1hr 38mins
Dir: Maria Giese
Starring: Sean Bean and Emily Lloyd

A brewery worker dreams of becoming a professional footballer

This sporting drama features one dramatic scene with Sean Bean contemplating suicide. As he walks along a single track line he is nearly run down by Loadhaul-liveried Class 56 No.56039 ABP Port of Hull on a short rake of MGR wagons. The exact location of this scene is not known, but it would have been a freight-only branch or connecting spur somewhere in the Sheffield area. Later, there is a scene filmed inside the offices at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane football ground and one of the nameplates of LNER B17 ‘Footballer’ Class 4-6-0 No.2849 is prominent.

Sean Bean walks along a railway line somewhere in Sheffield’s industrial hinterland. The track bed makes it quite clear that this was once a double-track route.
The train approaches hauled by a Class 56. The curve of the track shows this to be a different location to that shown above and it is possible that the stonework on the left is the remains of a platform.
Sean Bean with the train fast approaching from behind
Not the best shot perhaps but clear evidence of the ‘Grid’s’ identity. 56039 ABP Port of Hull storms past the camera.
Not a locomotive but a locomotive nameplate, and a genuine one at that. From 1936 the LNER named 25 of their B17 4-6-0’s after famous Eastern Region Football Clubs. Upon withdrawal it was BR’s custom to present one of the pair of plates to the aforementioned Club, a gesture accepted by 15 of the 25 including Sheffield United, and these are now on display somewhere at the Club. This is a glimpse into the boardroom at Bramall Lane, and the nameplate of No.2849 (later No.61649) can quite clearly be seen. Sean Bean is a ‘Blades’ fan so it was inevitable that he be cast in a film that revolved around the Club.