FKS Publishers

FKS Publishers

One of the two best known and best loved football sticker producers from the period. FKS managed to capture the imagination of many a young boy through bright stickers which could be glued into albums. All FKS stickers were sold in packets in newsagents, sweet shops etc. A number of the early stickers are rare now in VG condition, though many are available ‘ex-album’. All FKS stickers were printed in Spain, though a number of the albums were printed in England. FKS Publishers were declared bankrupt in 1987 – see the story here.

1966/67

A Full Colour Picture Gallery of World Cup Stars

An album of colour pictures, not stickers, which is not marked as FKS but which is clearly the precursor to the FKS sticker sets. The image on the front of the album is the same as used for the 1974 and 1978 World Cup albums (see album gallery).The album was printed in Spain, but published in England by World Distributors of Manchester. Album price 2s 6d.

Two editions of this album are now known to exist. The first has the inside back page with spaces for you to fill in the results of the matches. However, a second edition has the results printed in these spaces, so clearly an edition produced after the tournament.

Number in set: 256
Gallery: ArgentinaBrazilBulgariaChileEnglandFranceHungaryItalyMexicoNorth KoreaPortugalRussiaSpainSwitzerlandUruguayWest Germany
Checklists: N/A
No packets

1967/68

The Wonderful World of Soccer Stars 1967/68

This rarest of all FKS football albums and stickers. The stickers are readily identifiable through the backs which have the player name and club, but no other printing including no number. The album has the same cover as the 1968/69 album, and many of the stickers have the same images as the 1968/69 set. The stickers do not indicate that they should only be stuck at the top, so most were stuck completely down in albums. There was no writing in the space for each sticker in the albums, so nothing much was lost except that you won’t find many of these stickers ‘ex-album’. The album, and therefore the stickers, are full of errors and omissions e.g. surnames only, misspellings etc. Click to view an article on the 1967/68 packet. Album price 3s 6d.

 

Number in set: 330
Packet: 8 stickers for 6d
Gallery: ArsenalBurnleyChelseaCoventry CityEvertonFulhamLeeds UnitedLeicester CityLiverpoolManchester CityManchester UnitedNewcastle UnitedNottingham ForestSheffield UnitedSheffield WednesdaySouthamptonStoke CitySunderlandTottenham HotspurWest Bromwich AlbionWest HamWolverhampton Wanderers.
Checklists: Set checklist
Special: FKS album gallery
Special: 1967/68 packets article
Special: 1967/68 variants

1968/69

The Wonderful World of Soccer Stars 1968/69

The Wonderful World of Soccer Stars. This first of the more commonly available FKS sets, and a great favourite. The stickers are readily identifiable through the backs which have the player name, club and biography. Album price 3s 6d.

 

 

 

 

Number in set: 330
Packet: 7 stickers for 6d
Gallery: ArsenalBurnleyChelseaCoventry CityEvertonIpswich TownLeeds UnitedLeicester CityLiverpoolManchester CityManchester UnitedNewcastle UnitedNottingham ForestQueen’s Park RangersSheffield WednesdaySouthamptonStoke CitySunderlandTottenham HotspurWest Bromwich AlbionWest HamWolverhampton Wanderers.
Checklists: Set checklist
Special: FKS album gallery

1969/70

The Wonderful World of Soccer Stars 1969/70

The Wonderful World of Soccer Stars in Action. Similar to the previous year’s album, except that the player biographies are no longer printed on the backs of the cards. The now familiar phrase ‘A full biography of this player will be found in the appropriate space in the album’ first appears. Album: Price 2s 6d.

 

 

 

 

Number in set: 330
Packet: 7 stickers for 6d
Gallery: ArsenalBurnleyChelseaCoventry CityCrystal PalaceDerby CountyEvertonIpswich TownLeeds UnitedLiverpoolManchester CityManchester UnitedNewcastle UnitedNottingham ForestSheffield WednesdaySouthamptonStoke CitySunderlandTottenham HotspurWest Bromwich AlbionWest Ham UnitedWolverhampton Wanderers.
Checklists: Set checklist
Special: FKS album gallery

1970/71

World Cup Soccer Stars – Mexico 70

An album to coincide with the World Cup, including the 30-man England squad and 16 players from each of the other qualifying countries. The offer from FKS to help complete collections through the order form expired in December 1970. Album: Price 2s 6d.

 

 

 

 

Number in set: 272
Packet: 7 stickers for 6d
Gallery: EnglandBelgiumBrazilBulgariaCzechoslovakiaEl SalvadorIsraelItalyMexicoMoroccoPeruRumaniaRussiaSwedenUruguayWest Germany.
Checklists: Set checklistTeam checklist
Special: FKS album gallery

The Wonderful World of Soccer Stars Gala Collection

A bigger 420 sticker set, including a new Second Division Star Gallery, European Cup Finalists and the Best Players of Mexico 70. The phrase at the top of each card has changed from ‘Apply adhesive here only’ to ‘Glue here only’.The album credits Jack Rollin (later well-known as editor of Rothmans Football Yearbooks) for the album design and editing. At the rear of the album was a place for you to order and stick a Second Division Team Sheet, comprising photos of 15 players on a single, large sheet. The Sheets were 2/- (10p) each, plus 1s 6d postage and handling. Hardly any of these team sheets have survived. Album: Price 2s 6d or 12½p.

 

The image gallery for each team (below) includes full player career details.

Number in set: 420
Packet: 7 stickers for 6d or 2½p
Gallery: ArsenalBlackpoolBurnleyChelseaCoventry CityCrystal PalaceDerby CountyEvertonHuddersfield TownIpswich TownLeeds UnitedLiverpoolManchester CityManchester UnitedNewcastle UnitedNottingham ForestSouthamptonStoke CityTottenham HotspurWest Bromwich AlbionWest Ham UnitedWolverhampton WanderersSecond Division Star GalleryCelticFeijenoord
Checklists: Set checklistTeam checklist
Special: FKS album gallery
2nd Division Team Sheets: Birmingham City, Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Bristol CityCardiff City, Carlisle United, Charlton Athletic, Hull City, Leicester CityLuton Town, Middlesbrough, Millwall, Norwich CityOrientOxford UnitedPortsmouthQPRSheffield UnitedSheffield WednesdaySunderland, Swindon Town, Watford

1971/72

The Wonderful World of Soccer Stars 1971/72

First Division. The one-off trial with a small black-and-white head shot on the back of the sticker. Jack Rollin continued as album editor, while the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) approved the collection. A club badge sticker was available for each team, and a place for each in the album. Each packet contained one self adhesive team badge sticker and seven player stickers. Album: Price 15p.

 

 

 

Number in set: 352
Packet: 7 stickers for 3p
Gallery: ArsenalChelseaCoventry CityCrystal PalaceDerby CountyEvertonHuddersfield TownIpswich TownLeeds UnitedLeicester CityLiverpoolManchester CityManchester UnitedNewcastle UnitedNottingham ForestSheffield UnitedSouthamptonStoke CityTottenham HotspurWest Bromwich AlbionWest Ham UnitedWolverhampton Wanderers.
Checklists: Set checklistTeam checklist
Special: FKS album gallery

1972/73

The Wonderful World of Soccer Stars 1972/73

For some reason FKS reverted to ‘Apply adhesive here only’ at the top of each sticker. Last year’s team badges and the black and white head-shot on the rear of each sticker have disappeared, and there are no extras to buy! The set did, however, include 25 circular stickers, which were to be stuck onto a poster with the title ‘Munich 74’. Copies of this poster are rare, so its quite valuable. Album: Price 15p.

Number in set: 330
Packet: 10 stamps for 3p
Gallery: Arsenal, Birmingham City, Chelsea, Coventry City, Crystal Palace, Derby County, Everton, Ipswich Town, Leeds United, Leicester City, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Newcastle United, Norwich City, Sheffield United, Southampton, Stoke City, Tottenham Hotspur, West Bromwich Albion, West Ham United, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Circular stickers.
Checklists: Set checklist (album stickers), Set checklist (circular stickers), Team checklist (circular stickers)
Special: FKS album gallery

1973/74

The Wonderful World of Soccer Stars 1973/74

The Wonderful World of Soccer Stars 1973/74 First Division and 1973 F.A. Cup Winners. A new landscape format, complete with club colours and a small, colour head shot. The centre pages of the album include fourteen stickers of Sunderland, commemorating their F.A. Cup win – these stickers are A thru N. The final pages of the album include 2 pictures each of Bobby and Jack Charlton, stickers O, P, Q and R. Album: Price 15p.

 

Number in set: 304
Packet: 10 stamps for 3p
Gallery: ArsenalBirmingham CityBurnleyChelseaCoventry CityDerby CountyEvertonIpswich TownLeeds UnitedLeicester CityLiverpool Manchester CityManchester UnitedNewcastle UnitedNorwich CityQPRSheffield UnitedSouthamptonStoke CityTottenham HotspurWest Ham United, Wolverhampton WanderersF.A. Cup Winners (Sunderland)
Checklists: Set checklistTeam checklist
Special: FKS album gallery

1974/75

The Wonderful World of Soccer Stars World Cup 1974

A World Cup where England didn’t make the last 16, but FKS produced an album anyway. The album contains 17 teams, since it was not certain at the time of going to press whether Spain or Yugoslavia would qualify, subject to a play-off, so both teams were included. Album: Price 15p.

Number in set: 270
Packet: 8 stamps for 3p
Gallery: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, East Germany, West Germany, Haiti, Holland, Italy, Poland, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Uruguay, Yugoslavia, Zaire
Checklists: Set checklist
Special: FKS album gallery

The Wonderful World of Soccer Stars 1974/75

A new smaller size for the stickers, and a new card material (which didn’t last for long). FKS continue to tinker with the size and layout. The price has gone up significantly since last year, with the previous 10 for 3p being replaced by 6 for 4p. Album: Price 20p.

 

 

 

 

Number in set: 320
Packet: 6 cards for 4p
Gallery: Arsenal, Birmingham City, Burnley, Carlisle United, Chelsea, Coventry City, Derby County, Everton, Ipswich Town, Leeds United, Leicester City, Liverpool, Luton Town, Manchester City, Middlesbrough, Newcastle United, Queen’s Park Rangers, Sheffield United, Stoke City, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United, Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Checklists: Set checklistTeam checklist
Special: FKS album gallery

1975/76

Soccer Stars ’75 ’76

English First Division, Stars of Scotland, Ireland and Wales, European Team Pictures. It’s no longer a ‘Wonderful World’, with the phrase gone from the title after 8 years, but the phrase ‘Picture Stamp Album’ is back on the front of the cover after a 3-year absence – hooray. The card experiment has been ditched in favour of the original sticker format. Album: Price 20p.

 

 

 

Number in set: 360
Packet: 7 stamps for 4p
Gallery: Arsenal, Aston Villa, Birmingham City, Burnley, Coventry City, Derby County, Everton, Ipswich Town, Leeds United, Leicester City, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Middlesbrough, Newcastle United, Norwich City, Queens Park Rangers, Sheffield United, Stoke City, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Stars of Scotland, Ireland and Wales, European Teams.
Checklists: Set checklistTeam checklist
Special: FKS album gallery

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Euro Soccer postcards

A new concept for FKS with postcards. Only 55 in the set, with 22 being English teams. You could buy postcards directly from FKS to make up your set at a price of 4p each. The album for these postcards is similar to the traditional FKS albums, where you were expected to stick the postcards into the album at the top only. The postcards have no specific markings on them to indicate where to glue, but the album spaces have instructions to ‘Apply adhesive here only’. Album: Price 20p.

Number in set: 55
Packet: 2 postcards
Checklists: Set checklistTeam checklist
Special: FKS album gallery

1976/77

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 checklistTeam 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

1977/78

Soccer Stars 1977-78

An expanded collection with players from 28 different teams. The player name and sticker numbers are printed on the front of the stickers, with the reverse blank (another FKS innovation which only lasted one year). It appears that you no longer applied the adhesive only at the top, which appears a bit foolish since you would cover the biography in the album. The album was priced at 20p, but reduced to 10p as a ‘Jubilee Offer’. Album: Price 20p.

 

 


Number in set: 400
Packet: 6 stickers
Gallery: Arsenal, Aston Villa, Birmingham City, Bolton Wanderers, Bristol City, Chelsea, Coventry City, Derby County, Everton, Ipswich Town, Leeds United, Leicester City, Liverpool, Luton Town, Manchester City, Manchester United, Middlesbrough, Newcastle United, Norwich City, Nottingham Forest, Notts County, Queens Park Rangers, Stoke City, Sunderland, Tottenham Hotspur, West Bromwich Albion, West Ham, Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Checklists: Set checklistTeam checklist
Special: FKS album gallery

Soccer Stars Trump Cards, Series One

A set of 32 cards for a game, plus a Rules card.

Number in set: 32
Gallery: Series One set gallery

Soccer Stars Trump Cards, Series Two

A set of 32 cards for a game, plus a Rules card.

Number in set: 32
Gallery: N/A

1978/79

Argentina 78

Another FKS World Cup special. This one appears to have been produced for the general European, as well as English, market. FKS have learnt from their errors and now publish the biographies under the sticker spaces, so that you can still read it once the sticker is stuck in! Album: Price 10p.

 

 

 

 

Number in set: 300
Packet: 6 stickers for 5p
Gallery: (Qualified) – Argentina, Brazil, Deutshland (West Germany), Espana (Spain), France, Iran, Italia, Magyarorszag (Hungary), Mexico, Nederland (Holland), Österreich (Austria), Peru, Polska, Scotland, Sverige, Tunisie.
(Not qualified) – Belgique, Danmark, England, Ireland, Wales.
Checklists: Set checklist or Team checklist
Special: FKS album gallery

Soccer Stars 78/79 Golden Collection

One of the rarer FKS sets. This collection included, for the first time, the Scottish Premier Division as well as the English First, and various team photographs. Album: Price 15p.

 

 

 

 

 

Number in set: 448
Packet: 5 stickers for 5p
Gallery: Arsenal, Aston Villa, Birmingham City, Bolton Wanderers, Bristol City, Chelsea, Coventry City, Derby County, Everton, Ipswich Town, Leeds United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Middlesbrough, Norwich City, Nottingham Forest, Queen’s Park Rangers, Tottenham Hotspur, West Bromwich Albion, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Aberdeen, Celtic, Dundee United, Hearts, Hibernian, Morton, Motherwell, Partick Thistle, Rangers, St. Mirren.
Checklists: Set checklistTeam checklist
Special: FKS album gallery

1979/80

Soccer Stars 80

English First and Second Divisions, Scottish Premier Division. The albums just keep getting bigger. This one includes Second Division Team photos, plus England Under 21 players. At the back of this album was the change to order the bronze medallions (see below). Album: Price 15p.

Number in set: 450
Packet: 5 stickers for 5p
Gallery: Arsenal, Aston Villa, Bolton Wanderers, Brighton and Hove Albion, Bristol City, Coventry City, Crystal Palace, Derby County, Everton, Ipswich Town, Leeds United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Middlesbrough, Norwich City, Nottingham Forest, Southampton, Stoke City, Tottenham Hotspur, West Bromwich Albion, Wolverhampton Wanderers, England Under 21 players, Second Division Teams, Aberdeen, Celtic, Dundee, Dundee United, Hearts, Hibernian, Kilmarnock, Morton, Partick Thistle, Rangers, St. Mirren.
Special: FKS album gallery

Soccer Stars medallions

Soccer Stars 80 – Send-away bronze medallions. A set of 22 (one for each First Division team from 1978/79) available by sending away to FKS. Each medallion is 1½” diameter, 3/16″ thick, made of solid bronze. The cost was 50p each if you also sent in 15 empty packets of Soccer Stars 80 stickers (a reduction from the Price List of £1.99).

A wooden presentation case was available for the set. The inside of the case reads “22 solid bronze medallions of the English 1st Division 1978-79. Manufactured by The Firm (Sports) Limited, Greenwich, London”.  You can read an article about these medallions in my Newsletter, Edition 15.

Number in set: 22.
Gallery:  Arsenal, Aston Villa, Birmingham City, Bolton Wanderers, Bristol City, Chelsea, Coventry City, Derby County, Everton, Ipswich Town, Leeds United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Middlesbrough, Norwich City, Nottingham Forest, Queens Park Rangers, Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur, West Bromwich Albion, Wolverhampton Wanderers.

1980/81

Soccer – 81

A sign of the times in football, reflected in the FKS collection, with the addition of a section on USA Star Players i.e. those from the English and Scottish game who had traveled across to America to play. The lucky collector of this FKS set could send away 20 empty Soccer ’81 packets and quality for a discount Umbro sports bag (4 different bags in 2 colours each). There was also a competition where you answered some questions, sent away 10 empty packets, and could win one week at Bobby Charlton’s Summer 81 Residential Soccer School (children 10 to 16 only), plus an Umbro strip and tracksuit (10 to be won!). The names of the winners were printed in the Soccer 82 album.

Album: Price 25p.

Number in set: 450
Packet:
Gallery: Arsenal, Aston Villa, Birmingham City, Brighton and Hove Albion, Coventry City, Crystal Palace, Derby County, Everton, Ipswich Town, Leeds United, Leicester City, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Middlesbrough, Norwich City, Nottingham Forest, Southampton, Stoke City, Sunderland, Tottenham Hotspur, West Bromwich Albion, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Second Division Star Players, Third Division Star Players, International Trophies, Scottish players, Top Transfers, USA Star Players.
Checklists: Set checklist or Team checklist
Special: FKS album gallery

 

World Cup Special 1982

FKS jumping the gun with an album for the 1982 World Cup made available to the public in early 1981. The closing date for the special offer and competition in the album closed in June 1981, and the offer of stickers to complete your collection closed in December 1981. Album: Price 25p.

 

 

 

Number in set: 307
Packets: 8 pictures per packet
Gallery: Argentina, Spain, Austria, Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Belgium, Canada, Chile,  Czechoslovakia, China, Denmark, Egypt, Eire, France, West Germany, Wales, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, East Germany, Hungary, Holland, Italy, Greece, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Uruguay, USSR, Yugoslavia
Special: FKS album gallery

1981/82

Soccer 82

The album has changed this time, from the traditional portrait to a landscape format. The glue on the stickers was not designed to last. Stickers which have survived through until today will often be found without their backing papers (which have fallen off due to the poor quality glue), making it hard to identify the players (hence the value of the galleries).

The album contains a notice about the Spain 82 collection: “F.K.S. will be publishing a comprehensive world cup sticker collection, prior to the competition which begins in Spain in June 1982”. Collectors were offered a free album, plus 5 packets of stickers. The album notes that, for the Spain 82 collection, “Publication will take place early in 1982. Your set will be sent to you when available”.Album: Price 25p.

Number in set: 400
Packets: The packet states ‘Average contents 5 individual self adhesive stickers’. Did we lose our ability to count precisely?
Gallery: ArsenalAston VillaBirmingham CityBrighton and Hove AlbionCoventry CityEvertonIpswich TownLeeds UnitedLiverpoolManchester CityManchester UnitedMiddlesbroughNotts CountyNottingham ForestSouthamptonStoke CitySunderlandSwansea CityTottenham HotspurWest Bromwich AlbionWest Ham UnitedWolverhampton WanderersAberdeenCelticRangers.
Checklists: Set checklistTeam checklist
Special: FKS album gallery

 

Spain 82

Copies of this album, plus 5 packets of stickers were available to collectors from the Soccer 82 album. Album: Price 25p.

Number in set: 300
Packets:
Special: FKS album gallery










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