ProRes digital file Colour;Black & White Sound 2021 24:43
Summary: A film celebrating grassroots football in London, commissioned by the Museum of London and the Greater London Authority to celebrate Euro 2020.
Title number: 21269
LSA ID: LSA/27971
Description: The origins of football are entrenched in the history of the city. The earliest recording of a game of football was documented in London and The Football Association was formed in the capital in 1863. This legacy of course continues today with several of the world’s leading football clubs located in London.
This year, to celebrate the UEFA EURO 2020 championships finally getting underway, the Museum of London presents Eleven, a film that highlights eleven personal stories of Londoners to create a contemporary London line-up and highlight the empowering nature of the ‘beautiful game’. The film captures a range of stories from Globe Rangers in Walthamstow to St. Matthews Project in Brixton, from the first Black Londoner to ever play football for England, Benjamin Odeje, to founder of Goal Diggers, Fleur Cousens, who created a team accessible to all women and non-binary people.
As the Museum of Londoners, this film focuses on the local heroes, from the referees and groundkeepers who keep the teams going to those finding rehabilitation and community through football.
Credits: Derby-Cooper, Sam (Director); Nevols, Sebastian (Director)
Further information: The film features archive film material from several London's Screen Archives partners:
BFI National Archive
London Metropolitan Archives
Newham Archives and Local Studies Library
Redbridge Museum and Heritage Centre
The Sainsbury Archive, Museum of London Docklands
Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives
Vestry House Museum, London Borough of Waltham Forest
Keywords: football; community; Disability