Rarely-seen footage of Bradford City’s 1911 FA Cup victory against Newcastle has been released by Yorkshire Film Archive as it backs Bantams’ bid to lift the Capital One Cup on Sunday.
One four-minute clip showing the first match, a goalless draw at Crystal Palace’s London ground on April 22, 1911, was handed to the York-based archive by a private individual.
And a two-minute video, acquired from the Imperial War Museum, shows scenes from the replay at Manchester United’s then recently-opened ground at Old Trafford – including the reaction of City players after Jimmy Speirs’s 15th minute headed winner, which secured the historic victory in front of a 58,000-strong crowd on April 26, 1911.
Speaking as it released the videos on its website yesterday, four days before Bradford City face Swansea at Wembley in its first major competition final in almost 102 years, archive manager Graham Relton said: “We are all excited about this. We have a lot of gems in our archive, but historically it’s fantastic to have this film of City’s first major cup final on the eve of their second one.”
In 1911, Newcastle was playing in its fifth final in seven years, while Bradford City – formed only eight years earlier in 1903 – was making its first appearance in the final.
The first video clip, from the game at Crystal Palace, shows each team running out on to the pitch from the players’ tunnel, while policemen line the short route.
Bradford City is first out, followed by Newcastle players, and the team captains meet the referee and shake hands at the halfway line.
Much of the action can be seen close up and from pitch-level, while uncovered stands can be seen in the background, packed with spectators.
In the second piece of footage from the replay, Bradford City is first to emerge from the tunnel at Old Trafford, followed by the Newcastle team dressed in striped shirts.
It is not clear whether Speirs’s goal can be seen, but the players turn away to celebrate. At the end of the match, the film shows the players as they collect the cup.
To celebrate Phil Parkinson’s men’s achievements, the archive is allowing fans to share the footage by sending ‘video cards’ on their smartphones. Scan the QR code (right), or visit www.yorkshirefilmarchive.com for more information.