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Sheffield United v Bury (1902)

Sparkling images of fans and players at an Edwardian fixture at Sheffield's Bramall Lane.

Non-Fiction 1902 2 mins Silent


Its sparkling images of players and fans make this one of the best of Mitchell & Kenyon's football films. Long, slow pans across the terraces capture the intense concentration etched on every face as Sheffield United, in stripes, lead the attack. The camera missed United's winning goal, but we do see one of the game's first celebrities, United goalkeeper William 'Fatty' Foulke.

Sheffield's Bramall Lane is the oldest major football ground still in use. It was finished in 1855 and hosted its first football match in 1862. United had an excellent 1902-03 season and finished fourth in the First Division, just three points behind the champions, their Sheffield rivals The Wednesday (as they were called until 1929).