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Norwich City v West Bromwich Albion
Canaries defender Mel Machin attempts to dominate the pitch in this 1975 match for Norwich City at their home ground Carrow Road against West Bromwich Albion.
Sport 1975 3 mins
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A home game for Norwich City playing at Carrow Road against West Bromwich Albion in 1975. Norwich played The Baggies at least 5 times during this season - in the League, FA Cup and Texaco Cup - so it’s uncertain which game this is. Canaries right back Mel Machin, wearing shirt number 2 attempts several tackles against Baggies winger, Johnson, who is wearing shirt number 11. Machin is finally sent off, with just three minutes to spare until the whistle blows.
Melvyn (Mel) Machin made a large impact at Norwich City, being voted into the Hall of Fame in 2006.
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Newsview Young World: Day in the Life of Sunderland AFC Manager George Hardwick
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Documentary 1983 26 mins Location: Syderstone
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Amateur film 1973 11 mins Location: Norwich
Norwich market from dawn to dusk in all weathers, with commentary by the market traders comparing the market now with their memories. The market has traded for over 900 years.
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Women meet on a Norwich bowling green to play a friendly bowls match.
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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
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An exploration of the life and work of the controversial British composer.
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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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