The Black-And-White Years: 15 Glorious Football Photos From The Archives

Chris Wright

3rd, August 2011


By Chris Wright

Nothing more, nothing less – just fifteen brilliant photos pulled from the PA’s bulging goldmine/archive at random

Graffitied on a Manchester wall; the Tottenham Hotspur line-up, 1968

Chelsea captain Ron ‘Chopper’ Harris leads his team out (followed by goalkeeper Peter ‘The Cat’ Bonetti) ahead of the Blues’ FA Cup fourth-round replay against Preston North End, 1969


Manchester United’s Denis Law is beaten to the ball in an airbourne duel with Rapid Vienna goalkeeper Fuchsbicher during the first-leg of the European Cup Quarter Final at Old Trafford, 1969

Accompanied in shot by Jimmy Greaves, Stanley Matthews quite literally hangs up his boots after making his final appearance for Stoke City at his star-studded testimonial game, 1965

The three recipients of the Golden Shoe Award for the 1982/83 season pose with a huge Adidas boot, from left: Steve Cammack (Div. Four, 25 goals for Scunthorpe), Gary Lineker (Div.Two, 26 goals for Leicester) and Kerry Dixon (Div. Three, 26 goals for Reading). First Division winner Luther Blisset, who scored 27 goals for Watford, was unable to attend as he had been signed by AC Milan earlier that day.

Arsenal trainer Bertie Mee holds onto the goal as Joe Baker, George Eastham and Geoff Strong leap over goalkeeper Jim Furnell during pre-season training, 1964

Sunderland (then of the Second Division) fans pronounce Don Revie’s all-conquering Leeds United side ‘dead’ with a mock coffin during the Wearside club’s celebratory ‘homecoming’ at Roker Park several days after beating them 1-0 in the FA Cup final, 1973

Outside-left Sylvia Watkins temporarily forgets the match as she goes into a kiss and a clinch with opposing right-back George Moore (her fiance) as the other players in the Partridge FC Ladies vs Gentlemen charity football match press on with the game, 1964

Millwall goalkeeper Brian King gets put through his paces during a pre-season photocall, 1969

Southampton’s Terry Paine lines up a trick-shot, 1965

The Leicester City groundsman marks out the pitch in the snow on the morning of a match, 1967

The teeming crowd jams the narrow street of West Bromwich to welcome Albion home as the 1968 FA Cup winners

Tottenham Hotspur players, l-r, Dave MacKay, goalkeeper Bill Brown, Jimmy Greaves and Terry Dyson peer out into the fog in search of Manchester United players ahead of their Cup Winner’s Cup game. The match was duly postponed because of very poor visibility, 1962

Manchester United fans supporters pay their tribute to manager Sir Matt Busby before the 1968 European Cup Final at Wembley Stadium. Sir Matt justified their confidence with a 4-1 win over Benfica.

An aerial view of the old ‘New Wembley’ as improvements were being made to the stadium – including the addition of an electric scoreboard and the all-encircling roof, 1963

[Photos: PA]