Passion for Military and Football Cards8th November 2019 by Sam Whiting
We all collect our cards but how much do we look into the card subject itself? This is relevant to football sets and the player depicted on the card and if your passion is for military and football cards then this is for you.
Being the 100th anniversary of the Great War this is a tribute to those who played the extra time but this time against Germany penalties were not an option. Professional Footballers enlisted for King and Country and 2 famous battalions were formed namely 17th Battalion Middlesex Regiment and for the Scottish footballers 16th Battalion Royal Scots whilst other joined their local regiment.
We all generally know about the inspirational story of Walter Tull one of the first coloured footballers and the first coloured officer he being depicted on a cigarette card which I consider to be the holy grail of football cards issued by J Lees 1912 set of Northampton Football Club also as famous is one Donald Simpson Bell VC the first footballing Victoria Cross holder sadly posthumously whilst serving with 7th Yorkshire Regiment ( The Green Howards ) whose medal is on display at The National Football museum.
He is depicted on Gallaher’s Victoria Cross Heroes 7the series issued 1917 only a year after his death. But there were many more who were not pictured on a cigarette card and quite a few more not as well known but equally valiant like Sandy Turnbull who played for both Manchester clubs and indeed was the first ever goal scorer at Old Trafford he can be found on a card issued in 1912 by Murray Sons & Co Footballers series H The footballing goalkeeper and playboy of the day dating the famous music hall star Marie Lloyds he would haver shuddered at the thought of promoting shampoo!!! one Leigh Reece Richmond who played for many clubs such as Stoke Sunderland Huddersfield Town to name just a few he managed this with his medical studies and joined the Royal Army Medical Corp but wanting to serve on the front line transferred to the Royal Welch Fusilier’s winning the Military Medal before losing his life in the Battle of The Somme he is depicted on Ogden’s Famous Footballers 1908 and also WD & HO Wills International Footballers 1910 One Richard McFadden one of 3 Clapton Orient players killed in action Jimmy Spiers OF Bradford City who scored the winning goal and also won the Military Medal for his actions in the war both are depicted on Churchmans Footballers Coloured 1914 one of the finest footballing sets issued and last but not least a Taddys Prominent Football issued 1907 of Edward Inkerman Bell Military Cross a who played for both Southampton and Portsmouth Teddy Bullen of Bury on Copes Noted Footballers 1910 there are more out there to be found so next time you purchase a early football card look at the history of the players and you may find a hero who laid down their footballing career to serve for King and Country We will Remember them.
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