theyflysohigh : Steve Marsh

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Banner Hammers Logo theyflysohigh Merrysweets PIcure Card Album

1957-58 Season Memorabilia ...

Merrysweets Ltd

Soccer Teams : Soccer Bubble Gum

Coloured, numbered series of 48 team groups. Anonymous series, inscribed on reverse  "2-4 Scutton Street, London E.C.2." Special album issued to accompany the series.

Size 97x50mm   PRICE GUIDE: £3.00

merry001 - Team group merry001 - Team group back

Soccer No.1 Series

3. West Ham United

Chix Confectionery Co Ltd

Famous Footballers

chix002 - John Bond

Coloured, numbered series of 48 cards, "3rd Series". Inscribed on reverse "The Best Chix Bubble Gum". Album issued to accompany the series.

Size 98x51mm    PRICE GUIDE: £4.00

thom027 Malcolm Allison

D.C. Thomson & Co. Ltd

Football Stars

Black and white numbered series of 48 portrait cards. Nos. 1 to 18 issued as singles, others issued in strips of four. Inscribed on reverse "Presented with Adventure The Paper for Boys".

Size 69x37mm   PRICE GUIDE: £1.50

15. Malcolm Allison

7. John Bond

thom028 - Dare

D.C. Thomson & Co. Ltd

Football Stars

Paper inserts cut from magazine

W.T.C. Dare

The Star (Newspaper)

Advertisment Message Card

star001 Ernir Gregory

Black and white, half-length portraits of well-known footballers of the day, in a series of 8. Facsimile signatures in blue to front. Reverse of each card carries a facsimile hand-written message in blue ink by the player.

Size 138x87mm   PRICE GUIDE: £20

Ernie Gregory

chix002 - Album fotb002 - Wrapper fotb001 - Pin Badge

Fotbolls Stjarnor

(World Cup Sweden)

John Bond made his senior appearance for West Ham in February 1952. A powerful defender during the 1950s and 1960s he spent 16-years at the Boleyn Ground making 449 competitive first team appearances, winning the FA Cup in 1964 and contributed over 30 goals before transferring to Torquay United in 1966.

The long-serving full-back could consider himself unfortunate not to have received a full England cap, although he came very close with call-ups to the Football League XI in 1957 (v. Irish League) and again in 1958 (v. Scottish League).

On 16th April 1958 he came even closer when the Football Association informed West Ham United that John Bond was likely to be considered for England’s 1958 World Cup squad for the finals in Sweden, and two passport sized photographs were required of him.

News of his impending selection must have filtered through to Swedish football merchandisers’, Bond was featured prominently on one of the 40 Fotbolls Stjarnor (Football Stars) pin badges, a photographic portrait housed within a blue plastic frame.

Sadly for Muffin, he wasn’t chosen in the squad of 22, apparently Bond put his lack of an England cap down to a disciplinary misunderstanding. “Alf (Ramsay) put me in a Football League squad once to play the League of Ireland in Dublin. I had two bottles of beer as we waited at the airport for our plane. This was exaggerated to 10 by certain people, and Alf believed it. I never got the call again”.

John Bond

1958-59 Season 1956-57 Season Chix - John Bond variation

John Bond

Variation card