Boredom, what Boredom?

Yes, I’ve been doing cards again. I’ve done Star Trek, The Beatles and yet more A&BC football cards (the orange and red backs from 1972-3). Thanks to an informative website I’m now in possession of much more knowledge than I really need on this subject.

I think my brain may be grinding to a halt, but I think I’ve isolated the point when the rot set into football. The 1970 set shows footballers with serviceable haircuts and quite a few broken noses. The 1972-3 set shows straighter noses and shocking haircuts. That three year window was the thin end of the wedge, and look where we ended up – diving, spray foam and perms.


Look at that haircut…


…and that moustache.

I grew my first moustache in 1975. It wasn’t a success. In truth they rarely are. Some things from the past should be left there – moustaches, I feel, are one of those things. As are rickets, platform soles and The King’s Evil.

For those of you interested in why one photo is upside down I have to confess that I don’t know. I struggled with a glitchy internet last night and had problems with a lot of photographs being upside down on the photo card. Eventually I just used two that seemed to be cooperative.

This morning I found that the post hadn’t actually loaded and one of the photos was upside down again.

So I gave up and loaded the post again with extra lines to explain the upside down photograph.

For those of you more arty types it’s an ironic take on the topsy-turvey nature of modern sport.

For the others, it’s what happens when you hand modern technology to a man who is barely past the crayon stage of artistic evolution.


19 thoughts on “Boredom, what Boredom?

  1. Lavinia Ross

    I learned something new here. “The King’s Evil” is a new one to me. Amazing what was done back then. They will say that about our period in history in the future. 🙂

  2. tootlepedal

    It is a rare moment if you see a picture of a modern footballer in the popular press who is not in the process of committing a foul. They don’t seem to able to keep their hands off each other.

  3. Donnalee

    I found a bunch of Monkees cards which probably have no value, but way back when I did like them. They may have been more popular in the US, despite Davey Jones.

    They used to make quite large moviestar/singer cards, something like 4×6 or 5×7 inches, black and white, and we’d get them in the 1960s and 70s from machines in arcades. They may have cost 2 cents a chance, and we kept going in hopes of getting a Beatle or someone we knew and thought was cute–

      1. Donnalee

        Thanks for the link. I don’t think i have whole sets, but have some that I put into a little jewlery box, so they are in good shape. The little flick books sound familiar too–and I have never even heard of Rolling Stones cards. They were not my type of band really, although I loved the Keith Richards autobiography (written with someone very entertaining). It cracked me up when Bowie was so very sly and witty in contrast to Mick’s ridiculous self-importance in the video Dancing In The Street–

      2. Donnalee

        I’m a few years younger than you–half a dozen maybe–and they didn’t register on my radar until I got a radio for Christmas 1972 or 73, and by then they’d come and gone and all we heard was their whole pop/AM catalogue–I like the raga-inflected stuff, but not the headtrip-confusing stuff as much.

      3. Donnalee

        It’s true. Even six years younger than I would have missed much of disco, what became classic rock, and my beloved New Wave circa 1982 or so–

  4. derrickjknight

    🙂 Did you ever play that game with cigarette cards where you took it in turns to flick them against a wall and kept the others that yours landed on?

  5. jfwknifton

    I’d say it was the arrival of Spanish footballers that marks the advent of diving. They don’t all do it, but to me, it seems a bigger proportion than many other nationalities.


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