The Yorkshire locations where new Netflix drama The English Game was filmed

Netflix have released their new period drama The English Game just in time for an enforced period of social isolation.
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Saltaire during filming last summer

Netflix have confirmed that the series, which was written by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, will be available to stream from March 20.

The English Game is set in the 1870s and tells the story of the class conflict at the heart of the development of professional football.

It was filmed at several Yorkshire locations last summer.

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The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Saltaire was used to stand in for the Lancashire mill town of Darwen, and several shops on Victoria Road were transformed into traditional Victorian grocers, butchers and bakers.

Scenes were also shot at Salts Mill and extras were pictured relaxing between takes.

The shoot then moved into Bradford and used both City Hall and the historic merchants' district of Little Germany as backdrops.

Keighley Station, on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway heritage line, also appears in the drama.

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Stately home scenes were filmed at Broughton Hall, a country estate near Skipton that regularly features in TV productions.

Some filming also took place in Sowerby Bridge, near Halifax.

Other locations include Liverpool and Bolton, where a local football club was used for match scenes.

The English Game has two main characters who represent both sides of the class divide.

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In the 19th century, the sport was dominated by teams of 'old boys' who had attended public schools such as Eton, Harrow and Charterhouse, where the game was invented. These sides would regularly win the FA Cup in its early years - the Old Etonians were champions twice, and have won the Cup more times than Leeds United.

Byt the 1870s, factories and mills in the northern industrial cities began to field teams for their employees. However, they found themselves at a disadvantage, as the 'gentlemen' from the southern clubs had more leisure time in which to train, whereas the northern players worked long hours.

The solution was to pay players, a move which caused consternation and accusations that the values of the sport were being eroded.

Arthur Kinnaird, an aristocrat and Old Etonian player (Edward Holcroft) initially opposes the move by Darwen FC to recruit a Scottish stonemason called Fergus Suter (Kevin Guthrie) as one of the first professional players. In the 1879 season, Darwen reached the FA Cup quarter-finals but were eliminated by Old Etonians after two replays amid controversy about the direction the game was heading in.

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