Britains Footballers Clapton Orient team, very rare

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In about 1906, Britains issued its first "Famous Footballer Team" representing Association Football. It consisted of twelve teams with eleven players each. By 1922 one team had been removed, Corinthians, and sixteen new teams added. In 1936,  twenty eight teams were regularly issued.

In 1934 the New Lines List, set 1524 was introduced with eighteen pieces including a goal post, 3 corner flags, a referee with whistle and a linesman with flag.

Britains would paint any team on request as a special order.

Clapton Orient was a special order set and the local team closest to the Britains factory. Clapton Orient was later renamed Leyton Orient. Clapton Orient was founded in 1898 and renamed in 1945.

A recruiting meeting was organised by the FA and the War Office at Fulham Town Hall, in December 1914, almost five months into World War One, with a view to raising a team comprising of footballers, club officials and supporters. The first 17th Battalion Middlesex Regiment (1st Football) became more commonly known as the Footballers’ Battalion.

Included in the first small group that signed up on that day was Fred ‘Spider’ Parker the wing half and captain of Clapton Orient Football Club. He was soon followed by nine of his Orient team mates including ‘keeper Jimmy Hugall and ace striker Richard McFadden.

The team colours as illustrated in the set was in use with a variation of sock design and shorts changing from dark blue to black from 1910-1931.

The set includes a goalkeeper, four standing full backs, four running half backs and a running forward.

All are in good plus original condition with some age related wear and colour fading as you would expect considering the set is 100 years old.


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