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May 1, 2010

Sport in Black and White Film

Filed under: All,Miscellany — Josh @ 1:33 pm

From my sports blog, but cross-posted here for its sociological aspects!

Some videos from the olden days of sport, mainly from the awesome BFI channel. A short documentary on the ban on women playing football, a ban which would last from 1920 to 1970, a piece on a Scottish Cup game from 1920 between Cowdenbeath and Dunfermline (note the referee’s outfit!). Wales beat England at Rugby Union in 1922 (though the introductory frame looks much more like football). Short film about the legendary West Indian cricketer, Learie Constantine, one of the first black players to supplant British colonialists in the West Indies time. Clapton Orient play their last game of the 1915 season before, almost en bloc, joining the army. The poor groundsman has to deal with soldiers marching over his pitch. Accrington play Church at cricket in 1902. The Manchester to Blackpool walk race from 1903. Good to see that the technique for competitive walking has stayed consistently ridiculous for over a century. And finally, the almost hallucinogenic Ladies on Bicycles.


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