British Locals - Easdale Football Stamps

Easdale is a small Scottish island in the Firth of Lorne on Scotland's west coast and with a population of around sixty people is the smallest permanently inhabited island of the Inner Hebrides. Once the centre of a thriving slate mining industry the quarries now lay dormant - except that is when the World Stone Skimming Championships come to town.

The island was formerly owned by the controversial Clive Feigenbaum who engaged in many instances of philatelic mischief producing stamps of doubtful validity for a variety of jurisdictions. The stamps shown below in common with other British locals are not postage stamps in the proper sense. They are labels - posh stickers if you like, or cinderellas in philatelic terms - sold to tourists and not valid for carrriage within the UK. 

FA Cup winners - Bolton 1923 & Spurs 1962
David Jack - FA Cup Final 1923
FA Cup winners - Newcastle 1951 & Blackpool 1953

Portsmouth FA Cup Winners 1939

FA Cup winners - Arsenal 1993 & Blackpool 1953

Other British local FA Cup issues - Bernera | Davaar | Gairsay | Gugh Island | St Martin


Guatemala scores a football philately first

Here on Football Philately we've covered a few football philately firsts such as the very first football stamps, the first stamp to show someone playing football and the first football club to have it's own stamp. But who was the first named player to appear on a stamp? We're not bothered about some random image of an unspecified footballer playing the game but an actual footballer. Just who, because of his contribution to the game, was the first footballer to be featured on a stamp?

After much research I can reveal that, to the best of my knowledge, the honour of being the first footballer featured on a stamp is shared by two Guatemalan footballers. In 1955 the Guatemalan postal authorities issued a five piece set to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Guatemalan Football three years earlier in 1952. Why the 50th anniversary was commemorated three years late I don't know. The three 4c stamps all featured the same image of footballer Mario Camposeco whilst the 10c value featured a chap by the name of Carlos Aguirre Matheu.

Mario Camposeco was captain and all round legend of his local football team Club Xelaju or Xela as they are more commonly known. Born in Guatemala's second city of Quetzaltenango he excelled at sports representing his state and country at both football and basketball. During the 1940's he played for and captained his home town team Xela to ten, yes ten, consecutive state-level titles. In June 1951 he scored an hattrick for Xela during a big game and so secured an important win. He was offered, as part of the post-game celebrations, a flight over the city. Tragedy struck and the plane crashed due to mechanical failure. There were no survivors.

In honour of their fallen hero his club Xela added his name to theirs and since 1951 have been known as Club Social y Deportivo Xelajú Mario Camposeco, or simply Xelajú MC. They also renamed their stadium and again since 1951 the club has played it's home games at the Estadio Mario Camposeco.

Mario Campseco - Guatemala and Club Xelaju

Carlos Aguirre Matheu was a pioneer of Guatemalan football. As a young man in the late 1890's he studied in England and fell in love with the game of football. On his return to Guatemala he helped found on 23rd August 1902 the Guatemala Foot-Ball Club.  Less than a month later the first game of football in Guatemala took place. Members of Guatemala FC were assigned on the toss of a coin to either the Whites or the Blues and so on 14th September 1902 the historic first game took place between the White and Blue elevens of Guatemala FC. Carlos Aguirre Matheu was captain of the Whites and after a goal-less first half he scored a goal which helped the White XI to a 3-2 victory.

Carlos Aguirre Matheu - Pioneer of Guatemalan Football
Golden Jubilee - 50 years of football in Guatemala


British Locals - Davaar Football Stamps

Davaar Island is a small Scottish island that lies in the mouth of Campbeltown Loch off the east coast of the Kintyre peninsula. Davaar is now uninhabited except for the occasional visit by technicians to maintain the automated lighthouse though in the past there have been semi-permanent residents. Indeed during the 2001 census the population was recorded as 2 (two).

In 1994 in common with other British local postal services Davaar issued a football set to commemorate great moments in the history of the FA Cup. Two souvenir sheets and six stamps were issued and they are shown below for your viewing pleasure.

Stamps, or more correctly labels or cinderellas, for these stamps have no postal validity outside the island, have been issued under the Davaar name since the 1960's. These occasional private issues serve visitors to the island and would need to be carried to the nearest mainland Post Office in Campbeltown and then correct official postage affixed for carriage elsewhere within the UK and beyond.

FA Cup Finals of 1939 and 1992
FA Cup Final 1994 Manchester Utd winners
FA Cup Final 1987 Coventry City winners
FA Cup winners Black burn Rovers 1928 and Coventry City 1987

FA Cup winners Sunderland 1973 and Wimbledon 1988

British Pathe Presents The FA Cup Finals

Other British local FA Cup issues - Bernera | Easdale | Gairsay | Gugh Island | St Martin


The Football Stamps of Brazil - Part 1: World Cups and Pele

Brazil is a country that boasts one of the most vibrant and successful footballing cultures on the planet. The Brazilian postal authorities certainly aren't shy in coming forward to celebrate and promote football in their country. Since the late fifties there have been many fine Brazilian football stamps issued and in a three-part series we'll take you on a philatelic journey to showcase the great and the good of Brazilian football. First up here in part 1 we take a look at the football stamps issued during the fifties and sixties.

The three stamps below were issued to commemorate the World Cup of 1950 which was hosted by the Brazilians. The Maracana Stadium had been built especially for the tournament and it hosted the opening game on 24th June 1950 between Brazil and Mexico which the home nation won 4-0. Brazil played all but one of their games at the Maracana including the famous Maracanazo which saw Uruguay, who did not read the script, crowned as World Champions for the second time. The Brazilians were that devastated they abandoned the white kit they'd used up until then and adopted the now famous yellow shirts and blue shorts.

Brasil Correio - Campeonato Mundial de Futebol - Estádio do Maracanã - 1950

World Cup Brazil 1950
Brasil Correio - Campeonato Mundial de Futebol 1950
In 1952 the Brazilian football authorities scored a World first. The 1952 Olympic issue doubled up as a commemoration of  Fluminense's 50th anniversary. This was the first time that an individual football club had been the subject of a postal issue. A fine honour indeed.

Fluminense 50th anniversary
Brasil Correio - Cinquentenario do Fluminense 1952

Brazil of course won the next two World Cups. 1958 in Sweden and 1962 in Chile. Both victories were celebrated with commemorative stamps. Oddly the 1959 victory did not see it's stamp issued until 1959 and again the 1962 victory wasn't recognised until 1963.

FDC Brazil World Cup Winners 1958
Brazil 1958 World Champions - First Day Cover

Brazil World Winners 1958 and 1962
Brazil World Champions 1958 and 1962
Along with the blue 1962 World Cup commemorative stamp above only one other football stamp was issued in Brazil during the sixties - but what a stamp it was. Commemorating Pele's 1000th goal it has become one the most iconic stamps in the World today.  See this post The King of Football - Pele on Postage Stamps for more.

So that concludes part 1 of our look at the football stamps of Brazil. Stay tuned for parts 2 and 3. Thanks for reading.


Lincoln City Division 4 Champions 1976

The Football Philately Dawn Cover Collection 

Continuing with our Dawn Covers collection today is Lincoln City whose efforts in winning the Division 4 title in 1976 were the inspiration for this cover. Their points total of 74 was and still is a English league record under the 2 points for a win system.
Lincoln City Division 4 Champions 1976 Dawn Cover
Lincoln City Division 4 Champions 1976

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