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Oldest Football Footage in Existence from 1898 Is Found

Sean Fay@@Sean_FayUK Staff WriterDecember 17, 2014

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The amazing footage above comes from a match between Blackburn Rovers and West Bromwich Albion at Ewood Park on September 24, 1898.

The footage was unearthed by the North West Film Archive at the Manchester Metropolitan University and is believed to be the oldest piece of known football footage in existence anywhere in the world. 

Blackburn (who are wearing the halves in the footage above) won the game 4-1 in front of 12,000 spectators, with goals from Daniel Hurst, John Moreland and two from Thomas Jackson, while West Brom (in the stripes) got their goal from Ben Garfield.

It is a far cry from the HD pictures and swanky graphics we are used to today, but it is still an incredible historical artefact to the game we all love. 

The footage is being hosted online thanks to the support of Football Addicts, the Swedish app developers who created Forza Football and Forza 90.

For more information, visit their website.

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