The Black-And-White Years: 21 Brilliant Vintage Photos Of Footballers In Pre-Season Training

Chris Wright

30th, July 2014

By Chris Wright

We’ve gone trawling through the PA archives again, this time bringing you 21 brilliant vintage black-and-white photos of players slogging their way through the bane of every professional footballer’s life: pre-season training…

Soccer - Notts County Training - Meadow Lane

Notts County players go for a jog during pre-season training at Meadow Lane, 1929

Soccer - Football League Division One - Chelsea Training - Stamford Bridge

Chelsea’s John Harris commandeers a team-mate to help him stretch at Stamford Bridge, 1950

Soccer - West Ham United Training - Southend - 1951

West Ham players play leapfrog on the beach at Southend, 1951

Soccer - Tommy Lawton - Brentford's ground, Griffin Park

Brentford player-manager Tommy Lawton brings out the hardware as his players train at Griffin Park, 1953

Soccer - League Division One - Blackpool Pre-Season Training - Bloomfield Road

Blackpool pair Stanley Matthews (left) and George Farm run up and down the terraces at Bloomfield Road, 1959

Soccer - League Division One - Wolverhampton Wanderers Pre-Season Training

Norman Deeley leads the rest of the Wolves squad in an energetic ‘knees up’ exercise, 1960

Soccer - Football League Division One - Arsenal Training

Arsenal ‘keeper Jack Kelsey poses proudly after saving nine shots at once, 1961

Soccer - League Division One - Arsenal Pre-Season Training - London Colney

Arsenal teammates Bill McCullough, Gerry Ward and Danny Clapton go for a run around London Colney, 1961

Soccer - League Division One - Chelsea Pre-Season Training - Ewell, Surrey

Chelsea practice their shooting en masse at Ewell, 1961

Soccer - League Division One - Chelsea Pre-Season Training

Chelsea trio Peter Brabrook, Peter Sillett and Johnny Brooks practice their juggling skills, 1961

Soccer - League Division Three - Queen's Park Rangers Pre-Season Training - White City Stadium

QPR pair Roy Bentley and Mark Lazarus link arms and leap over hurdles at White City Stadium, 1962

Soccer - League Division Three - Southend United Pre-Season Training - Roots Hall Ground, Southend

Southend United players loosen up with some heading practice at Roots Hall, 1962

Soccer - League Division One - Tottenham Hotspur Pre-Season Training - Cheshunt

Tottenham striker Jimmy Greaves tests his balance at Cheshunt, 1962

Soccer - League Division One - Arsenal Training - Colney Training Ground

Arsenal limber up(side down) at London Colney, 1962

Soccer - League Division Two - Charlton Athletic Pre-Season Training - The Valley

Charlton Athletic’s Brian Kinsey goes head over heels at The Valley, 1965

Soccer - League Division Two - Charlton Athletic Pre-Season Training - The Valley

Charlton players Jack Kennedy, Len Glover, Roy Matthews and Brian Kinsey do laps at The Valley, 1965

Soccer - League Division Two - Charlton Athletic Pre-Season Training - The Valley

One season on and nothing changes as Charlton’s players go a-hurdling once again, 1966

Soccer - League Division Two - Millwall Pre-Season Training - Eltham

New signing Derek Possee is given a ride on the roundabout at the children’s park near Millwall’s practice pitch at Eltham, 1967

Soccer - League Division One - Leyton Orient Pre-Season Training - Brisbane Road

Leyton Orient ‘keeper Ronald Willis, 19, and his 15-year-old younger brother Allen (still an apprentice at the time) prepare for the new season, 1967

Soccer - League Division One - Arsenal Pre-Season Training - Highbury

Arsenal captain Frank McLintock leaps over chairs to demonstrate his fitness at Highbury, 1968

Soccer - Football League Division One - Arsenal Photocall - Highbury

Arsenal ‘keeper Pat Jennings lends the Highbury ground-staff a helping hand during training, 1981

(Photos: PA)