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Football on Film

Football and film: two giants of 20th century spectacle. Born just a few years apart, film and the professional game have grown up together, as this fascinating collection shows.

We kick off with some of the earliest games committed to celluloid - including a fledgling Man Utd - tackling the evolution of the game through the 20th century in newsreels, instructional films, adverts and feature films, and revealing filmmakers' struggle to capture the game's thrill and energy.

The films explore not only professional football but the women’s game, miners' teams and schoolboy leagues, while giants on display include Geoff Hurst, Tom Finney, Brian Clough, Emlyn Hughes, Stanley Matthews, Denis Compton and the Charlton Brothers.

Balls were heavier and shorts longer in the early days, while goalkeepers could expect little protection from marauding forwards from the ref (in his fetching tweed plus-fours). But it's striking, too, how little has changed. Fans then were every bit as passionate as today's. The wider issues are familiar too: big money signings caused concern, while women footballers challenged the male establishment. Times change and players - even teams - come and go, but the beautiful game is much the same as it ever was.

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The best of the action from over 30 years of FA Cup finals at Wembley Stadium.

42 mins United Kingdom Director. E.V.H. Emmett

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Clement Freud explores the importance of football to the people of Liverpool - be they backing Liverpool or Everton in the FA Cup.

28 mins United Kingdom Director. Sheila Gregg

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Cup Final Drawing Nearer 1922

FA Cup third round: Arsenal v Leicester City and Cardiff City v Nottingham Forest.

2 mins United Kingdom

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FA Cup Winners Wolves at Molineux 1949

A lovely colour film showing the 1949 FA Cup winners Wolves back in action at their Molineux ground soon after their championship win.

3 mins United Kingdom

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Gallant Fight 1930

Amateur football club Corinthian FC took Millwall to a second replay in the FA Cup third round, before finally losing here at Stamford Bridge 5-1.

1 mins United Kingdom

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At Ninian Park, 23/11/1949, the Welsh football team is victorious but perhaps only because the Belgians, according to a report in the South Wales Echo, were “disappointing”.

6 mins Wales

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When a player is poisoned at Highbury, an eccentric inspector is put on the case. Martin Scorsese is among the fans of this classic football film.

84 mins United Kingdom Director. Thorold Dickinson

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Nigerian Footballers in England 1949

An enlightening account of the first Nigerian football team to tour outside West Africa.

10 mins United Kingdom

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CWS Football Boot Advertisement 1955

The great Stanley Matthews reveals the new range of football boots he helped design exclusively for Co-operative stores in this 1950s advertisement.

1 mins United Kingdom

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The Don of Elland Road 1974

Don Revie sits in bed talking to the Sunday papers, barks out instructions in a game at Liverpool, calls out the bingo numbers, and Terry Yorath collects his weekly pay packet.

25 mins United Kingdom

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English Cup: Bournemouth V Liverpool 1927

January 1927, fans at Dean Court scale heights to view Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic at home to Liverpool in the FA Cup 3rd round.

1 mins United Kingdom

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Irish Cup Semi- Final Coleraine V Ballymena 1929

1928-29 Irish Cup Semi-Final action between Ballymena and Coleraine, from Belfast's Windsor Park.

1 mins United Kingdom

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Dick, Kerr's Ladies V Listers 1921

Preston's famous 'Dick, Kerr's Ladies' team play local side, Lister's Ladies, at Bradford's Valley Parade ground.

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Battle of the Bakeries 1964

Baker tries to best baker, as the two distinguished firms compete in a Gaelic football game in West Belfast.

4 mins Northern Ireland

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Leek in the Cup! 1927

The FA Cup exits England for the first time, arriving in Cardiff to a jubilant welcome.

1 mins United Kingdom

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Arsenal v Leeds United from Highbury in the opening match of the 1929-30 season.

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Wembley welcomes Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City for the 1949 FA Cup Final.

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Ashbourne Shrovetide Football '66 1966

World Cup year 1966 but this is a different kind of 'beautiful game' and in these conditions Geoff Hurst would've certainly struggled to get his famous hat-trick.

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Shrovetide Football Match 1957

A football match with no teams or goals? Atherstone's traditional free-for-all has only one rule - killing is not allowed!

1 mins United Kingdom

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Enfield F.C. v. Ediswan Factory 1921

Difficult times for women's football, but it doesn't stop the battle of the light bulb makers in North London.

3 mins United Kingdom

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Gloucester Football Hypnotist 1959

Southern League football team Gloucester City call in famed hypnotist Henry Blythe to take them to a higher plane.

2 mins United Kingdom

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Guinness - Plinths 1976

Comic couple Peter Cook and Dudley Moore are stout football fans in this Guinness ad.

1 mins United Kingdom Director. Dick Clement

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Cardiff City Football Club takes on Arsenal in the 1927 FA Cup Final at Wembley. King George V and 100,000 spectators see Cardiff win 1-0.

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The earliest surviving Merseyside derby on film catches two of Everton's goals in a 3-1 home win.

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Football Cup 5th Round: A Clashing of Blades 1928

It's the FA Cup fifth round and arch-rivals Sheffield United and The Wednesday cross swords for Steel City bragging rights.

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A crowd of over 73,000 at Maine Road watch the 5th round Cup tie between Division Two's Manchester City and Stoke City.

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'T'coop' Goes North' 1925

Sheffield United break Welsh hearts at Wembley, winning their fourth (and last) FA Cup in a 1-0 win over Cardiff.

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A snapshot of Saturday afternoon football watched by thousands of adoring fans, plus contrasting scenes of Southport and Spurs players in training.

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Wolves, 1980's League Cup winners, celebrate with an open topped bus parade that brings back memories of the glory days of the 1950s when the team was unstoppable.

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After relegation from the Football League Division One the previous season, Bury FC turn up at Craven Cottage for their first ever meeting with Fulham.

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First-ever footage of Manchester United in a tense Edwardian football fixture.

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Liverpool and Manchester United come down south to do battle with Fulham and Tottenham in football's FA Cup.

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The ultimate depiction of coming-of-age awkwardness, Bill Forsyth’s comedy about a teen who falls for the new female footballer on the school team.

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A quick-fire round up of the FA Cup second round: West Brom v Corinthians, Crystal Palace v Notts County and West Ham v Leeds.

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Leicester City players meet their new manager who has introduced a brutal new training regime.

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FA Cup Semi-Final: Huddersfield Town v Notts County at Turf Moor.

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Music hall star George Robey kicks off the action at this international ladies' footie match at Herne Hill, South London.

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Close calls in the goalmouth as Celtic and Rangers meet at Parkhead for the 1929-30 Glasgow Cup final.

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Liverpool and England footballer Emlyn Hughes gets nostalgic when he takes a team of aspiring youngsters through their paces

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Glorious Ladies All Stars get a 10-0 lead against the QB's: time for an uplift with Quick Brew's quicker teabags!

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Goals from the 1923 FA Cup 4th round, featuring QPR v Sheffield Utd, Charlton Athletic v Bolton Wanderers & Tottenham Hotspur v Derby County.

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A daring rescue by a plucky lady fan saves the day for Bestham Vampires in this early footie short.

9 mins United Kingdom Director. Lewin Fitzhamon

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Coaching in the Game 1948

Tom Finney, Tommy Lawton, Spurs and the Chinese team all help explain to young football enthusiasts how to play the beautiful game.

10 mins United Kingdom Director. George Sturt

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Tottenham Hotspur takes on an assortment of music hall performers (and their horses) in this comic charity match.

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Aston Villa, the must successful cup side in England, have fallen on hard times but the 1971 League Cup final might just be the game that takes them back to the big time.

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Eclair Journal 102-1 1914

A Tottenham Hotspur v Middlesbrough football match interrupts the many news reports about World War I.

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Norwich City v West Bromwich Albion 1975

Canaries defender Mel Machin attempts to dominate the pitch in this 1975 match for Norwich City at their home ground Carrow Road against West Bromwich Albion.

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Lady Footballers 1918

Women munitions workers from the Kynoch and Vickers Maxim factories take to the pitch in Southend during WWI.

1 mins United Kingdom

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Everyone knows their place in this now familiar weekly football ritual of rowdy working class youth arriving at Leeds, separated from their counterparts by police and fences.

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Soccer silliness at West Ham courtesy of the 'Ancient Order of Froth Blowers' and pals - including music hall stars and the world's tallest woman.

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Newcastle United and Barnsley contest the 1910 FA Cup final at Crystal Palace.

4 mins United Kingdom

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Wembley Bound! 1929

The short-lived minnows Wigan Borough F.C. take on the mighty Sheffield Wednesday in the third round of the FA Cup.

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First Round of the 'Cup' 1925

Heavy fog hampers the first round football matches of the 1925 FA Cup.

2 mins United Kingdom

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Cricket Ball and Football Manufacture 1931

A load of balls - footballs and cricket balls, that is - are crafted by hand from leather and string.

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Elland Road Football Control 1976

Back to the bad old days of skinners, as worn by these Man. United troublemakers, being escorted by police dogs along that perilous walk from Elland Road to Leeds railway station.

23 mins United Kingdom

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Shippam's Football Team 1930

Baggy shorts abound in this footie film from the thirties - where the chaps from Shippams Ltd play various matches, in rain or shine, and win a championship trophy.

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Cheers Echo round the Land! 1925

Hats off to the huge crowds that turn out for the opening day of the football season at Arsenal and Chelsea.

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Mining Review 2nd Year No. 5 1949

Rotherham United talent scout Joe McGuire is on the look out for miners with footballing flair.

10 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Orrom

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The first FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium between West Ham and Bolton attracted a gargantuan crowd of 250,000, twice what the ground could hold.

5 mins United Kingdom

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Boy Footballer 1962

Lionel Martin is just fifteen years old but with eight top football clubs wanting to sign him his future appears mapped out.

7 mins United Kingdom

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Documentary portrait of the mercurial football genius who inspired the game’s modern renaissance while battling personal demons.

90 mins United Kingdom Director. Jane Preston

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Football Feud 1929

Derby Day - Manchester City clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford for the bragging rights of the city.

1 mins United Kingdom

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Second Round of the FA Cup 1922

Eccentric goalkeeping, frantic tackling and one lost stadium feature in these brilliant highlights from two London derbies in the 1922 FA Cup

1 mins United Kingdom

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Minehead Town's Bob Boyd Interview 1977

Minehead Town's player-manager Bob Boyd on FA Cup tie with Exeter City

1 mins United Kingdom

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Target - Geoff Hurst 1968

England's 1966 hat-trick hero doesn't sweat the small stuff - or at all, according to this deodorant commercial.

1 mins United Kingdom

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Million Spectators Welcome Return of Football 1923

A whirlwind tour of the 1923-24 season opener: Manchester City's Maine Road debut, Blackburn v Chelsea and goals for Spurs against Preston North End.

2 mins United Kingdom

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Derby County and Brian Clough 1968

"The way we're playing I don't want to see an awful lot of them". Typically blunt words from Brian Clough as his team prepare for a visit by Leeds United.

3 mins United Kingdom

View Newcastle United FC Return with FA Cup in 1951 and 1952
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Newcastle United FC Return with FA Cup in 1951 and 1952 1951

Relive a golden era for Newcastle United FC as the triumphant team, including legend Jackie Milburn, return home twice with the FA Cup in the early 1950s.

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Footballer's Battalion 1915

Professional footballers answer the call of duty and get in training; many would go on to fight in the Battle of the Somme.

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Mining Review 13th Year No. 7 1960

Bobby Charlton and his brothers Gordon and Jack meet their father Bert, a miner, as he clocks off from work.

8 mins United Kingdom Director. Robert Kruger, Peter Whale

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Cumbria Local Newsreels 1911

A fascinating compilation of local topical footage from Workington.

12 mins United Kingdom

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A young Bobby Robson is one of the footballers profiled in this 1962 documentary following a week in the life of West Bromwich Albion FC.

30 mins United Kingdom Director. John Fletcher

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Derby County v Leicester City 1939

Derby County take on Leicester City at the Baseball ground in April 1939 - the last full season of football before the outbreak of war.

1 mins United Kingdom

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Action shots of the great Billy Meredith, the ‘Prince of Wingers’, the legendary soccer star who played for Manchester City, Manchester United and Wales.

4 mins England

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Football - Ninian Park 1949

Ninian Park Stadium (1910-2009), home ground of Cardiff City Football Club and used by the national team, is shown here in its heyday. If you can identify the teams, please tell us.

15 mins Wales

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A never-to-be-forgotten day for Cardiff City fans, when their football team return home with the FA Cup after a 1-0 win against Arsenal at Wembley on 23/4/1927.

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On a muddy Belvoir Drive training ground Leicester City players demonstrate the drive and dedication required to reach the top.

6 mins United Kingdom

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£6,000 Paid for a Centre Forward 1923

Chelsea shell out a princely sum for Scottish international Andy Wilson.

1 mins United Kingdom

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England v Ireland at Manchester 1905

An Edwardian contest between teams representing the English and Irish Football Leagues, with plenty of goal-line action.

1 mins United Kingdom

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Exeter City v Bristol Rovers 1980

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1 mins United Kingdom

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Heading, tumbling, skipping and tomfoolery at White Hart Lane as Tottenham’s first team prepare for the new season.

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From 'Red and White' Rosemary to 'Zigger Zagger' and veteran Fred Trimble, who has been watching the Potters since 1913: Stoke City's fans are a devoted bunch.

25 mins United Kingdom

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In October 1934 a high-flying Grimsby Town team put four past Derby County at the Baseball Ground.

2 mins United Kingdom

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At a packed Edgar Street ground non-league Hereford United take on Sheffield Wednesday in a foggy and chilly cup tie.

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Regimental Football Match and an Outdoor Stew 1935

The chaps of 6th Battalion, the Queen's Royal (West) Surrey Regiment, enjoy a game of football while a man cooks a rustic stew outdoors.

2 mins United Kingdom

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A daydream at the back of the class takes young Glynn Curtis all the way to Filbert Street.

4 mins United Kingdom

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Ball Control 1935

Everything you ever needed to know about ball control as shown by some of the top footballers of the 1930s.

13 mins United Kingdom Director. Donald Carter

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'Quite Unfit for Females' 1921

A light-hearted newsreel item on the Football Association's proposed ban on women's football in 1921.

2 mins United Kingdom

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Did the Brummies of 1966 have a clue about the World Cup?

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Nearing the 'Goal' 1929

The wintry conditions at Elm Park made play a bit challenging as Reading hosted Aston Villa in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

1 mins United Kingdom

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Football Managers 1977

What does it take to manage a football team? Two former players talk of the tough role at the top in a world where players are demanding £200 a week in wages.

5 mins United Kingdom

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In the Last Four 1930

Packed terraces watch Arsenal take on West Ham in this London derby in the Sixth Round of the FA Cup.

1 mins United Kingdom

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Exeter City v Aston Villa 1977

Exeter City take on giants Aston Villa at St. James’ Park

1 mins United Kingdom

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Getting Ready for Cup Final 1923

A lovely shot of Wembley Stadium mid-construction, with an aerial camera panning round the ground to show its half-built state.

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"The 'Cup' Shall Come South!" 1923

Meet the West Ham team of 1923, about to contest the first FA Cup final to be held at Wembley Stadium.

1 mins United Kingdom

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Battle for Wembley 1928

Heaving terraces and goalmouth action at Highbury for this FA Cup fourth round encounter between Arsenal and Everton.

1 mins United Kingdom

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H.R.H. The Prince Of Wales 1930

Great evocative shots from a boggy Upton Park, where West Ham play Tottenham in front of the Prince Of Wales.

1 mins United Kingdom

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'Spurs' Captain Marries 1922

Watford hosts the lowkey wedding of Tottenham and England captain, Arthur Grimsdell.

United Kingdom

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Nottingham Forest European Cup Civic Reception 1979

Cloughie waves his magic wand and it's the greatest day thus far for the lads of Forest. Their first European Cup victory and the city grinds to a halt in scenes of jubilation.

4 mins United Kingdom

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Who Will Win to Wembley? 1930

Top football footage from East London, where West Ham take on Leeds in an FA Cup fourth round encounter.

1 mins United Kingdom

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Alive and Kicking 1937

Arsenal footballers including Ted Drake, Eddie Hapgood and Cliff Bastin show off their skills in training for this council film to promote healthy living.

7 mins United Kingdom Director. J. Marshall Lumley, H.W. Bush

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England 'Swamped' 1927

England team struggle with deplorable weather conditions in Belfast.

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Small Town Story 1953 U

Can Bob Regan thwart a devious businessman and a manipulative ex-girlfriend to save Oldchester United? Maybe, with the help of friend Denis Compton!

69 mins United Kingdom Director. Montgomery Tully

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Football Match on Large Screens 1965

As normal the fans are packed into Coventry City's Highfield Road ground for a match. The difference is that the game is being played 130 miles away in Cardiff.

3 mins United Kingdom

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Arsenal run out comfortable winners against Second Division Stoke City at Highbury in the quarter-final of the 1928 FA Cup.

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The Great Game 1952

Goals and glamour go together in this high-scoring drama of football league corruption with Thora Hird, Diana Dors and John Laurie.

77 mins United Kingdom Director. Maurice Elvey

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Liverpool Football Derby 1928

Merseyside derby at Goodison Park, plus additional footage of Dixie Dean and a couple of boxing stars enjoying a kick about with the fans

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Mining Review 6th Year No. 5 1953

An intriguing blast from soccer's past: Wrexham meet Beighton Miners Welfare in FA Cup First Round.

10 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Pickering

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Everton and Leeds United compete to avoid the drop out of Division One in the 1926-27 season.

1 mins United Kingdom

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An appreciative crowd at Ewood Park witnesses Blackburn progress to the FA Cup 4th round with a 3-1 win against Tottenham.

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Great Britain v Rest of Europe (1955) 1955

Teams comprising the best players from home and abroad compete in front of Belfast crowd.

3 mins Northern Ireland

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Queens Visit to Newcastle 1954: FA Cup Returns 1955 1954

Thousands cheer for the Magpies in the 50s when the FA Cup returns to Newcastle … and a new queen pays Tyneside a visit.

5 mins England Director. Jack Lawson

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Glasgow Cup Final 1929

The Old Firm football teams Glasgow Rangers and Glasgow Celtic meet in the 1929-30 Glasgow Cup final at Hampden Park.

10 mins United Kingdom

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Monty the Lamb

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A day in the life of North London non-leaguers Hendon F.C., seen through the eyes of their club mascot, carpet fitter Dave Garner.

12 mins United Kingdom Director. Paul Kelly

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Football Again 1924

Footage of Spurs players training before the new football season, followed by shots of White Hart Lane being prepared.

United Kingdom

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On the Wembley Road
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On the Wembley Road 1927

FA Cup 5th round Arsenal v Liverpool

1 mins United Kingdom

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Third Round of the English Cup
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Third Round of the English Cup 1929

In their first match in the 1928-29 FA Cup, amateur side Corinthian FC prove their pedigree with a 5-0 win away to Norwich City.

1 mins United Kingdom

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Football under the Floodlights
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Football under the Floodlights 1952

Will Burnley or Distillery dazzle the crowds as they battle it out under the blazing lights in Ireland’s first floodlit match?

14 mins Northern Ireland

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Leeds United in Financial Difficulties
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Leeds United in Financial Difficulties 1924

In 1924, Leeds United's successful promotion to the Football League's top division, for the first time in their history, came at a price.

1 mins United Kingdom

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Victors of the 'Cup'
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Victors of the 'Cup' 1925

A jubilant crowd line the streets outside Sheffield Town Hall to greet Sheffield United after their 1925 FA Cup final victory.

1 mins United Kingdom

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Thrilling Cup-Tie Semi-Finals
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Thrilling Cup-Tie Semi-Finals 1926

1926 FA Cup semi-finals: Manchester City v Manchester United, Bolton Wanderers v Swansea Town

2 mins United Kingdom

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England v Ireland at Manchester
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England v Ireland at Manchester 1905

An Edwardian contest between teams representing the English and Irish Football Leagues, with plenty of goal-line action.

1 mins United Kingdom

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Burnley v Manchester United
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Burnley v Manchester United 1902

First-ever footage of Manchester United in a tense Edwardian football fixture.

2 mins United Kingdom

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Sheffield United v Bury
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Sheffield United v Bury 1902

Sparkling images of fans and players at an Edwardian fixture at Sheffield's Bramall Lane.

2 mins United Kingdom

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Wales v Ireland at Wrexham
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Wales v Ireland at Wrexham 1906

International football action in front of an enthusiastic home crowd in Wrexham.

1 mins United Kingdom

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Everton v Liverpool
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Everton v Liverpool 1902

The earliest surviving Merseyside derby on film catches two of Everton's goals in a 3-1 home win.

1 mins United Kingdom

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Everton v Newcastle United
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Everton v Newcastle United 1902

The camera is a welcome distraction to the spectators of a home defeat at Goodison Park.

6 mins United Kingdom

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Preston North End v Aston Villa
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Preston North End v Aston Villa 1905

Early football giants Preston and Villa face up in an epic Edwardian contest.

1 mins United Kingdom

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