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Blackburn v... (1904)
Blackburn Rovers play at home at Ewood Park to an unidentified team in an Edwardian football fixture.
Blackburn, in the pale strip, take on an unidentified team (possibly Manchester City in their away strip) in this short fragment of what was probably a much longer film shot at Ewood Park in front of a full-to-bursting main stand. The Rovers had been struggling for some years as funds were diverted to improving facilities. They finished the 1903-04 season 15th out of 18 in the First Division.
A few years after this film was made Ewood Park's old main stand was replaced by the Nuttall Street Stand, designed by Archibald Leitch, a famous architect with a string of football stadiums to his name. The new stand opened in 1907 and was in use until the 1990s.
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The earliest surviving Merseyside derby on film catches two of Everton's goals in a 3-1 home win.
Non-Fiction 1905 2 mins Silent Location: Manchester
An Edwardian contest between teams representing the English and Irish Football Leagues, with plenty of goal-line action.
Non-Fiction 1902 2 mins Silent Location: Burnley
First-ever footage of Manchester United in a tense Edwardian football fixture.
Non-Fiction 1902 2 mins Silent Location: Sheffield
Sparkling images of fans and players at an Edwardian fixture at Sheffield's Bramall Lane.
Non-Fiction 1902 8 mins Silent Location: Liverpool
The camera is a welcome distraction to the spectators of a home defeat at Goodison Park.
Non-Fiction 1905 2 mins Silent Location: Preston
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Non-Fiction 1898 1 mins Silent Location: Ewood Park, Blackburn
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Non-Fiction 1923 2 mins Location: Ewood Park, Blackburn
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Non-Fiction 1907 2 mins Silent Location: Ewood Park, Blackburn
An Edwardian First Division football match played at Blackburn's Ewood Park Stadium.
Non-Fiction 1904 2 mins Silent Location: Ewood Park, Blackburn
The entry of the teams and action from both halves of an Edwardian football game at Ewood Park.
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Inside Film 2024 16 mins
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Drama 2023 2 mins
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Romance 2023 2 mins
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Charity appeal 1939 10 mins
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Documentary 1941 6 mins
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