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Thrilling Cup-Tie Semi-Finals

1926 FA Cup semi-finals: Manchester City v Manchester United, Bolton Wanderers v Swansea Town

Non-Fiction 1926 2 mins Silent


Is that a seven run-a-side game? No, it's Manchester City taking on Manchester United at the very large Bramall Lane cricket ground. So large that only half is used when playing football. It's United on the attack here, but City continued their astonishing cup run - as good in the cup as they were poor in the league. Despite making it to the FA Cup final - and scoring 31 goals in five rounds - City were relegated from the First Division at the end of the 1925-26 season.

Judging by the poor camera position, Gaumont was possibly not the official newsreel for Bolton v Swansea at White Hart Lane. Still, we get some good shots of goal-mouth action, if not any of the goals. Maybe that's a blessing - The Times called the match "dull".