Saturday Men, The

Date: 1962
Director: John Fletcher
Production Company: Ford Motor Company, Graphic Films

Stars: Narrated by Barney Bamford and Don Howe
Location(s): Staffordshire

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A British sports documentary about association football that follows a week in the life of West Bromwich Albion.

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Screen captures by Phil Wilkinson

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Young autograph hunters watch through the fence as the players of West Bromwich Albion come out of the changing room for a training session. This is West Bromwich Albion’s training ground on Spring Road off Spon Lane in Smethwick, at the time of filming in Staffordshire.

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Every weekday morning, the fifteen men of the first team prepare themselves for the match at the end of the week. The roof tops in the distance belong to long cleared and twice replaced properties on Stone Street.

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With some dressed in club blazers and ties, the football stars leave after a demanding two hour session. Spring Road outside WBA’s Training Ground with the Birmingham Level of the Birmingham Canal to the left.

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Bobby Robson and David Burnside play a round of golf during the afternoon. Sandwell Park Golf Club on Birmingham Road, not far from WBA’s ground.

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In a field at the rear of his house in Wolverhampton, Donald Howe kicks a football around with his son Stephen.

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Stephen's Mother comes out of the house with a drink for her son.

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On Friday, Clive Clark contemplates the coming game after players are told of changes to the team.

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The camera follows 'Chippy' who, with nothing else to do, continues to walk the streets as he waits for the next day's match.

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Alec Jackson takes his dogs for a walk across waste ground.

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In the distance, boys play a game of football.

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Saturday morning sees Don Howe looking on as the corner flags and goal nets are taken onto the pitch at The Hawthorns.

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The players sign autographs for their waiting fans. Outside The Hawthorns stadium on Halford’s Lane in West Bromwich, once in Staffordshire but now in the West Midlands.

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Tony Millington arrives at the ground. Halford’s Lane with The Hawthorns Hotel in the background.

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Just before three, the crowd lets up a roar as the team sprints onto the field.