About The Film
The Dennis Viollet story is for anyone who believes the impossible IS possible. A pioneer in the soccer world, this inspiring documentary will showcase Dennis’ career, and pay homage to a man whose vision helped bring soccer to the forefront of the sporting world.
A young boy growing up in a working-class neighborhood of post-war England signs for Manchester United at the age of fifteen. Ten years later, he becomes one of the greatest players in the club’s history, only to see United through its darkest hour, the Munich air crash, where tragically many of Dennis’s teammates lost their lives. After recovering from serious injuries suffered in Munich, Dennis went on to set United’s single season goal scoring record, and became Captain of the Club. It was also during this period that Dennis helped launch a campaign to abolish English soccers maximum wage, which saw players earning as little as thirty pounds a week, or the equivalent of forty-five dollars! This helped paved the way for soccer to become a full-time profession for players around the world.
At the age of twenty-eight, Dennis was transferred to Stoke City FC. Playing alongside the great Sir Stanley Matthews, Dennis was named Captain of Stoke, as he helped the club gain promotion back into the English First Division. Dennis made such an impact during his five years with Stoke, that when he decided to retire from the professional game, Stoke City honored him with a testimonial match played against England’s 1966 World Cup Winning side.
After a stellar playing career in England, Dennis had a vision that someday soccer could take-off in America. He would spend the last thirty years of his life cultivating the game in the United States. From the grass-roots level, to the professional ranks, Dennis forged a path for many youngsters who dreamed of playing the professional game in America.
The Dennis Viollet Story is about a man who became a trailblazer, helping the game he loved to reach new levels of prestige and popularity while touching the lives of so many along the way.