Scotties Famous Football Teams
Scotties were a brand of facial tissues launched by the Scott Paper
Company in 1943 to compete with Kleenex. What is a company like this
doing producing football cards I hear you ask? This set of rare cards is
labelled 'Series 1', but I'm not aware that a second series was ever
produced, which is a pity since they are high quality cards.
a little hard to date this set exactly. The photos used are quite old -
for example, the Arsenal photo includes Jim Furnell who left the club in
August 1968. The Leeds United card and team photo includes Jimmy
Greenhoff, but notes "now with Birmingham City". This transfer occurred
in August 1968, suggesting that the team photos and player list details
pre-date the card texts. However, the Manchester United team photo
includes Alan Gowling, who only joined the Red Devils in September 1968.
The Newcastle United photo includes Gordon Marshall, who was transferred
to Nottingham Forest in October 1968, but this transfer is not noted on
By way of contrast the text on the rear of the cards
includes details of the complete 1968/69 season, include the March 1969
League Cup final result and the June 1969 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup win by
Newcastle United. This suggests that the set was produced sometime in
the 1969/70 season.
One peculiarity with this set, at least with
the copy I own, is that the West Bromwich card is smaller than the
Number in set: 9