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Sunderland v Middlesbrough (1904)

A hard-fought North East derby in the Edwardian First Division.

Non-Fiction 1904 1 mins Silent


Shot on 9 January 1904 at Roker Park - Sunderland's home ground from 1897 until a century - this film captures a typically competitive Tees-Wear derby, watched by 14,000 spectators. Sunderland, kitted then as now in red and white striped shirts and black shorts, emerged 3-1 winners. By the early 1900s football had grown in popularity thanks to reduced working hours, making Saturday 'match day'.