Footage from the first filmed football match in 1897 can be found on YouTube here.

I was just wondering, who are the two football clubs in action?


1 Answer 1


According the The Belfast Telegraph, this is a match between Glentoran FC and Cliftonville FC on Mersey Street in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and is indeed thought to be the first known video of a football match:

Archive footage of a football match in east Belfast dating back to 1897 has been brought to life with a stunning new colourised version appearing online.

The footage of Glentoran v Cliftonville was taken in Mersey Street and is thought to be the oldest available in the world of any football match.

It was captured by Frenchman Alexandre Promio for the Lumiere Brothers company at the time and later screened at the Belfast Empire to amazed crowds.

From the article - there is now even a colourised, speed-corrected version:

  • So, the filming location being listed as London is in error then? Wonder where they got that idea from? Stranger still is the country of origin is listed as "France"... Commented Oct 27, 2022 at 21:01
  • @DarrelHoffman - The "France" is easy to explain in that the Lumière brothers were French...
    – ImClarky
    Commented Oct 27, 2022 at 21:43
  • 1
    I am just looking at that skyline. Just to the right of the skyscrapers (tall buildings) in the horizon, is that a crane I can see? If so, that is likely Belfast docks, and that crane could well be the crane that built the Titanic. If so, then, wow!! I will likely accept this answer shortly. Just going to give it a bit more time. Commented Oct 27, 2022 at 21:52

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.