BFI Player Celebrates 70 Years Of Football

BFI Player celebrates 70 years of football with a collection of 120 titles available to view for free. Available are newsreels, feature films, instructional films, adverts and more.

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Greg Dyke, Chair of the BFI, and President of the Football Association said, “Having lived and breathed films and football for the last few years it’s brilliant that BFI Player is releasing this collection. It offers a fascinating insight into the history of the beautiful game that everyone in the UK can enjoy. I hope everyone will share this great archive of footballing achievement.”

The collection, from the BFI and Regional and National Archives, includes films featuring almost every team from today’s top two divisions, alongside a handful of lesser or forgotten sides. Top picks such as Burnley v Manchester United from 1902 and footage of Andy Wilson joining Chelsea for a groundbreaking £6,000 in 1923 stand out but there’s lots more.

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