Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

I Told Them That If They Didn't like It, They Could Get Up and Go out as Superman Was Playing Next Door

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

I Told Them That If They Didn't like It, They Could Get Up and Go out as Superman Was Playing Next Door

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Meet Bernie Slaven the accomplished striker, football pundit - and now film star!

An invited audience sat spellbound at the Cineworld Cinema in Middlesbrough as Bernie's autobiographical DVD Lucky Slaven was premiered this week.

Lucky Slaven is Bernie's own individual look at his life in football from the streets of Glasgow to The Three Legends on Century FM and as a regular feature writer in the Evening Gazette.

The initial reaction from the cinema audience was excellent, and Bernie was delighted.

He said: "I told them that if they didn't like it, they could get up and go out because Superman was playing next door. But everybody stayed."

It's remarkable how the Living Legend is as big a personality today as he was when he was playing for the club.

Just listen to the way in which the fans on the North Stand still chant his name.

The film was the natural progression of his developing career behind the scenes, and takes full advantage of a wealth of material, plus new interviews with the football characters who have played a big part in Bernie's life.

Bernie ended his football career as Boro's seventh top scorer of all time, was part of the team that secured back-to-back promotions after the trauma of liquidation in 1986 and played in the club's first ever Wembley final appearance.

Bernie has also flirted with politics, attempting to become mayor of Middlesbrough, but perhaps people remember him most for displaying his backside in Binns window!

Bernie said "I thoroughly enjoyed making the film and I hope Boro fans have as much fun watching it.

"Meeting up with my former boss Bruce Rioch in Denmark was very special.

"But he has mellowed a bit. He didn't fine me for not having a shave before the interview!"

Among the extras on the DVD are more than 90 of Bernie's goals. …

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