Football Action

A change from Football Stars to Football Action, and from a blue back to a red/pink one. The back of the packet shown says that there was a 'Super Wall Chart' for the 'new series of Barratt all action Football Stars. The offer of the wall chart ended on May 31, 1977.

Number in set: 50
Gallery: N/A
Checklists: Set checklist

Big Match
Superstar Stickpix

The Big Match began issuing 32 stickpix in their monthly magazine in September 1976, and promised to issue more with each monthly issue for the whole season. The July 1976 magazine (edition 20) says "The first BIG NEWS of the 1976-77 season is good news. It's an exciting free gift for all Big Match readers in the new season. Starting with the next Big Match (on sale August 27) you can deal yourself in on the fantastic Big Match Soccer Super Album". Edition 21, September 1976, advertises on the front cover "FREE! 32 Superstar Stikpix inside! Start collecting for your free Soccer Superalbum! There's a free voucher with this issue!"
The album promised 'special souvernir pictures off (sic) all the players in the English First Division and the Scottish Premier League'. The magazine promises that "By the end of the season you'll have a complete record of every club in the First Division and the Premier League - PLUS every team's stars in colour".

The fate of the Superstar Stickpix is not known. They issued 32 pictures each month, but by the February 1977 edition appear to have cut back to only 20. There are therefore, currently, 180 Stickpix known. We do not even know exactly when the Big Match stopped production, and therefore whether the Stickpix series was ever completed. If you know more, please be in touch.

Number in set: 180+
Checklists: Set checklist
Galleries: England: Arsenal, Aston Villa, Birmingham City, Bristol City, Coventry City, Derby County, Everton, Ipswich Town, Leeds United, Leicester City, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Middlesbrough, Newcastle United, Norwich City, Q.P.R., Stoke City, Sunderland, Tottenham Hotspur, W.B.A., West Ham United
Scotland: Hibernian, Kilmarnock, Rangers, Other
Brooke Bond
40 Ways to Play Better Soccer

A set of cards included free with Brooke Bond PG Tips Tea and Tea Bags. The album to stick the cards in was obtainable free from grocers when you bought ¾lb. of PG Tips tea or you could send 6½p postage to Brooke Bond OXO Ltd.

Set size: 40
Gallery: Set gallery
Checklist: Set checklist

FKS Publishers
Soccer Stars 1976/77

More tinkering by FKS. Back to a landscape format with two photos: head shot and action. The album also included lots of 'special' stickers e.g. action shots, managers and parts of large pictures of Pat Jennings and Kevin Keegan. Album: Price 20p.

Number in set: 360
Packet: 7 pictures for 4p
Checklists: Set checklist, Team checklist
Special:FKS album gallery

Euro Soccer Stars '77

A strange set of stickers from FKS. The album notes 'Some of the most famous players and club sides of Europe are featured in this collection of Euro-Soccer 77 which is being presented at a time when interest in the three major European competitions continues to remain high'. The order form in the album allows you to send away for stickers to complete your collection, but only until December 31, 1977. The warranty in the album notes that information in the album was accurate 'at the time of going to press... before the start of the 1976/77 season'.

Interestingly, the album order form allows you to also order 'New from FKS - Soccer Star Trumps', for 75p per pack. The album features a dodgy image of a pack with Alan Ball's name but Martin Peters' photo and bio. Both of these players featured in the 1976/77 Trump Card Game set (see below).

Number in set: 135
Packet: 5 pictures for 3p
Special: FKS album gallery

Soccer Stars 76/77 Trump Card Game

A set of 32 cards for a game, plus a Rules card. You could order these through the Euro Soccer Star '77 album for 75p per pack.

Number in set: 32
Gallery: Set gallery

IPC / Fleetway
Football Firsts of Stars, Clubs and Competitions

Cost cutting meant that most of the pictures for this booklet were in black and white, with the magazine proudly announcing 'Many pages in full colour'. The booklet was part of the Shoot/Goal magazine dated 18 September 1976.

Number in set: 135

Euro Football 77

Another 'international' Panini collection which was available in the U.K. through the distributors, Minicards Ltd. An album was available for the stickers. Some copies of the album were distributed for free through the Shoot/Goal magazine. The introduction to the album states 'Hallo Friends! Let me say it feels great to tell you that fantastic picture stickers, made by Edizioni Panini, the largest producer in the world, which are already well-known and enjoyed by most of the children in Europe are now available to all British children as well'. Are all Italian sentences this long?

Number in set: 288
Gallery: Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Germany, England, Spain, France, Greece, Switzerland, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Yugoslavia, Cyprus, Hungary, Malta, Holland, Norway, N. Ireland, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Rumania, Scotland, USSR, Finland, Sweden, Turkey and Wales
Checklists: N/A

Top Sellers
Football '77

The last ever set from Top Sellers, featuring the First Division teams, plus some puzzle cards. After the issue of this set the name Top Sellers was discontinued and Panini used their own name on English issues. There was an album to stick these stickers into.

6 self-adhesive cards per pack.

The back of the cards states:
Published by Top Sellers Ltd.
135 Wardour St. - London W.1.

Printed in Italy by Panini 1976.

Number in set: 420
Gallery: N/A
Checklists: Set checklist
Special: Puzzle cards master index

Topps Chewing Gum (English)
Footballer (Blue/grey backs)

A set comprising individual footballers from the First and Second Divisions. One section of cards (Nos. 125 to 140) includes Shoot! Goal All Stars. The cards have 'Topps Chewing Gum Inc.' printed on the back. An image gallery (still under development) of the full set of these cards is available, grouped by the players' clubs. Additional information has been added to each page to show each players' full career transfers and transfer fees.

Number in set: 330
Gallery: Arsenal, Aston Villa, Birmingham City, Bolton Wanderers, Bristol City, Burnley, Coventry City, Derby County, Everton, Ipswich Town, Leeds United, Leicester City, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Middlesbrough, Newcastle United, Norwich City, Q.P.R., Sheffield United, Southampton, Stoke City, Sunderland, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Other teams, Checklists
Checklists: Set checklist or Team checklist

Topps Chewing Gum (Scottish)
Footballer (Red backs)

A larger set than 1975/76, increasing from 88 to 132, though the number of teams decreases from 17 to 12. The team included are now the 10 teams from the Scottish Premier League from 1975/76 plus the two teams promoted from the First Division - Partick and Kilmarnock.

Number in set: 132
Galleries: Aberdeen (15), Ayr United (11), Celtic (15), Dundee (13), Dundee United (14), Hearts (13), Hibernian (11), Kilmarnock (5), Motherwell (14), Partick Thistle (6)
Rangers (13), St. Johnstone (1), Checklists (1)
Checklists: Set checklist, Team checklist