“Famous Footer Clubs” (Boys’ Magazine)

Year of issue: 1926-27
Issued by: “Boys’ Magazine” (E. Hulton & Co. Ltd.)
Trade reference number(s): BOY-460 / BPM-4
Number of cards in set: 24
Size: unknown
Approximate value (per card): Murrays unlisted; FCCM £35.00

A stunning set of cards, issued two per week, in the style of the earlier Baines and Sharpe cards. But I can’t for the life of me work out how they managed to omit Huddersfield Town, a team which by this time had won the Football League Championship three times in a row (the first team to do it, I might add!) and appeared in two FAC Finals, winning in 1922. What more do you have to do in order to be “famous“? The fact that the cards were printed in Leeds probably accounts for the inclusion of their local team, a club that had done absolutely nothing since its formation only seven years earlier in 1919!

Arsenal     Arsenal backAston Villa     Aston Villa backBirmingham

Bolton Wanderers     Bolton Wanderers backBurnley     Burnley back     Cardiff City     Cardiff City backCeltic     Celtic back     Chelsea     Chelsea back     Clapton Orient     Clapton Orient back     Everton     Everton back     Fulham     Fulham back     Hearts

Leeds United     Leeds United back     Liverpool     Liverpool back     Manchester City     Manchester City backManchester United     Manchester United backPartick Thistle     Partick Thistle backPortsmouth     Portsmouth backPreston     Preston back

Sheffield United

Sunderland     Sunderland backSwansea Town     Swansea Town back     Tottenham Hotspur

West Ham     West Ham back

  • Arsenal:  J. Brain
  • Aston Villa:  F. Moss
  • Birmingham:  F. Womack
  • Bolton Wanderers:  E.T. Vizard
  • Burnley:  J.H. Hill
  • Cardiff City: F. Keenor – issue #253 (Vol IX): 8th January 1927
  • Celtic: W. McStay
  • Chelsea: J. Priestley
  • Clapton Orient: R. Gavigan
  • Everton: H. Hart
  • Fulham: L. Oliver
  • Heart Of Midlothian: J. White
  • Leeds United: T. Townley
  • Liverpool: E. Longworth
  • Manchester City: F. Roberts
  • Manchester United: F. Barson
  • Partick Thistle: J. Gibson
  • Portsmouth: W.W. Haines
  • Preston North End: T. Hamilton
  • Sheffield United: H. Johnson
  • Sunderland: W. Clunas – issue #253 (Vol IX): 8th January 1927
  • Swansea Town: J. Sykes
  • Tottenham Hotspur: A. Grimsdell
  • West Ham United: J. Hebden

NB Some of the images above have come from Carl Wilkes‘ website but I have carefully removed his ‘watermark’ simply to give a better idea of what the card looks like. Please visit his site by following the link in the ‘Acknowledgements’.

I am still short of several images of the “backs” here – can YOU help, please?