Hundreds of Stoke City supporters have helped to crowdfund a film celebrating the success of Lou Macari’s popular early 1990s squad.
Stoke-based Inspired Film and Video pieced together film footage in a tribute to the Division Two winning team featuring popular stars such as Mark Stein, Nigel Gleghorn and Ian Cranson.
It was a labour of love for company directors Dan Stubbs and Mike McDonald who cheered on the Potters from the Victoria Ground terraces.
But they needed support to raise funds to license goals and highlights footage from the early 1990s and to pay for packaging costs and fans responded in their droves, helping the film makers raise over £10,000 in 28 days.
Now the film is finished and hundreds of delighted supporters have received their dvds.
Macari’s Red and White Army features interviews with, amongst others,- Lou Macari, Carl Beeston, Mark Stein, Ian Cranson, Nigel Gleghorn, Ronnie Sinclair, the family of the late Paul Ware, Nello and a host of fans, local experts and reporters. Fans and players recall famous wins against West Bromwich Albion, Blackpool, Port Vale and the memorable home victory against Plymouth which sealed promotion for The Potters.
In addition to highlights from the football matches, the film documents social and cultural changes across the Potteries in the early 90s. The Potters success on the pitch was in stark contrast to life off the pitch as local manufacturers and collieries closed and fans found relief from the bleak economic outlook in the teams on field exploits.
Inspired Director Daniel Stubbs said: “I am proud to say that Macari’s Red and White Army was very much a product of Stoke-on-Trent. The Inspired team is largely made up of film production graduates from Staffs University, graphic designer Joe Barbieri produced fantastic artwork and character designs and original music was produced by local band Universal Thrift Club.
Added Daniel: “The first match I attended was a 2-1 home win over Leyton Orient during that memorable season and I was instantly hooked. Producing this film and meeting the players and the fans has been an amazing experience and we’ve been thrilled with the reaction. We are incredibly grateful for the contributors in the film and to everyone who has purchased a copy or came to a screening.”
If you’d like to order a copy please visit https://www.macarisredandwhitearmy.com/