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Rotherham Town v Thornhill (1902)

A ropey pitch and worse goalkeeping in a typical non-league football derby in Edwardian Yorkshire.

Non-Fiction 1902 2 mins Silent


These two Rotherham football clubs eventually merged to become Rotherham United in 1925. Here, they make the best of a poor pitch that caused the match to be abandoned after 55 minutes. The Rotherham Town keeper, in white, puts in a lot of effort, if not so much skill, with the ball. Showman Albert Wilkinson, in a top hat, can be seen geeing up the coal-dusted crowds for the camera.