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1953 FA Cup Final Blackpool FC v Bolton Wanderers [DVD]

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4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Ilc Media
  • DVD Release Date: 18 April 2005
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007KVDZY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,636 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

A classic FA Cup Final between Blackpool and Bolton, two of the oldest members of the Football League. Featuring the legendary skills of Stanley Matthews and Stan Mortensen.


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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Matthews Final 20 Aug 2007
By J.K.J
If your sick to death of modern footballers with their overpriced transfer fees, ridiculous weekly wages and silly inflated ego's then give this 1953 FA Cup Final a try. It's so refreshing to see two teams giving everything to win with a fair amount of skill and a never-give-up attitude. Compare this with the tedious coma inducing Man Utd VS. Chelsea final this year and I think you'll agree there could be no greater contrast.

Witness the late great Sir Stanley Matthews surging down the wing then popping up here, there and everywhere seemingly with the pace of a twenty year old. Indeed it is incredible to think that Matthews was actually thirty-eight at the time! in what was surely his last chance to lift that coveted trophy. Watch the almost-as-legendry Nat Lofthouse putting his body and career on the line in his eagerness to win the ball or Stanley Mortensen taking a magnificent freekick. Played at a time when football was still a contact sport Blackpool and Bolton serve up as good a final as your ever likely to see.

Amazingly all twenty-two players are still on the pitch at full time (no substitutes back then) despite a number of painful looking injuries which would have the players of today pathetically rolling around on the floor for minutes. Indeed, the sheer toughness and durability of these guys is inspiring to see. No arguments, no surrounding the referee when a decision goes the other way, no diving around at the slightest contact, just good honest football played the way it should be played and at the end of the game handshakes and pats on the back all round with true sportsmanship.

This DVD is a great reminder of yesteryear and well worth the purchase. If you like Football you will probably love this!.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a gift 10 May 2009
By b.lops
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Purchased this as a present for my father. His words were 'you couldn't have bought anything better'. He watched it with a group of his pals and some beers, they all had the best time in years. Don't know what this says about what they've done since 1953 but they agreed that this was arguably the best FA cup final ever and definately how football should be played.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Good Old Days 26 April 2013
By Sam Dix
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Fabulous video - the final is so much more than Stanley Matthews. The way people played football back then was so honest - no prima donnas, no simulation, no moaning to the ref. Uplifting stuff.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Times remembered 1 July 2009
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This was the first football match I ever saw on TV. The video was of course not perfect and the sound nothing like the quality we expect today. However, this was explained in the product notes so I knew that what I would get was not great, but the memories it re-kindled were worth the effort. Watching Stanley Mathews and Nat Lofthouse put their hearts and souls into the game made it all worth while!
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