Film: 7611

Sport | 1910 | Sound | B/W

Synopsis:

This is probably a film of the 1911 F.A. Cup Final Football between Bradford City and Newcastle United played at the Crystal Palace ground.

The film starts with Bradford's captain shaking hands with the referee who wear a suit, with his trousers tucked into boots and socks. The ball is already on the centre circle and a vendor passes by in front of the camera. The Newcastle captain joins the pair and shakes their hands. The Bradford captain tosses the coin and lets it fall to the ground. As all three focus on the coin it is unclear who has won the toss. Cut to shot of packed crowd. All male and mostly wearing flat caps. Some wave their caps in the direction of the camera. One spectator holds up a large umbrella depicting the colours of the team he suports. First-aid man from St. John's Ambulance walks past camera. Cut to action on the pitch. Players scramble for the ball on the touchline. It eventually breaks to a Newcastle player in striped shirt. Aerial challenge between two players results in the ball being punted forward by a Bradford player. Back in the touchline a Bradford player weaves his way through some determined Newcastle challenges with the ball. Same aerial challenge repeated, the repeat of action from the touchline. Switch to behind Btadford goal as Newcastle attack. The Bradford keeper stays on his toes on his goal line as a cross from the right-wing is cleared by his defence. Next another Newcastle cross, this time from the left is cleared once again by the Bradford defence. A corner is shown being defended by Bradford. The ball is challenged for and eventually breaks to the Bradford goalkeeper. One of the Newcastle players tries to charge the custodian, misses, and ends up in the goal, flat on his back. The Bradford players look at him accusingly as he gets to his feet. Switch to crowd craning to see the teams and the cup. The game having ended in a nil-nil draw. All male, wearing caps. The trophy, the third I history, was introduced for this final. Coincidentally, the firm who made the cup where situated in Bradford. The Bradford team assemble on the steps leading up to the prsentation area. A man in a bowler hat shakes the captain by the hand. Lord Kinnaird can be seen sitting just behind the cup itself. The Bradford captain catches a football to hold. Despite what the commentator stets, I think this is the end of the drawn match at Crystal palace, and not the replay at Old Trafford, Manchester, where Bradford won 1-0.


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