We have previously written about vintage football programs done by talented and well known illustrators, namely, John Held, Jr., Winslow Williams, Willard Mullin, Ellison Hoover and Gib Crockett. Not surprisingly, most produced their work during the Art Deco period.
This football program illustration was done when Dean was a freshman at the college, thus it is signed with his birth name rather than his future pen name. Notice the expressive nature of the eyes on all three people featured on the cover. Absolutely brilliant.
As collectors and dealers in old football programs we love the thrill of a new discovery. So it was recently when we stumbled upon a program for sale on eBay for a Rutgers v. Yale Football Program from a game play in 1873 at Hamilton Park in New Haven, CT.
As students of early football history know, Rutgers was involved in the first football game played, which occurred against Princeton in 1869, although no program is believe to have existed for this game.
As far as the first program printed for a football game, we estimate that the first was for the Harvard-Yale game also played at Hamilton Park on November 13th, 1875. This was the first time Harvard played Yale in a Football game and the first time any two college teams worm uniforms to play the game. This simple four page program listed the last names of the Harvard Players in red and the Yale Players in blue and had a space for the name of the referee and space to keep track of goals and the time of each goal. The images below are from an 1876 program, but is substantially identical to the 1875 program. An original 1876 program sold at auction recently for almost $4,000!
The first football programmes were published around the same time as the launch of the Football League in 1888. Unlike today, the aim of a programme was to keep score and it was made up of a single sheet detailing the teams and match date.
Over the decades that followed, football programmes grew from pocket-size to A4, with some clubs preferring the smaller option and others opting for the larger format. From a single sheet of basic info, the availability of saddle-stitch book printing and a growth in popularity turned football programmes into thick, glossy books crammed with trivia, statistics and high-resolution photos that fans loved to buy before every match.
Today, the modern football programme stays true to its roots by giving spectators key details of players on each team. Although today, the programme can also act as a mouthpiece for the club in question, allowing managers and players to speak to fans via interviews and club statements.
In 1888, the Football League began and with it, the first football programmes were printed. Unlike today, the aim of a programme was to keep score and it was made up of a single sheet detailing the teams and match date.
Eventually, football programmes could be printed in either A4 or pocket-sized, and this varied between clubs. From a single sheet of basic info, the availability of saddle-stitch book printing and a growth in popularity turned football programmes into thick, glossy books crammed with trivia, statistics and high-resolution photos that fans loved to buy before every match.
The use of football programmes in the modern day is as a key source of team information. Although today, the programme can also act as a mouthpiece for the club in question, allowing managers and players to speak to fans via interviews and club statements.
A rare football programme can sell for an impressive amount of money. In 2012, a family from Ipswich managed to make around 46,000 by auctioning off a set of football programmes they stumbled across in their house, which goes to show how easy it is to not realise the treasure you have sitting around your home.
The oldest-known FA Cup final programme from 1882 sold in 2013 for a whopping 30,000. The programme was for a match between Old Etonians and Blackburn Rovers. Prior to that, 23,500 was paid for a 1909 FA Cup final programme detailing Manchester United vs Bristol City.
An excellent collection of Manchester United football programmes and ephemera will be of great interest to football programme collectors and Manchester United collectors at Unique Auctions sale on the 25th October. The collection includes nearly every home game from about 1965 to about 2002, and a large collection of away progranmes. The collection also includes newspapers with Manchester United headlines such as treble, testimonials, and tributes. The majority of the collection is in very good or better condition.
We are now accepting football programmes and Manchester United football programmes and ephemera etc for all future auctions. We also value football programmes and Manchester United football programmes and ephemera etc.
Rare, unusual or sought after programmes and memorabilia can be sold for thousands, added Mr Lofley, who will be joining the experts from Hansons Auctioneers at a free antiques and collectables valuation event at Trowell Garden Centre, Stapleford Road, Trowell, on Wednesday, July 4, from 11am-2pm.
Another top seller on the day was a 1953 FA Cup final football, used when Blackpool beat Bolton 4-3. It sold for 5,250. In addition, a bag of assorted football programmes, including a 1966 Scottish Cup Final programme, fetched 780.
I deal with all football programmes including all cup finals from 1945 onwards and cover most league teams ranging from the 1930's.I have a large section of england home and away programmes including a lot of pre-1966 home/away. Do you have old football programmes to sell Please get in touch. All enquiries please email or ring me on 078601 06834. I look forward to hearing from you.
I try and describe the programmes as honestly as possible but a full refund is offered on return of the programme if not happy with purchase.Only a small section of my programmes are shown on these pages but if you email me with any queries I will answer as soon as possible.I am also always looking to buy football programms pre 1970's and give a good price.
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1925 North v South (FA Amateur International Trial Match @ Middlesbrough) Scarce 16 page programme for this match staged at Ayresome Park. Players from clubs including Northern Nomads, Bishop Auckland, Wolverhampton Amateurs, Corinthians, St Albans & Tufnell Park were represented. This almost 100 year old programme is in outstanding condition with no defects whatsoever!
A talkSPORT investigation revealed that the declining sales and increased production costs have caused many clubs to cease producing printed programmes. Most clubs reported that just 10-20 per cent of their attendance now buy a programme.
EFL clubs voted in 2018 to scrap mandatory printed programmes. Across the EFL, 13 clubs have now scrapped theirs. In the Championship, Blackburn, Millwall and Reading have all ceased production alongside Swansea City and Bristol City, who only offer online editions.
Dayan had lost an eye in WW2 when a French bullet hit the binoculars he was using to scan the French positions across the river. He was popular in Israel at the time as he had overseen the capture of Jerusalem in the Six-Day War in June 1967 and chose the visit of United to attend his first football match.
The early 1950s saw the introduction of the classic pocket-sized programmes which remained the style until the early 1970s. Photographs were rarely used until the 1953-54 season, when black-and-white photos taken by the Sheffield Telegraph began to appear. The size had increased to 12 pages for the same price of 3d.
This was overshadowed by a world-record 30,000 sale in the same auction for the earliest-known surviving programme from an FA Cup Final, played at the Kennington Oval between Old Etonians and Blackburn Rovers on 25 March 1882.
At the Sheffield Programme and Memorabilia Fair between Christmas and New Year, it was fascinating to see the full range of local football memorabilia on offer and to meet other serious collectors and traders. The attendance was 139, with just 17 under 16s. While United have no plans to change anything soon, the advance of the digital age means the storied programme faces an uncertain future.
A big element of my matchday experience over the past 50 years has been buying a programme from every United game I\\u2019ve attended. To me, they bring back memories of going to a specific game and of all the players I\\u2019ve seen in the red and white. Sadly, however, it seems like this tradition might be dying out.
The comforting news for United fans comes from Matthew Young, editor of UTB, United\\u2019s official programme. He explained that UTB is still very much profitable and that there is a strong appetite from Blades fans for a printed edition. United are also in the middle of a current contract where terms are set, so expect nothing to change anytime soon!
Arty Bianco: There have been a few, for very different reasons. I really liked the Christmas in August rehash I did for the first game of the season, with it being 30 years since the original \\u2013 I'd drawn the image for our Christmas programme the year before but it had obviously been called off. I also really liked the Brooks programme last year because I was told he\\u2019d really appreciated and liked it. 59ce067264