Hunslet v Leeds 1901

On February 16th 1901 the Hunslet v Leeds match was filmed by the Blackburn based company Mitchell and Kenyon. It was one of the earliest games of rugby league ever to have been recorded in this way. Hunslet won the game by 16 points to nil. In his efforts to follow the play and the players the "motion photographer" was allowed on to the field (what will Sky think of next), much to the annoyance of the players. The film was shown at the coliseum in Leeds by an exhibitor called Ralph Pringle and it was reported that Albert Goldthorpe attended 4 showings. The short film has been discovered, restored and can be seen below.

If you pause this video between 11 and 18 seconds you will see Albert Goldthorpe, front right, Walter Goldthorpe is just behind him on the very edge of the screen. James Goldthorpe who had retired by this time is at the very back, in the centre wearing a hat.

Albert Goldthorpe & the Team