A set of 220 black and white cards in two series (1-110 and
111-220) issued in pairs, but most often seen as singles. The 2nd
series differs in that the player name is printed on the front of
the card. There are 8 checklist cards for the 1st series, all being
parts of a picture of the 1966 England World Cup Winning Team. The 8
checklists from the 2nd series form a picture of the runners-up -
50 stickers/stamps sold by A&BC. These are very, very rare. For
the price of 1d. you received a piece of bubble gum, plus one
Promotional badges. These badges include the text 'Featured in
A&BC's Footballer Bubble Gum'. Douglas Coakley, one of original
founders of A&BC Chewing Gum, tells me that the badges were produced
as promotional items to giveaway at sales and marketing events to
promote the bubble gum packs and football cards. He can't recall the
exact dates, but the featured players strongly suggest the 1966
World Cup Squad. Originally throw-away items, these badges are now
very collectable. They are surprisingly small, being 18mm or 0.7"
Another series of 50 attractively coloured sweet cigarette cards,
issued by Barratt & Co Ltd, London. Cards printed in England.
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.
Following on from the tremendous sales experienced as a result of the
1966 World Cup and the 'World Cup Willie' sugar lollipops (see above)
Sugosa designed and wholesaled packs of sweet cigarettes through the UK,
which included these Famous Footballers cards. The football cards were
supplied by a company who added Sugosa's name to the bottom of the
cards, though the name of the production company has been lost over
time. I suspect that it was the same company that manufactured for
Barratt & Co if not
These two giant posters were given away with the Hornet comic.
They both fold out to large posters with many coloured images of
teams and players.
A very attractive set of reverse transfers from around 1966. Two
sheets of 24 (Series 1 and 2) were produced ('Made in England') by T.P.