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Battle for Wembley
Heaving terraces and goalmouth action at Highbury for this FA Cup fourth round encounter between Arsenal and Everton.
Non-Fiction 1928 1 mins Silent
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Arsenal, not yet wearing their familiar red-top-with-white-sleeves combination, eventually won this thrilling cup tie against Everton 4-3, ample reward for the huge crowds that mass on terraces and in stands to watch the game. The shots of the crowd are wonderful and while action on the pitch is less discernible, the camera does capture a goal, to the delight of the heaving terrace behind the goal.
Queens Visit to Newcastle 1954: FA Cup Returns 1955
Home movie 1954 5 mins Silent Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Thousands cheer for the Magpies in the 50s when the FA Cup returns to Newcastle … and a new queen pays Tyneside a visit.
Mining Review 6th Year No. 5
1953 9 mins
An intriguing blast from soccer's past: Wrexham meet Beighton Miners Welfare in FA Cup First Round.
Fourth Round Cup Thrills
Sport 1926 2 mins Silent
Liverpool and Manchester United come down south to do battle with Fulham and Tottenham in football's FA Cup.
'T'coop' Goes North'
Non-Fiction 1925 3 mins Silent
Sheffield United break Welsh hearts at Wembley, winning their fourth (and last) FA Cup in a 1-0 win over Cardiff.
Football Cup 5th Round. Manchester City V Stoke
Non-Fiction 1928 1 mins Silent
A crowd of over 73,000 at Maine Road watch the 5th round Cup tie between Division Two's Manchester City and Stoke City.
Non-Fiction 1929 1 mins Silent Location: Wigan
The short-lived minnows Wigan Borough F.C. take on the mighty Sheffield Wednesday in the third round of the FA Cup.
Islington Central Methodist Church Stone Laying Ceremony
Amateur film 1962 3 mins Silent Location: Highbury
Formal fashions and colourful headwear adorn the attendees of a traffic-stopping parade and stone laying ceremony at the site of a new church.
Comedy 1939 68 mins Location: Highbury
This morale-boosting variety extravaganza – filled with radio personality Carroll Levis' discoveries - is like a wartime Britain's Got Talent.
Cup Final Drawing Nearer
Non-Fiction 1922 1 mins Silent Location: Highbury
FA Cup third round: Arsenal v Leicester City and Cardiff City v Nottingham Forest.
Alive and Kicking
Documentary 1937 8 mins Silent Location: Highbury
Arsenal footballers including Ted Drake, Eddie Hapgood and Cliff Bastin show off their skills in training for this council film to promote healthy living.
Gaumont British News No 243
Non-Fiction 1936 10 mins Location: Twickenham
Society weddings, FA Cup finals and Shakespeare’s birthday all feature in this newsreel from 1936, featuring amusingly droll commentary.
Library at Work
Documentary 1922 13 mins Silent Location: Westminster
Short film celebrating several London libraries, from the grand British Museum reading room to children’s reading hours at smaller local libraries.
Non-Fiction 1898 1 mins Silent
The Victorian great and good mark the passing of a political titan
Parade of Troops with Band and Crowds Following
Non-Fiction 1900 2 mins Silent
For Britons during the Boer War, a welcome opportunity to support the troops - and march alongside them
Workers Leaving Work at Vickers
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins Location: Barrow-In-Furness
Factory gate glimpses at - we think - Barrow-in-Furness
Non-Fiction 1898 1 mins Silent Location: Worthing
Worthing waves at us in this mesmerising early film
The Biter Bit
Comedy 1898 1 mins Silent
Film's first joke? A fresh take on an old prank.
Opening of the Kiel Canal
Non-Fiction 1895 0 mins Silent
This was one of a series of actuality films made by the Victorian pioneer Birt Acres during 1895. The film is thought to have been shot on June 20, on the occasion of the opening of the Kiel Canal by the German Kaiser Wilhelm II. Acres shot other films at the same time, but they have not survived.