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Wales v Ireland at Wrexham (1906)
International football action in front of an enthusiastic home crowd in Wrexham.
Non-Fiction 1906 3 mins
In what may be the earliest International football match recorded on film, Wales play Ireland in a Home Championship fixture at Wrexham's Racecourse Ground. Wales (in the darker kit) are cheered on by a lively home crowd. Two cameras cover the action, with edited shots showing the build up to two of the Welsh goals and drama in the penalty area. This was a high-scoring game, ending in a 4-4 draw.
Sadly, the filmmakers weren't able to catch Welsh star Billy Meredith in action. Meredith was serving a season-long ban for alleged bribery following a bad-tempered First Division game between his club, Manchester City, and Aston Villa. Believing himself a fall-guy for his club's practices, Meredith left City for local rivals Manchester United in May 1906.
Hull F.C. v Hull Kingston Rovers (1902)
Non-Fiction 1902 4 mins Location: Kingston upon Hull
Rugby arch rivals lock horns in Hull.
Runcorn v St Helens (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 2 mins Location: Runcorn
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Non-Fiction 1902 4 mins Location: Stoneferry
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Liverpool v Small Heath (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 1 mins Location: Liverpool
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Manchester to Blackpool Road Race (1903)
Non-Fiction 1903 2 mins Location: Blackpool
Over a hundred Edwardian athletes gather for a gruelling walking race.
Newcastle United v Liverpool (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 7 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
An Edwardian football match at Newcastle's St James' Park ground.
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Wrexham Central to Ellesmere Line 1962
Amateur film 1962 12 mins Location: Wrexham/Wrecsam
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International Association Match. England v. Wales. Played at Wrexham, March 11th, 1912
Non-Fiction 1912 5 mins Location: Wrexham/Wrecsam
Action shots of the great Billy Meredith, the ‘Prince of Wingers’, the legendary soccer star who played for Manchester City, Manchester United and Wales.
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Non-Fiction 1912 3 mins Location: Wrexham/Wrecsam
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Amateur film 1940 14 mins Location: Wrexham/Wrecsam
A miscellany of events including demolition, building, and preparations for war with the distribution of gas masks in August 1939 and white line painting on roads/pavements.
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Exeter Real Ale Festival
News 1975 3 mins Location: Exeter
The wet and warm ale goes down a treat as aficionados gather to celebrate real ale.
Home movie 1955 8 mins Location: Llanddwyn Island/Ynys Llanddwyn
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News 1979 2 mins Location: Plymouth
Experimentation with a coat for two leaves couples with really no escape.
Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music
News 1970 2 mins Location: Shepton Mallet
Progressive gathering of festival goers hits the blues.
Dawson: Lower Penn Show
Home movie 1954 4 mins Location: Lower Penn
Another blustery summer day in the 1950s and it's Lower Penn's carnival parade.