Nigel's WebSpace - English Football Cards - Season 1979/80
Bassett's
Football

Bassett's kept this tradition of producing 50 sweet cigarette type football cards going right up until 1999, though this 1979/80 set is the last one covered by the range of this website.

There is an album, 'Barratt - Football - Sweet Cigarettes Picture Card Album' (pictured) with 50 spaces to stick the cards into.

Number in set: 50
Gallery: Set gallery
Checklists: Set checklist, Team checklist

FKS Publishers
Soccer Stars 80

English First and Second Divisions, Scottish Premier Division. The albums just keep getting bigger. This one includes Second Division Team photos, plus England Under 21 players. At the back of this album was the change to order the bronze medallions (see below). Album: Price 15p.

Number in set: 450
Packet: 5 stickers for 5p
Gallery: Arsenal, Aston Villa, Bolton Wanderers, Brighton and Hove Albion, Bristol City, Coventry City, Crystal Palace, Derby County, Everton, Ipswich Town, Leeds United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Middlesbrough, Norwich City, Nottingham Forest, Southampton, Stoke City, Tottenham Hotspur, West Bromwich Albion, Wolverhampton Wanderers, England Under 21 players, Second Division Teams, Aberdeen, Celtic, Dundee, Dundee United, Hearts, Hibernian, Kilmarnock, Morton, Partick Thistle, Rangers, St. Mirren.
Special: FKS album gallery

Soccer Stars medallions

Soccer Stars 80 - Send-away bronze medallions. A set of 22 (one for each First Division team from 1978/79) available by sending away to FKS. Each medallion is 1½" diameter, 3/16" thick, made of solid bronze. The cost was 50p each if you also sent in 15 empty packets of Soccer Stars 80 stickers (a reduction from the Price List of £1.99).

A wooden presentation case was available for the set. The inside of the case reads "22 solid bronze medallions of the English 1st Division 1978-79. Manufactured by The Firm (Sports) Limited, Greenwich, London".  You can read an article about these medallions in my Newsletter, Edition 15.

Number in set: 22.
Gallery:  Arsenal, Aston Villa, Birmingham City, Bolton Wanderers, Bristol City, Chelsea, Coventry City, Derby County, Everton, Ipswich Town, Leeds United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Middlesbrough, Norwich City, Nottingham Forest, Queens Park Rangers, Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur, West Bromwich Albion, Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Panini
Football 80

Number in set: 582
Gallery: N/A
Checklists: N/A

Sigma Sport Silhouettes
Action Portraits of Famous Footballers

Described as a set of 'sixty postacards' these portrait cards were drawn by Barrie Cutler with text by Keith Parsons. The set was produced in association with 'The Supporters Football Form Book and Diary, 1979-80 edition'. The set was printed in Great Britain by Prescott-Pickup & Co. Ltd., Bridgnorth.

Sigma Sport Silhouettes Limited had an address of 'Stanmore Industrial Estate, Bridgnorth, Salop, England', but not much more is known about them. The introduction to the album for these cards states 'Nearly four years ago our associated Company published the first in a uniform series of books for collectors and enthusiasts in which could be mounted sets of sixty different postcard size colour prints. So far these collections have treated transport and historical subjects exclusively, but from the inception of the series we have been asked repeatedly to include sport, including football'. The publishers also state 'This first collection is intended to be representative only - a difficult enough task in itself - but successive annual sets of sixty portraits will fill out the gaps...'.

The Foreword ends 'It is possible that this First Edition will become a collectors item since it is restricted in number and it is being offered for sale only to readers of certain provincial newspapers'. How true.... Unfortunately there is no record of subsequent productions.


Number in set: 60
Gallery: Set gallery
Checklists: Set checklist, Team checklist
Topps Chewing Gum (English)
Footballer (Pale blue backs)

A set comprising individual footballers from the First and Second Divisions. Cards 376 to 396 are Team Checklists. The cards have '©  1979 Topps Chewing Gum Inc.' printed on the back.

Number in set: 396
Gallery: N/A
Checklists: Set checklist or Team checklist

Topps Chewing Gum (Scottish)
Footballer (Red backs)

The last ever Scottish Topps Chewing Gum set, ending a distinguished five year production run. If you manage to collect full sets of all of these then you have a good collection.

Number in set: 132
Galleries: Aberdeen (12), Ayr United (5), Celtic (9), Dundee (8), Dundee United (10), Hearts (10), Hibernian (10), Morton (8), Motherwell (5), Partick Thistle (10), Rangers (14), St. Mirren (14), Topps salutes and Checklist (17)
Checklists: Set checklist, Team checklist

Transimage
Football 79/80

An enormous set of small stickers, 528 in total, most of which were issued in pairs. The collection includes 1st, 2nd and 3rd Division team players, International Action and International Stars, Scottish Premier Division team players, and composite pictures of the England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland.

The stickers came in packets, with 8 stickers for 6p. The stickers were pre-glued i.e. they had peelable backs.

The album for these stickers was printed in Italy, and cost 15p from 'your local shop'.

Transimage operated a Collectors Service whereby you could order missing stickers. This service operated from 1 October 1979 to 1 April 1980.  In many ways its a pity that this collection didn't catch on, since it showed great promise.

Number in set: 528
Gallery: N/A
Checklists: Set checklist, Team checklist