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NEFA 12775



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Newsreel of the Football Association Cup Final contested between Preston North End and Sunderland held at Wembley Stadium, London, in the presence of George VI and Queen Elizabeth in Coronation Year, 1st May 1937. The film documents the arrival of football fans before the match and the private coaches laid on due to the London bus strike. Highlights of the first and second halves of the match including all the goals are shown. Sunderland (in red and white striped shirts) won the match 3-1 with goals by Bobby Gurney, Raich Carter and Eddie Burbanks. Frank O'Donnell's strike on 44 minutes had put Preston ahead. Bill Shankly played for Preston in the final.

Credit: Featurettes Ltd. by arrangement with the Football Association and Wembley Stadium Ltd. Present

Title: The Coronation Cup Final

Title: Preston North End V Sunderland

Crowds arrive for the event by train and private coach, a steam engine at a platform in a train station packed with football supporters, men and women. Close-up of some of the supporters focussing on two Sunderland fans wearing their club’s scarves and rosettes. The woman is also clutching a Black Cat mascot. Private coaches in a row are parked outside Wembley Stadium. A coach carrying supporters arrives. Close-up of the cheery supporters, some with rosettes and other club paraphernalia. Inside the stadium, the crowd singing the traditional “Abide with Me” is conducted rousingly by a man on a podium. General views of the packed stadium terraces follow, a row of Royal Navy sailors standing beside the pitch.

The royal motorcade arrives, police on horseback controlling the crowd lining their route to the stadium.

Title: Arrival of Their Majesties The King and Queen

King George and Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Consort (later Queen Mother) arrive at a back doorway to Wembley Stadium with a guest, King Farouk of Egypt, and are greeted by officials there.

The football teams walk out onto the pitch from the players’ tunnel, followed by linesmen and referee. Shot from the stands, the young King walks by with officials. A flag flies from the Wembley stadium dome. General view of spectators in the banks of seats, including a few women in fur coats. Close-up of Queen Elizabeth staring through a window in the stadium building. Outside on the pitch, King George is with the teams.

Title: Preston North End

King George VI greets Preston North End players, a marching Royal Navy band passing behind them.

Title: Sunderland

On the pitch, players are introduced to King George VI by their Captain Horatio (Raich) Carter. The young Queen chats happily to King George and shakes hands with other guests in the Royal Box, in the north stand, King Farouk in the row behind the royal couple. Brief shot of the crowd.

Title: First Half

The coin toss takes place between the Sunderland captain, Raich Carter, and Preston captain, Billy Tremelling. Sunderland lose. The crowd cheer and wave their hats at the start of play. Players are in the Preston North End goal area, a player taking a shot across goal. Overhead shot of the action mid-field. A Preston North End player takes a shot at goal but it goes wide. General views of mid-field play, and some close-ups from sideline. Back in the Sunderland goal area, Preston’s centre-forward Frank O’Donnell picks up pass, beats centre-half Bert Johnston and runs through to score past Johnny Mapson. Preston North End’s supporters go wild. Preston dominates the game in the first half. There’s an appeal for a penalty, disallowed despite protests to the referee. Tracking shots follow further play from the sidelines.

Title: Half Time Interval

Royal Navy marching bands play on the pitch.

Title: Second Half

Close-up of players, the ball in Sunderland possession. Shortly after the restart, Bobby Gurney heads a ball past Preston North End goalie Mick Burns, scoring Sunderland’s first goal to even the score. The Lancashire team appeal for off-side. Close-ups of Sunderland fans in the crowd going wild, celebrating. The Queen looks out from the Royal Box. More play and Sunderland scores again, this time the goal by Raich Carter. Overhead footage of the match in progress, followed by closer shots from the side line. Eddie Burbanks scores the third goal for Sunderland, Preston North end goalkeeper, Burns, kicking it away in disgust. Play continues.

Title: Presentation of Cup and Medals by H.M. The Queen

The FA Cup Winners Trophy is placed in front of The Queen and King George VI in the Royal Box. The Sunderland team climb the steps to the Royal Box. The Queen presents the Cup to the Sunderland captain, Raich Carter, following a 3 -1 victory over Preston North End, the players all receiving a memento. The winning Sunderland team walk down the stairs past the crowds in the stands. The runners-up, Preston North End footballers are presented to the Queen and King George. As the Sunderland players walk through the stands, the crowd reach out to touch the players and they are congratulated by a pat on the head by some supporters. The winners do a lap of honour, the Sunderland captain Raich Carter chaired around the pitch by his triumphant teammates as he displays the FA Cup trophy to the crowd. General views of the crowd. The King and Queen stand as the national anthem is played.

Title: The End