Football on Film in the 1900s

The first known film of a football match was shot by Robert Paul in Newcastle in October 1896. The film does not survive.

The above is a still from the earliest surviving football  film, made  in London by Alexandre Promio around  September 1897.

Welsh pioneer Arthur Cheetham recorded a Blackburn Rovers v West Bromwich Albion game in 1898; under a minute of footage survives.
In 1899 the F.A. Cup Final was filmed for the first time, but this footage is sadly lost, and the earliest record we have of the FA Cup final is of the Tottenham Hotspur v Sheffield United game in 1901 :

Mitchell and Kenyon was a newsreel company based in Blackburn.
The Mitchell and Kenyon Collection ( held by the British Film Institute) comprises 55 films of  British football matches played between 1901 and 1907: