Monday, September 6, 2010

The Super 70's Seen Through the 1978-79 FKS cards

The English FKS footballers sets of the 1970's are making a nostalgic comeback. Not only do they feature different cards of super star players like George Best and Kevin Keegan (below)

but up and coming players like Peter Shilton (below)
and Glenn Hoddle, who would star well into the 1990's.

A good portion of the cards depict the players coming out of the stadium tunnels. Others are in action while the remainer are posed or portraits. The Hoddle and Shilton photos were taken as visitors to Tottenham's White Hart Lane - noticable by the club banner above the tunnel.
One sign of the times is the lack of modern goal keeping gloves - and as in the case of Ray Cashley - poor technique (think Robert Green - vs. the USA or worse - Sylvester Stallone in the movie VICTORY).

Ipswich's Gary Pierce looks to don a pair of gardening gloves while sporting the UMBRO track warm-ups.

Leeds Utd. keeper Graham Moseley wears some funkadelic mits as a "Bobby" policeman watches from behind.
Derby County's Charlie George (below) has a stiff lipped "Bobby" guarding the exit as well.
David McNiven (below) sports the 70's popular track suit by ADMIRAL as a "Bobby" in rain gear watches ...
Leeds Utd. star Allan Clarke wears more ADMIRAL stuff ...
Luton Town's Pasquale Fuccillo, soon to be with the TULSA ROUGHNECKS, wears an orange version ...
as would another future ROUGHNECK - Manchester Utd. Chris McGrath (with huge ADMIRAL logo)
while Q.P.R.'s Eddie Kelly models the defunct GOLA zip up track top.
A close up of the ADMIRAL kit worn by Crystal Palace's Peter Taylor - the last 3rd division player to be picked for the ENGLAND team.
Here Steve Finnieston is seen in a rare CHELSEA all red away kit - with green socks!.
Some of the photos were stock pictures from previous years as Sunderland's Gary Rowell show him with the embroidered 2nd Division Champions on the shirt. They won that in the 1975-76 season.
One of the most significant revelations is the addition of Black players. While this is common place in today's leagues, it was unusual back then.
Two stars that emerge from this set - W.B.A.'s Laurie Cunningham (later transferred to Real Madrid) ...
and Viv Anderson, a key fixture in the rise of Nottingham Forest and England in the immediate years.
The set includes other emerging stars like Birmingham's Tevor Francis (seen in the bright away yellow kit), who would soon appear with the DETROIT EXPRESS, join Nottingham Forest as the very first $ One Million Dollar soccer player.
The 1978-79 FKS set is 400 small sized cards that were meant to be pasted into an album. In addition to the player cards, there were also Team groups like Arsenal (below).
These cards are still very affordable, but hard to find in unused or mint condition.