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Excellent ! Thank you. Now if we could name all the spectators ... :blink:

The only person I recognised was Skeets lol

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Just thought I'd bump this one as it shows the John Street stand just after it had been completed and so compliments the "ground" thread nicely.

Have also included some more detail around the game and the players shown:

Sheffield Utd v Bury

Played on Saturday 6 September 1902

Score 1-0 (Hedley)

Attendance: 14,153

Just a few notes on some of the players shown:

1:02 - 1:06 to the left of the shot is goalscorer George Hedley (1876-1942)

155 appearances 29 goals for United he played in three FA cup finals with United and when this film was shot had already won his one England cap while with the club (1901 v Ireland at The Dell)

2:04 - 2:20 the goalkeeper obviously requires no introduction William Foulke (1874 - 1916)

Foulke made 352 appearances for United winning the league championship in 1898, FA Cup in 1899 & 1902 but was only capped once by England in 1897. He also made four appearances for Derbyshire at cricket.

2:06 - 2:14 The player following the ball out of play and pointing is Harry Thickett (1873 - 1920)

Harry Thickett made 310 appearances for United scoring his one and only goal in a FA Cup game in 1898 against Burslem Port Vale. Like Foulke he won a championship winners medal and two FA Cup winners medals while with the club. He also won two England caps in 1899. He later became the manager of Bristol City, guiding them to the 1909 FA Cup final.

The player gesturing for the ball is Irishman Peter Boyle (1876 - 1939)

187 appearances and 1 goal for United. Peter Boyle signed for United in 1898 from Sunderland as a replacement for Spurs bound Bob Cain. Like the others he won two FA Cup winners medals with United and he also won five caps with Ireland. Boyle was twice suspended for "misconduct" and left the club in 1904 angry that he hadnt been awared a benefit match. His son, Tommy Boyle was a cup winner with the Blades in 1925.

Other players in the film are hard to distinguish:

The player taking the shot at 1:47 could be Walter "cocky" Bennett - he played for United between 1896 and 1905 and was listed as either an inside or outside right but the more I look at it as the player turns to his right and toward the camera i cant help but think that it is actually the legendary United & England captain Ernest "nudger" Needham.

The player backing into the box at 1:55 appears to have lighter hair than his team mates and looking at team photos of that era this could be Alf Common who is listed as either an inside right or centre forward and played between 1901 & 1904 for United. If it is Common then this is film of the first player to demand a £1,000 transfer fee when he later moved to Middlesbrough from Sunderland.

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