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'Spurs' Captain Marries
Watford hosts the lowkey wedding of Tottenham and England captain, Arthur Grimsdell.
Non-Fiction 1922 Silent
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Arthur Grimsdell, born in Watford, played centre-half for Tottenham Hotspur and England and captained both during a lengthy career. He also played cricket at first class level and was a minor sporting celebrity of the 1920s. Here, he rather sheepishly poses for the cameras despite being covered in confetti with his more animated new wife, Gwendolene Adcock, who grins from beneath a rather fetching hat.
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.
"Oh to Be in England"
Amateur film 1947 13 mins Silent Location: Harrow
Bluebells, wisteria and snowdrops feature in this lovely colour film showing the effect of nature on the London suburb of Harrow after the war.
Watford Street Scenes
Non-Fiction 1925 1 mins Silent Location: Watford
A wintry Watford High Street buzzes with busy shoppers.
Grand Union Canal
Documentary 1937 34 mins Silent Location: Houses of Parliament
Follow working narrow boats as they make their 60-hour trip from London to Birmingham along Britain's longest industrial waterway.
Harrow Events - C.1927 - Osborne Personal Film
Amateur film 1927 11 mins Silent Location: Harrow
Watford, Harrow and Pinner let down their hair in a 1920s smorgasbord of funfairs, fire displays and Tudor pageantry.
Here and There
Amateur film 1954 26 mins Silent Location: Hemel Hempstead
Amateur captured Hertfordshire town centres, public gardens, market days, river journeys by boat or barge, and Whipsnade Zoo with wild animals from each corner of the globe.
Amateur film 1984 17 mins Silent Location: Watford
Watford town streets and landmarks as seen through the eyes of a cine enthusiast including Watford FC's early eighties celebratory open-top bus parade for Hornet's supporters.
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.