter Rafferty and Davy Nixon.

Dozens of goals from the 60s, 70s, 80s and early 90s make for compelling viewing – even the ‘goal that never was’ for Coleraine at the Showgrounds where Roy Coyle threatened to take his team off the pitch after referee Andy Ritchie awarded the home side a goal even though it was clear to everyone else in the ground that a header had gone over the bar.

The video also includes a special UTV news report from 1964 on a day that most Linfield supporters would prefer to forget - the day that Glentoran ended a 17 year losing streak at Windsor by beating the Blues 8-1.

Club officials from the 90s including the late chairman David Campbell and secretary Derek Brooks and supporters like Billy Green, George Patton and Alan Scott are also interviewed while the late Belfast Telegraph sports editor Malcolm Brodie helps to chart the highlights - and the darker times - of the history of the club.”
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