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Watch Rare Vintage Palace Action

25 June 2014

Ever fancied seeing what watching the Eagles in action was like back in the 1920s? Well now you can thanks to the unearthing of some classic Palace action by British Pathé.

Since the invention of the moving image in the 1890s, British Pathé began recording every aspect of global culture and news for cinema-goers, and recently made this available to view for the first time in decades by uploading over 85,000 vintage videos onto YouTube.

Included in that haul are some videos of Palace in action from nearly 90 years ago! 

The earliest example is a memorable FA Cup tie against Manchester City from 1926 which saw the Eagles, who were then plying their trade in Division Three South, drawn against the Blues in the fifth round, and a goalfest ensued which saw City run out an incredible 11-4 winners.

Three years later the Eagles reached the same stage again and this time faced a trip up to Yorkshire to take on Huddersfield Town, and again there were plenty of goals on show for the camera with the Tykes running out 5-2 winners during a snowstorm.

The earliest Selhurst action caught by the British Pathé crew was in 1965 when Dick Graham's side went one step further and made history by reaching the quarter-finals of the cup for the first time in the club's history. 

A then-highest attendance of 45,384 packed into the ground in anticipation of an upset for the Division Two side, but Leeds showed their superiority by winning 3-0.

Away from the action on the pitch, there is also footage of the Arthur Wait Stand being built in 1969 and the team training whilst construction took place.

You can watch more videos from yesteryear by heading to British Pathé's YouTube channel here, and don't forget to subscribe to our own channel for much more Palace action.

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