Kentalong Limited

Kentalong Limited

The firm of Kentalong appears to represent a courageous attempt to start up a new U.K. card maker. They appear to have formed in the late 1970s, producing a football (K Soccer!), cricket (K Cricket) and tennis (K Tennis) card game before fading into oblivion (well almost). They also advertise a horse racing game, but I can find no record of this ever existing. Perhaps someone from Kentalong can enlighten us? If so, please send me an email.


K Soccer!

K Soccer, also known as the Kentalong Football Card Game, was produced in 1978 by Kentalong Limited of Osborne House, 12 Mount Ephraim Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 1EE. The cost of the game was £1.10 per pack including postage and packing. The game, designed for 2 players, consisted of 38 cards made up of 30 team crest cards (5 cards for each of 6 teams), 4 penalty cards, 2 offside cards and 2 goalkeeper cards. The makers ‘gratefully acknowledge the help and assistance given to us by every club represented which has enabled us to produce this exciting game’, which suggests that Kentalong did the right thing and contacted clubs to ask for permission to use their crests.The rules sheet states ‘If you enjoyed playing this Kentalong card game why not form a League with your friends? If your favourite Club’s Crest is not included in the game, please send a stamped addressed envelope to the address overleaf and we shall be pleased to advise you whether this Crest is available’. This suggests that the game came in different versions, with different Club Crests. The version I own has Arsenal, Brighton and Hove Albion, Charlton Athletic, Fulham, Millwall and Tottenham Hotspur. I’m also aware of Birmingham City, Crystal Palace, Derby County, Everton, Liverpool, Luton Town, Middlesbrough, Newcastle United, Notts County, Oldham Athletic, Orient, Q.P.R., Sheffield United, Southampton, Stoke City and W.B.A. Presumably not every club gave their permission, and perhaps after a while Kentalong went out of business and didn’t produce any more.

Number in set: 22 Club Crests, some game cards and an instruction card. 40 cards in total
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