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BT Sport examines the rise and fall of a Crystal Palace team tipped to dominate football for a decade in Team of the Eighties

The film explores how Malcolm Allison and Terry Venables hatched an audacious plan to transform a football club and why it failed.

Team of the Eighties, the next film in the award-winning BT Sport Films series, will premiere at 11:45pm on Wednesday 23rd October on BT Sport 2.

In the early 1970s, Crystal Palace manager Malcolm Allison was considered to be one of the most controversial and charismatic characters in football, while his assistant Terry Venables had become widely regarded as the best young coach in the country.

Together they set in motion an audacious plan to create a young squad capable of rivalling the finest in the country: Liverpool.

By 1979 that team was finally ready to take on and beat the very best, destined to become the Team of the Eighties.

Narrated by life-long Palace fan Bill Nighy, and featuring key contributions from former players such as Vince Hilaire, Jim Cannon, Ian Evans and Peter Nicholas, Team of the Eighties charts the rise and fall of a club that went from unfashionable also-rans to one of the most glamorous in the land.

This film is not just another football story about trophy laden success: it’s a story about one man’s vision, another man’s desire to succeed and a young team too naïve to see how quickly it can all go wrong.

Team of the Eighties is the latest in the award-winning BT Sport Films series:

  • Too Good to Go Down: rarely-told story of how relegation in the mid-1970s enabled the modern-day Manchester United to emerge.
  • Two Tribes: focuses on the city of Liverpool during the 1980s and how, against a backdrop of social unrest, the city’s two football teams rose to bring a fresh hope and a new identity to Merseyside.
  • State of Play: an examination of the human side of a game that creates international sporting legends.

The film will be repeated at 8pm on 26th October (BT Sport 1) and 10pm on 26th October (BT Sport 2).

In addition to acclaimed original films, BT Sport is the home of the UEFA Champions League, continues with Premier League coverage, is offering more matches than before from the Emirates FA Cup and continues with exclusive coverage of MotoGP.

BT Sport is also the home of domestic and European club rugby, while boxing fans can look forward to a top-class line up of fight nights featuring boxers from the Frank Warren stable.

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