Goal (1st Edition)
Updated: Dec 29, 2022
Goal Card Game, Pepys Series
First Published: 1960, Pepys Series, Publisher: Castell Brothers Ltd., St. Cross Street, London
Illustrator or Designer: Assistance from football clubs acknowledged in rules.
Contents: 44 Cards, 2 Card Formation Sheets + Rules Booklet
"The pack consists of 44 Soccer players, each in the playing colours of a famous club. The cards also show club names, grounds, nicknames (if any) and, where it has been possible to obtain permission to reproduce them, their crests (if any)."
There are 2 Goal keepers, 4 each of the other positions from 1-10 and 2 Free Kicks.
Goal Cards: Goalkeepers: Swansea Town & Luton Town, Number 2s: Blackburn Rovers, Tottenham Hotspur, Heart of Midlothian, Middlesborough, Number 3s: The Celtic, Ipswich Town, Huddersfield Town.
Goal Cards: 3:Nottingham Forest 4s: Chelsea, Birmingham City, Leeds United, Derby County, 5s: Preston North End, Fulham, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Bristol Rovers.
Goal Cards: 6s: Cardiff City, Burnley, Bolton Wanderers, West Bromwich Albion, 7s: Manchester City, Hibernians, Brighton & Hove Albion, Barnsley, 8: Arsenal.
Goal Cards: 8s: Portsmouth, Grimsby Town, Everton, 9s: Aston Villa, Sunderland, Newcastle United, Leicester City, 10s: Manchester United, Charlton Athletic.
Goal Cards: 10s: Liverpool, Blackpool, 11s: The Rangers, Sheffield United, Bristol City, West Ham United, Free Kicks: Sheffield Wednesday, Stoke City
Shortly after release a number of corrections and updates needed to be made. Clubs did change strip fairly regularly even back in the 1960s and there were also some mistakes. The following cards were revised for the 2nd Edition:
In Edition 1:
3 Celtic have no hoops on the shirt
3 Ipswich's sleeves are solid blue
4 Leeds' shirt is blue
5 Bristol is wearing a striped shirt
9 Leicester have a blue shirt
10 Liverpool sport white shorts
Should you wish to spend an afternoon, as I did, looking at the historic strips of 44 football clubs and trying to spot any errors or updates that would have been needed in the early 1960s www.historicalkits.co.uk is just the sort of site you might like.
One error that I haven't seen mentioned before is that the card backs have been printed upside down. The rules show the ball travelling into the net, upwards from left to right, but the card backs in the 1st Edition show the ball moving downwards from right to left. This was corrected in the 2nd Edition, there the rules and card backs match as intended. Another example of a game having upside down backs is 'Planes.
The pack featured here was part of Rex Pitts' personal collection.
Game & Version Details
Goal 1st Ed. - Card Back
Goal 1st Ed. - Rules Front
Goal 1st Ed. - Card Formation Sheets
Goal 1st Ed. - Rules Back
Goal 1st Ed. - Box Back
Goal 1st Ed. - Box Top
Goal 1st Ed. - Box Side Left
Goal 1st Ed. - Box Base
Goal 1st Ed. - Box Side Right
Goal 1st Ed. - Box Back With Flap