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The Three Kings

1h 54m Documentary 2020

The Three Kings (Sir Matt Busby, Jock Stein, Bill Shankly) offers a fascinating look at three remarkable men and managers. How their upbringings shaped their lives and their football teams. How they became the best of friends and how they became the fiercest of rivals. Each man arriving in three great British industrial cities and changing the life of the people forever: Glasgow, Liverpool, and Manchester.

They would turn three clubs in those cities into three of the most famous sporting institutions on the planet. Celtic, Liverpool, and Manchester United today have a combined global fan base of billions, and this is the story of how that happened.

This film is about more than three men. It is about Three Kings the men that made modern football.

What the critics say….

“Even as a football agnostic, it’s hard not to get swept up in the romance of the beautiful game as depicted in The Three Kings, Jonny Owen’s affectionate and thoughtful documentary about Matt Busby, Bill Shankly and Jock Stein, the Scottish managerial triumvirate that reshaped British football and brought it into the modern era” - Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman

“This exercise in football nostalgia has an interesting, original focus: the three Scottish managers who dominated British football in the 1960s and who – amazingly – were born within a few dozen miles of each other on the outskirts of Glasgow…..This film’s loving attention to its subjects is a good fit for the current mood of unease and distrust of the modern game and where it might be heading” - Andrew Pulver, The Guardian


Jonny Owen



Closed Captions [CC]

English [cc]



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