Division one Winners for Southwark and District – Balliol Invicta Football Club 1910-1911
I recently restored a photo of a football team, Balliol Invicta Football Club winners, Division one, Southwark and District 1910-1911
It’s remarkable how things changed over the 20 years from the Clapton Football Club photo from 1890. The shorts are so much shorter and kit matching. The socks match unlike the disorganized mess of woolly socks and shin pads of the Clapton photo. I guess rules were coming into force to ensure teams looked the part and the kits were being standardized. Covering the knee was no longer an issue because of more relaxed opinions/rules of how much skin could be shown, not to mention being more practical.
Even the boots in this photo look remarkably similar. Although its difficult to see the Clapton Team had their shorts held up with anything from a rope, a scarf or a proper belt. The Balliol team seem to have a good image here in the photo and REYNOLDS in the front is even smiling, something you don’t see very often in early photography.
I don’t follow football myself but these early photos do offer a great insight into the fashion of the day and it is great to be able to compare them. Yet again another example of how photographic techniques of yesterday still stand the test of time today.
I have now restored many a sporting photo and intriguingly created a post about the different types of football boots worn in the various photos, you can read all about this the post Football boots of 1870 to 1910
Thanks for reading and do let me know if you like it!