Mitchell and Kenyon

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Sagar Mitchell and James Kenyon were two English film-makers who established their film company in 1897, and whose early filming of people in everyday public life captured the range of sports and games played by groups and communities in the first decade of the 20th century in Britain (mainly in England). Their films, fortuitously saved when demolitionists were working on a building in Blackburn, Lancashire, showed cricket professionals at training; rugby and football (soccer) matches between professional sides such as Manchester United (known then as Newton Heath) and Burnley, the top clubs and teams of the time; national athletic meets between the English association and teams from the USA; as well as community games and contests on traditional holiday schedules, and racing events mixing athletic prowess with novelty features.

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