May 13th, 2013
To mark the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Football Association of England and 140th anniversary of the Scottish Football Association, Royal Mail has released a new set of stamps for the football fans.
The new stamps features 11 national heroes in their home country’s kits. The heroes are: John Barnes, Gordon Banks, Bobby Charlton, Jimmy Greaves, Kevin Keegan, Bobby Moore and Bryan Robson from England, Denis Law and Dave Mackay from Scotland, John Charles from Wales and last but not the least, George Best from Northern Ireland.
These special postage stamps will be made available in the birthplace of each player with a George Best special postmark appearing in Belfast.
The eleven chosen to appear on the stamps have outstanding records on the pitch, while representing their home countries. All of them are in the National Football Museum’s Hall of Fame.
The stamps were revealed at the Wembley Stadium and among many, some of the biggest names in British football history were present at the iconic home of football. Present at the event, FA’s director for football development, Sir Trevor Brooking, said:
“Everyone who loves football has their favourite players from the past.
“It might have been one of the greats they tried to emulate in the school playground or a superstar they would idolise while watching on from the terraces as a fan.”
Andrew Hammond, the managing director for stamps and collectibles at the Royal Mail, said:
“Across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, we’ve been lucky enough to witness some of the finest footballers to ever play the beautiful game.
“The UK has given the world some of the greatest sports and football is rightly celebrated as a national obsession.
“The stamps celebrate heroes of the beautiful game who excelled on the pitch at club and national level, and are rightly considered icons of the sport.”
Representing George Best at the launch, his sister Barbara McNarry told the reporters:
“I am deeply honoured to see George being recognised in such a special way by Royal Mail in this significant year for the Football Association.
“I am sure fans, not just from Northern Ireland and Great Britain, but from around the world will enjoy and treasure this tribute.
“George would have been very proud of the stamp and it is so very sad that he isn’t here to appreciate this accolade.”
Fans can purchase the stamps at www.royalmail.com/footballheroes or head over to one of the 9,000 post offices across the United Kingdom.
The photos for the George Best stamps were provided by Barbara Roulston of the Royal Mail.