FDC: Footba11 Heroes

The Footba11 Heroes issue from Royal Mail commemorates 150 years of the English FA (Football Association) and 140 years of the Scottish FA.

Football Heroes - UK 2013

Country: United Kingdom
Date: 9th May 2013

Team Sheet

The stamps feature 11 of the greatest footballers from England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Together, these countries form the United Kingdom. This “Heroes” eleven features the following greats:

Jimmy Greaves, John Charles, Gordon Banks, George Best, John Barnes
Kevin Keegan, Denis Law, Bobby Moore, Bryan Robson, Dave Mackay, Bobby Charlton

Match Programme

The insert provides stats and biographies of the featured footballers. Click the image below for easier reading.

Football Heroes insert - UK 2013

Team Poster

As an added bonus, the insert folds out with a team poster on the other side.

Football Heroes poster - UK 2013

Match Stats

  • The English FA was formed in 1863. It is the first Football Association in the world and is known simply as “the FA”.
  • The Scottish FA was formed in 1873 and is the second national association to be formed.
  • The FDC is postmarked Wembley, Middlesex, which is where Wembley Stadium stands, the national stadium of England.

Extra Time

  • The United Kingdom consists of 4 nations – the home nations: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
  • Great Britain is in essence a geographic term, which refers to the land mass of England, Scotland, and Wales. “Britain” is just a shortened version of Great Britain.
  • So the full title of the “UK” is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
  • Things might get complicated if Scotland votes for independence in 2014.

Away Kit

  • For visitors from the United States: firstly, welcome, secondly, football = soccer.
  • Brits like to complain about Americans calling football “soccer”. However, soccer is most likely a word of British origin. In the 19th century, football (as we now know it (over here)) was called association football to distinguish it from other “football” sports such as rugby football. Soccer was most likely used as an abbreviation of association football at that time.

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