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BOLTON V BLACKPOOL 1953

Happy New Year from everyone at British Pathé!

This weekend (Saturday 4th January 2014), Bolton Wanderers will play Blackpool in the third round of the FA Cup at the Reebok Stadium.

61 years ago, these two teams competed against each other in the 1953 FA Cup Final (the “Matthews Final”), with Blackpool coming out on top. The British Pathé archive has original newsreel coverage of that match. Click here to take a look.

We also have some silent footage from the game that never made it into the final edited newsreel:

Selected Originals #1 / Selected Originals #2

The archive holds a great many other FA Cup matches, including nearly every Final from 1920 to 1970, and all of these are viewable on the British Pathé website. A good tip: Don’t put the year of the match in the search box. Search for the team and filter by date afterwards using the year slider.

Let’s hope it’s a good game on Saturday!

Watch the 1953 final here

On 6 February 1958 a charter plane with 44 passengers on board crashed after refuelling in Munich. The crash claimed the lives of 21 people including 8 members of the Manchester United football team known as the ‘Busby Babes’.  You can find our gallery on the disaster here.
In this still, the wreckage of the plane is examined in heavy snow.

On 6 February 1958 a charter plane with 44 passengers on board crashed after refuelling in Munich. The crash claimed the lives of 21 people including 8 members of the Manchester United football team known as the ‘Busby Babes’.

You can find our gallery on the disaster here.

In this still, the wreckage of the plane is examined in heavy snow.