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Football Movie Of The Month

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Showcasing the best in American Football movies.

October’s Football Movie Of The Month

The Express (2008)

Director : Garry Fleder
Writers : Charles Leavitt
Release Date : 10 October 1998 (USA)
Genre : Biography | Drama | Sport
Cast : Rob Brown as Ernie Davis

: Dennis Quaid as Ben Schwartzwalder

: Charles S. Dutton as Pops

: Clancy Brown as Roy Simmons Sr.

Based on the incredible true story, The Express follows the inspirational life of college football hero Ernie Davis (Rob Brown), the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy. Following his draft by the NFL, tragedy struck the inspirational life of college football hero Ernie Davis (Rob Brown), the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy. Following his draft by the NFL, tragedy struck the star athlete and he was never able to take the professional field. But his tale would forever change the face of professional sports.

Raised in poverty in the Southern Tier of New York State, Davis overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles to become an unstoppable running back for the Syracuse Orangemen. Under the guidance of coach Ben Schwartzwalder (Dennis Quaid)-a hard-nosed surrogate father with an obsession for winning a national Davis overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles to become an unstoppable running back for the Syracuse Orangemen. Davis would develop from an impressive high-school athlete into a legend.

September’s Football Movie Of The Month

Rudy (1993)

Director : David Anspaugh
Writers : Angelo Pizzo
Release Date : 13 October 1993 (USA)
Genre : Biography | Drama | Sport
Cast : Sean Astin as Daniel E. ‘Rudy’ Ruettiger

: Jon Favreau as D-Bob

: Ned Beatty as Daniel Ruettiger

: Greta Lind as Mary

: Scott Benjaminson as Frank Ruettiger

: Mary Ann Thebus as Betty

: Charles S. Dutton as Fortune

: Lili Taylor as Sherry

: Christopher Reed as Pete

: Deborah Wittenberg as Young Sherry

: Gerry Becker as Father Ted

: Robert Swan as Father Zajak (as Bob Swan)

Rudy grew up in a steel mill town where most people ended up working, but wanted to play football at Notre Dame instead. There were only a couple of problems. His grades were a little low, his athletic skills were poor, and he was only half the size of the other players. But he had the drive and the spirit of 5 people and has set his sights upon joining the team.

August’s Football Movie Of The Month

Gridiron Gang (2006)

Director : Phil Joanou
Writers : Jeff Maguire and Jac Flanders
Release Date : 15 September 2006 (USA)
Genre : Crime / Drama / Sport
Cast : Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson as Sean Porter

: Xzibit as Malcolm Moore

: L. Scott Caldwell as Bobbi Porter

: Leon Rippy as Paul Higa

: Kevin Dunn as Ted Dexter

: Jade Yorker as Willie Weathers

: David V. Thomas as Kelvin Owens

: Setu Taase as Junior Palaita

: Mo as Leon Hayes

: James Earl as Donald Madlock

: Trever O’Brien as Kenny Bates

: Brandon Smith as Bug Wendal

: Jurnee Smollett as Danyelle Rollins

: Michael J. Pagan as Roger Weathers

In the Kilpatrick juvenile detention center, the supervisor and former football player Sean Porter sees the lack of discipline, self-esteem, union and perspective in the teenage interns and proposes to prepare a football team to play in one league. He is supported by his superiors and his successful experience changes the lives of many young kids.

July’s Football Movie Of The Month

The Junction Boys (2002)

Director : Mike Robe
Writers : Jim Dent and Mike Robe
Release Date : 14 December 2002 (USA)
Genre : Drama / Sport
Cast : Tom Berenger as Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant

: Fletcher Humphrys as Skeet Keeler

: Ryan Kwanten as Claude Gearheart

: Bernard Curry as Johnny Haynes

: Nick Tate as Smokey Harper

: Luke Ford as Perch

: Josef Ber as Pine

: Ryan Johnson as Mike Hess

: Warwick Sadler as Welch

: Mark Lee as Gilmore

: Andy Anderson as Betch

: Ewen Leslie as Luke Mason

: Mathew Edgerton as Jimmy Nubbs

: David Webb as Dr. Wiedeman

Be sure to keep an eye out for the Croydon Rangers very own Warrick Sadler who plays Welch in the movie. If you are not sure who he is we will give you a hint, be get punched by Tom Berenger who plays Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant.

After eight consecutive winning seasons as head football coach at the University of Kentucky and before he led Alabama to six national championships, PAUL “BEAR” BRYANT was head coach at Texas A&M. In 1954, more than 100 hopefuls arrived in Junction, Texas, for training camp. The players were subjected to 114-degree temperatures and deprived of food or water for hours of grueling practice a day. The 35 players who survived won only one game that season, but formed the nucleus of a team that went undefeated just two years later and became champions.

June’s Football Movie Of The Month

The Longest Yard (2005)

Director : Peter Segal
Writers : Albert S. Ruddy & Tracy Keenan Wynn
Release Date : 2 June 2005 (Australia)
Genre : Comedy / Crime / Drama / Sport
Cast : Adam Sandler as Paul Crewe

: Chris Rock as Caretaker

: Burt Reynolds as Coach Nate Scarborough

: Nelly as Megget

: Michael Irvin as Deacon Moss

: Walter Williamson as Errol Dandridge

: Bill Goldberg as Battle

: Terry Crews as Cheeseburger Eddy

: Bob Sapp as Switowski

: Nicholas Turturro as Brucie

: Dalip Singh as Turley

: Lobo Sebastian as Torres

: Joey Diaz as Big Tony

: Steve Reevis as Baby Face Bob

: David Patrick Kelly as Unger

Paul “Wrecking” Crewe was a revered football superstar back in his day, but that time has since faded. But when a messy drunk driving incident lands him in jail, Paul finds he was specifically requested by Warden Hazen (James Cromwell), a duplicitous prison official well aware of Paul’s athletic skills. Paul has been assigned the task of assembling a team of convicts, to square off in a big football game against the sadistic guards. With the help of fellow convict Caretaker, and an old legend named Nate Scarborough to coach, Crewe is ready for what promises to be a very interesting game. It’s only the warden and the guards who have no idea who or what they’re up against, with Paul the driving force behind the new team.

May’s Football Movie Of The Month

Brian’s Song (1971)Brian's Song

Director : Buzz Kulik
Writers : Gale Sayers
Release Date : 30 November 1971
Genre : Biography / Drama / Sport
Cast : James Caan as Brian Piccolo

: Billy Dee Williams as Gale Sayers

: Jack Warden as Coach George Halas

: Bernie Casey as J.C. Caroline

: Shelley Fabares as Joy Piccolo

: David Huddleston as Ed McCaskey

: Judy Pace as Linda Sayers

: Abe Gibron as Abe Gibron

: Jack Concannon as Jack Concannon

: Ed O’Bradovich as Ed O’Bradovich

: The Chicago Bears Players as Themselves

: The Chicago Bears Coaches as Themselves

: The Chicago Bears Staff as Themselves

: Harold ‘Happy’ Hairston as Harold Hairston

: Ron Feinberg as Doug Atkins

Gale Sayers joins the Chicago Bears and is befriended by Brian Piccolo, an over-achieving running back. Although they compete for the same spot on the team, and despite the fact that Sayers is black and Piccolo white, they become roommates on the road and very close friends, especially when Sayers is injured and Piccolo helps his recovery. Later, they and their wives must both deal with the harsh reality of Piccolo’s cancer.

April’s Football Movie Of The Month

The Replacments (1999)

Director : Howard Deutch
Writers : Vince McKewin
Release Date : 9 November 2000(Aus)
Genre : Comedy / Sport
Cast : Keanu Reeves as Shane Falco

: Gene Hackman as Jimmy McGinty

: Brooke Langton as Annabelle Farrell

: Orlando Jones as Clifford Franklin

: Faizon Love as Jamal Jackson

: Michael Taliferro as Andre Jackson

: Ace Yonamine as Jumbo

: Troy Winbush as Walter Cochran

: David Denman as Brian Murphy

: Jon Favreau as Daniel Bateman

: Michael Jace as Earl Wilkinson / Ray Smith

: Rhys Ifans as Nigel ‘The Leg’ Gruff

: Gailard Sartain as Pilachowski

: Art LaFleur as Banes

: Brett Cullen as Eddie Martel

When the NFL football team, the Washington Sentinels, goes on strike, the team’s owner, Edward O’Neill (Jack Warden), calls former NFL coach Jimmy McGinty (Gene Hackman) out of retirement to coach a rag-tag team of replacement players to finish the season’s last four games in which McGinty turns to former Ohio State player Shane Falco (Keanu Reeves) to be the team’s captain for the duration of the season and Falco is forced to shape up the misfit players whom include convenence store guard Clifford Franklin (Orlando Jones), gangster rapper brothers Andre and Jamal Jackson (Faizon Love and Michael Taliferro), former sumo westler Jumbo Fumkio (Ace Yonamine), a Welsh “football” player called “The Leg” (Rhys Ifans), a deaf player, a convict on a work-release program, a tough SWAT leader, and many more while, at the same time, Falco strikes up a possible romance with the team’s cheerleading captain Annabelle Farrell (Brooke Langton).

March’s Football Movie Of The Month

Varsity Blues (1999)

Director : Brian Robbins
Writers : W. Peter Iliff
Release Date : 1 April 1999 (Aus)
Genre : Comedy / Drama / Sport
Cast : James Van Der Beek as Jonathon ‘Mox’ Moxon

: Amy Smart as Jules Harbor

: Jon Voight as Coach Bud Kilmer

: Paul Walker as Lance Harbor

: Ron Lester as Billy Bob

: Scott Caan as Charlie Tweeder

: Richard Lineback as Joe Harbor

: Ali Larter as Darcy Sears

: Tiffany C. Love as Collette Harbor

: Eliel Swinton as Wendell Brown

: Thomas F. Duffy as Sam Moxon

: Jill Parker-Jones as Mo Moxon (as Jill Parker Jones)

: Tonie Perensky as Miss Davis

: Joe Pichler as Kyle Moxon

: Mark Walters as Chet McNurty

In small-town Texas, high school football is a religion. The head coach is deified, as long as the team is winning and 17-year-old schoolboys carry the hopes of an entire community onto the gridiron every Friday night. In his 35th year as head coach, Bud Kilmer (Jon Voight) is trying to lead his West Canaan Coyotes to their 23rd division title. When star quarterback Lance Harbor (Paul Walker) suffers an injury, the Coyotes are forced to regroup under the questionable leadership of John Moxon (James Van Der Beek), a second-string quarterback with a slightly irreverent approach to the game. “Varsity Blues” explores our obsession with sports and how teenage athletes respond to the extraordinary pressures places on them.

February’s Football Movie Of The Month

Remember the Titans (2000)Remember The Titans Poster

Director : Boaz Yakin
Writers : Gregory Allen Howard
Release Date : 25 January 2001 (Aus)
Genre : Sports / Drama / Racism / True Story
Cast : Denzel Washington as Coach Herman Boone

: Will Patton as Coach Bill Yoast

: Wood Harris as Julius Campbell

: Ryan Hurst as Gerry Bertier

: Donald Faison as Petey Jones

: Craig Kirkwood as Jerry ‘Rev’ Harris

: Ethan Suplee as Louie Lastik

: Kip Pardue as Ronnie ‘Sunshine’ Bass

: Hayden Panettiere as Sheryl Yoast

: Nicole Ari Parker as Carol Boone

: Kate Bosworth as Emma Hoyt

: Earl Poitier as Blue Stanton (as Earl C. Poitier)

: Ryan Gosling as Alan Bosley

: Burgess Jenkins as Ray Budds

: Neal Ghant as Glascoe

In the early 1970s, two schools in Alexandria Virginia integrate forming T.C. Williams High School. The Caucasian head coach of the Titans is replaced by an African American coach from North Carolina. Tensions arise when players of different races are forced together on the same football team. Many of these tensions are eased during the two-week training camp in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. When players returned to Alexandria the players found the city in turmoil due to the forced desegregation of the high school. As the season progresses the team’s success caused the community to accept the changes. After the Titans’ perfect season, the team and the city were closer than ever.

January’s Football Movie Of The Month

Invincible (2006)


Director : Ericson Core
Writers : Brad Gann
Release Date : 5 October 2006 (Aus)
Genre : Sports / Drama / Biography
Cast : Mark Wahlberg as Vince Papale

: Greg Kinnear as Dick Vermeil

: Elizabeth Banks as Janet Cantrell

: Kevin Conway as Frank Papale

: Michael Rispoli as Max Cantrell

: Kirk Acevedo as Tommy

: Dov Davidoff as Johnny

: Michael Kelly as Pete

: Sal Darigo as Mick

: Nicoye Banks as TJ Banks

Based on a true story. In the sumer of 1976, 30-year old Vince Papale is having a tough run of luck. He’s been working as a supply teacher for two days a week but has just found out that his job has been eliminated because of budget cuts. His wife gives up on him saying he’ll never amount to anything and asks for a divorce. He works as a bartender and plays football with his friends. When the the new coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, Dick Vermeil, announces that he will hold open tryouts for the team, Vince reluctantly decides to give a try. In an almost unheard of feat, he manages to make the team and enjoyed a three year career as a professional football player.

December’s Football Movie Of The Month

Friday Night Lights (2004)

Director : Peter Berg
Writers : Buzz Bissinger

: David Aaron Cohen

: Peter Berg

Release Date : 10 March 2005 (Aus)
Genre : Sports / Drama / Action
Cast : Billy Bob Thornton as Coach Gary Gaines

: Lucas Black as Mike Winchell

: Garrett Hedlund as Don Billingsley

: Derek Luke as Boobie Miles

: Jay Hernandez as Brian Chavez

: Lee Jackson as Ivory Christian

: Lee Thompson Young as Chris Comer

: Tim McGraw as Charles Billingsley

: Grover Coulson as L.V. Miles

: Connie Britton as Sharon Gaines

Odessa, Texas, is a small, town in Texas. Racially divided and economically dying, there is one night that gives the town something to live for: Friday Night. The Permian Panthers have a big winning tradition in Texas high school football, led by QB Mike Winchell and superstar tailback Boobie Miles, but all is not well, as Boobie suffers a career-ending injury in the first game of the season. Hope is lost among citizens in Odessa, and for the team, but Coach Gary Gaines, who believes that “Perfection is being able to look your friends in the eye and know you did everything you could not to let them down”, is somehow able to help the team rise up from the ashes and make a huge season comeback. Now on their way to state, the Panthers must go out and be perfect, because they may never matter this much for the rest of their lives.

November’s Football Movie Of The Month


Director : Oliver Stone
Writers : Oliver Stone
Release Date : 27 July 1999 (Aus)
Genre : Sports / Drama
Cast : Al Pacino as Tony D’Amato

: Cameron Diaz as Christina Pagniacci

: Dennis Quaid as Jack ‘Cap’ Rooney

: James Woods as Dr. Harvey Mandrake

: Jamie Foxx as Willie Beamen

: LL Cool J as Julian Washington

: Matthew Modine as Dr. Ollie Powers

: Jim Brown as Montezuma Monroe

: Lawrence Taylor as Luther ‘Shark’ Lavay

When a devastating hit knocks a professional football legend and quarterback Cap Rooney (Denis Quaid) out of the game, a young, unknown third-stringer is called in to replace him. Having ridden the bench for years because of a string of bad luck stories and perhaps insufficient character, Willie Beaman (Jamie Foxx) seizes what may be his last chance, and lights up the field with a raw display of athletic prowess. His stunning performance over several games is so outstanding and fresh it seems to augur a new era in the history of this Miami franchise, and forces aging coach Tony D’Amato (Al Pacino) to reevaluate his time-tested values and strategies and begin to confront the fact that the game, as well as post-modern life may be passing him by. Adding to the pressure on D’Amato to win at any cost is the aggressive young President/Co-owner of the team, Christina Pagniacci (Cameron Diaz), now coming into her own after her father’s death. Christina’s driving desire to prove herself in a male dominated world is intensified by her focus on the marketing and business of football, in which all coaches and players are merely properties.

October’s Football Movie Of The Month

THE PROGRAM(1993)The Program

Director : David S. Ward
Writers : David S. Ward

: Aaron Latham

Release Date : 24 September 1993 (USA)
Genre : Sports / Action / Drama
Cast : James Caan as Sam Winters

: Halle Berry as Autumn Haley

: Omar Epps as Darnell Jefferson

: Craig Sheffer as Joe Kane

: Kristy Swanson as Camille Shafer

: Abraham Benrubi as Bud-Lite Kaminski

: Duane Davis as Alvin Mack

: Jon Pennell as Bobby Collins

: Joey Lauren Adams as Louanne

: Andrew Bryniarski as Steve Lattimer

James Caan plays a football coach under tremendous pressure from his university’s sports program to come up with a winning team. The story focuses on the fallout of that pressure on the lives of several players and the program itself.

Follow the lives of a group of young athletes who come together from different worlds to pursue a dream in THE PROGRAM, an inside look at the gritty, action-packed world of Top 10 college football. Full of excitement and hard-hitting action, it’s the ultimate story of what they must do to fight the pressure, face the pain, and survive intercollegiate football.

2007 Senior Gameday Match Summary

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Week 12 – Croydon Rangers vs Bay City Buccaneers

Team Scoring Summary Qtr Score
RNG S.Churchill 20yd Run. (XPT good M.Ursu) 1st 7-0
RNG N.Pasco 14yd Run. (XPT no good) 1st 13-0
RNG N.Pasco 35yd INT Return. (XPT good M.Ursu) 1st 20-0
BUC Buccaneers 73yd Pass. (2pt no good) 2nd 20-6
RNG N.Oliver 26yd Pass from M.Ursu. (XPT good M.Ursu) 2nd 27-6
RNG P.O’Sullivan 7yd Run. (XPT good M.Ursu) 3rd 34-14
RNG P.O’Sullivan 2yd Run. (XPT good M.Ursu) 4th 41-14

Week 11 – Croydon Rangers vs Berwick Miners

Team Scoring Summary Qtr Score
RNG S.Churchill 26yd Run. (XPT no good) 1st 6-0
RNG T.Kinloch 35yd INT return. (XPT good M.Ursu) 2nd 13-0
MIN Miners 59yd Pass. (2pt no good) 2nd 13-6
RNG S.Churchill 10yd Run. (XPT no good) 3rd 19-6
MIN Miners 5yd Pass. (2pt good) 3rd 19-14
RNG R.Garraway 25yd Fumble Recovery Return (XPT good M.Ursu) 4th 26-14

Week 10 – Croydon Rangers vs Nunawading Warriors

Team Scoring Summary Qtr Score
WAR Warriors 3yd Run. (XPT good) 3rd 7-0

Week 9 – Croydon Rangers vs Southern Seahawks

Team Scoring Summary Qtr Score
RNG P.O’Sullivan 38yd Run. (XPT good M.Ursu) 7-0
RNG N.Oliver 16yd Pass from M.Ursu (XPT no good) 13-0
RNG P.O’Sullivan 4yd Run. (XPT good M.Ursu) 20-0
RNG N.Oliver 65yd Pass from M.Ursu. (XPT good M.Ursu) 27-0
RNG J.Hornbuckle 40yd Punt Return. (XPT no good) 33-0
RNG R.Garraway 26yd Pass from M.Ursu. (XPT good M.Ursu) 40-0
RNG P.O’Sullivan 38yd Run. (XPT good M.Ursu) 47-0
RNG J.Whitchello 22yd Pass from R.Garraway (XPT good M.Ursu) 54-0
RNG S.Churchill 45yd Run. (XPT no good) 60-0
RNG J.Whitchello 8yd Pass from M.Ursu (XPT good M.Ursu) 67-0
RNG A.Mann 2yd Pass from M.Ursu (XPT good M.Ursu) 74-0
RNG M.Doyle 1yd Run. (XPT good M.Ursu) 81-0
RNG Tim Davies 12yd Fumble Recovery. (XPT good M.Ursu) 88-0

Week 8 – Croydon Rangers vs Bay City Buccaneers

Team Scoring Summary Qtr Score
RNG M.Ursu 23yd Field Goal. 3-0
RNG S.Snowball 27yd Pass from M.Ursu (XPT good M.Ursu) 10-0
RNG P.O’Sullivan 1yd Run. (XPT good M.Ursu) 17-0
RNG A.Mann 13yd Pass from M.Ursu (XPT no good) 23-0
RNG N.Oliver 7yd Pass from M.Ursu (XPT good M.Ursu) 30-0

Week 7 – Croydon Rangers vs Western Crusaders

Team Scoring Summary Qtr Score
CRU Crusaders 1yd Run. (2PT good) 0-8
CRU Crusaders 8yd Pass. (2PT nogood) 0-14
RNG N.Oliver 21yd Pass from M.Ursu. (XPT no good) 6-14
CRU Crusaders 27yd Run. (2PT no good) 6-20
CRU Crusaders 1yd Run. (2PT no good) 6-26
CRU Crusaders 17yd Run. (2PT no good) 6-32
CRU Crusaders 9yd Run. (2PT good) 6-40
RNG N.Oliver 5yd Pass from M.Ursu. (XPT no good) 12-40
CRU Crusaders 34yd Run. (2PT good) 12-48
RNG J.Whitchello 70yd Kick Return. (XPT good) 18-48

Week 6 – Croydon Rangers vs Berwick Miners

Team Scoring Summary Qtr Score
MIN Miners 6yd Pass (2PT good) 1st 0-8
RNG R.Garraway 52yd Pass from M.Ursu. (2PT no good) 2nd 6-8
RNG P.O’Sullivan 33yd Run. (2PT no good) 2nd 12-8
MIN Miners 17yd Pass. (2PT no good) 3rd 12-14
RNG P.O’Sullivan 2yd. (2PT no good) 3rd 18-14
RNG P.O’Sullivan 32yd. (2PT good N.Oliver) 4th 24-14

Week 5 – Croydon Rangers vs Nunawading Warriors

Team Scoring Summary Qtr Score
WAR Warriors Safty 1st 0-2
WAR Warriors 8yd Run (2PT no good) 1st 0-8
WAR Warriors 2yd Run. (2PT no good) 2nd 0-14
WAR Warriors 1yd Run. (2PT no good) 2nd 0-20
RNG J.Hornbuckle 55yd Run. (XPT Good M.Ursu) 3rd 7-20
WAR Warriors 7yd Run. (2PT good) 3rd 7-28
RNG R.Garraway 60yd Pass from M.Ursu (XPT no good) 4th 13-28

Week 4 – Croydon Rangers vs Western Crusaders

Team Scoring Summary Qtr Score
CRU Crusaders 4yd Run. (XPT good) 1st 0-7
CRU Crusaders fumble recovery return (XPT no good) 1st 0-13
CRU Crusaders 10yd Run. (XPT no good) 3rd 0-19
CRU Crusaders 11yd Run. (XPT no good) 4th 0-25

Week 3 – Croydon Rangers vs Southern Seahawks

Team Scoring Summary Qtr Score
RNG Seahawks forfited the game to the Croydon Rangers 1st 1-0

Week 2 – Croydon Rangers vs Bay City Buccaneers

Team Scoring Summary Qtr Score
RNG N.Oliver Pass from M.Ursu. (XPT no good) 1st 6-0
RNG N.Oliver Pass from M.Ursu. (XPT Good M.Ursu) 2nd 13-0

Buccaneers fumble recovery return (XPT no good)

3rd 13-6
RNG N.Oliver Pass from M.Ursu. (XPT Good M.Ursu) 4th 20-6

Week 1 – Croydon Rangers vs Berwick Miners

Team Scoring Summary Qtr Score
RNG J.Whitchelo 51yd Pass from M.Ursu. (XPT Good M.Ursu) 1st 7-0

Miners Safety

2nd 7-2
RNG M.Ursu 1yd Run. (XPT Good M.Ursu) 2nd 14-2

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