Film: 7612

Sport | 1920 | Silent | B/W


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Excellent footage of record crowd entering ground illegally.
Rare shots of Bolton and West Ham teams assembled for camera.
Rare individual shots of Bolton's David Jack and Joe Smith.
No shots of goals or policeman on white horse.
The camera angles and distance from the game itself are very poor. Pathe in fact had no permission to film the match hence the camera was disguised as the mascot and the cameraman wears a false moustache in order to escape detection by the newsreel cameramen who did have permission to film. In addition, the newsreel misses most of the goals as they could only take a limited amount of stock. a still of the shooter usually replaces the goal itself.
'WORLD'S RECORD CROWD see West Ham United and Bolton Wanderers' great struggle for "THE CUP" at the wonderful new Stadium, Wembley.'

Film opens with shot of spectators leaving what is probably Wembley Station. Spectators set off in direction of stadium and look up at the camera as they pass. Mainly men, in hats and overcoats, one woman can be seen with her male partner. One man toffs his hat in the direction of the camera. Shot of the milling crowd on the concourse outside the stadium. A vendor in white coat and cap can be seen selling home made lemonade. The area is some way in front of the turnstiles and spectators can be seenclambering over the ornate structure that serves as the ticket entrance in the background. Title card shows 'Thousands were disappointed and unable to enter the grounds.' Shot of packed crowd glumly waiting to gain entrance. The men, in trilby hats and caps, look straight into the camera. Title card 'Rushing the Barriers.' As the packed crowd queue to gain admittance, a number of men can be seen climbing over the wall to gain free admittance. A woman can be seen in the bottom right-hand corner looking at the camera. The camera pans along the wall as the men struggle to get in. Then spectators, all male, most in overcoats, some in trilby hats, others in flat caps, climbing over a perimeter fence leading to the concourse outside the entrance building to the stadium. The spectators clamber over a wooden fence topped with barbed wire, then up a grassy hill to join other spectators milling on the concourse outside the stadium. Shot from the other side of the ticket entrance as fans clamber over the structure and drop to the other side. Title card 'At 3 o'clock 10,000 people had invaded the pitch making play impossible.'

Cut to aerial shot over packed stadium, which I believe is taken from an airship. The teeming crowd can be seen having completely covered the playing area. The two sets of goal posts can be seen amongst the sea of spectators. Camera shot pans around the whole of the stadium, taking in the twin towers and the open waste land behind the stadium. Ground shot from behind the goal amongst a throng of spectators woth the goalposts of one goal visible above the crowd in the background. The male spectators, mostly in flat caps, look in the direction of the camera. Another shot from the perimeter of the pitch shows the densely packed open terracing at one end. Shot of crowd being cleared off the playing area. Title card 'Mascots were plentiful!' Two male West Ham fans are seen outside the stadium. One holds an enormous home made hammer, wears a pith helmet swathed in the club colours, and a rosette in his lapel. His colleague wears a black trilby hat and also sports a rosette. A man's hand waving a rattle appears from one side. A man behind spins the hammer round above the holder's head.

Card 'But the "Pathe Mascot" was unique' - appears on screen. A man is then shown in a suit, shirt, and tie, wearing a flat cap. He sports a large rosette in his lapel. He holds an effigy of a box style camera in striped colours, with 'UP WEST HAM' fixed to the side. Coloured streamers are attached to the strand. The man spins the camera round to show the hole for the lens, then produces a small handle from his pocket, slots it into a hole in the side, and proceeds to turn it. 'PLAY UP HAMMERS' can be seen fixed to the other side of the box. The man, with moustache, and wearing glasses, makes as if he is filming and rotates the camera on the stand. He then removes his glasses and fingers his moustache as he looks at the camera.

Cut to an aerial shot over the stadium and it can be seen that the pitch has been cleared to the touchline and the match started. The densely packed crowd can be seen behind the touchline and goals. The camera pans around the whole of the stadium and spaces can be seen at the back of the running track behind the goals. Shot from the terraces behind one of the goals, which shows the players in action on the pitch, and the packed crowd around the touchline and behind the goals. Another aerial shot over the stadium showing the action and crowd. Shot from terraces on sidelines showing match action and dense crowd hugging the touchlines and behind the goal. A Bolton player in his white shirt takes a throw-in and throws the ball down the line where the West Ham defence make a clearance. Higher angled shot from behind the corner flag of the West Ham goal. Players seen running upfield towards the Bolton goal. Card 'Jack quickly put Bolton ahead by scoring after 3 minutes play.'

The picture then cuts to a head and torso shot of the Bolton scorer, David Jack, in his white shirt with arms folded posing for the camera. The Bolton club badge is prominent on the left breast of the player's shirt. This picture is taken either before or after the match, and probably not at Wembley. A serious looking Jack then proceeds to smile and laugh at the camera. Back to action from behind the corner flag of West Ham's goal. A cross from the right wing is converted by one of the Bolton forwards. The referee disallows the goal, probably for offside, and is accosted by the Bolton scorer and a team mate. A West Ham player intercedes and the Hammer's goalkeeper takes the subsequent free kick. Card 'Well played "Hammers," better luck next time!'

Shot of West Ham team assembled for a team shot for the camera in their claret and blue kit. The lace-up crew neck collars of the shirts can be clearly seen. The shot is probably taken either before or after the game, probably on the Hammer's Upton Park pitch. The serious looking players manage to break into a smile and laugh at the camera. Card 'The Winning Team.' Shot of the Bolton eleven assembled for a team shot for the camera. The Bolton captain, Joe Smith, and scorer, David Jack, can be seen seated in the front row. Goalkeeper Dick Pym can be seen behind in the back row. The Bolton players laugh and smile at the camera. The shot is probably taken on their Burnden Park ground pitch, either before or after the match. 'The "Day of Days" for Joe Smith - Bolton's captain. Then head and upper torso shot of a smiling Smith in his Bolton shirt, having won the match 2-0.

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