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British Pathe

This archive of newsreel footage allows you search and watch for nothing. It’s a treasure trove. Many of those who saw Duncan Edwards play football, for example, believe he would have become the all-time greatest had he not died as a result of the Munich air disaster. There’s very little footage of him in action, but here are a selection of clips on the Pathe site. Edwards scores the first for England in the 3-1 win over Germany. (The game between United and Real Madrid is notable for the scuffle at the end!).

One of the greatest Anglo-German football stories ever that of the German goalkeeper, Bert Trautmann, whose career in England began after he had been freed from a prisoner of war camp after WWII. When captured, he was classified a Nazi because of his long association with the Hitler Youth. Within a short time as a player, he was a local hero with Manchester City and went on to give decades of sterling service to the game. Famously, he broke his neck during the 1956 FA Cup final – and played on. The broken bone was only diagnosed afterwards. Footage of that match is here.

There are five clips of Mohammed Ali, and he’s atypically quiet in the one where he arrives at London airport in 1966 before his fight with Henry Copper. Then there’s Joe DiMaggio and others playing in the 1937 World Series. And some pre-tournament footage from Wimbledon in 1958, including the defending women’s champion Althea Gibson, and the place looks almost identical to today, except in B&W, not green and purple. And there’s a lot, lot more. Just enter your search term on the home page. Obviously it’s not just limited to sport, but there’s a wealth of sporting material there.


Ten Le Tissier goals

He couldn’t stay in the England team, but the man had audacious talent.


Federer’s genius

The greatest player of all time in action with that shot at the US Open in 2009. As John McEnroe joked afterwards: “And for my next winner, I’m going to hit the shot from inside a box while they saw me in half.”

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