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09th Mar 2020

If you watch one thing tonight it should be the nostalgic Boys In Green documentary on RTE

James Fenton

It’s the summer of 1990, movie-goers are swooning at Patrick Swayze in Ghost and topping the charts is, well, a tune by the Irish football squad.

A sign of the times indeed and what heady times they were. Anyone who was around for Ireland’s Italia 90 run will never forget it and anyone who wasn’t will never stop hearing about it. The story of the Boys In Green captured the imagination of the Irish public like nothing before it and arguably nothing else since.

Put ‘Em Under Pressure is still a staple of Irish weddings and nightclubs and if anyone has forgotten the impact Jack Charlton and the team had on the nation, we can relive it all tonight when part one of the two-part documentary The Boys In Green airs on RTE 2.

Directed by Ross Whitaker, the man behind such well-received documentaries as Katie and Shane Lowry: Open, the programme will tell the tale of a period of Irish football which not only gave us unforgettable on-pitch moments but also lifted the mood of a nation as a whole.

Tonight’s episode will feature contributions from some of the main players inclucing Mick McCarthy, John Aldridge, Tony Cascarino and even Steve Staunton who has been fairly elusive since his ill-fated spell as Ireland manager came to an end in 2007.

The tournament coincided with Ireland’s emergence from the misery of the 1980s into the Celtic Tiger days and you catch a snippet of what’s to come tonight in the clip below…

Nostalgia overload. You can catch the first part of You Boys In Green tonight from 9.35pm on RTE One and there’s bound to be tears and laughter in equal measure.