The purpose of this site is to save the film history of British American Football from the early years of the sport for the benefit of the Britball community as a whole. It is not meant to steal other peoples work. Accordingly if a person asserts they have copyright to any film herein it will be removed immediately.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Welcome to the Britball Film Archive

With British American Football (affectionatly known as Britball) heading towards its 30th Birthday we noticed more and more sites springing up remembering old teams and the early days of football in the UK.

There are a few resources to capture the history of the sport and these hold newspaper clippings, reports and interviews with the pioneers of our sport.

One thing that we do not seem to have a central store of is video from the early days. Most of this was captured on VHS tapes and with the advance of technology many people no longer have the means to watch old films. This leads to people throwing away the now useless tapes and a part of our football heritage being forever lost.

The purpose of the website and blog is to recover as many of the early game films as possible and make them available to both those who remember the early days and those who come after.

This is as much a mission of love as anything else but hopefully it will provide a welcome addition to the Britball scene.

Lastly if you have any film on video cassette going back to the first ten years of British American football please let us know as we may be able to convert it and make it available on-line.


  1. I’ve been reading through your blog, and all I can say is, I am in awe. It’s so great to see an extensive collection of British American Football videos dating all the way back to the 1980s. Preservation is certainly an important aspect to look at, especially for our media materials such as these. That’s why it really pays to build an archive just like what you did, and create vaults that are strong and equipped to preserve film reels and other media.

    Ruby Badcoe

  2. Thanks Ruby but I'm only posting stuff others have provided. The credit should go to those who have held onto thier tapes for all these years.