Go Football Crazy as exhibition kicks off at Hampshire Record Office

By Culture24 Staff Published: 24 August 2009

a football team in a team photo wearing football kit

Chandlers Ford United, 1910-11, winners of the LSWR Orphanage Cup and Andover Village Tournament. © Hampshire Archives and Local Studies.

Hampshire Record Office is going football crazy this week as sporting treasures from the archives go on display for a football exhibition and film show.

Football Crazy explores the county's rich sporting past through films and photographs as well as personal and club records stretching back over the last 100 years.

Visitors will be able to see how players' appearances and kits have changed over the years from the magnificently moustached players of 100 years ago, through to footy in the first world war and reviews of county teams from the 1980s.

a footballer in a goal with a sheep

Andover FC goalkeeper with mascot Billy the Ram © Hampshire Archives and Local Studies

"It's great to see Hampshire proudly boasting its rich football history and heritage," said Angela Owusu, Archive Awareness Campaign Officer.

"Today football infiltrates our everyday lives - the build up, the matches, the discussions and debates – it seems nothing much has changed in last 100 years. This event shows so effectively how archives provide a fascinating window into the past.

Unusual items amongst the photographs include motorcycle football and ladies football teams which sprang up during the First World War. The films, ranging from the Pompey v Bolton FA Cup final of 1929 to a review of football in the South between 1982-92, reflect the changing speed and skills of the game.

a line of women in football kit

Women's football team at Basingstoke, 1915. © Hampshire Archives and Local Studies

The exhibition and its asssociated events are also a celebration of the small town and village clubs which made up the early Hampshire leagues. With colourful names such as Fordingbridge Turks, Ringwood Hornets, Portsmouth Sunflowers, Bournemouth Gasworks Athletic and Bournemouth Arabs, the early league fixtures were a mix of mostly small town, armed forces and works teams.

Admission to the event is free but it is recommended that you book your place in advance. Football Crazy is taking place as part of the Archive Awareness campaign to celebrate and promote local archives. For more information go to the Archive Awareness website

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