JohnsonCongratulations on navigating your way to my website dedicated to the Taddy ‘Prominent Footballers’ cards of the early 20th century. Hopefully you will find something here of interest, even if it’s only your own team cards. Encouraged by long-time collector and enthusiast Matt Stevens, my aim to present images of every card available together with any kind of information and history that I can find has now been achieved!


Another variation added

MacdonaldMy grateful thanks go to collector Francis Peacock who has correctly pointed out that QPR player J. MacDonald appears as an ‘Imperial‘ variation of the second (footnote) series of these cards; I had previously listed him in the ‘Grapnel‘ issues. This now casts significant doubt on whether he does actually appears in the ‘Grapnel‘ issue too  (many players did indeed appear in both).

Can YOU contact me to confirm this one way or the other?

Two more Southampton cards found!

SOUTHAMPTON Glover 2nd seriesSOUTHAMPTON Robertson 2nd seriesBig news! Matt Stevens has contacted me with images of two more Southampton footballers in the 2nd issue (“Imperial” with footnote), namely Glover and Robertson, thus bringing the total in that sub-set to fourteen and the whole collection total to 1402 of which there are now 1264 footballers and officials. This leads Matt to suggest that there is still one more Southampton player out there waiting to be found – Layton, anybody? 😉

Crystal Palace omissions

WoodgerI am grateful to Chris England for pointing out that my Crystal Palace page was actually short of six player cards. I don’t know how this could possibly have happened, but it did. Chris supplied me with a card for Woodger and Matt Stevens has come through with all of the others.

This is, of course, a salutary lesson in the need to CHECK before publishing! If you find any other oversights please get in touch so that I can make corrections.


AndrewsI have finally added the last team subset, that of Southampton ‘London Mixture’. As ever, images have been supplied by the ever-reliable Matt Stevens.

I will now only be adding anything which enhances the information behind these cards, such as collectors’ notes and stories; there are no more images to add.

Thanks for sticking with me. 🙂