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Rugby Football Match

A hard-fought early filmed match

Sport 1901 2 mins


Leicester Tigers face Plymouth in this early filmed rugby match, which took place 26 October 1901, at Leicester's Welford Road home. As is customary in early sporting films, only a small proportion of the match is captured, due to the technical limitations of the time. The match ended in a 3-3 draw.

James Bamforth was a pioneer British filmmaker, based in Holmfirth, Yorkshire. Having worked as a as a studio photographer and producer of magic lantern slides, he was well-placed to move into the film industry in 1898., His ever-entrepreneurial company, Bamforth & Co., later diversified into the production of saucy seaside postcards, which sustained it long after it lost its place in the film industry, proving a successful line of business into the 1990s.