“Who’s Who of Famous Footballers” booklets (Sports Budget)

Year of issue: 1925
Issued by: “Sports Budget” (Amalgamated Press)
Trade reference number(s):
Number of booklets in set: 3 booklets
Size: 130mm x 180mm (A5)
Approximate value (per booklet): Uncatalogued – my three cost a total of £15.00

Obviously not cards this time, but a small set of three booklets. Each booklet was 20 pages in size and covered all of the famous footballers of the day in alphabetical order. Part 1 – published on 28th September – featured players from goalkeeper H. Abbott of Nelson through to H. Grundy, Oldham Athletic’s half-back.; Part 2 (3rd October) began with Arsenal’s outside-left S. Haden and continued as far as Manchester City’s centre-forward W. Oxley; and finally Part 3 (10th October) ran from F. Packham of Fulham, an outside or inside-right, concluding with W. Young, the Queens Park Rangers inside-right.


Part 1 (26th September 1925) features photographs/caricatures of…

  • Cover = Billy Gillespie (Sheffield United)
  • Scotland’s Champions! (Scots team v England, Hampden 1925)
  • Dave Brown (Darlington)
  • Charlie Buchan (Arsenal)
  • Alec Campbell (Southampton)
  • Carr, Godderidge, Chandler and Duncan (Leicester City)
  • Frank Barson (Manchester United)
  • James Carter (West Bromwich Albion)
  • Henry Batten (Plymouth Argyle)
  • Nelson (Cardiff City – shaking hands with HRH Duke of York)
  • Tom Wilson, Clem Stephenson, Charlie Wilson, Billy Smith, Ted Taylor & Sam Wadsworth (Huddersfield Town)
  • Jos. Walker caricatures of Chatton (Partick Thistle), Clay (Spurs), Ashurst (Notts. County), Cook (Newport County), Forshaw (Liverpool), Dunn (Hibernians), Briggs (Birmingham), Blackburn (Aston Villa), Graham (Millwall), Albert Chandler (Newcastle United), Jack Fowler (Swansea Town)

Part 2 (3rd October 1925) features photographs/caricatures of…

  • Cover = Alec Jackson (Huddersfield Town)
  • Fred Keenor (Cardiff City)
  • Joe Hannah (Norwich City)
  • Harry Healless (Blackburn Rovers)
  • Bob Kelly (Burnley)
  • Kirkham (Port Vale)
  • Jimmy McMullan (Partick Thistle)
  • Distillery F.C.
  • McClure (Stoke City)
  • Murphy (Derby County)
  • Celtic F.C.
  • Jos. Walker caricatures of Kirton (Aston Villa), Haines (Portsmouth), Harris (Newcastle United), Henderson (West Ham United), Jennings (Leeds United), McBain (Everton), Lucas (Liverpool), James (West Bromwich Albion), Halliday (Sunderland), J.F. Mitchell (Manchester City)

Part 3 (10th October 1925) featured photographs/caricatures of…

  • Cover = Billy Walker (Aston Villa)
  • Fred Tunstall (Sheffield United)
  • Alf Quantrill (Bradford)
  • A.J. Riley (Liverpool)
  • Robbie & Stage (Bury)
  • John R. Smith, Joe Smith & Ted Vizard (Bolton Wanderers)
  • Owen Williams (Middlesbrough)
  • J.S. Poole (Bradford City)
  • Glasgow Rangers F.C.
  • Swansea Town F.C.
  • Jos. Walker caricatures of Billy Pease (Northampton), Charlie Wilson (West Bromwich Albion), Tom Wilson (Huddersfield Town), George Wilson (Nelson), Andy Wilson (Chelsea), Charlie Wilson (Huddersfield Town), Puddefoot (Blackburn Rovers), Russell (Plymouth Argyle), Wallace (Notts Forest), Scraggs (Clydebank), Simms (Stockport County), Womack (Birmingham), Phillipson (Wolves), Townrow (Clapton Orient), Woodhouse (Preston North End), Jimmy Seed (Tottenham), Jesse Whatley (Bristol Rovers)