“Famous Footballers” (Sport and Adventure)

Year of issue: 1922
Issued by: “Sport and Adventure” (Amalgamated Press)
Trade reference number(s): SPO-060/070 SPO-1/2
Number of cards in set: 46
Size: M (approx. 70mm x 45mm)
Approximate value (per card): Murrays £4.50; FCCM £3.00 (Scottish £30)

This beautiful set of cards was given away free in the first issues of this boys’ paper, beginning 29th April, 1922. Cards were issued in strips of three in the first fourteen issues and then two pairs were given away in issues 15 and 16. Two sets were issued, one in England and one in Scotland and, as can be seen above, the Scots set is far more rare and valuable than its English counterpart. The values above are also for individual cards rather than a complete strip of three (or two) which would be rather more expensive, I suspect.

I am grateful to Alan Jenkins for providing all of the player pictures and I am now desperately trying to track down the backs and ANY of the Scottish issued set. Please note that some of the backs shown here are composites made up of images found on the internet; it’s fairly obvious to detect which ones they are! 🙂

SPO-060-070 SPO-1-2 01SPO-060-070 SPO-1-2 01 backSPO-060-070 SPO-1-2 02spo 060 070 spo 1 2 Bauchop White Meredith backSPO-060-070 SPO-1-2 03spo 060 070 spo 1 2 Gough McCall Dawson backSPO-060-070 SPO-1-2 04SPO-060-070 SPO-1-2 04 backSPO-060-070 SPO-1-2 05spo 060 070 spo 1 2 Bullock Boocock Ducat backSPO-060-070 SPO-1-2 06SPO-060-070 SPO-1-2 06 backSPO-060-070 SPO-1-2 07spo 060 070 spo 1 2 Wallace Mew Walden backSPO-060-070 SPO-1-2 08spo 060 070 spo 1 2 Atterbury Utley Harrow backSPO-060-070 SPO-1-2 09spo 060 070 spo 1 2 fazackerley vizard foxall backSPO-060-070 SPO-1-2 10spo 060 070 spo 1 2 Lillycrop Quantrill Bromilow backSPO-060-070 SPO-1-2 11spo 060 070 spo 1 2 Donkin Knight Broad backSPO-060-070 SPO-1-2 12spo 060 070 spo 1 2 Davison Hudspeth Halse backSPO-060-070 SPO-1-2 13spo 060 070 spo 1 2 Downs Bookman Spaven backSPO-060-070 SPO-1-2 14spo 060 070 spo 1 2 Fleming Williams Hampton backSPO-060-070 SPO-1-2 15spo 060 070 spo 1 2 York Flint backSPO-060-070 SPO-1-2 16spo 060 070 spo 1 2 Middlemiss Wilson back

ENGLISH ISSUE:

Sheet 01: issue #1, 29th April, 1922
1. Barson (Aston Villa)
2. Clay (Tottenham Hotspur)
3. Charles Buchan (Sunderland)

Sheet 02: issue #2, 6th May, 1922
4. Meredith (Manchester City)
5. White (Arsenal)
6. Bauchop (Bradford Park Avenue)

Sheet 03: issue #3, 13th May, 1922
7. Dawson (Burnley)
8. McCall (Preston North End)
9. Gough (Sheffield United)

Sheet 04: issue #4, 20th May, 1922
10. Rollo (Blackburn Rovers)
11. Thirlaway (West Ham United)
12. Brittan (Cardiff City)

Sheet 05: issue #5, 27th May, 1922
13. Ducat (Fulham)
14. Boocock (Bradford City)
15. Bullock (Huddersfield Town)

Sheet 06: issue #6, 3rd June, 1922
16. McCracken (Newcastle United)
17. Feebury (Crystal Palace)
18. Morris (West Bromwich Albion)

Sheet 07: issue  #7, 10th June, 1922
19. Walden (Tottenham Hotspur)
20. Mew (Manchester United)
21. Wallace (Oldham Athletic)

Sheet 08: issue #8, 17th June, 1922
22. Harrow (Chelsea)
23. Utley (Sheffield United)
24. Atterbury (Plymouth Argyle)

Sheet 09: issue #9, 24th June, 1922
25. Foxall (Southampton)
26. Vizard (Bolton Wanderers)
27. Fazackerly (Everton)

Sheet 10: issue #10, 1st July, 1922
28. Bromilow (Liverpool)
29. Quantrill (Preston North End)
30. Lillycrop (South Shields)

Sheet 11: issue #11, 8th July, 1922
31. Broad (Stoke City)
32. Knight (Portsmouth)
33. Donkin (Barnsley)

Sheet 12: issue #12, 15th July, 1922
34. Halse (Charlton Athletic)
35. Hudspeth (Newcastle United)
36. Davison (Sheffield Wednesday)

Sheet 13: issue #13 22nd July, 1922
37. Spaven (Nottingham Forest)
38. Bookman (Luton Town)
39. Downs (Everton)

Sheet 14: issue #14, 29th July, 1922
40. Hampton (Birmingham)
41. Williams (Clapton Orient)
42. Fleming (Swindon Town)

Sheet 15: issue #15, 5th August, 1922
43. York (Aston Villa)
44. Flint (Notts County)

Sheet 16: issue #16, 12th August, 1922
45. Wilson (Middlesbrough)
46. Middlemiss (Queens Park Rangers)


At present I can only find the one card from the Scottish issue, 19. Wright of Aberdeen.

SPO-060-070 SPO-1-2 Wright

SCOTTISH ISSUE

Sheet 01: issue #1, 29th April, 1922
1. Cunningham (Rangers)
2. Brown (Motherwell)
3. Brownlee (Third Lanark)

Sheet 02: issue #2, 6th May, 1922
4. Wall (Hamilton Academicals)
5. Puddefoot (Falkirk)
6. McNair (Celtic)

Sheet 03: issue #3, 13th May, 1922
7. Hogg (Ayr United)
8. Forrest (Clyde)
9. French (Morton)

Sheet 04: issue #4, 20th May, 1922
10. Gillespie (Queens Park)
11. Crossan (Heart of Midlothian)
12. Troup (Dundee)

Sheet 045 issue #5, 27th May, 1922
13. Young (Albion Rovers)
14. Neil (Airdrieonians)
15. Harper (Hibernian)

Sheet 06: issue #6, 3rd June, 1922
16. Collier (Raith Rovers)
17. M. McLavin (Clydebank)
18. McNaught (Kilmarnock)

Sheet 07: issue #7, 10th June, 1922
19. Wright (Aberdeen)
20. Reid (Third Lanark)
21. Pringle (St. Mirren)

Sheet 08: issue #8, 17th June, 1922
22. McColl (Partick Thistle)
23. Henderson (Dumbarton)
24. Crilley (Alloa Athletic)

Sheet 09: issue #9, 24th June, 1922
25. Archibald (Rangers)
26. T. Shingleton (Clyde)
27. J. Cassidy (Celtic)

Sheet 10: issue #10, 1st July, 1922
28. McMenemy (Partick Thistle)
29. Hall (Hamilton Academicals)
30. McPhail (Kilmarnock)

Sheet 11: issue #11, 8th July, 1922
31. Scott (Queens Park)
32. Orr (Third Lanark)
33. McInally (Celtic)

Sheet 12: issue #12, 15th July, 1922
34. Cairns (Rangers)
35. Ferguson (Motherwell)
36. Scott (Falkirk)

Sheet 13: issue #13, 22nd July, 1922
37. Walker (St. Mirren)
38. Dunn (Hibernian)
39. McNab (Greenock Morton)

Sheet 01: issue #14, 29th July, 1922
40. Cullen (Hamilton Academicals)
41. W. Cringan (Celtic)
42. Bell (Dundee)

Sheet 15: issue #15, 5th August, 1922
43. Reid (Albion Rovers)
44. Jackson (Motherwell)

Sheet 16: issue #16, 12th August, 1922
45. Edwards (Greenock Morton)
46. Walker (Third Lanark)