Football Ball Manufacture Aka Football Story 1956

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    C/U of a football being kicked; M/Ss of a group of Arsenal players heading the ball to one another and displaying ball-skill dexterity on Highbury football pitch; commentator mentions players like Captain Cliff Holton and internationals (David) Bowen and (Derrick) Tapscott being household names; Dennis Evans may also be seen among the players.

    M/S in a factory in South Norwood, London, where footballs have been made since 1891; although not mentioned by name it is Webber Bros. Ltd. A man is seen rolling up large sheets of leather, then he takes a roll to a cutting machine, spreads it over the cutting board and cuts out numerous oblong panels from it. A large pile of panels is placed before an elderly man, 70-year-old Joe Kidd sitting astride a wooden bench. He takes one panel and stretches it over the bench with the aid of some pincer/plier-type tools. C/Us of this process.

    M/S of numerous men in a workroom who are stitching the panels together by hand; C/Us of a man stitching the inside-out panels; he wears leather covers over his fingertips for protection. M/S of a young man stitching. M/S of another young man who is squashing a white leather football into shape, with one of the panels sticking out.

    M/S of a man standing before a table piled with finished and half-finished footballs; he is putting the bladder into a ball, then pumps it up.

    More nice shots of the Arsenal team; this time they are seen at a practice game. One of the players scores a goal.

    Note: print is quite badly scratched and is vinegar-syndrome infected. Negs used for telecine transfer - some neg sparkle.

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    01:24:44:00 / 01:27:04:00
    CP 057
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  • "Derrick Tapscott" in text and tags should read Derek Tapscott.

    "Dennis Evans may also be seen among the players" - just to confirm that yes, Evans is seen.

    jamied 2nd Mar 2013

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