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Hawick Ba’ (1923)

Hawick Ba’ is one of those fabled folk versions of football, where an entire town rampage around after the ball in a frenzy, actually caught on camera here in 1923 (in the town of Hawick in Scotland) in this fairly wonderful minute or so of newsreel footage.

If this film had a soundtrack it would be schoolchildren shouting “FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!” on a loop, forever.



1. I watched this on the BFI Player.

2. Having watched this several times now, I still do not quite grasp the rules.


Film Information

Title: Hawick Ba’
Year: 1923
Duration: 1 minute
Watch: BFI Player