About the film archive
Learn about the history behind our documentary film archive from the 1940s.
Football as a true British institution; The Great Game starts with schoolboys being taught by famous footballers, followed by extended footage of the Football League War Cup Finals from 1945.
British Association Football
'A famous footballer tells how boys learn football at school and describes the part the game plays in British life. Most towns have their teams, and matches are played every Saturday. Almost everyone takes an interest in these matches, and at the end of the winter the best two teams play in the 'Cup Final' for 'the Cup', a silver trophy kept by the winners until the next year.''
(Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1946)
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