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The Giant Killers
Sometimes it is the people no one can imagine anything of
who do the things no one can imagine
Set in the early years of Association Foot- ball, The Giant Killers follows a ragtag bunch of Lancashire mill workers who defied all 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 1870s, this 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 work- ing 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 is an absorbing, heartfelt story of a town that came together to achieve the impossible and win the respect of the nation. A rip-roaring evening out, whether you know the off-side rule or not!
The town of Darwen is arguably the most important town in the history of British football. Our play, The Giant Killers tells the story of why. On the 19th October 2018 we bought the story home to Darwen...
The town stood together.
The town was United.
The town won.