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.

The film features appearances from famous footballers, and is narrated by Raymond Glendenning, a sports commentator. As with Cricket, the British Council were keen for authenticity in their sports films.

The Cup Final featured in the game was part of the Football League War Cup. This tournament replaced the regular FA Cup during wartime.

This film has been made available by the British Council Film Collection for non-commercial research and educational purposes . . The British Council Film Collection consists of 120 short documentaries made by the British Council during the 1940s designed to show the world how Britain lived, worked and played.
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  1. Back when people didn’t whine about someone calling their sport ‘soccer’ which is the right word for this code of football.

  2. When I coach my players I always show them this video, the beginning is particularly useful too as the players demonstrate some basic ball skills.

  3. Great to see footage of Lol Hamlett of Bolton, later a great servant of Port Vale as player and trainer. Lol was given 2 testimonials by the Vale in 1976 and 1984.

  4. Here, wait a minute….this Chelsea win is the South war time final – not the real thing!

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