An album of colour pictures, not stickers, which is not marked as FKS but
which is clearly the precursor to the FKS sticker sets. The image on the
front of the album is the same as used for the 1974 and 1978 World Cup albums
(see album gallery).The
album was printed in Spain, but published in England by World Distributors
of Manchester. Album price 2s 6d.
This rarest of all FKS football albums and stickers. The stickers are readily
identifiable through the backs which have the player name and club, but
no other printing including no number. The album has the same cover as the
1968/69 album, and many of the stickers have the same images as the 1968/69
set. The stickers do not indicate that they should only be stuck at the
top, so most were stuck completely down in albums. There was no writing
in the space for each sticker in the albums, so nothing much was lost except
that you won't find many of these stickers 'ex-album'. The album, and therefore
the stickers, are full of errors and omissions e.g. surnames only, misspellings
etc. Click to view an article on the
Album price 3s 6d.
The Wonderful World of Soccer Stars.
This first of the more commonly available FKS sets, and a great favourite.
The stickers are readily identifiable through the backs which have the player
name, club and biography. Album price 3s 6d.
The Wonderful World of Soccer Stars in Action.
Similar to the previous year's album,
except that the player biographies are no longer printed on the backs of
the cards. The now familiar phrase 'A full biography of this player will
be found in the appropriate space in the album' first appears. Album: Price
to coincide with the World Cup, including the 30-man England squad and 16
players from each of the other qualifying countries. The offer from FKS
to help complete collections through the order form expired in December
1970. Album: Price 2s 6d.
A bigger 420 sticker set, including a new Second Division Star Gallery,
European Cup Finalists and the Best Players of Mexico 70. The phrase at
the top of each card has changed from 'Apply adhesive here only' to 'Glue
here only'.The album credits Jack Rollin (later well-known as editor of
Rothmans Football Yearbooks) for the album design and editing. At the rear
of the album was a place for you to order and stick a Second Division Team
Sheet, comprising photos of 15 players on a single, large sheet. The Sheets
were 2/- (10p) each, plus 1s 6d postage and handling. Hardly any of these
team sheets have survived. Album: Price 2s 6d or 12½p.
First Division. The one-off trial with
a small black-and-white head shot on the back of the sticker. Jack Rollin
continued as album editor, while the Professional Footballers Association
(PFA) approved the collection. A club badge sticker was available for each
team, and a place for each in the album. Each packet contained one self
adhesive team badge sticker and seven player stickers. Album: Price 15p.
For some reason FKS
reverted to 'Apply adhesive here only' at the top of each sticker. Last
year's team badges and the black and white head-shot on the rear of each
sticker have disappeared, and there are no extras to buy! The set did, however,
include 25 circular stickers, which were to be stuck onto a poster with
the title 'Munich 74'. Copies of this poster are rare, so its quite valuable.
Album: Price 15p.
The Wonderful World of Soccer Stars 1973/74
First Division and 1973 F.A. Cup Winners.
A new landscape format, complete with club colours and a small, colour head
shot. The centre pages of the album include fourteen stickers of Sunderland,
commemorating their F.A. Cup win - these stickers are A thru N. The final
pages of the album include 2 pictures each of Bobby and Jack Charlton, stickers
O, P, Q and R. Album: Price 15p.
A World Cup where England didn't make the last 16, but FKS produced an album
anyway. The album contains 17 teams, since it was not certain at the time
of going to press whether Spain or Yugoslavia would qualify, subject to
a play-off, so both teams were included. Album: Price 15p.
A new smaller size for the stickers, and a new card material (which didn't
last for long). FKS continue to tinker with the size and layout. The price
has gone up significantly since last year, with the previous 10 for 3p being
replaced by 6 for 4p. Album: Price 20p.
English First Division, Stars of Scotland, Ireland and Wales,
European Team Pictures. It's no longer
a 'Wonderful World', with the phrase gone from the title after 8 years,
but the phrase 'Picture Stamp Album' is back on the front of the cover after
a 3-year absence - hooray. The card experiment has been ditched in favour
of the original sticker format. Album: Price 20p.
A new concept for FKS with postcards. Only 55 in the set, with 22 being English
teams. You could buy postcards directly from FKS to make up your set at
a price of 4p each. The album for these postcards is similar to the traditional
FKS albums, where you were expected to stick the postcards into the album
at the top only. The postcards have no specific markings on them to indicate
where to glue, but the album spaces have instructions to 'Apply adhesive
here only'. Album: Price 20p.
More tinkering by FKS.
Back to a landscape format with two photos: head shot and action. The album
also included lots of 'special' stickers e.g. action shots, managers and
parts of large pictures of Pat Jennings and Kevin Keegan. Album: Price 20p.
A strange set of stickers from FKS. The album notes 'Some of the most famous
players and club sides of Europe are featured in this collection of Euro-Soccer
77 which is being presented at a time when interest in the three major European
competitions continues to remain high'. The order form in the album allows
you to send away for stickers to complete your collection, but only until
December 31, 1977. The warranty in the album notes that information in the
album was accurate 'at the time of going to press... before the start of
the 1976/77 season'.
of 32 cards for a game, plus a Rules card. You could order these through
the Euro Soccer Star '77 album for 75p per pack.
An expanded collection
with players from 28 different teams. The player name and sticker numbers
are printed on the front of the stickers, with the reverse blank (another
FKS innovation which only lasted one year). It appears that you no longer
applied the adhesive only at the top, which appears a bit foolish since
you would cover the biography in the album. The album was priced at 20p,
but reduced to 10p as a 'Jubilee Offer'. Album: Price 20p.
A set of 32 cards for a game, plus a Rules card.
A set of 32 cards for a game, plus a Rules card.
Another FKS World Cup special.
This one appears to have been produced for the general European, as well
as English, market. FKS have learnt from their errors and now publish the
biographies under the sticker spaces, so that you can still read it once
the sticker is stuck in! Album: Price 10p.
of the rarer FKS sets. This collection included, for the first time, the
Scottish Premier Division as well as the English First, and various team
photographs. Album: Price 15p.
English First and Second Divisions, Scottish Premier Division.
The albums just keep getting bigger.
This one includes Second Division Team photos, plus England Under 21 players.
At the back of this album was the change to order the bronze medallions
(see below). Album: Price 15p.
Soccer Stars 80 - Send-away bronze medallions.
A set of 22 (one for each First Division team from 1978/79) available by
sending away to FKS. Each medallion is 1½" diameter, 3/16" thick,
made of solid bronze. The cost was 50p each if you also sent in 15 empty
packets of Soccer Stars 80 stickers (a reduction from the Price List of
A sign of the times in football,
reflected in the FKS collection, with the addition of a section on USA Star
Players i.e. those from the English and Scottish game who had traveled across
to America to play. The lucky collector of this FKS set could send away
20 empty Soccer '81 packets and quality for a discount Umbro sports bag
(4 different bags in 2 colours each). There was also a competition where
you answered some questions, sent away 10 empty packets, and could win one
week at Bobby Charlton's Summer 81 Residential Soccer School (children 10
to 16 only), plus an Umbro strip and tracksuit (10 to be won!). The names
of the winners were printed in the Soccer 82 album. Album: Price 25p.
FKS jumping the gun
with an album for the 1982 World Cup made available to the public in early
1981. The closing date for the special offer and competition in the album
closed in June 1981, and the offer of stickers to complete your collection
closed in December 1981. Album: Price 25p.
The album has changed this time,
from the traditional portrait to a landscape format. The glue on the stickers
was not designed to last. Stickers which have survived through until today
will often be found without their backing papers (which have fallen off
due to the poor quality glue), making it hard to identify the players (hence
the value of the galleries).
Copies of this album, plus 5 packets
of stickers were available to collectors from the Soccer 82 album. Album: