Monday, 16 January 2012
J. Baines Ltd of Bradford began producing collectors cards in 1887. Rugby, Football, Golf and Cricket were all featured. Millions were produced with even the most obscure teams being represented. Sold in packets of six, the cards were avidly collected. At the height of their popularity, around 1919-20, a staggering 13.5 million cards were sold across Northern England and Scotland. Baines retired when he sold his business to a Barnsley concern in the early 1920s. The cards are now highly collectable.
Bert Jackson played 101 times for Manchester City (1907-11).
Thursday, 5 January 2012
Max Woosnam (6 September 1892 – 14 July 1965) is often called the 'Greatest British sportsman' in recognition of his achievements. In an amazing career he won an Olympic gold and silver at the 1920 Summer Olympics, winning the doubles at Wimbledon, making a century at Lord's Cricket Ground, captaining the British Davis Cup team, captaining Manchester City and ultimately finishing runners-up in the Football League Championship of 1920-21 and the only amateur ever to captain the England national football team.
Woosnam's life story is told in the book 'All-Round Genius : The unknown story of Britain's greatest sportsman' by author Mick Collins.
Wednesday, 4 January 2012
Coffer Sports did not manufacture badges. They commissioned them from firms in Birmingham's jewellery quarter and distributed them to traders across the counntry. I dealt with Coffers from 1972 to the early 1980s. The last contact I had with them was a conversation with Malcolm Coffer on Wembley Way before the FA Cup Final of 1985, but by that time the firm had gone into liquidation. Some of the dies were sold and used by other people to make badges, usually in soft enamel.