The firm of Kentalong appears to represent a courageous attempt to start up a new U.K. card maker. They appear to have formed in the late 1970s, producing a football (K Soccer!), cricket (K Cricket) and tennis (K Tennis) card game before fading into oblivion (well almost). They also advertise a horse racing game, but I can find no record of this ever existing. Perhaps someone from Kentalong can enlighten us? If so, please send me an email.
K Soccer, also known as the Kentalong Football Card Game, was produced
in 1978 by Kentalong Limited of Osborne House, 12 Mount Ephraim
Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 1EE. The cost of the game was £1.10 per
pack including postage and packing.
The game, designed for 2 players, consisted
of 38 cards made up of 30 team crest cards (5 cards for each of 6 teams),
4 penalty cards, 2 offside cards and 2 goalkeeper cards. The makers 'gratefully
acknowledge the help and assistance given to us by every club represented
which has enabled us to produce this exciting game', which suggests that
Kentalong did the right thing and contacted clubs to ask for permission
to use their crests.The rules sheet states 'If you enjoyed playing
this Kentalong card game why not form a League with your friends? If your
favourite Club's Crest is not included in the game, please send a stamped
addressed envelope to the address overleaf and we shall be pleased to advise
you whether this Crest is available'. This suggests that the game came in
different versions, with different Club Crests. The version I own has Arsenal,
Brighton and Hove Albion, Charlton Athletic, Fulham, Millwall and Tottenham
Hotspur. I'm also aware of Birmingham City, Crystal Palace, Derby County,
Everton, Liverpool, Luton Town, Middlesbrough, Newcastle United, Notts County,
Oldham Athletic, Orient, Q.P.R., Sheffield United, Southampton, Stoke City
and W.B.A. Presumably not every club gave their permission, and perhaps
after a while Kentalong went out of business and didn't produce any more.
Number in set: 22 Club Crests, perhaps more?
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