First ever film of Manchester United unearthed in new BBC series
Lost World of Mitchell & Kenyon, Friday 14 January 2005, BBC TWO,
This scratchy, foggy picture may not be the clearest
ever seen. But forget the quality, this is a world exclusive.
In a new BBC series, The Lost World of Mitchell &
Kenyon (Friday 14 January, BBC TWO, 9.00pm) this unique footage is the
first ever film of the most famous football club in the world - Manchester
Sagar Mitchell and James Kenyon filmed the match between
Burnley and Manchester United at Turf Moor, Burnley on 6 December 1902.
Manchester United are in the darker shirts, red as today.
Burnley are in lighter green, before they changed to
their famous claret and blue.
Manchester United are playing their very first season
as Manchester United.
They had been called Newton Heath, and almost gone bankrupt
the previous year. A rich local brewer rescued the club and nearly renamed
it Manchester Central before this was rejected as sounding too much
like a railway station.
The film was meant to be shown at the Burnley Mechanics
Institute that evening.
But Manchester United won two-nil so the film was suppressed,
the showing cancelled.
The film has never been seen before by an audience
but will be shown in episode two of The Lost World of Mitchell &
Kenyon on Friday 21 January.
This three-part series was made after a local film historian
made an amazing archive discovery whilst rummaging in a shop basement
in Lancashire: 800 films from pre-First World War were found in sealed
barrels which give an unparalleled visual record of Edwardian British
Highlights include a Crimewatch reconstruction from
1901 and a silent interview with the last soldier to receive the Victoria
Cross from Queen Victoria herself.
The series brings the archive alive using interviews
with the descendants of the people captured on film and specially made
Shot by pioneering film-makers Mitchell & Kenyon,
the discovery of this archive collection will rewrite British film history.
The entire collection of films has being restored by
the British Film Institute.
The Lost World of Mitchell & Kenyon is a co-production
between the BBC and BFI.