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North East Branch

John Sinclair “Footballers of the North East” No.44

Secretary: Tony Coddington
Tel: 0191 2854116

Greetings from
North East Branch

We get together on a regular basis, more or less monthly, and many of our collectors are from the Gateshead area. Our group is very friendly and there is a warm welcome waiting for ALL collectors, whether you are just starting to discover the wonders of cards, or your “wants lists” are catalogues of rarities!

But whether you live nearby, are visiting the area, or making a special trip just to see us, we look forward to meeting you!


Our meetings start at 6.30 pm.

After many years of using the Gateshead Civic Centre as a meeting place, we have now moved to the Dunston U.T.S. Stadium, Wellington Road, Dunston, Gateshead, NE11 9JL. There is actually a very interesting webpage about Dunston U.T.S., not only a good read, but it also includes directions on how to reach the stadium by road and public transport.  

 our final club meeting this year was October 3rd. But here are NEXT YEAR’S DATES.

February 6th – March 12th – April 2nd – May 14th – June 4th – July 9th –  September 10th – October 1st

There will be no meetings in January, August, November or December


By the way we were delighted to meet so many of our branch members at the recent Bass Rock Quarterly Postcard, Cigarette Card and Stamp Fair which is held at Durham County Hall. So here’s a reminder of their next fair, on February 22nd 2020 – it’s open from 10am till 3pm. If anyone is going, do let us know, and we can try to arrange a meet up. For travel directions, and a map, hit this link :


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Our meetings alternate between meetings with a visiting dealer, and what we call an ordinary meeting, having no dealer. The latter are more a get together when we use the time to discuss recent meetings, plan for future ones, talk about the local collecting scene, and mull over any feedback from the last few meetings. They are also a good chance to have a bit of a chat, without worrying someone is over at the dealer’s table buying the card you need!


We have had a number of dealers stalling out with us over the years who are always pleased to come back; but then it has always been our aim to make them happy when they come to us. All of them travel a fair distance, and it is heartening to hear our branch is held in such good regard by them, also good that our visiting collectors make it worth their while to come along, and keep coming back.

We have now established a pattern of four regular dealers per year, these being: 

Sean Clover – who comes over from Rochdale, and is fairly new to the card scene over our area, though you may also know him from the Durham Postcard, Cigarette Card and Stamp Fair. He took the slot vacated by John Shaw, who was cutting back on his travelling. 

Sean may not have a huge stock, but his condition is really good and he often comes with  unusual sets, including this one of Peninsular β€˜Hindu Gods’ in really lovely condition, snapped up by a delighted buyer recently. 

Paul Lynch – has been settling in nicely for a few years and has a regular September spot. You probably know him from Nottingham Albums and Cards; he is a dealer in all kinds of collectable cards and intriguing ephemera, and also producer of the new generation of the Murray Card Values. On which note, the brand NEW edition of this work will be launched in April 2020; it will be a special volume to mark the 50th Anniversary of the original publication. For more details, check out the website at :

Mike Heard – of Derby, with his amazing stock of cards, and vast knowledge of football; you may know him from the Durham Postcard, Cigarette Card and Stamp Fair as well, but you may not know he has been attending our meetings for almost 30 years! He was definitely our first β€œregular” dealer, and we are very delighted to hear he would be prepared to come more than once a year if we got stuck for any reason.

John Vardon – has paid us a few visits and looks forward to coming along with his lovely wife. They come all the way over from Cumbria, a fair hike for him, but he always has good sales and enjoys chatting about cards with our visitors, which makes it worth his while.

I said to John Vardon after a recent meeting that we have never had a disappointed dealer. This is probably because although we are a small club, we do concentrate on buying during the evening, and also we do not have several dealers in at the same time to share a collectors funds, nor members selling their own cards in competition with the dealer. Things that are all nice to know. Other dealers have shown an interest in coming, but we do not want to change things at the moment as the four seems to work for us.

Kinney “Great American Trotters” (USA)

And all our dealers do  
bring an excellent mixture of cards of all values; also some overseas issues turn up on a regular basis. Just look at some of the other finds that have been snapped up at our meetings during this year!

Ogden`s “Heroes of the V.C.”

R.C. Brown “Capadura Cigars” advertising card (USA)










Our featured local card is number 44 of John Sinclair`s “Well Known Footballers”.  The front, right up at the top of this page, shows the Gateshead Full Back Angus Livingstone. These cards are very unusual, with their actual, large photographic heads and drawn, cartoon style bodies. Two sets were actually issued – “North Eastern Counties” and  “Scottish”. Both sets look very similar so if you are buying odds always check you have the right set – and how to tell this is to look on the reverse of the card, shown here, where at the base, rising above the block with the company name, is a small white ribboned banner that gives the series title. 

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