Roger Pashby's The Huddersfield Town Collection

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Given away free on 3rd October

THE DAILY NEWS

'Football Annual 1925-26'
Another 'plate' cut from a supplement about which you will find more HERE.

Part One, published September 26th

Part Two, published October 3rd

BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO

'Famous Footballers (3rd Series)'

Set of 50

Card 37 is a very common (and cheap) cigarette card featuring Billy Smith.

(Trade Ref: BAR-45-T)

D.C. THOMSON & CO. LTD.

'Football Photos (ADVENTURE & VANGUARD)'

(Trade Ref: THO-12)

Set of 40

Each week five cards were issued, but only one card in any one of the two comics. Two Town players - 2. Jackson and 9. Williams - appeared in this set of cards which are quite hard to find.

ANONYMOUS

'Sportsmen (pairs)'

(Trade Ref: ZJ5-48)
Set of 10 (5 pairs, but only 3 footballers)
I have no idea as to who published this rare 'pairs' card or with what publication. It is shown as originally issued c1925/26. I also have a 'single' version of this card. Hard to find and can be expensive.

BARRATT & CO. LTD.

'Cricketers, Footballers and Football Teams'

(Trade Ref: BAR-45)
Set of 260? (approximately 190 footballers)
These cards were printed over the 1925-27 period; I know this because Sid Binks

appears for three clubs - Town, Blackpool and Portsmouth. He left Town in

September 1925 for Blackpool and subsequently joined Pompey in late 1927,

thus positively dating this series.

There were five different versos, although NOT ALL players featured in every

different print-run. Possible reverse texts are:

  • ANONYMOUS plain back (A)
  • BUY BARRATT & CO.'S SHERBET NOVELTIES (N)
  • TARRAB BRAND ROCK IS THE BEST (T)
  • BARRATT & CO.'S SWEETS ARE PURE (P)
  • BARRATT'S XMAS CLUB BOXES ARE THE BEST. ORDER YOURS EARLY (X)

​​Most players were apparently available in TWO formats, with the following Town

players known to exist in these formats:

  • Sid Binks - (N)
  • George Brown - (N) and (T)
  • Billy Smith - (A), (N) and (P)
  • David Steel (sic) - (T)
  • Willie Watson - (X)
  • Charlie Wilson - (N) see WANTED section
  • Tom Wilson - (T)

​   It was also possible to find some of the cards in this set with a varnished finish rather than the more usual matt one, and even some with the printer's name and address on the back, so the combinations seem endless!

   These cards catalogue at £30 but can also be VERY expensive; I once bid £63 for a Charlie Wilson one and still missed out.

Given away free on 26th September

GALLAHER LTD.

'Famous Footballers (green back)'

Set of 100

These are very common cigarette cards and will not cost you more than two or three pounds each in very good condition. Once again, the choice of the shade of 'blue' for the stripes is very odd!

(Trade Ref: BAR-45-A)

​This is particularly rare - I have never seen another anonymous card in this series.

 COMPTONS GRAVY SALT

'Footballers (Series D)'

(Trade Ref: COM-430-4 / COV-1-4)
Set of 22
Card D10 is the second of such cards from this company; the first was published in 1924 and there are subsequent issues over the next year. The teams in this series correspond to the 22 teams in the First Division in season 1925-26. It's a lovely card which is hard to find in good condition because of the staining the gravy salts did to them. These cards catalogue in excess of £30.00 nowadays.

(Trade Ref: BAR-45-P)

(Trade Ref: BAR-45-N)

AMALGAMATED PRESS LTD.

'1st Division English League Photo-Album (TRIUMPH)'

(Trade Ref: AMC-40)
Again, not strictly a 'card' but a 'plate' from a booklet given free with the comic. Not too hard to track down, this picture is backed with a team photo of Leeds United.

AMALGAMATED PRESS

'Sports Budget: Who's Who of Famous Footballers' booklets
I include these items although they are not  really cards, but are pages from booklets. The first two are fairly obvious as to why; in the third example Town are represented by Tom Wilson (in the stripes, top right) and Charlie Wilson (stripes, bottom right). These booklets listed all the major footballers of the day and are very rare indeed.

D.C. THOMSON & CO. LTD.

'Adventure Album: The Cup Fighters of 1925: Part 1'

Yet another 'plate' culled from a booklet, this time issued on 17th January. This same photograph can also be seen in the 'Team Photos' section for 1923-24.

Champions again in May 1925, the second successive year, and now Town were really making the nation's football fans sit up and take notice. Lots more cigarette and trade cards were available to collectors.

Part Three, published October 10th

D.C. THOMSON & CO. LTD.

'Adventure Album: Star Footballers of 1925 (Part 2)'
This is not a card at all but is a page or 'plate' taken from a booklet. The featured Town player is J.J. Williams although, strangely enough, future Town player, Bill Devlin, then of Cowdenbeath also appears. The item is backed with a picture of J. McIntyre of Blackburn Rovers).

BOYS' MAGAZINE

'Football Teams 1925-26'

(Trade Ref: BOY-490)

Set of 18

Often incorrectly referred to as '4th Series, 1924-25', this was actually issued 21st November in issue #196, the first in the series. Well, we were League Champions at the time! These paper items do crop up every now and again but you can expect to pay over £10 for them when they do.

​​​​​​​​​​Cards & Stickers: 1920-1929: 1925