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Football Match Between St Stephen's Football Club and Moss Street School (1904)

The proud winners of a Blackburn school football match pose for posterity.

Non-Fiction 1904 1 mins Silent


Despite the title, this film shows no actual football - the filmmakers seem to have decided instead to capture every child's face on camera in an orderly procession. The second shot shows the proud winners, and suggests that even junior football was a serious business in Edwardian Blackburn, as the players pose sternly in their stripy shirts, clutching ball and cup, while girls cheer behind them.

The growth of professional football at the end of the 19th century went hand-in-hand with the strength of the industrial north. Football occupied a special place in Lancashire's mill towns, reflected in the rigid ceremony (and the official-looking trophy) seen at this junior match between two schools in Blackburn's Little Harwood area. Moss Street School was replaced by Daisyfield Primary School in 1971.