The Great Game (film)

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The Great Game is a 1930 film that featured cameo appearances by Chelsea players, and much of which was set at Stamford Bridge. It was one of the earliest feature films to use football as a central theme.


The film's plot contains many elements of what would become clich├ęs in the sporting film genre. Dicky Brown is a young, aspiring footballer who plays for a struggling side, the fictional Manningford F.C., a team in the midst of a successful cup run. He manages to charm the daughter of the chairman and thus breaks into the side, and ultimately wins the Cup for his team.

The film covers cliched conflicts within football which still exist. The manager of the team wants to give his young players a chance in the side; the chairman, on the other hand, insists on signing established star players, such as Jack Cock (then of Millwall, previously of Chelsea and Everton).


Much of the film is set in Chelsea's home ground, Stamford Bridge, and it contains guest appearances by numerous real-life footballers, including George Mills, Andy Wilson, Sam Millington and Billy Blyth. It was also notable for featuring the first credited appearance of Rex Harrison, an English actor who would later win an Academy Award.

External links

The Great Game on IMDB

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