My own all-time favourite set of football cards.
A neat, classy set with a Football Quiz and Magic Answer on the back.
Series 1 comprises cards 1 to 54 (Checklist is card 1), and Series 2
comprises cards 55 to 101 (Checklist card 55).
Team pennants folded in the yellow back card packets, hence the folds
whenever you see these attractive pennants. The pennants have instructions
to 'Cut out Pennant along black line' but thankfully not too many boys
seem to have done this. They were issued with Series 1 of the Yellow
Backs in 1968.
Similar to the English yellow backs of the same year. Douglas
Coakley of A&BC Gum has advised that in 1968 they had terrible
trouble in the factory mixing up the English and Scottish cards so
after that year they made the two sets different colours each year.
Apparently there are a four different versions of each card, where
the photograph and text are the same but the Football Quiz questions
Team pennants folded in the yellow back card packets, hence the folds whenever
you see these attractive pennants. The pennants have instructions to
'Cut out Pennant along black line' but thankfully not too many boys
seem to have done this.
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.
Charles Buchan's Football Monthly ran for
just under 23 years in 3 different incarnations, finally ceasing in June
1974. For more information see
www.charlesbuchansfootballmonthly.com. The World Stars comprises
a Souvenir Album with spaces for 80 small black and white stickers.
A series of 6 small booklets, costing one shilling each, with colour
photographs inside. A gallery is available for all photos from each of
A set of attractive
self-adhesive PVC stickers of First Division stars, produced in non-fade
waterproof colours. These are very rare, with very few known to have survived.
Northern Trancessories, based in Leeds, seems to have had an understandable
bias for clubs around their area, as can be seen from the image gallery.
I'm sure that there are a lot more of these to be discovered. If you are
aware of any other examples please contact me via this
A set of attractive self-adhesive PVC stickers
of First Division clubs, almost certainly produced at the same time as the
'Stars' depicted above. These badges have been seen in the shop display
shown below, hence the name of the set. Note though, that the club
badges below (with the spotted soccer ball) have also been seen sold in the same shop display, raising
questions about which set is actually the soccer clubs.
A set of attractive self-adhesive PVC
stickers of First Division clubs. It would be reasonable to assume that
this was a set of 24, coinciding with the two sets above, except that
Huddersfield Town is known to exist. Huddersfield were promoted to the
First Division in May 1970, suggesting perhaps that Northern
Trancessories was still around at that time.
A mystery set, having the same designs as the set above, but with gold
centres rather than the spotted soccer ball. Huddersfield Town is again
known to exist (with thanks to
Huddersfield Town website), raising questions about when this set
was sold. Alan Jenkins'
Cartophilic Info Exchange blog has more images from this set.
Bernard (Bouncing) Briggs appeared in the Hornet, Hotspur and Wizard comics. He was a powerful young fellow who earned his living as a General Dealer. He had a yard of his own in Slagton, and rode a motor bike with a sidecar made from an old bathtub. He was a keen amateur sportsman taking up various sports including Baseball, Boxing, Football, Ice Hockey, Rugby League, Tennis and Wrestling. Bernard excelled at all the sports he tried (from www.britishcomics.20m.com).The album was presented with the Hornet. The stickers inside appear to have been cut from a colour sheet.