MandersonFootball cards of the 1920s – don’t you just love them? All twirling moustaches, cloth-capped goalkeepers and outfield players with their saggy, baggy shorts pulled up almost to their nipples! Players proudly displaying their international caps, their international shirts and others in their ‘Sunday Best‘! Lovely images of a bygone era, a time when footballers were real men with proper haircuts and not the soft, ‘Fancy Dan show-ponies’ of the modern game. The lovely crisp black and white images and beautiful “hand-coloured” kits are often a little treasure to behold and, even better, to collect. Well, the good news is that this website is devoted exclusively to the multitude of English football trade cards that were issued in the 1920s, usually in boys’ story papers – not comics, you’ll note – and also with products as diverse as toffees and gravy salts. My aim is to produce a FULLY ILLUSTRATED site so it is obviously going to be a long, slow process; I need to find lists and then pictures of cards together with – hopefully – their backs. Wherever possible I will be scanning my own personal collection but I am also going to be scouring the internet.

I would also like to acknowledge right here and now the wonderful work already done on this subject by my good friend Alan Jenkins on his formidable Football Cartophilic Information Exchange website into which I will dip every now and again, with his full backing. Issue dates from specific periodicals have come from Alan’s site.

And, just a word about the valuations that I offer here which are for cards in top condition and are based upon my latest copies of the Murray Cigarette Card Values (2014-15) and Football Card Collector Magazine (FCCM) (2018-19); there may well be variations in more recent editions but usually only by about 25p-50p and, of course, you will certainly find them cheaper at fairs or possibly even online, so my prices are clearly only intended as a rough guide.

Right – off we go on a very long journey. I hope that you will stay with me and that you will call back on a regular basis. Oh, and please feel free to post a comment wherever you feel necessary! 🙂



Do you have any cards from the sets shown here? Am I missing the images? Do you have access to a scanner? If so then please contact me and I will give you an address to which you can send 300dpi scans (no photos please) and I will credit you if you wish (many like to remain anonymous!)

UPDATE: Battock ‘Skimmer’ back added

battocks back variation skimmerMy grateful thanks go to fellow collector and enthusiast Mark Hughesdon who has supplied me with an image of the ‘Skimmer’ back to the second series of Battock ‘Football and Cricket Cards’ together with a picture of the Reading card from Chris Lee’s website. Click the image at left to see a better view of them both.

UPDATE: A few more Barratt ‘Cricketers…’ added

BAR-170 CollinsI came across a few more images of cards from this set on eBay today. I managed to get the three team cards – Dick Kerr Ladies, Derby County and Manchester United, so I was able to replace the images that I already had but which had copyright text across them. The same applied to a few other individual player cards, but I also found new cards of Turnbull (Chelsea) and Collins (Swansea).

UPDATE: Lots of Paulton Wolves cards added

PAU-040-13-1 PCC-1 MarsonMy grateful thanks go to Nigel Heath who has supplied me with no fewer than NINETEEN scans of the set of black and white printed back cards. I’ll let him tell the story…

“I’m not a collector. My grandfather (1895-1962) came from Codsall, 5 miles NW of Wolverhampton. In the 1920s he worked at Bakers Nurseries, probably the biggest employer in the village, which was owned by James Stanley Baker who became a director of the Wolves
in 1923 and is pictured at the bottom of the Chairman and Directors card in this set. Baker became the club Chairman in 1944, probably until his death in early 1963 so he was there through the club’s most successful period of the mid 50s to early 60s. My grandfather was a lifelong Wolves supporter. After his death I remembered these cards and wondered about contacting Wolves to date them but didn’t ever get round to it and they went back into a drawer until I recently found them again and with the internet was able to gather the info from websites such as yours.”

Click the image above to see the now almost complete set of these cards. 🙂