Project Overview

A news reporter, Mike Gething, originally heard the story of the Wartime Wanderers from Nat Lofthouse when carrying out a newspaper interview.

Tim Purcell heard the story of the from Mike, a lifelong Bolton Wanderers fan. It had everything, football, war, romance, comedy, tragedy, loyalty and the amazing bravery of ordinary men thrown into an extraordinary situation.


Mainstream Publishing commissioned Mike and Tim to write the book.


Together with Jack Seddon Tim wrote the screenplay. Jack's writing credits include numerous television scripts for 'The Liver Birds', 'What a Carry On','Arthur of the Britons' and 'Oil Strike North'. His film scripts include:

▪ The Blue Max

▪ The Alphabet Murders

▪ Murder Most Foul

▪ Murder She Said


▪ Nat Lofthouse interview when Wartime team mentioned

▪ Interviews with original players

▪ Book written

▪ Book Published

▪ Film script version 1

▪ Film script version 2 & 3

▪ Filmed interviews with families and cast (some now passed away)

▪ Hollywood consultant reviews and edits script

▪ Film script version 4

▪ Documentary outline

▪ 3-part Documentary structured

▪ Documentary re-enactment scenes part cast & filmed

▪ TV Script Adaptation