30 November 2020

Lambert and Butler

Lambert and Butler is probably one of the best known cigarette companies in the UK. Formed by two friends (Charles Lambert & Charles Butler) in 1834 they produced their first cigarette card set in 1898.

Like many other cigarette makers of the time they didn’t release a football related set until much later, in fact it was 1930 before Lambert & Butler issued their first football cigarette cards !!

Titled “Footballers 1930/31” it consisted of a very nicely done set of 50 cards featuring hand painted portraits of the top players of the era.

Although these were a very popular cigarette card the company unfortunately didn’t release any more football related cards.

The footballers featured were;

1   Adcock – Leicester City

2   Archibald – Stoke City

3   Bambrick – Linfield

4   Beresford – Aston Villa

5   Bishop – Chelsea

6   Black – Plymouth

7   Brook – Manchester City

8   Burton – Nottingham Forest

9   Crooks – Derby County

10  Davies – Cardiff City

11  Dunne – Sheffield United

12  England – Hull City

13  Ferrier – Motherwell

14  Gunn – Swansea

15  Harkness – Hearts

16  Hart – Leeds United

17  Harthill – Wolves

18  Hibbs – Birmingham City

19  Hill – Newcastle United

20  Kearney – Portsmouth

21  Lucas – Liverpool

22  Mahood – Belfast Celtic

23  McAlpine – Queens Park

24  McIlwaine – Southampton

25  McLaren – Aberdeen

26  McLean – Huddersfield Town

27  Morton – Glasgow Rangers

28  Parker – The Arsenal

29  Puddefoot – Blackburn Rovers

30  Rimmer – Sheffield Weds

31  Robson – Huddersfield

32  Seddon – Bolton Wanderers

33  Silcock – Manchester United

34  Sloan – Linfield

35  Thomson – Celtic

36  Trenelling – Blackpool

37  Watson – West Ham Utd

38  Webster – Middlesbrough

39  Williams – Bristol City

40  Wilson – Huddersfield Town

41 – 50 Rugby players. 

Although fairly rare they don’t fetch too high a high price when they do come on the market with an average of £2 to £3 being the usual price range paid per card.