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    Eton boys play an unusual game to celebrate St. Andrew's Day.

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    Eton College, Berkshire.

    Title: "The WALL GAME on St. Andrew's Day this year was as strenuous a struggle as ever".

    An unusual team game played by boys from Eton college - the object of which is to wrestle a ball from your opponents and touch it to a wall.

    M/S of a group of teenage boys in a row, with linked arms they stride towards the camera, they all wear caps, long scarves and short trousers. M/S of a group of boys in front of a tall brick wall, more boys perch on the top of the wall. There is a scuffle between group of boys by the wall, looks like a rugby scrum but more anarchic. M/S of a group of Eton boys in striped caps shouting encouragement to the boys playing the game. C/U, looking down from the top of the wall, of the scrum of boys, most are covered in mud. A few seconds of spacing follows.

    More M/Ss of the scrum. M/S of the boys shouting encouragement. Top shot of the scrum from the top of the wall. M/S of the game being played away from the wall - we see for the first time that the game is played with a football. Top shot of the scrum. Panning M/S of the smartly dressed parents and Eton boys (some wearing the famous uniform of top hat and tails), they watch the game from behind a cordon.

    Top shot of the scrum. M/S of the row of boys with linked arms walking towards the camera. More general shots of the game. L/S of the boys walking on the pitch with their masters. M/S of the boys preparing for the game, some help each other tie on special striped hats with flaps that protect the ears. More shots of the game, a master in a flat cap and tweeds appears to be the umpire. Various shots of the boys at the end of the match - covered in mud and exhausted they lie on the ground and lean against the wall.

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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:44:53:00 / 01:49:51:00
    G 1143

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