“Cricketers & Footballers” (Rover)

Year of issue: 1922-23
Issued by: “The Rover” (D.C. Thomson)
Trade reference number(s): THO-310 / ZB7-3A
Number of cards in set: 145 (137 footballers)
Size: KF (approx. 51mm x 41mm)
Approximate value (per card): Murrays £1.40; FCCM £0.70 (English issue); £10.00 (Scottish issue)

Often mistaken for – and sold as – PINNACE or described as PINNACE-type, these small photographic cards are both plentiful and “cheap as chips” until you come to collecting the Scottish variations! Originally issued in small paper envelopes (which are more rare than hen’s teeth) these were given away two per issue beginning with the very first issue of August 1922 and ending with issue #47 in January of the following year. From issue #28 cards were issued as ‘pair’ cards but these subsequently turn up cut into ‘singles’; complete pairs are not rare, but are distinctly harder to find. Cards are unnumbered but can be listed/presented in the order that they were published as indeed they are here.

NB I will not be presenting the pictures of cricketers.

tho-310-zb7-3a-JAck   tho-310-zb7-3a-Jack back   THO-310 ZB7-3A Aitken   THO-310 ZB7-3A Aitken back   THO-310 ZB7-3A Muirhead single   THO-310 ZB7-3A Muirhead single back   tho-310-zb7-3a-Bliss   tho-310-zb7-3a-Bliss back   tho-310-zb7-3a-Moss   tho-310-zb7-3a-Nicoll   tho-310-zb7-3a-Nicoll back   tho-310-zb7-3a-Tunstall   tho-310-zb7-3a-Tunstall back   THO-310 ZB7-3A Brewster   THO-310 ZB7-3A Brewster back   tho-310-zb7-3a-Pringle   tho-310-zb7-3a-Pringle back   tho-310-zb7-3a-Gaffney   tho-310-zb7-3a-Gaffney back   tho-310-zb7-3a-Gillhooley   tho-310-zb7-3a-Gillhooley back   tho-310-zb7-3a-Browell   tho-310-zb7-3a-Browell back   tho-310-zb7-3a-Bromilow   tho-310-zb7-3a-Bromilow back   THO-310 ZB7-3A Clay   THO-310 ZB7-3A Clay back   tho-310-zb7-3a-Brown   tho-310-zb7-3a-Brown back   tho-310-zb7-3a-Rawlings   tho-310-zb7-3a-Rawlings back   tho-310-zb7-3a-Harris N   tho-310-zb7-3a-Harris N back   THO-310 ZB7-3A Inglis   THO-310 ZB7-3A Inglis back   THO-310 ZB7-3A Carr   THO-310 ZB7-3A Carr back   THO-310 ZB7-3A Wadsworth   THO-310 ZB7-3A Wadsworth back   tho-310-zb7-3a-Wright   THO-310 ZB7-3A Dickson   THO-310 ZB7-3A Dickson back   THO-310 ZB7-3A Grimshaw   tho-310-zb7-3a-Grimshaw back   tho-310-zb7-3a-Seymour   tho-310-zb7-3a-Seymour back   tho-310-zb7-3a-Rankin   tho-310-zb7-3a-Rankin back   tho-310-zb7-3a-McCourt   tho-310-zb7-3a-McCourt back   THO-310 ZB7-3A Crosbie   THO-310 ZB7-3A Crosbie back   tho-310-zb7-3a-Hopkin   tho-310-zb7-3a-Hopkin back   tho-310-zb7-3a-Mew   tho-310-zb7-3a-Mew back   tho-310-zb7-3a-Walden   THO-310 ZB7-3A Davidson   THO-310 ZB7-3A Davidson back   tho-310-zb7-3a-Morris   tho-310-zb7-3a-Morris back   tho-310-zb7-3a-Anderson   tho-310-zb7-3a-Anderson back   tho-310-zb7-3a-Hutton   tho-310-zb7-3a-Paterson   tho-310-zb7-3a-Paterson back   tho-310-zb7-3a-McDonald   tho-310-zb7-3a-McDonald back   tho-310-zb7-3a-Yorke   THO-310 ZB7-3A Blair   THO-310 ZB7-3A Blair back   tho-310-zb7-3a-Lucas   tho-310-zb7-3a-Lucas back   THO-310 ZB7-3A Stephenson   THO-310 ZB7-3A Stephenson back   tho-310-zb7-3a-Cairns   tho-310-zb7-3a-Cairns back   THO-310 ZB7-3A Dawson J   THO-310 ZB7-3A Dawson back   tho-310-zb7-3a-McNeil   tho-310-zb7-3a-McNeil back   tho-310-zb7-3a-Raitt   tho-310-zb7-3a-Vizard   tho-310-zb7-3a-Vizard back   THO-310 ZB7-3A Islip   THO-310 ZB7-3A Islip back   tho-310-zb7-3a-Spaven   tho-310-zb7-3a-Spaven back   tho-310-zb7-3a-Howarth   tho-310-zb7-3a-Howarth back   tho-310-zb7-3a-Wilson   tho-310-zb7-3a-Wilson back   THO-310 ZB7-3A Baker   THO-310 ZB7-3A Baker back   tho-310-zb7-3a-Gourlay   THO-310 ZB7-3A Cross   THO-310 ZB7-3A Cross back   tho-310-zb7-3a-Fotheringham   tho-310-zb7-3a-Fotheringham back   tho-310-zb7-3a-Watson   THO-310 ZB7-3A Collier   THO-310 ZB7-3A Collier back   THO-310 ZB7-3A Evans   tho-310-zb7-3a-Evans back   tho-310-zb7-3a-Culley   tho-310-zb7-3a-Freeman   tho-310-zb7-3a-Freeman back   THO-310 ZB7-3A Shaw single   THO-310 ZB7-3A Shaw single back   THO-310 ZB7-3A Dawson P   tho-310-zb7-3a-Dawson P back   tho-310-zb7-3a-Devlin   tho-310-zb7-3a-Devlin back   tho-310-zb7-3a-Meehan   tho-310-zb7-3a-Meehan back   tho-310-zb7-3a-Reynolds   tho-310-zb7-3a-Reynolds back   tho-310-zb7-3a-McKinlay   tho-310-zb7-3a-McKinlay back   tho-310-zb7-3a-Patterson   tho-310-zb7-3a-Patterson back   tho-310-zb7-3a-Smith   tho-310-zb7-3a-Smith back   THO-310 ZB7-3A Carmichael   THO-310 ZB7-3A Carmichael back   tho-310-zb7-3a-Crichton   tho-310-zb7-3a-Crichton back   tho-310-zb7-3a-McRae & Hudspeth   tho-310-zb7-3a-McRae & Hudspeth back   tho-310-zb7-3a-McRae & McInally   tho-310-zb7-3a-McRae & McInally back   tho-310-zb7-3a-Chambers & Smelt   tho-310-zb7-3a-Chambers & Smelt back   tho-310-zb7-3a-McCormack   THO-310 ZB7-3A Paterson & Tempest   tho-310-zb7-3a-paterson-tempest back   tho-310-zb7-3a-McFarlane   tho-310-zb7-3a-Stringfellow   tho-310-zb7-3a-Stringfellow back   tho-310-zb7-3a-Urwin   tho-310-zb7-3a-Urwin back   tho-310-zb7-3a-Duncan   tho-310-zb7-3a-Duncan back   THO-310 ZB7-3A Page   tho-310-zb7-3a-Page back   tho-310-zb7-3a-Scott   tho-310-zb7-3a-Scott back   tho-310-zb7-3a-McCandless   tho-310-zb7-3a-Tresadern   tho-310-zb7-3a-Tresadern back   tho-310-zb7-3a-McClure   tho-310-zb7-3a-McClure back   tho-310-zb7-3a-Smith G   tho-310-zb7-3a-Smith G back   tho-310-zb7-3a-McAlpine   tho-310-zb7-3a-McAlpine back   tho-310-zb7-3a-Baugh   tho-310-zb7-3a-Baugh back   tho-310-zb7-3a-McCracken   tho-310-zb7-3a-McCracken back   tho-310-zb7-3a-Smith J   tho-310-zb7-3a-Pilkington   tho-310-zb7-3a-Pilkington back   tho-310-zb7-3a-Williams   THO-310 ZB7-3A Dunn single   THO-310 ZB7-3A Dunn single back   THO-310 ZB7-3A Archibald & Dunn pair   THO-310 ZB7-3A Archibald & Dunn pair back ERROR   tho-310-zb7-3a-Womack   tho-310-zb7-3a-Womack back   tho-310-zb7-3a-Pym   tho-310-zb7-3a-Pym back   tho-310-zb7-3a-Summers   tho-310-zb7-3a-Summers back   tho-310-zb7-3a-Smailes   tho-310-zb7-3a-Smailes back   tho-310-zb7-3a-Osborne   tho-310-zb7-3a-Osborne back   THO-310 ZB7-3A Smith & Taylor   THO-310 ZB7-3A Smith & Taylor back   tho-310-zb7-3a-Brooks   tho-310-zb7-3a-Brooks back   tho-310-zb7-3a-Gillespie   tho-310-zb7-3a-Gillespie back   tho-310-zb7-3a-Rigby   tho-310-zb7-3a-Rigby back   THO-310 ZB7-3A Blyth   THO-310 ZB7-3A Blyth back   THO-310 ZB7-3A Halligan single   THO-310 ZB7-3A Halligan single back   THO-310 ZB7-3A Halligan & Jackson pair   THO-310 ZB7-3A Halligan & Jackson pair back   tho-310-zb7-3a-Roberts   tho-310-zb7-3a-Roberts back   tho-310-zb7-3a-Harrow   tho-310-zb7-3a-Harrow back   tho-310-zb7-3a-Hunter   tho-310-zb7-3a-Hunter back   tho-310-zb7-3a-Roberts   tho-310-zb7-3a-Roberts back   tho-310-zb7-3a-Hilditch   tho-310-zb7-3a-Hilditch back   tho-310-zb7-3a-Hart   tho-310-zb7-3a-Hart back   tho-310-zb7-3a-Gilhespy & Basnett   tho-310-zb7-3a-Gilhespy & Basnett back

As ever, Alan Jenkins has done all of the donkey-work discovering the issue dates for individual cards.

Issue 1-8: 2 English players, 2 Scottish players
Issue 9-19: same 2 players issued in both England and Scotland
Issue 20-27: 1 cricketer and 1 footballer in England; same footballer and another Scottish footballer in Scotland
Issue 28-37: one ‘pair’ card of footballers in England, one ‘pair’ card of footballers in Scotland; one player was the same in England and Scotland
Issue 38-47: one ‘pair’ card of footballers in England, a different ‘pair’ card of footballers in Scotland.

Note that TWO cards (asterisked) were issued twice, firstly in England and later in Scotland.

  • D. Jack (Bolton Wanderers) – issue #1, dated 04 March, 1922 – English only
  • W. Aitken (Newcastle United) – issue #1, dated 04 March, 1922 – English only
  • A. McNab (Greenock Morton) – issue #1, dated 04 March, 1922 – Scottish only
  • T. Muirhead (Glasgow Rangers) – issue #1, dated 04 March, 1922 – Scottish only
  • B. Bliss (Tottenham Hotspur) – issue #2, dated 11 March, 1922 – English only
  • F. Moss (Aston Villa) – issue #2, dated 11 March, 1922 – English only
  • A. McLean (Celtic) – issue #2, dated 11 March, 1922 – Scottish only
  • D. Nicoll (Dundee) – issue #2, dated 11 March, 1922 – Scottish only
  • F. Tunstall (Sheffield United) – issue #3, dated 18 March, 1922 – English only
  • G. Brewster (Everton)* – issue #3, dated 18 March, 1922 – English only
  • C. Pringle (St. Mirren) – issue #3, dated 18 March, 1922 – Scottish only
  • P. Gaffney (Alloa) – issue #3, dated 18 March, 1922 – Scottish only
  • M. Gilhooley (Hull City)** – issue #4, dated 25 March, 1922 – English only
  • T. Browell (Manchester City) – issue #4, dated 25 March, 1922 – English only
  • C. Hansen (Glasgow Rangers) – issue #4, dated 25 March, 1922 – Scottish only
  • J.M. Forsyth (Aberdeen) – issue #4, dated 25 March, 1922 – Scottish only
  • T. Bromilow (Liverpool) – issue #5, dated 01 April, 1922 – English only
  • T. Clay (Tottenham Hotspur) – issue #5, dated 01 April, 1922 – English only
  • Allan Brown (Clyde) – issue #5, dated 01 April, 1922 – Scottish only
  • G. Brewster (Everton)* – issue #5, dated 01 April, 1922 – Scottish only
  • A. Rawlings (Preston North End) – issue #6, dated 08 April, 1922 – English only
  • N. Harris (Newcastle United) – issue #6, dated 08 April, 1922 – English and Scottish
  • Wm. Inglis (Raith Rovers) – issue #6, dated 08 April, 1922 – Scottish only
  • G. Carr (Middlesbrough) – issue #7, dated 15 April, 1922 – English only
  • S.J. Wadsworth (Huddersfield Town) – issue #7, dated 15 April, 1922 – English only
  • A. Wright (Aberdeen) – issue #7, dated 15 April, 1922 – Scottish only
  • M. Gilhooley (Sunderland)** – issue #7, dated 15 April, 1922 – Scottish only
  • I.W. Dickson (Aston Villa) – issue #8, dated 22 April, 1922 – English only
  • W. Grimshaw (Cardiff City) – issue #8, dated 22 April, 1922 – English only
  • S. Seymour (Newcastle United) – issue #8, dated 22 April, 1922 – Scottish only
  • W. Rankin (Motherwell) – issue #8, dated 22 April, 1922 – Scottish only
  • J. McCourt (Sheffield United) – issue #9, dated 29 April, 1922 – English only
  • J. Crosbie (Birmingham) – issue #9, dated 29 April, 1922 – English only
  • F. Hopkin (Liverpool) [reverse has name misspelled as “Hopkins“] – issue #10, dated 06 May, 1922 – English only
  • J. Mew (Manchester United) – issue #10, dated 06 May, 1922 – English only
  • F. Walden (Tottenham Hotspurs) – issue #11, dated 13 May, 1922 – English only
  • S. Davidson (Middlesbrough) – issue #11, dated 13 May, 1922 – English only
  • F. Morris (West Bromwich Albion) – issue #12, dated 20 May, 1922 – English only
  • J. Anderson (Burnley) – issue #12, dated 20 May, 1922 – English only
  • J. Hutton (Aberdeen) – issue #13, dated 27 May, 1922 – English only
  • J. Paterson (Sunderland) – issue #13, dated 27 May, 1922 – English only
  • R. McDonald (Tottenham Hotspur) – issue #14, dated 03 June, 1922 – English only
  • R. Yorke (Aston Villa) – issue #14, dated 03 June, 1922 – English only
  • J. Blair (Cardiff City) – issue #15, dated 10 June, 1922 – English only
  • T. Lucas (Liverpool) – issue #15, dated 10 June, 1922 – English only
  • Clem Stephenson (Huddersfield Town) – issue #16, dated 17 June, 1922 – English only
  • Tom Cairns (Rangers) – issue #16, dated 17 June, 1922 – English only
  • J. Dawson (Burnley) – issue #17, dated 24 June, 1922 – English only
  • R. McNeil (Chelsea) – issue #17, dated 24 June, 1922 – English only
  • D. Raitt (Dundee & Everton) – issue #18, dated 01 July, 1922 – English only
  • E.T. Vizard (Bolton Wanderers) – issue #18, dated 01 July, 1922 – English only
  • E. Islip (Huddersfield Town) – issue #19, dated 08 July, 1922 – English only
  • J. Spaven (Nottingham Forest) – issue #19, dated 08 July, 1922 – English only
  • F.J. Durston (Cricket) – issue #20, dated 15 July, 1922 – English only
  • R. Howarth (Bolton Wanderers) – issue #20, dated 15 July, 1922 – English and Scottish
  • W. Wilson (Heart of Midlothian) – issue #20, dated 15 July, 1922 – Scottish only
  • A. Baker (Arsenal) – issue #21, dated 22 July, 1922 – English and Scottish
  • C. Hallows (Cricket) – issue #21, dated 22 July, 1922 – English only
  • J. Gourlay (Greenock Morton) – issue #21, dated 22 July, 1922 – Scottish only
  • B. Cross (Burnley) – issue #22, dated 29 July, 1922 – English and Scottish
  • G.G. MacAuley (Cricket) – issue #22, dated 29 July, 1922 – English only
  • W. Fotheringham (Dundee) – issue #22, dated 29 July, 1922 – Scottish only
  • A. Sandham (Cricket) – issue #23, dated 05 August, 1922 – English only
  • V. Watson (West Ham United) – issue #23, dated 05 August, 1922 – English and Scottish
  • W. Collier (Raith Rovers) – issue #23, dated 05 August, 1922 – Scottish only
  • H.P. Evans (Cardiff City) – issue #24, dated 12 August, 1922 – English and Scottish
  • H.T.W. Hardinge (Cricket) – issue #24, dated 12 August, 1922 – English only
  • W. Culley (Kilmarnock) – issue #24, dated 12 August, 1922 – Scottish only
  • R. Kilner (Cricket) – issue #25, dated 19 August, 1922 – English only
  • R. Freeman (Oldham Athletic) – issue #25, dated 19 August, 1922 – English and Scottish
  • H. Shaw (Hibernians) – issue #25, dated 19 August, 1922 – Scottish only
  • P. Dawson (Blackburn Rovers) – issue #26, dated 26 August, 1922 – English and Scottish
  • P. Mead (Cricket) – issue #26, dated 26 August, 1922 – English only
  • W. Devlin (Clyde) – issue #26, dated 26 August, 1922 – Scottish only
  • T. Meehan (Chelsea) – issue #27, dated 02 September, 1922 – English and Scottish
  • W. Bestwick (Cricket) – issue #27, dated 02 September, 1922 – English only
  • J. Smith (Aberdeen) – issue #27, dated 02 September, 1922 – Scottish only
  • A. Reynolds (Fulham) – issue #28, dated 09 September, 1922 – English only
  • D. McKinlay (Liverpool) – issue #28, dated 09 September, 1922 – English and Scottish
  • W. Patterson (Motherwell) – issue #28, dated 09 September, 1922 – Scottish only
  • B. Smith (Tottenham Hotspur) – issue #29, dated 16 September, 1922 – English only
  • J. Carmichael (Grimsby Town) – issue #29, dated 16 September, 1922 – English and Scottish
  • T. Crichton (Partick Thistle) – issue #29, dated 16 September, 1922 – Scottish only
  • F. Hudspeth (Newcastle United) – issue #30, dated 23 September, 1922 – English only
  • J. McCrae (Bury) – issue #30, dated 23 September, 1922 – English and Scottish
  • A. McInally (Alloa Athletic) – issue #30, dated 23 September, 1922 – Scottish only
  • H. Chambers (Liverpool) – issue #31, dated 30 September, 1922 – English and Scottish
  • L. Smelt (Burnley) – issue #31, dated 30 September, 1922 – English only
  • C. McCormack (Third Lanark) – issue #31, dated 30 September, 1922 – Scottish only
  • Dr. J.A. Paterson (Arsenal) – issue #32, dated 07 October, 1922 – English and Scottish
  • W. Tempest (Stoke) – issue #32, dated 07 October, 1922 – English only
  • J. McFarlane (Glasgow Celtic) – issue #32, dated 07 October, 1922 – Scottish only
  • F. Stringfellow (Heart of Midlothian) – issue #33, dated 14 October, 1922 – English and Scottish
  • T. Urwin (Middlesbrough) – issue #33, dated 14 October, 1922 – English only
  • E. Swan (Aberdeen) – issue #33, dated 14 October, 1922 – Scottish only
  • J. Duncan (Leicester City & Raith Rovers) – issue #34, dated 21 October, 1922 – English and Scottish
  • J. Page (Cardiff City) – issue #34, dated 21 October, 1922 – English only
  • T. Scott (Falkirk) – issue #34, dated 21 October, 1922 – Scottish only
  • J. McCandless (Glasgow Rangers) – issue #35, dated 28 October, 1922 – English and Scottish
  • J. Tresadern (West Ham United) – issue #35, dated 28 October, 1922 – English only
  • S. Irving (Dundee) – issue #35, dated 28 October, 1922 – Scottish only
  • A. McClure (Birmingham) – issue #36, dated 04 November, 1922 – English only
  • G. Smith (Chelsea) – issue #36, dated 04 November, 1922 – English and Scottish
  • J. McAlpine (Queens Park) – issue #36, dated 04 November, 1922 – Scottish only
  • R. Baugh (Wolverhampton Wanderers) – issue #37, dated 11 November, 1922 – English only
  • R. McCracken (Crystal Palace) – issue #37, dated 11 November, 1922 – English and Scottish
  • Jas Smith (Dunfermline Athletic) – issue #37, dated 11 November, 1922 – Scottish only
  • E. Pilkington (Oldham Athletic) – issue #38, dated 18 November, 1922 – English only
  • O. Williams (Clapton Orient) – issue #38, dated 18 November, 1922 – English only
  • A. Archibald (Rangers) – issue #38, dated 18 November, 1922 – Scottish only
  • J. Dunn (Hibernian) – issue #38, dated 18 November, 1922 – Scottish only
  • F. Womack (Birmingham) – issue #39, dated 25 November, 1922 – English only
  • R. Pym (Bolton Wanderers) – issue #39, dated 25 November, 1922 – English only
  • J. McDougall (Airdrieonians) – issue #39, dated 25 November, 1922 – Scottish only
  • W. Summers (St. Mirren) – issue #39, dated 25 November, 1922 – Scottish only
  • A. Smailes (Sheffield Wednesday) – issue #40, dated 02 December, 1922 – English only
  • F. Osborne (Fulham) – issue #40, dated 02 December, 1922 – English only
  • C. Duncan (Clyde) – issue #40, dated 02 December, 1922 – Scottish only
  • W. Cox (Hamilton Academicals) – issue #40, dated 02 December, 1922 – Scottish only
  • E. Taylor (Huddersfield Town) – issue #41, dated 09 December, 1922 – English only
  • J. Smith (West Bromwich Albion) – issue #41, dated 09 December, 1922 – English only
  • D. Meiklejohn (Glasgow Rangers) – issue #41, dated 09 December, 1922 – Scottish only
  • J. White (Heart of Midlothian) – issue #41, dated 09 December, 1922 – Scottish only
  • S. Brooks (Tottenham Hotspur) – issue #42, dated 16 December, 1922 – English only
  • W. Gillespie (Sheffield United) – issue #42, dated 16 December, 1922 – English only
  • A. Lambie (Partick Thistle) – issue #42, dated 16 December, 1922 – Scottish only
  • T. Glancy (Falkirk) – issue #42, dated 16 December, 1922 – Scottish only
  • A. Rigby (Bradford City) – issue #43, dated 23 December, 1922 – English only
  • W. Blyth (Arsenal) – issue #43, dated 23 December, 1922 – English only
  • J. Jackson (Motherwell) – issue #43, dated 23 December, 1922 – Scottish only
  • J. Halligan (Hibernian) – issue #43, dated 23 December, 1922 – Scottish only
  • F. Roberts (Manchester City) – issue #44, dated 30 December, 1922 – English only
  • J. Harrow (Chelsea) – issue #44, dated 30 December, 1922 – English only
  • A. Reid (Third Lanark) – issue #44, dated 30 December, 1922 – Scottish only
  • J. McIntyre (Greenock Morton) – issue #44, dated 30 December, 1922 – Scottish only
  • G. Hunter (Sunderland) – issue #45, dated 06 January, 1923 – English only
  • W.T. Roberts (Preston North End) – issue #45, dated 06 January, 1923 – English only
  • J. Forrest (Clyde) – issue #45, dated 06 January, 1923 – Scottish only
  • W. Gibson (Ayr United) – issue #45, dated 06 January, 1923 – Scottish only
  • C. Hilditch (Manchester United) – issue #46, dated 13 January, 1923 – English only
  • E. Hart (Leeds United) – issue #46, dated 13 January, 1923 – English only
  • C. Dand (Heart of Midlothian) – issue #46, dated 13 January, 1923 – Scottish only
  • R. Penman (Albion Rovers) – issue #46, dated 13 January, 1923 – Scottish only
  • A. Basnett (Burnley) – issue #47, dated 20 January, 1923 – English only
  • C. Gilhespy (Liverpool) – issue #47, dated 20 January, 1923 – English only
  • D. McLean (Dundee) – issue #47, dated 20 January, 1923 – Scottish only
  • R. McKay (Greenock Morton) – issue #47, dated 20 January, 1923 – Scottish only

And there is one error card known – the ‘pair’ of Dr J. Paterson and W. Tempest, where the doctor also appears with a double ‘TT’ in his name as shown below.

THO-310 ZB7-3A Patterson & Tempest ERROR

I am still short of several images here – can YOU help, please?