WBA v MCFC: The Earliest Film

It’s West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City tonight (26 January 2021) in the Premier League. This game will be televised and so I thought I’d dig out the earliest known surviving film of WBA v MCFC at the Hawthorns.

Here it is:

https://www.britishpathe.com/video/the-football-season-opens

It’s a curious little film and it does show one of the goals (Albion’s not City’s) and so you will see Frank Swift making an attempt to save it. Notice at the start the way the two teams enter the field (more like the way it’s done at the moment during Covid than it was only a season or so ago).

WBA’s shirts are interesting with their extra white section on the front.

This game is from 25 August 1934 and ended 1-1 with Sam Barkas scoring for MCFC.

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