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Liverpool v Small Heath
Liverpool v Small Heath

Liverpool v Small Heath 1901

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Liverpool v Small Heath 1901

1 mins United Kingdom

Footage of this First Division football game serves as a brief appetiser for shots of enthusiastically waving crowds and an unusually prolonged group portrait shot of a handsome-looking fire brigade. The reason for their feature role is lost, but they beautifully illustrate the power of moving image to bring history to life when they drop their static poses and relax in front of the camera.

The game ended with a 3-1home win to Liverpool, the previous season's champions, over newly-promoted Small Heath. This game came less than a month after the two teams saw out a 0-0 draw in Birmingham on the opening day of the season. Liverpool fielded seven Scottish players, at a time when Scotland dominated the British Home Championship, revealing that the club's strong links north of the border long

precede Shankly, Dalglish, Souness and Hansen. Small Heath, who changed their name to Birmingham in 1905 before settling on Birmingham City in 1943, finished the season 17th out of 18th in the table, and returned to the Second Division. Liverpool finished 11th.

Genres

Sport Non-Fiction

Tags

Liverpool Football Club

Collection

Edwardian Football Edwardian Sports

Released

1901

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

Production company

Mitchell and Kenyon

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