Football hopeful Jimmy Muir (Sean Bean) has the once in a lifetime chance of escaping his grim existence in a Northern mining town when he is spotted by talent scout Ken (Pete Postlethwaite) and given a trial for a local club. Jimmy celebrates by getting drunk with his mates and ends up in bed with a stripper, thus alienating his girlfriend Annie (Emily Lloyd). He then messes up his trial. Added to this his father is bitter and unsupportive. Can Jimmy get his act together?