Famous Footballers (Series A.13). A series of 50 attractively
coloured sweet cigarette cards, issued by Barratt & Co Ltd, London.
Cards printed in England.
A set of 25 cigarette card size coloured drawings. Since Reddish
Maid was a confectionery company I'm going to assume that these were
given away in packets of sweet cigarettes, but I can't confirm this
or tell you the name of the cigarettes.
In the period from 1965 to 1976 D.C. Thomson issued a number of
different stand-up footballers in the Hotspur and Victor comics. The
footballers came in sheets, complete with their name on a separate
base. The first stand-ups were issued with issues of the Victor
comic in January 1965. Sheet 1 had eight players, Sheet 2 had
eight players, while Sheet 3 had only four.
The Hornet comic commenced on 14 September 1963, and was merged
with The Hotspur in February 1975. Starting in January 1966 the
comic began the give-away of a set of cards called Top Cup Teams.
The first issue included the wallet and four of the cards (Brazil,
Celtic, Wales and West Ham United). Subsequent issues provided the
later cards, for example, England, Real Madrid, Scotland and
Manchester United were given away with issue 125.
A second series of the packet clubs, with the offer of the
premium issues As with Series 1 the club photos on the packets are
different from the 10 x 8's, though the Stoke City photos are eerily
similar (it looks like the same team photo taken on the same day
from a different angle).