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

Chris Wright

20th, September 2011


By Chris Wright

Today is a bit of a ‘down day’ in footballing terms, so what better way to fill the void than with another ten-strong random selection of intriguing, nostalgic photos from the Pies archive?

Hundreds of fans pour onto the Estadio Centenario pitch at the final whistle to celebrate Uruguay’s 4-2 victory over Argentina in the first ever World Cup Final, 1930

England internationals Stanley Matthews, Stanley Mortensen (both of Blackpool) and George Hardwick (Middlesbrough) take part in the filming of an FA instructional film, 1947

‘Der Kaiser’ Franz Beckenbauer poses with a NASL ball for a photo in front of the Rockefeller Centre in New York after re-joining the Cosmos for the final year of his playing career, 1983

Huddersfield and Charlton play out their Division One game on a dog of a pitch, 1947

The Italian national side pose with Benito Mussolini (centre) after winning the 1938 World Cup in France

England’s Terry Venables limbers up during a training session at Stamford Bridge ahead of a friendly against Belgium, 1964

Aston Villa pose for their pre-season team photoback row, 1971

Referee Alan Robinson finds something or other highly amusing, 1985

Arsenal manager Billy Wright (left) quibbles with referee AJ Sturgeon after the latter had no option but to postpone a match due to the ghostly covering of snow on the Highbury pitch, 1962

Flamboyant rock ‘n’ rollers Little Richard and Screaming Lord Sutch (along with his parrot) enjoy a kick-about on the Wembley turf ahead of a charity game, 1972

[Photos: PA]