Euro 2016 has just reached the quarter-final stage and every time there is a major football tournament, there is a surge in the issue of stamps featuring footballers – mostly by countries with little of no presence in major competition finals.
There are exceptions to this trend, i.e. when centenaries occur or when the big football nations’ philatelic bureaux are looking for a money-spinner.
On 9th May 2013, the Royal Mail issued a set of stamps commemorating the 150th anniversary of the founding of The Football Association as well as 140 years of The Scottish Football Association.
The Royal Mail worked very closely with the National Football Museum and with its experts, archivists and curators, to establish a listing of the key great footballers to celebrate.
- The football museum itself has established a Hall of Fame
- The Royal Mail has rather diplomatically stated that “The players selected were from those who were inducted into the Hall of Fame when it began.”
Royal Mail also looked at the history of UK football, but applied criteria to select players whose key senior career was within the years 1963-1990s, who will be much more familiar to present day footballers than those of earlier eras, and include many players who have a cult following and widespread agreement of genius on the pitch, such as George Best.
However, the list is largely composed of English footballers and many Irish, Scottish and Welsh fans might disagree with the selection, e.g. no room for Pat Jennings, Ian Rush, Kenny Daglish to name just three recent greats!
- Who do you think should have been included?