theyflysohigh : Steve Marsh

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1927-28 Season Memorabilia ...

ROCHE & Co. Ltd (Matches)


Famous Footballers

An unusual source of football cards came from Roche & Co. Ltd of London, who gave away a series of 50 Famous Footballers with their ‘Rising Sun’ Safety Paraffin matches.

These smallish brown portrait cards were quite distinctive and featured three Hammers’ stalwarts Vic Watson, William Moore and George Kay. Moore had captained the side after the unfortunate Kay while on an end of season club tour to Spain suffered a haemorrhage. For three weeks first team trainer Charlie Paynter nursed his skipper back to health before they could return to England.

The set was also of interest for the Phillumeny collector. Phillumeny is the name given to collectors of matchbox related memorabilia including collecting matchbox labels, the hobby has been with us since pre Edwardian times.

Inscribed on reverse "The Rising Sun Best Paraffin Matches"

Size: 51x30mm  PRICE GUIDE: £15.00

6. Victor Watson                         38. William G.B. Moore               47. George Kay


Footballers in Action

gall005 - WHU v. Sunderland gall005 - WHU v. Sunderland back

Coloured, numbered series of 50 cards. Blue text to reverse and inscribed "Issued by Gallaher Ltd Belfast & London"

Size 63x38mm

43. West Ham United v. Sunderland


Football Caricatures by "Mac"

Coloured, numbered series of 50 caricature footballers drawn by 'Mac'. Inscribed on reverse "Issued by John Player & Sons Branch of the Imperial Tobacco Co. (of Great Britain & Ireland) Ltd

Size 68x36mm

Player 001 thom012 - Shone


Football Mystery Cards [Mystro - Mind Reader]

Coloured unnumbered series of 10 cards. Each card featured 10 teams / players of the day - albeit as tiny representations in black and red,

Size: 64x35mm  PRICE GUIDE: £20.00

1928-29 Season 1926-27 Season roch004 - Card Backs Rising Sun Matchbox label

Established in 1857 by Thomas Gallaher and originally opened in Londonderry, the cigarette company went on to become one of the biggest tobacco suppliers in the world. In 1896, Gallaher opened what was then the biggest tobacco factory on the planet in Belfast. With the development of colour lithography, companies like Gallaher's could now create attractive images to market their products including this West Ham United v. Sunderland card.


The Rover Sheet of Football Jerseys

thom011a Sheet of Football Jerseys

The Rover boys comic issued 2 sheets of 'Football Jerseys'. Sheet 1 was issued with no. 289, dated 29 October 1927. Each sheet comprised of the English and Scottish Division sides. The example below is minus the Scottish League Division One sides. Sheet 2 was issued with comic no. 290, dated 5 November,1927