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Royal Mail Football Heroes (150th FA Anniversary)
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GENERAL INFORMATION
Country
United Kingdom
Type
Stamp (Miniature Sheet)
Class
Special Issue
Front Inscription
1st
Face Value
60 pence
Issued Date
09/05/2013
Postmark
18/05/2013
Postmark Town
Ramsey Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire
Designer
Andrew Kinsman
Printer
Cartor Security Printing
Printing Method
Lithography
Gum
No Gum
Dimension
192 × 74 mm
Perforation Gauge
14½
Perforation Type
Normal Perforations
IN COLLECTION CONDITION
Preliminary
Normal
Condition
Used With Postmark - Extra Fine
Royal Mail Football Heroes (150th FA Anniversary)
Great Britain Football Heroes

The Royal Mail issued a set of stamps featuring some of the UK's biggest soccer heroes to mark the 150th anniversary of Football Association rules being established, the 140th anniversary of the Scottish Football Association and celebrating 11 of the greatest football heroes from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

The Football Heroes first class stamps were illustrated by the artist Andrew Kinsman and show the stars in their home country's strip.

The stamps feature the 11 heroes in their home nation strip :
  • John Barnes (England)
  • Gordon Banks (England)
  • George Best (Northern Ireland)
  • John Charles (Wales)
  • Bobby Charlton (England)
  • Jimmy Greaves (England)
  • Kevin Keegan (England)
  • Denis Law (Scotland)
  • Dave Mackay (Scotland)
  • Bobby Moore (England)
  • Bryan Robson (England)

The 11 1st Class stamps will feature individual footballers from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, all of whom were supremely gifted, talented players who stood out in their generation and beyond. The stamps have been illustrated by artist Andrew Kinsman, who took existing photography of all the players, then created a composite artwork, so when the 11 stamps are placed together, they form a traditional team shot.

The eleven players selected were chosen for their outstanding record on the pitch and representation of their home countries. All are in the National Football Museum’s Hall of Fame.

In goal was a man many consider to be the greatest ‘keeper to ever play for England, Gordon Banks, with the legendary English World Cup winning captain Bobby Moore, possibly the finest Welsh player of all time John Charles, and Scottish legend, Dave Mackay making up an impressive back three.

English ‘Captain Marvel’, Bryan Robson takes his central midfield berth alongside Bobby Charlton, recognised as one of the greatest English footballers of all time and Kevin Keegan, twice named European Footballer of the Year.

Leading the line in this adventurous formation sees the wide positions occupied by the graceful English winger, John Barnes and the Northern Irish genius, George Best. Both players supply a striking duo of England’s Jimmy Greaves, one of the most instinctively gifted footballers in the history of the game, and Denis Law, the Scottish Football Association’s outstanding player of the previous 50 years.

Alex Horne, FA General Secretary said: “The Royal Mail has done a fantastic job with producing this stunning collection of stamps, and the artwork by Andrew Kinsman is particularly striking. I am sure it will serve as a permanent reminder of The FA’s 150th year and stand as a lasting tribute to the great players featured.”

Andrew Hammond, Managing Director, Stamps and Collectibles at Royal Mail, said: “Across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, we’ve been lucky enough to witness some of the finest footballers to ever play the beautiful game.  “The UK has given the world some of the greatest sports and football is rightly celebrated as a national obsession. The stamps celebrate heroes of the beautiful game who excelled on the pitch at club and national level, and are rightly considered icons of the sport. We feel there is no more fitting tribute to the Game’s 150th anniversary than this collection of football heroes on stamps.”

Postmark

RAMSEY HUNTINGDON CAMBS
M
18.MY 13
Post Office

3 postmarks across the miniature sheet.
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