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Football Player Shaped Badges

Sometimes referred to as figurines. I first started collecting these after visiting a football memorabilia exhibition in Plumstead, London, in the early 90’s. On display there was some of the English type made by Badges Plus Ltd of Birmingham. I am currently collecting particular types of these badges from England, Scotland, The Netherlands (Holland), Old Czechoslovakia and Hungary. I have listed the badges in my collection below. Also included is a sample picture of each type, and some brief details.

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Czechoslovakian

Made before the split of Czechoslovakia into the two separate countries of Czech Republic and Slovakia. Painted badges. Stick pin fitting. 29 mm tall. I believe I possess the whole set of these, but stand to be corrected. I think Zal and the year refers to the year the club was formed.

Badges of this type in my collection:

  • Banik Ostrava – Zal 1922
  • Dukla Praha – Zal 1948
  • Dukla B. Bystrica – Zal 1964
  • Inter Bratislava – Zal 1953
  • Lokomotiva Kosice – Zal 1946
  • Jednota Zilina – Zal 1908
  • Jednota Trencin – Zal 1905
  • Sparta Praha – Zal 1893
  • Slavia Praha – Zal 1893
  • Slovan Bratislava – Zal 1919
  • Sklo Union Teplice – Zal 1945
  • Spartak Trnava – Zal 1925
  • TJ Sonp Kladno - Zal. 1903
  • VCHZ Pardubice – Zal 1925
  • VSS Kos’ice – Zal 1952

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England Pose 1

Made by Badges Plus Ltd of Birmingham, England. Painted badges. Has a brooch pin fastening. 34 mm tall.

Badges of this type in my collection:

  • Albion
  • Arsenal
  • Bristol City
  • Chelsea
  • England
  • Forest
  • Grimsby
  • Ipswich
  • Leeds
  • Liverpool
  • Man. Utd.
  • Palace
  • Q.P.R.
  • Spurs
  • Villa
  • Watford
  • Wimbledon
  • Wolves
  • Wrexham (actually a Welsh not English)

Other badges of this type which I know exist:

  • Blues (Birmingham)
  • Rangers (Scotland - Red Shirt)
  • Sheffield Utd
  • (Aston) Villa
  • West Ham

England Pose 2

Made by various different manufacturers. I only have retro style badges based on very old and rare badges of the same shape. Enamel badges. Have a brooch pin fastening. Around 34 mm tall.

Badges of this type in my collection:

  • Arsenal (Red Shirt, White Shorts, Red Scroll).
  • Arsenal (Red Shirt, White Shorts, White Scroll).
  • Arsenal (Yellow Shirt, White Shorts, Blue Scroll).
  • Arsenal (Yellow Shirt, White Shorts, Yellow Scroll).
  • Morecambe (Red Shirt, Black Shorts, Red Scroll).
  • Morecambe (Yellow Shirt, Yellow Shorts, Yellow Scroll).
  • Southampton (Red/White Short, Black Shorts, Black Scroll).

Original old badges of this sort which I know exist that I would love to add to my collection:

  • Airdrieonians (Scotland)
  • Bristol City
  • Coleraine
  • Grimsby Town
  • Huddersfield
  • Liverpool
  • Manchester United
  • Newcastle United
  • Rangers
  • Sheffield Wednesday
  • West Ham United

England Pose 3

There have been another set of old figurine style modern badges appearing recently. This are similar to pose 2 in shape, but the pose struck by the player is different.Enamel badges. Brooch pin fitting. 30 mm tall.

Badges of this type in my collection:

  • Horsham
  • Norwich City - green shirt.
  • Norwich City - yellow shirt.
  • Lewes F.C. - yellow shirt.
  • Lewes F.C. - blue shirt.
  • Lewes F.C. - red shirt shirt.
  • Lewes F.C. - red black striped shirt, plus letters MM in background.

England Pose 4

I have started collecting yet another set of English figurines. I think these were made in the 1970s. They show an outfield player carrying a ball under his left arm. As if running down the tunnel holding the ball. I think all of these badges represent actual clubs, but there is no team name underneath. Enamel badges. Brooch pin fitting. 38 mm tall.

Badges of this type in my collection:

  • Horsham
  • Norwich City - green shirt.
  • Norwich City - yellow shirt.
  • Lewes F.C. - yellow shirt.
  • Lewes F.C. - blue shirt.
  • Lewes F.C. - red shirt shirt.
  • Lewes F.C. - red black striped shirt, plus letters MM in background.

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Hungarian

Old badges. Any one know the year they were made? Some have team names, some don’t. I think even those without names represent certain clubs. Enamel badges. Stick pin fitting. 22 mm tall.

Badges of this type in my collection:

  • Fradi
  • Honvèd
  • Green shirt, white shorts, green socks (just like Fradi).
  • Mauve shirt, white shorts, mauve socks.
  • Red shirt, blue shorts, red socks.
  • Red shirt, white shorts, red socks.

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Netherlands Pose 1

Painted stick pins. All players are in the same pose but some variations in the size of the ‘pitch’ where the team name appears. 24 mm tall. Those marked with an asterisk (*) have the team name written on a silver 'pitch' instead of green.

Badges of this type in my collection:

  • A.G.O.V.V.
  • Blauw-Wit
  • D.O.S.
  • Go-Ahead
  • Helmondia ’55
  • Heracles
  • L.M.O. *
  • M.V.V.
  • N.A.C.
  • Sittardia
  • Telstar
  • Volendam
  • Wageningen

Netherlands Pose 2

Painted stick pin. I have only one badge of this type so far. 26 mm tall.

The only badges of this type in my collection:

  • Ajax
  • D.W.S.
  • Feyenoord
  • Ned. Elftal

Netherlands Pose 3

Painted stick pin. 25 mm tall.

Badges of this type in my collection:

  • De Graafschap
  • De Volewijckers
  • D.H.C.
  • Elinkwijk
  • Excelsior
  • R.B.C.
  • S.H.S.
  • V.V.V.
  • Veendam
  • Velox
  • Willem II

Netherlands Pose 4

Painted stick pin. 24 mm to 28 mm tall. Bottom of badge where team name appears varies in size according to team name, colour at bottom also varies between green, and chrome coloured bare metal. Those with the chrome are marked with an asterisk (*). Also some variations in the thickness of the player’s arms and angle of player’s head. The majority of my Dutch player badges are of this type. Many national and non Dutch clubs are represented. Information received from a Dutch collector suggests that there are actually three completely different variations of this pose. If I receive permission from the collector I will link to scans he provided of the three different variations.

Badges of this type in my collection:

  • A.D.O.
  • Ajax
  • België (Belgium national team)
  • Benfica
  • Belvedere *
  • D.O.S.
  • D.O.T.O. *
  • D.W.S.
  • Emmen
  • Engeland (England national team)
  • F.C. Waeslandia Burcht *
  • Feyenoord
  • Fortuna ‘54
  • G.V.A.V.
  • Go Ahead
  • Herenveen
  • Hongarije (Hungarian national team)
  • Inter Milaan (Inter Milan)
  • Kon Wuustwezel F.C. *
  • Lindel Hoeven V.V. *
  • M.V.V.
  • Mewmuer F.C. *
  • N.E.C.
  • Ned. Elftal (Dutch national team)
  • P.S.V.
  • Real Madrid (red pitch)
  • R.K.V.V.H. *
  • S.C. Enschede
  • S.V.G. *
  • Saenden *
  • Sparta (red and white striped shirt)
  • Sparta (red and ‘metal’ striped shirt)
  • V.V. Den Bommel
  • V.V. Groote Lindt *
  • W.W.V. *
  • Xerxes
  • Zwitserland (Swiss national side)

Netherlands Pose 5

Painted stick pin. 27 mm tall. Bottom of badge where team name appears is green in colour. Shows a player heading a ball.

I only have one badge of this type in my collection:

  • Eindhoven
  • Z.F.C.

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Scotland

Made by Tradition of Ayr, Scotland. Small enamel badges with a clutch pin butterfly style fastening. No team names, but appear to be based on the colours of some of Scotland’s bigger clubs. Around 22 mm tall.

Badges of this type in my collection:

  • Black and white vertical striped shirt, black shorts, red socks.
  • Blue shirt, white shorts, red socks.
  • Green and white hooped shirt, white shorts, white socks,
  • Green shirt with white sleeves and ‘V’ neck, white shorts, green socks.
  • Green (plain) shirt, white shorts, green socks.
  • Maroon shirt, white shorts, maroon socks.
  • Orange shirt, white shorts, orange socks.
  • Red shirt with white sleeves, white shorts, red socks.

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