The Beautiful Game
London loves football. From north to south, and west to east, our gallery of classic films show the passion of the crowds and the skill of the players. As England embark on an European adventure this Summer, enjoy some of the great games and moments London has witnessed over the years. From Sunday morning games to pursuit of Cup Glory, to the International Deaf Games, London can lay claim to being Planet Football or at least football shaped. Good luck to our England boys in pursuit of glory, and win or lose, one thing is certain, we will be cheering you on!
The beautiful game attracts players of all abilities. This joyful film celebrates the 4th International Games for the Deaf of 1935, and features highlights of the 1st round round match at Chiswick, and the Final at Highbury between England and Belgium. The film shows the opening ceremony of the final and both Captains at the coin toss. England won 4-1 to win Gold for Britain, Belgium Silver and France Bronze. England repeated the achievement in 1939. Perhaps England can repeat the feat this year at the European Championships?
4th International Games for the Deaf, London Part 2
This delightful film from Barking and Dagenham in the 1950s shows a field of dreams. Two teams battle it out on a local park watched by discerning fans wrapped up against the cold. Keep an eye out for some fine goal keeping and an eye-watering crutching tackle on the white’s number seven. His understated reaction is joy to watch. The film ends enigmatically with a baby girl playing in the garden. We wonder if she watched the games regularly from her back garden?
Football Match & Girl in Garden
Probably the most famous Cup Final in history. Bolton play West Ham at the newly opened Wembley stadium as an estimated crowd of 125K , pour onto the pitch to watch the game. Marvel at the human touchline, and the legendary white horse who works to clear the pitch, so the game can commence. The game? Bolton won 2-0 against the plucky hammers. Although our London team lost, they can take great satisfaction in playing in such an epic game, which has stayed so long in our memories.
Topical Budget: The Cup Final, Wembley (1923)
Nothing says optimism and excitement more than the start of a new football season. Watch this great Topical Budget film as it shows Spurs preparing for the new season. The payers are happy and smiling as they perform their routines for the camera. Sadly the smiles would turn to frowns by the end of the season, as Spurs finished a disappointing 12th. Never mind guys, there is always next season!
Topical Budget: Donning Boots For The Soccer Season, Tottenham (1922)
Bill Shankly the legendary Liverpool manager once said ‘It’s much more than a game’ and who can doubt him when your local team has just won the League and Cup double. In 1971 Arsenal joined an elite band of only three other clubs who had achieved this feat. The fact that one of them was Tottenham Hotspur, their deadly neighbours and rivals, can only have added to the joy of the Arsenal community in achieving the double. This great film shows the local community coming out in force to celebrate and welcome home the victorious gunners. Look out for the great home made banners, hats, scarves, and posters that adorned the fans and streets of Highbury.
Arsenal May 1971