2019 Day 1 - Head cases
Our first foray into black and white-related
oddities takes us to the world of football cards, where things aren't
always quite what they
seem at first glance...
|The transfer of John
Blackley to Newcastle in 1977 necessitated a new addition to the TOPPS
range of collectable cards, issued the following season.
Rather than licencing a new image though, TOPPS settled for crudely
daubing black and white stripes on the photo used for the Hibees card
from the Scottish collection earlier that year.
That gave the player nicknamed "Scoop" a Toon top reminiscent
of the Fairs Cup era, or possibly something his granny in Peebles had
knitted. The background of Easter Road remained unaltered.
|We now move on to the world
of misidentification, when cards are issued containing the name and
details of a player that isn't actually pictured. From the 1969 series
from FKS comes what they claimed to be Benny Arentoft (left) but in
reality was Arthur Horsfield.
And similarly, the Watneys Red Barrel must have been going down a treat
on the day that the Panini Top Sellers series of 1974 went to press,
this image of Tommy Gibb (right) mistakenly labelled as Terry McDermott.
Maybe it was a three day week and they were low on candles...
|From the Black Museum of
cards comes two examples from the laughably awful Sun Soccercards that
first appeared in 1978 and eventually ran to 1,000 different cards - all
featuring what they called "full colour drawings", the vast
majority of them players.
Having already knocked off a Peter Withe card during his Forest days
(although Planet of the Apes may have been the real inspiration), his
transfer to Newcastle prompted a change of team name, but altering the
strip was far too much bother.
And as for what is alleged to be Mick Mahoney, take your pick as to who
it's actually based on. Warren Oates from the movie "Bring me
the head of Alfredo Garcia" perhaps, Alan Lancaster from Status
Quo or North Tyneside's very own Jonny Decker.
|PS: Here's a rather more
recent - and deliberate - piece of photo editing, in this case to save the
cost of an air fare. United's 2005/06 season team photo call at Gallowgate
took place on a sunny day in mid-September. However that came too late for
Albert Luque, who in only his second game for the club had sustained a
hamstring injury that saw him convalescing back in his native Spain.
Rather than bring him back to Tyneside for the session, the club's solution
was to include a "body double" in the line-up and subsequently
overlay an image of Luque's head from a previous photo before publishing it
without any hint of what they'd done.
Given what Luque would contribute though, his stand-in may have been a better
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