In 1936, the Football Association Cup final saw London's Arsenal take on Sheffield United - nicknamed the Blades after Sheffield's steel cutlery industry - at Wembley Stadium.
Sheffield laid on special trains to London for the match, with the total number of spectators at over 93,000. The Sheffield fans made the most of their time in the capital by touring the city, resplendent in their red-and-white team colours. As these pictures show, some appeared to be wearing pyjamas in team colours over their ordinary clothes.
Due to a dispute over payments between Wembley officials and the newsreel companies, the media were banned from the stadium. Only one official Wembley cameraman filmed inside that day. Some enterprising companies reacted by using autogyros to film the match from the air and the BBC, in an ‘experiment’, used commentators for the first time.
Final score: Arsenal 1, Sheffield 0.
Curation: Amanda Uren
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