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Donning Boots for the Soccer Season
Heading, tumbling, skipping and tomfoolery at White Hart Lane as Tottenham’s first team prepare for the new season.
Non-Fiction 1922 1 mins Silent
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Tottenham prepare for the new season with a light-hearted training session at White Hart Lane. A player is seen struggling to put on his boots, while striker Charlie Wilson – soon to join Huddersfield – has a go in goal. The squad are shown practicing headers before forward Andrew Thompson shows off his skipping. Perhaps they should have taken it more seriously: having finished 2nd the previous year, Spurs ended the season a disappointing 12th.
Football on Film
George Best at 21
News 1968 7 mins Location: Belfast
Flush on wages of £160 per week, George Best ponders money in the game, the pressures of fame and his footballing future.
News 1962 8 mins Location: Cleobury Mortimer
Lionel Martin is just fifteen years old but with eight top football clubs wanting to sign him his future appears mapped out.
Plymouth Argyle v Cardiff City
Sport 1976 5 mins Location: Plymouth
Argyle's Mariner scores in front of Bobby Robson
Non-Fiction 1915 1 mins Silent Location: Shepherd's Bush
Professional footballers answer the call of duty and get in training; many would go on to fight in the Battle of the Somme.
Newsview Young World: Day in the Life of Sunderland AFC Manager George Hardwick
News 1964 5 mins Location: Sunderland
A day in the life of stylish “Gentleman George” Hardwick, the new manager of Sunderland Football Club.
News 1977 5 mins Location: Leicester
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 Ј200 a week in wages.
Thrilling Cup-Tie Semi-Finals
Non-Fiction 1926 2 mins Silent Location: Highfield
1926 FA Cup semi-finals: Manchester City v Manchester United, Bolton Wanderers v Swansea Town
Tottenham Still Going Strong in Tea Fights August 30, 1919
Documentary 1919 8 mins Silent Location: Tottenham
Street fights in Tottenham - the start of the traffic-stopping tradition of a sit-down kids feast
Safe or Sorry
School programme and Educational film 1950 4 mins Location: Tottenham
Policemen in mufti act out accident scenarios to an assembly of school children, while Safety Sam drives the road safety message home
4th Round of the Cup
Sport 1923 2 mins Silent Location: Shepherd's Bush
Goals from the 1923 FA Cup 4th round, featuring QPR v Sheffield Utd, Charlton Athletic v Bolton Wanderers & Tottenham Hotspur v Derby County.
Cinemagazine 1961 9 mins Location: Tottenham
A snapshot of Saturday afternoon football watched by thousands of adoring fans, plus contrasting scenes of Southport and Spurs players in training.
Silent Hope, Fulham and Tottenham (1959)
Amateur film 1959 13 mins Location: Fulham
Fascinating tour of London’s schools for the deaf, showing teaching methods and meeting deaf children, including several from Africa and the West Indies.
Comedy 1919 35 mins Silent
A protective father masquerades as an automatic doll in this bonkers interwar comedy.
Spirit of Mayday
1937 11 mins Silent
May Day – a significant day for the labour movement – is covered by the cameras of the Film and Photograph League.
Cornelius Cardew 1936-1981
Performance 1986 55 mins
An exploration of the life and work of the controversial British composer.
1935 9 mins
Let it bleed? This exemplary education film gets to the heart of the matter.
U.A.B. (Workers Newsreel No.3)
Non-Fiction 1935 12 mins Silent
Punchy political film capturing mass protests against unemployment.
The Merry Month of May
1937 15 mins Silent
A spirited satire on the coronation of George VI made by members of the Film and Photograph League.
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