|Back row: Bobby Gould, George Graham, Peter Simpson, Jon Sammels, Jim
Furnell, Bob Wilson, David Jenkins, Peter Storey, George Armstrong
Front row: David Court, Pat Rice, Terry Neill, John Radford, Ian Ure, Frank McLintock, Bob McNab
Card text: "The Gunners" - one of the great clubs of all time, founded as the Woolwich Arsenal F.C. in 1893, and the record books must speak for the club. Seven times Football League Champions, and three times F.A. Cup Winners, the truly glorious years at Highbury came in the thirties. What club can equal a list like this? - 1930 - F.A. Cup Winners, - 1931 - League Champions, 1932 - Runners-up in League and losing Cup Finalists, 1933, 1934 and 1935 - the 'hat-trick' as League Champions, 1936 - Cup Winners, and 1938 - League Champions! Some of the greatest names in soccer have worn the Arsenal shirt: players like Billy Blyth, Charlie Buchan, Wilf Copping, Cliff Bastin, Alex James, Ted Drake, David Jack, Joe Mercer, Wally Barnes, and the Compton Brothers, Leslie and Denis. The decade after the War saw the traditions of the 'thirties extended - more League Championships, another F.A. Cup, but as with all great clubs, there followed a troublesome period of rethinking, reshaping and rebuilding.
By 1968, the Gunners has reached the Final of the League Cup, only to lose to Leeds United, and unbelievably, again in 1969 they reached the League Cup Final, only to see the trophy snatched away by Swindon Town.
|Back row: Paul Madeley, Mike O'Grady, David Harvey, Gary Sprake,
Jack Charlton, Norman Hunter
Middle row: Albert Johanneson, Rod Belfitt, Mick Jones, Terry Hibbitt, Eddie Gray, Peter Lorimer, Don Revie (Manager)
Front row: Paul Reaney, Terry Cooper, Johnny Giles, Billy Bremner, Jimmy Greenhoff (now with Birmingham City), Mick Bates, Les Cocker (Trainer).
Card text: One of the modern Football League Clubs, Leeds United, was founded as comparatively recently as 1920, and although within four years of their formation they were playing in Division 1 of the Football League, the most important development period of the club has been in the '60s. The Club as a whole were quick to capture the new air of professionalism in all its aspects, which began to permeate through soccer at the beginning of the decade, and this professionalism is completely typified by the talent and attitude of their Manager, Don Revie. Leeds have only appeared in the F.A. Cup Final once, losing 2-1 in extra time to Liverpool at Wembley in 1964, although they have won the Football League Cup, beating Arsenal 1-0 in 1968. Their success in Europe has been a vastly different story however. Inter-Cities Fairs Cup Competition, for example, has seen Leeds United as follows: 1965 - beaten semi-finalists, 1966 - beaten semi-finalists, 1967 - beaten finalists, and 1968 - Fairs Cup Winners. Having captured, for the first time, the Football League Championship in 1969, the Club is set for another crack at continental opposition, this time for the European Cup. Famous individual players are of course nothing new for Leeds, when one considers that Wilf Copping was a regular Leeds player before joining Arsenal, but a remarkable quartet of recent seasons has been: Billy Bremner (Scotland), Jack Charlton (England), Gary Sprake (Wales), and John Giles (Ireland), each of whom has coupled regular First Team duties for Leeds with almost automatic selection for his country.
Back row: George Heslop, Tony Book, Alan Oakes, Ken Mulhearn, Mick
Doyle, Glyn Pardoe, D. Ewing (Trainer)
Front row: David Connor, Francis Lee, Mike Summerbee, Neil Young, Tony Coleman
Card text: The pre-war era for Manchester City was plagued by ill luck, apart from 1934 when they won the F.A. Cup and 1937 when they became Champions of the First Division. It is not insignificant that the dawning of this new period of stability coincided with the appointment of former England Captain Joe Mercer as Manager. Popular with players and fans alike, the forceful Mercer has seen his players win Second Division, and then First Division titles, the F.A. Cup, and a thrilling sixth round match which they lost to the eventual Cup Winners, Everton, all in three seasons! Founded under its present name in 1894, City very nearly achieved the "double" in 1904, when they won the F.A. Cup and finished as runners-up in the League Championship. All told, they have made 5 Cup Finals and carried the trophy home to Maine Road on four occasions. Sir Matt Busby, now General Manager of neighbours Manchester United, was a 'City' player as were such great names as Frank Swift, Sam Cowan, Alex Herd, and the original "Welsh Wizard", Billy Meredith, and a new name which will surely be added to the list, Francis Lee.
|Back row: Bill Foulkes, John Aston, Jimmy Rimmer, Alex Stepney,
Alan Gowling, David Herd (now with Stoke City)
Middle row: David Sadler, Tony Dunne, Shay Brennan, Pat Crerand, George Best, Francis Burns, Jack Crompton (Trainer)
Front row: Jim Ryan, Nobby Stiles, Denis Law, Sir Matt Busby (Manager), Bobby Charlton, Brian Kidd, John Fitzpatrick
Card text: The "Red Devils" of Soccer, Manchester United, have probably had more words written about them than any other Club in the world. Founded in 1878, they were elected to the Football League in 1892, and have been Champions of Division 1 no less than seven times, in 1908, 1911, 1952, 1956, 1957, 1965 and 1967. United have appeared in five Cup Finals, and captured the trophy in 1909, 1948 and 1963. It is in Europe, however, that the Club has achieved their greatest successes. In five Seasons' competitions in the European Champion's Cup, the Red Devils have never failed to reach a Semi-Final, and 1967/68 was the year in which they reached their only Final. One hundred thousand fans packed Wembley Stadium to see United beat Benfica by four goals to one, and this after extra time! In the unofficial League Table of European Football, Manchester United are easily the most successful team from Britain, and hold third place behind only Real Madrid and Benfica, both of whom have made a far greater number of appearances in European competitions. In 41 matches in Europe, United have been beaten only eight times. They have scored 102 goals and conceded only 45. Nine goals by Denis Law was the highest tally by any individual player in European competitions during the 1968/69 season. Many of the Club's players past and present are household words, as indeed is the name of their famous General Manager, Sir Matt Busby, and the Red Devils boast the largest official Supporters' Club outside their home city, in Britain.
row: Ollie Burton, Frank Clark, John McNamee, Gordon Marshall,
David Craig, Bobby Moncur
Front row: David Elliott, Jackie Sincliar, Jim Iley, Albert Bennett, Bryan 'Pop' Robson, Tom Robson
Card text: Formed in 1892, by an amalgamation of East End and West End clubs, the "Magpies" quickly established themselves as a major force in soccer.
The first decade of this century was a golden period for Newcastle, when they were Champions of the Football League in 1905, 1907, and 1909, and followed by winning the F.A. Cup in 1910! Although they have appeared in ten Cup Finals (a record equalled only by West Bromwich Albion), their next victory was not until 1924, and once again a prosperous period followed: League Champions in 1927 and Cup Winners again in 1932. After the War, Joe Harvey, the Magpies' Manager since 1962, captained a team with famous individuals like Jackie Milburn (Uncle of the Charlton Brothers, Bobbie and Jack), Bobbie Mitchell, and the Robledo Brothers, George and Ted. F. A. Cup success was quick to come to this side and they brought their final tally to six victorious finals in 1951, 1952 and 1955. They were the first club ever to win the Cup in successive years. The season 1968/69, under the captaincy of Bobbie Moncur, saw Newcastle reach into European Football for the first time, and by the end of the season the name of the club was inscribed as winners of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup. There has always been a period of about 20 years between the Golden Days at St. James's Park and it will not have escaped their opponents' notice that another era is about due!
|Back row: Bob Chapman, Peter Hindley, Peter Grummitt, Tommy
Cavanagh (Trainer/Coach), Brian Williamson, Dave Hilley, Jim Baxter
Middle row: John Winfield, Henry Newton, Barry Lyons, John Barnwell, Bob McKinlay, Terry Hennessey, Ian Storey-Moore
Front row: Billy Taylor, John Brindley, Joe Baker
Card text: One of the oldest established Clubs, the Forest were playing in the F.A. Cup Semi-Finals while many of their present opponents were still unfounded. 1865 saw the beginning of the Club, named because their homeground was the Forest Recreation Ground, and they had the unusual distinction, in 1878, of playing Sheffield Norfolk in the first match in which a referee used a whistle! Six years later they claim to have initiated the system of 5 forwards, 3 half-backs and 2 full backs, which was still used in recent times. Forest have won the F.A. Cup twice, in 1898 and 1959 and were runners-up in the First Division 1966/67 Season. They have maintained a consistent record of semi-final appearances together with high order League placings for many years. Consistency is a word which can be used to describe many of the playing staff, too, with records such as Gren. Morris - 457 appearances, Jimmy Armstrong - 461 appearances, Jack Burkitt - 503 appearances, and Bobby McKinlay, well over the 650 mark and still playing regularly. The Club has supplied internationals to all four home countries, including Stuart Imlach (Scotland), Terry Hennessey (Wales) and Joe Baker (England).
|Back row: Jimmy Gabriel, David Paton, David Walker, Gerry Gurr, Eric
Martin, Ken Jones, Joe Kirkup
Middle row: George Horsfall (Trainer), Frank Saul, Bob McCarthy, Mick Channon, John McGrath, Hugh Fisher, Jimmy Melia, Tony Byrne, John Mortimore (Assistant Manager), J. Gallagher (Trainer)
Front row: Denis Hollywood, David Thompson, Ron Davies, Ted Bates (Manager), Terry Paine, Fred Kemp, John Sydenham
Card text: The Southampton nick-name "Saints" derives from the formation of the Club in 1885, as St. Mary's Church, Young Mens Club, playing first in the Hampshire League, and from 1894 in the Southern League. Becoming a limited Company and moving to the Dell, still their home ground, Saints won the Southern League 6 times between 1895 and 1906, and appeared in two F.A. Cup Finals. With many other Clubs, Southampton joined the Football League in 1920 in the post War Soccer reorganisation. Despite constant challenges, however, it was more than forty years before they reached Division 1 in 1966, and have still not reached a Cup Final since 1902 in spite of 4 semi-final appearances! Sir Alf Ramsey, England's team manager, was a Southampton player from 1943 to 1949, and gained his first full England Cap whilst playing for them. Other notable "Saints" have included the almost legendary amateur, C.B. Fry, the automatic England wing man from 1963-1966, Terry Paine, and the much capped Welshman, Ron Davies.
|Back row: Jimmy Pearce, Phil Beal, Phil Collins, Mike England,
Pat Jennings, Martin Chivers, Cyril Knowles, Alan Gilzean, Joe Kinnear
Front row: Dennis Bond, Jimmy Robertson, Jimmy Greaves, Alan Mullery, Terry Venables, Cliff Jones, Tony Want
Card text: The Club was founded in 1882, and was known simply as Hotspurs. The name is said to derive from Harry Hotspur, a son of a 15th Century Duke of Northumberland, whose family owned the land upon which the first matches were played. It is believed that the Club's cockerel mascot originated from the same source. "Spurs", having become Tottenham Hotspur to avoid confusion with their recently formed rivals, the Hornsey Hotspurs, won their first F.A. Cup in 1901, an achievement followed by subsequent victories in 1921, 1961, 1962 and 1967. The Club has the distinction of never having been beaten in a F.A. Cup Final. Admitted to the Football League in 1908, it was more than 40 years before they managed to capture the League Championship in 1951, but Spurs had more than adequate compensation for their long wait in 1961, when they became the only Club to achieve the 'double' of League Championship and F.A. Cup titles, in this Century.
Their victories qualified them to play European Football, and in 1962 they reached the semi-final of the European Cup, losing 4-3 on aggregate to the eventual winners, Benfica. European victory was only one more year away, however, for in 1963, Tottenham Hotspur became the first English Club to win a European trophy when they beat Atletico Madrid by 5 goals to 1, in a thrilling final of the European Cup Winners' Cup in Rotterdam. Many of Britain's footballing Greats have worn the white shirt at White Hart Lane, including Vyvian Woodward, Jimmy Dimmock, Sir Alf Ramsey, Ted Ditchburn, Danny Blanchflower, Bill Nicholson, Willie Hall, Jimmy Greaves and Ron Burgess - the only Welshman ever to captain a Rest of the World team.
|West Bromwich Albion|
|Back row: Graham Lovett, Eddie Colquhuon, Ray Wilson, Dick
Sheppard, S. Williams (Trainer), John Kaye, John Osborne, Clive Clark,
Jeff Astle, Dennis Clarke
Front row: Bobby Hope, Doug Fraser, Tony Brown, Graham Williams, John Talbut, Ian Collard, Ronnie Rees, Asa Hartford
Card text: Like so many contemporary clubs, The Albion was originally founded as a factory team, and 1879 saw a group of Black Country workers form themselves into a team primarily to play teams from other neighbouring factories. They called themselves West Bromwich Strollers - a name which was later changed to "Albion" - the district of West Bromwich where they had their first hostelry headquarters. A vigorous style of Midlands football carried the "Throstles" to early success and by 1888 they had appeared in three successive F.A. Cup Finals. Their record to date is no less impressive, since they have reached ten finals, five of these victorious, and have fought their way to seventeen semi-final rounds. The League Championship has only gone to the Hawthorns once, in 1920, although in 1931, the Club achieved promotion from the Second Division, coupled with a victory in the F.A. Cup Final, a unique double, never since equalled by any other club. Under changing post war management, West Bromwich Albion have maintained a consistent record in both Cup and League. 1954 Cup winners and League runners up - League Cup winners 1966 - Runners up 1967 - F.A. Cup winners 1968, and have continued to produce players of International class, such as Don Howe, Ronnie Allen and Jeff Astle, who follow in the footsteps of such famed footballers as W. I. Bassett, W. 'G'. Richardson, Ray BArlow and, in many eyes the greatest full back ever to play for England, Jesse Pennington.