• Short Summary

    Nine-year-old Megan Lear plays football with the boys at Westcourt School in Gravesend.

  • Description

    Gravesend, Kent.

    M/Ss of a group of young boys getting into their football kit next to the pitch at Westcourt School. C/U of some football boots being tied; tilt up to show they are on the feet of... "but what's this, a girl?!" says commentator, and goes on to say nine-year-old Megan Lear is one of the stars of the football team.

    The referee blows a whistle; the team run onto the pitch and jump up and down to keep warm before the starting whistle blows and Megan kicks off. Various shots of the match; commentator says "The cry was once 'votes for women' - now it's goals!". Megan is seen taking a penalty shot which the goalkeeper saves.

    Nice M/S of a group of boys sitting on a bench and cheering. More shots of Megan playing in the match.

    Note: print used for telecine transfer is quite badly scratched; mute neg is incomplete. On file is a small news article about 'The half-back girl'.

    Cuts exist - see separate record.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    133.07
    Media URN:
    1670
    Group:
    Colour pictorials
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    13/03/1961
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:19:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:18:34:00 / 01:19:53:00
    Canister:
    CP 324

Comments (1)

  1. jamied says

    Towards the end of the clip the commentator says, "Some diehards would argue that this isn't cricket, but when summer comes Megan may even move on to that hallowed ground" - interestingly, she did go on to become an international cricketer for England!

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