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Football and Films.

Jamie Vardy - The Movie

Jamie Vardy - The Movie

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Scene 1 – The beginning

Vardy on the way to the match.

In the first scene, we see Jamie Vardy as a child, playing football in the park with his school mates. It is a cold autumn afternoon, but the boys are running about and don’t feel the cold. The sky is grey with rain clouds and the people in the park are wearing thick clothes to protect them from the cold. The group of boys playing football are wearing school uniforms and kicking an old leather football. There isn’t a football pitch so the boys put their school bags on the grass to mark two goals. The young Vardy is small for his age, but he’s quick and runs around his friends, controlling the ball with natural talent. He shoots and we see the ball flying past his school mates and through the goal. Jamie celebrates his goal, imagining he was playing for Sheffield Wednesday, his boyhood team, in front of thousands of fans.

Scene 2 – The rejection

Sheffield Wednesday.

Vardy is 16 years old and training at the Sheffield Wednesday youth academy. He's been a Wednesday fan all his life and he still goes to all the matches with his dad. We see the action from the perspective of two coaches who are watching and commenting on the players. The coaches are impressed with Vardy’s talent, but think that he isn't big enough to make it professionally. We overhear them saying that the young Vardy doesn’t have the physical presence to be competitive.

At the end of the scene, we see one of the coaches talking to Vardy. The coach tells the young Vardy that that he’ll always be blocked and pushed around by the bigger defenders because he is too small. Vardy looks upset about what the coach is telling him. He walks away, and later we see him throw his kit in the bin.

Scene 3 – The factory years

Jamie is now 20 years old and working in a factory. In this scene, Vardy is wearing overalls and pushing a stack of boxes on a trolley. However, he hasn’t given up his football dream. The factory bell rings and it’s the end of his shift. He rushes to the staff changing area and then takes off the overalls and we see that he is wearing a football shirt underneath. He grabs his bag and rushes out to the car park where a friend is waiting to take him to play in a match. The car pulls into the carpark at the Stocksbridge Park Steels FC ground.

Scene 4 – Non league goals

In this scene, we see Vardy and his teammates celebrating winning a match. Vardy is now 22 years old and still playing for Stocksbridge Park Steels in the seventh division of English football. The Steels manager, Gary Marrow, puts his arm around Vardy and tells him that he needs to take his football more seriously. He tells the young Vardy that he has talent and should be playing for a bigger club. The manager is very friendly towards Vardy and wants to see the young footballer do better. The other players praise Vardy and laugh and make jokes, however, we can see that the manager’s words have made an impact on the young striker. Over the next year, we see a change in Vardy. He seems more determined on the pitch and works harder, running, passing and shooting. His reputation is growing and managers from different clubs are seen in the stands watching Jamie play. In this scene, we see a montage of Vardy goals and promotions as he signs first for FC Halifax and then for Fleetwood Town.

Scene 6 – Fleetwood Town

Fleetwood is a small town on the north-west coast of England. The town grew up around fishing and the football team’s nickname is the Cod Army. In this scene, we join Jamie and his teammates before their final match of the season against Lincoln City. Vardy scores his 33rd and 34th goals of the season as Fleetwood Town win promotion to the football league for the first ever time. After the match,  Fleetwood’s manager invites Vardy into his office:

"We’re going up to the Football League ... But not you Jamie (Jamie looks sad), we’ve had an offer from Leicester City  (Jamie’s eyes light up). It’s a million pounds, we can’t say no."  

Scene 7 - Joining Leicester

Later that month, Vardy becomes the most expensive player in non-league history and joins Leicester City in the Championship. At first, he finds it difficult and even thinks about quitting the club, but in his second season at Leicester his form improves and he scores 16 goals to help fire the Foxes into the Premier League. Leicester City are in the Premier League for the first time in over 10 years and Jamie Vardy is in the Premier League for the first ever time!

Scene 8 - Leicester City's great escape

Once again, Vardy finds it difficult to adapt to the better quality of football in the Premier League. In April, Leicester are bottom of the Premier League and Vardy has only scored twice in thirty matches. However, Leicester pull off one of the greatest ever Premier League escapes from relegation. Vardy gets a 90th-minute match-winning goal against West Brom and then the Foxes win seven of their last nine matches to finish in 14th place. Vardy and the team are getting used to Premier League football at last. The scene finishes with Leicester fans chanting; 'We are Premier League, I say we are Premier League.'

Scene 9 - Breaking the Premier League goal scoring record

The following season, Leicester and Vardy start the season like a train. By the end of September, Vardy already has more goals than he had scored in the entire previous season, and by the start of December, Leicester have already won more matches than they had won in the whole of the previous season. Vardy breaks the Premier League record for goals scored in consecutive matches when he scores his eleventh consecutive goal against Manchester Utd

Scene 10 - Winning the Premier League

Vardy finishes the season with 24 Premier League goals as Leicester win the title by an amazing 10 points! Because of his performances, Vardy is named Premier League Player of the Season! From factory worker to Premier League winner! What a story! What a film! 

Language - Linking Words

If you look at the article again, you can see that there are many words in bold. These words are in bold because they are linking words and really help you add structure to your writing and make your writing much easier for someone to understand. For a more detailed look at linking words, take a look at the language focus that is part of the material on week 3 of our course - Leicester City: Champions of England.
Before you do that, check your understanding of the article above by having a go at this activity and the quiz below. Then, don't forget to answer the questions in the comments section. It would be great to see what you think about the article and hear your answers to the discussion questions. Remember we can correct your English, too. Just write 'correct me' at the beginning of your answer. 

Activity: Lots of things have happened to Jamie Vardy in his football career. To show that you have understood the article can you put the events of his football career in the correct order?

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What do you think?

Tell us what you think about our Jamie Vardy film.
  1. Do you think this is a good story to tell? Are the ten things we have chosen important? 
  2. Are there any other things we should include in the Jamie Vardy story/film?
  3. Can you think of another football player (or someone else) who has a good story to tell?  Tell us the story!

Write your answers in the comments section below.

Remember, if you want to look more at the language introduced here, go to our article about linking words.

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kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
31/05/2016
GH
14277
points

It's a perfect story to tell and I must commend you guys (Rich and John).
You might wanna consider being movie directors lol
The 10 chosen things are very important and you just on point.


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
31/05/2016 10:58
Ghana
Manchester United
14277

It's a perfect story to tell and I must commend you guys (Rich and John).
You might wanna consider being movie directors lol
The 10 chosen things are very important and you just on point.

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
31/05/2016
GH
14277
points

Another thing that could be added is the invitation vardy gave his teammates to watch the Chelsea vrs Tottenham match


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
31/05/2016 11:00
Ghana
Manchester United
14277

Another thing that could be added is the invitation vardy gave his teammates to watch the Chelsea vrs Tottenham match

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
31/05/2016
GH
14277
points

I have a story to tell I had to work a factory after high school to raise money to support my education when things got difficult for my parents. I must say the factory work isn't easy at all but I was able to achieve my aim of raising some money for school.


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
31/05/2016 11:05
Ghana
Manchester United
14277

I have a story to tell I had to work a factory after high school to raise money to support my education when things got difficult for my parents. I must say the factory work isn't easy at all but I was able to achieve my aim of raising some money for school.

haydi's picture
haydi
02/06/2016
TN
3189
points

Well done kwesimanifest! Me too, I experimented the factory work, thanks God that was for short time.


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haydi
02/06/2016 23:25
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3189

Well done kwesimanifest! Me too, I experimented the factory work, thanks God that was for short time.

elghoul's picture
elghoul
31/05/2016
DZ
9099
points

In the Jamie childhood I would like to see some sequences about a football party with him without any shoe and because of the stony sole his feet becoming bloody just as it happened to Camua in Algiers streets. His father couldn't afford purchasing sport shoes.


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elghoul
31/05/2016 17:15
Algeria
Arsenal
9099

In the Jamie childhood I would like to see some sequences about a football party with him without any shoe and because of the stony sole his feet becoming bloody just as it happened to Camua in Algiers streets. His father couldn't afford purchasing sport shoes.

haydi's picture
haydi
02/06/2016
TN
3189
points

It's ok that Robert De Niro plays Claudio Ranieri. But it's strange that they have chosen Vinnie Jones to play Jamie Vardy. He is old (51 years) and tall 1.88 m. The character is physically not suitable.


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haydi
02/06/2016 22:21
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3189

It's ok that Robert De Niro plays Claudio Ranieri. But it's strange that they have chosen Vinnie Jones to play Jamie Vardy. He is old (51 years) and tall 1.88 m. The character is physically not suitable.

haydi's picture
haydi
02/06/2016
TN
3189
points

"Vardy and the team are getting used to Premier League football at last."
I can't understand this sentence.


haydi's picture
haydi
02/06/2016 22:46
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3189

"Vardy and the team are getting used to Premier League football at last."
I can't understand this sentence.

haydi's picture
haydi
02/06/2016
TN
3189
points

During his third season, Jamie and Leceister grow up together.


haydi's picture
haydi
02/06/2016 23:07
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3189

During his third season, Jamie and Leceister grow up together.

haydi's picture
haydi
02/06/2016
TN
3189
points

Yes, it's a good and inspiring story to tell. Yes the ten things you have chosen are important, they present the clue events in Jamie's live. I suggest that they add his private live in the film. Youn know people are curious to know his family, his best friend, his fiancé...


haydi's picture
haydi
02/06/2016 23:30
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3189

Yes, it's a good and inspiring story to tell. Yes the ten things you have chosen are important, they present the clue events in Jamie's live. I suggest that they add his private live in the film. Youn know people are curious to know his family, his best friend, his fiancé...

englishman
23/06/2016
DZ
1026
points

it's good


englishman
23/06/2016 13:24
Algeria
Chelsea
1026

it's good

englishman
23/06/2016
DZ
1026
points

that's it.


englishman
23/06/2016 13:26
Algeria
Chelsea
1026

that's it.

assemjuve
24/07/2016
PS
3433
points

Yes i do,Yes they are,it is like a fairy tale. what a story.


assemjuve
24/07/2016 18:48
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3433

Yes i do,Yes they are,it is like a fairy tale. what a story.

assemjuve
24/07/2016
PS
3433
points

I do not think there is another think to add.


assemjuve
24/07/2016 18:50
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3433

I do not think there is another think to add.

assemjuve
24/07/2016
PS
3433
points

I do not a story of another football player.


assemjuve
24/07/2016 18:50
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3433

I do not a story of another football player.

sabanoleg
31/08/2016
UA
470
points

It's good life story!!!


sabanoleg
31/08/2016 09:51
Ukraine
Arsenal
470

It's good life story!!!

Angel84
16/11/2016
ES
39
points

Very good


Angel84
16/11/2016 17:02
Spain
Leicester City
39

Very good

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Martinr35
18/11/2016
MK
528
points

You've chosen the most important parts in Jamie's life.


Martinr35's picture
Martinr35
18/11/2016 18:23
Macedonia
Chelsea
528

You've chosen the most important parts in Jamie's life.

PrincessStarfish7000's picture
PrincessStarfish7000
23/02/2017
US
6
points

This is good story to tell. I think cinematically they might focus on different points. 


PrincessStarfish7000's picture
PrincessStarfish7000
23/02/2017 12:32
United States
Liverpool
6

This is good story to tell. I think cinematically they might focus on different points. 

liverbird05's picture
liverbird05
28/03/2017
US
35
points

it's a superb story to tell, the film will probably win some awards.


liverbird05's picture
liverbird05
28/03/2017 14:26
United States
Liverpool
35

it's a superb story to tell, the film will probably win some awards.

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Top Scorers
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3kwesimanifest14277
4Mon12868
5Buchiy9443
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8elghoul9099
9Alex_from_Ukraine8821
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3Serbia27593
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8Egypt18938
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1Manchester United104599
2Arsenal84532
3Liverpool78104
4Chelsea62398
5Leicester City24125
6Manchester City23660
7Tottenham Hotspur13481
8Watford9886
9West Ham United3694
10Everton1626

Course outline

Leicester City - Champions of England

  • Introduction
  • Introduction to week 2
  • Introduction to week 3
  • Introduction to week 4
  • Certificate
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Level

3
Average: 3 (1 vote)

Goals

Skills: Reading

Language: Linking words

Vocabulary: Collocations