13 April 2024

Football memorabilia for all UK football teams

Lambert and Butler

Lambert and Butler is probably one of the best known cigarette companies in the UK. Formed by two friends (Charles Lambert & Charles Butler) in 1834 they produced their first cigarette card set in 1898.

Like many other cigarette makers of the time they didn’t release a football related set until much later, in fact it was 1930 before Lambert & Butler issued their first football cigarette cards !!

Titled “Footballers 1930/31” it consisted of a very nicely done set of 50 cards featuring hand painted portraits of the top players of the era.

Although these were a very popular cigarette card the company unfortunately didn’t release any more football related cards.

The footballers featured were;

1   Adcock – Leicester City

2   Archibald – Stoke City

3   Bambrick – Linfield

4   Beresford – Aston Villa

5   Bishop – Chelsea

6   Black – Plymouth

7   Brook – Manchester City

8   Burton – Nottingham Forest

9   Crooks – Derby County

10  Davies – Cardiff City

11  Dunne – Sheffield United

12  England – Hull City

13  Ferrier – Motherwell

14  Gunn – Swansea

15  Harkness – Hearts

16  Hart – Leeds United

17  Harthill – Wolves

18  Hibbs – Birmingham City

19  Hill – Newcastle United

20  Kearney – Portsmouth

21  Lucas – Liverpool

22  Mahood – Belfast Celtic

23  McAlpine – Queens Park

24  McIlwaine – Southampton

25  McLaren – Aberdeen

26  McLean – Huddersfield Town

27  Morton – Glasgow Rangers

28  Parker – The Arsenal

29  Puddefoot – Blackburn Rovers

30  Rimmer – Sheffield Weds

31  Robson – Huddersfield

32  Seddon – Bolton Wanderers

33  Silcock – Manchester United

34  Sloan – Linfield

35  Thomson – Celtic

36  Trenelling – Blackpool

37  Watson – West Ham Utd

38  Webster – Middlesbrough

39  Williams – Bristol City

40  Wilson – Huddersfield Town

41 – 50 Rugby players. 

Although fairly rare they don’t fetch too high a high price when they do come on the market with an average of £2 to £3 being the usual price range paid per card.