The Black-And-White Years: 10 Captivating Photos From The Football Archives

Chris Wright

18th, August 2011


By Chris Wright

Ten more wonderful vintage photos picked at random from the Pies’ archives…

A police alsatian attempts to relieve Fortuna Dusseldorf forward Dieter Woske of his shorts after sliding into the net trying to convert a cross against Koln, 1959

Three Manchester City old boys catch forty winks on a bench in Trafalgar Square before their side’s FA Cup Final against Birmingham City at Wembley, 1956

Mourners gather in silence as the coffin of Manchester United captain Roger Byrne arrives at Flixton Parish Church. Byrne was one of the players to lose his life in the Munich Air Disaster the week before, 1958

West Ham ‘s John Bond (bottom left) and Malcolm Allison (bottom right) chat while teammates James Andrews (top left) and Albert Foan (top right) practise their piggyback heading, 1954

Sir Stanley Matthews (left) takes part in an Invitation XI game in Cape Town as Table Mountain (that’s what the caption said, not sure it is Table Mountain myself) towers in the background, 1955

Preston legend Tom Finney falls in a damp patch against Chelsea after torrential rain at Stamford Bridge, 1956

Hands reach out from the crowd to pat victorious Aston Villa players on the back as Johnny Dixon, the Villa captain, leads his winning team out of the Royal box after beating Manchester United 2-1 in the FA Cup final, 1957

A still taken from the Inter Cities Fairs Cup game between London and Frankfurt – the first game ever to be played under floodlights at Wembley, 1955

Millwall fans flaunt the Health and Safety regulations to watch their side take on Newcastle at The Den, 1957

Chelsea players practice their heading technique during a training session, 1955

[Photos: PA]