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H.R.H. The Prince of Wales
Great evocative shots from a boggy Upton Park, where West Ham play Tottenham in front of the Prince Of Wales.
Non-Fiction 1930 1 mins Silent
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The Prince of Wales – the future Edward VIII – is the guest of honour at this London derby held between West Ham and Tottenham to raise funds for the British Legion. The prince is shown entering the ground but the bulk of the footage is of the game itself. And what splendid footage it is, featuring passes, tackles and goalmouth scrambles. It’s enhanced by the fact the match is played on a mud patch, which the players navigate impressively, albeit with the occasional slip.
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.
Documentary 1968 10 mins Silent Location: Upton Park
This passionate portrayal of East Ham performs a fastidious examination of the architectural delights the area has to offer, both old and new.
Brief History of Newham and the Work of the Executive Council
Documentary 1970 15 mins Location: Upton Park
The toil of the Newham Executive Council is up for show in this amateur documentary, tracking the process of policy making from start to finish.
Education and Local Industries
Documentary 1980 5 mins Location: Upton Park
View Newham through a personal lens with this charming exploration of the borough’s local schools and industry.
Entertainment in Newham
Documentary 1980 5 mins Location: Upton Park
A whistle-stop tour of the entertainment options available to the citizens of Newham in the 1970s, documented by a local council filmmaker.
Discovering Newham: West Ham United FA Cup Victory Parade
Documentary 1980 3 mins Location: Upton Park
An exuberant crowd lines the streets outside the Boleyn Ground, waving claret and blue flags celebrating the 1975 FA Cup victory.
Christmas in Newham 1967
Home movie 1967 8 mins Silent Location: Upton Park
As picture-postcard snowfall blankets the world outside, a decorated East London home hosts a festive family Christmas get-together.
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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