I’m sure many of you are familiar with the 1977 Topps Football design… Fairly standard 1970’s Topps.
Some of you are also familiar with 1977 Topps Mexican Football (Note the team name is “Acereros” rather than “Steelers”)
But did you know that the same design was used in the UK for soccer cards? …Or more accurately, Footballer cards. This card is from the 1978/79 Topps English Footballers set.
Here’s the back, which is nothing like the 1977 Topps Football back:
As the back of the card says, Billy Jennings was on the West Ham team which won the F.A. Cup in 1974/75. According to Wikipedia, he played in 1977 for the Chicago Sting of the North American Soccer League.
As Monty Python fans know (and as Karl Marx *didn’t* know), the nickname for West Ham United is the “Hammers”.
…But this wasn’t the only British soccer card I got from COMC… I also got this 1974/75 English Footballers card, a design I’ve featured before and one which baseball collectors will quickly recognize.
Unlike the prior cards I’ve shown in this blog, this is an English Footballers card (red back) as opposed to a Scottish Footballers card (blue back).
Graham Cross is the Leicester City record holder for most appearances with the team… again, according to Wikipedia.
The final card I got is a very 1970’s design that isn’t based on anything from the States, but which I officially deem to be “Awesome”. This is a 1976/77 Topps Scottish Footballers card.
Here’s the back of this one, which is nice enough but nowhere near as interesting as the front. For what it’s worth, the English Footballers set has blue backs.
Bobby Clark had a long career with Aberdeen, was once named one of the top players in Aberdeen history and in 1970/71 he went 1,155 minutes without being scored upon.
What I found more interesting – at the risk of perpetuating the stereotype that Americans are only interested in what happens in their own country – is that he’s been the University of Notre Dame’s head soccer coach since January of 2001. His record since he took over is 193-79-51, the team has never had a losing record under him, and they were the 2013 NCAA Men’s Soccer champions, a first for Notre Dame. Before coaching Notre Dame, he coached Dartmouth and Stanford as well as the New Zealand National Team.
There are still a number of Topps and A&BC Footballer sets that I’d like to get at least one card from… but I’ve at least crossed a couple off my list.