A film charting the history of British football in the FA centenary year.
Various European Locations
Reel One and Reel Two
Reel One: Night. (light is quite dark) Football stadium floodlit. MS. Pre-match build up includes a woman selling peanuts as expectant football fans rush past. Football crowd. Montage of lights coming Title 'Home and Away' fades in followed by floodlights coming on. (Commentary) Football match between Chelsea and Charlton, attack and counterattack. Camera pans left to right following players. Spanish football match between Real Madrid. (Excellent quality, good crowd shots) Crowd watching game. Female spectator. Players on pitch. Young couple at the game (girl kisses the boys hand, but he seems oblivious whilst watching the game - she slaps his hand, but he remains unflinching) (Spanish commentary) Russian football. Moscow stadium. Dynamos game in progress. MS. Russian spectators. Young Russian fan. Scoreboard in Russian. Germany - Hamburg playing Santos. Journalists watching the match. LS. Game in progress. (No. 10 for Santos is a young Pele who tricks a defender before being tackled) Aerial shot of stadium. Ground level shot of same stadium. Italian fans watching a game on television (various shots) Two opposing captains exchange pennants before match. Players kicking ball across icy pitch. Crowds going into stadium. (Italian commentary) Crowds queuing and then going through turnstile. Montage of early period football. Early photographs of crowded goal area. Camera pans down on rules and regulations ran up by FA many years ago. Public school team photo. Photo of 'organised' game. Fans in street (early 1900) Busy street from the same period emphasising growth of football in industrial Britain. Group of jubilant fans - one man playing banjo and singing. Montage of game being played illustrated by sketches. Spectators at game. Stadium at 379 ft. Shot dissolved to show another ground as a cup final is being played. Photographs on wall on Football Association Council Chamber 'still the controlling body of English football'. Camera pulls back to show some council members. Members of the FA council seated in Council Chamber - camera pulls back. Discussion in progress. Game in progress watched by large crowd. World football. Competitors from 90 countries. Various teams in procession (including Vietnam) British referee with opposing captains before match. Vast crowd seated round stadium, cheering. Camera pans left to right. Little boy kicks ball and then falls over. Various shots of children being coached and playing school football. Crowds watching. Street football, young kids playing, four young girls watching from pavement. River - football team crossing bridge. Spectators . Pre-match rituals of putting up nets. Amateur match in progress watched by spectators, game shrouded in mist. Organiser offering hot soup to players. Playing fields, various games going on, factories in the distance. Amateur football side, game going on, supporters watching. Team after game going into changing rooms, which are attached to public house. Dissolve to large bath with members of team. Various shots of team players in bath., singing Group talking and drinking. Various shots, post-match in pub. Team training. Various exercise routines in training. Gym exercises, five-a-side training. Team coming from the tunnel to cheers from huge crowd. Jimmy Greaves (England striker) signing autographs as he boards coach. Various shots of players signing autograph books. Danny Blanchflower seated at table holding a telephone (in TV. studio) Footballer arriving at reception, being greeted by hosts. Billy Wright (Wolves and England) Wolves bringing the cup home to the delight of fans. Cup and players. Manager explaining to team by use of 16 mm film what is happening during a match. Players watching film. Various shots of players watching footage. Film on screen. Practice game - team playing in an empty stadium.
Reel Two: English vs. Italian side. Spectators cheering. Corner kick being taken. Italian commentator. Sound technician. Journalists. Cameraman covering match. Various shots of crowd, people tuning in to radio reports of football. Spectators. Stadium exterior. People outside stadium listening to commentary on radio. Various shots of supporters outside stadium with transistor radios. Players on field - camera pans left to right as ball is passed. Family watching game on television, young man comments in Italian. Players. Spectators. Restaurant - people listening to commentary of match over radio. Women eating. Tourist coach. Cathedral. Female tourist guide giving information about cathedral in English. Driver whispers in her ear - she then informs tourists that Milan have scored. Crowd cheering and waving their hands. Young man twists girl round slightly to the amazement of passers-by. Restaurant - customers watching television. Various shots of people watching football match on television. English Cup-final. Policeman on motorcycle escorts Tottenham Hotspur to Wembley for the FA Cup Final. Team coach. Poster with printed caption 'THE CUP FINAL' Crowds approaching Wembley Stadium Inside stadium. Man conducting singing before match. Packed stadium. Spurs team aboard team coach on the way to Wembley. Various shots of Spurs players on coach looking anxious. Danny Blanchflower (captain) Continuation of pre-match build-up. Players in dressing room before the game. Crowds surrounding coach, players on coach. Some shots of Burnley players and Spurs in dressing-room before game. Clock counting down the time until the players begin the final. Players in tunnel. Players walk onto the pitch. Balloons and crowd. Start of the 1962 Cup Final - various shot of the game in play. Various players involved in early exchanges (including Stanley Matthews and Jimmy Greaves). Various shots of Stanley Matthew's 'finest hour' - the 1953 Cup Final. Various shots of World Cup. (Players focused on are Garrincha, Didi) World Cup footage, shots of the Brazilian team playing. 'Styles emerging' through world football. Various shots of play from different games emphasising different styles. World Cup Final 1958 . Pele aged 18 playing in his first World Cup scores both goals for Brazil as they beat Sweden 2-1. (Excellent footage throughout, some good shots of Pele) Various shots of the game in progress. 1962 World Cup in Chile. Brazil in the final vs. Czechoslovakia (a game they won 3-1) Various shots of the game in motion. (bad light) Celebrations for Brazil who triumph in final. (tears from Pele as they win the final - good shots). Celebrations, street parties camera tracks along to show crowd. White country house - camera pans right to left showing boys running past with football in hand (good shots) boys bouncing football. Various shots of boys playing (commentator mentions that the next World Cup will take place in the country where 'organised football was born over 100 years ago' Credits and End Titles.
Commentary by Tim Brinton and Walter Winterbottom
Written by Sean Graham
Cataloguers Note: There is some excellent footage here of England's national side shaping up to challenge for the 1966 world cup. Commentary exemplifies the rise of football, from its humble roots, to the pinnacle of global importance in society. Good throughout.