Penalty! (All Editions)
Updated: Dec 29, 2022
Penalty! The World Famous Football Game, A Pepys Card Game
First Published: 1960, Pepys Series Games/Pepys Games
Illustrator or Designer: "K.B" & John Armstrong
Contents: 52 Cards, Pitch, "Football" + Rules Booklet
Card description there are 52 cards in the pack, 1 Penalty card, 5 Goalkeepers, 4 Corners 4 Free Kicks and 38 cards representing a "Kick" or "Movement". No two cards have the same image.
The boxes on the top row use the same painting. The boxes on the bottom row use another painting. The two paintings are similar but there are many small differences.
The top row's painting is signed "KB" in white to the bottom left corner. The goalkeeper's right leg obscures a defender. The goal keeper's shirt is unnumbered, his shorts are black and long. The slickly Brylcreemed striker has his left hand in a fist. The sky is gently shaded from light to a darker blue. The only difference between the top two images is the addition of a white border frame and the words "New Improved Edition".
The painting used for the bottom row is unsigned but was by John Armstrong you can see another version of this work at Down the Tubes . It seems that John Armstrong was commissioned to update the first unknown illustrator's artwork. He updated the ball and all the player's strips, the goalie now sports the No 1. shirt and blue shorts and the striker is now more a pointing Peter Beardsley than a fist clenching Teddy Boy. The defender now has an unimpeded view of his team conceding a goal beneath a banded sky.
The 2nd Edition with the words "New Improved Edition" clearly follows the 1st Edition. Which came first of the two 3rd editions is open to debate. Most people would call what I have labelled 3 (A) the 4th Edition. I doubt that. Most games or products only use the "As Seen on TV" line whilst a promotion is taking place or shortly after. To do so a decade or more after a TV promotion would likely be counterproductive.
The game was being promoted by Pepys until at least 1974, they put ads on the back of Speed 12th Edition rules then, but I cannot find any evidence that a T.V. campaign for the game ever existed at all. For my money 3 (B) looks like the last printed version. Whichever view is right I don't think the text on the box is enough to deserve recognition as a new "Edition", I think it is just a variant.
The 1st Edition pitch is much lighter in colour than the three subsequent pitches and it is watermarked " Spicers Super Strong" with an image of St George and the Dragon to the centre. Later pitches have no watermark.
The very earliest of the 1st editions came with a metal coin-like "ball". Maybe Pepys had old stock left over from International Football Whist? Later 1st Editions and all subsequent versions came with a spherical wooden football
The 1st Edition rules are on a bluey green paper. They were produced by a different uncredited printer to the other three sets of rules, those were all produced by A&M Weston Printers. The rules of the 1st Edition also have one additional sentence in the opening paragraph. "It is now produced in the English Language for the first time".
All four boxes have identical sides.
In short there is nothing at all to differentiate Edition 3 (A) for 3 (B) apart from the words "As Advertised on T.V." on the box. The 3rd Editions only really differ from the 2nd in the box's painting.
The 1st Edition differs in many ways from all the others, a different box top without a white border, blue cards, a small amount of text in the rules, a metal ball & a lighter pitch
The only publication detail to be found in Penalty! is the "Pepys" device on the box and "Pepys Games" or "Pepys Series Games" on the rules, there is no mention of Castell Brothers and no address is given in any of the rule books.
In 2009 The Lagoon Group reissued and renamed the game as Goal! In the rules they state that "This is an authentic reproduction of a game believed to have been produced in England in the 1950s. Efforts have been made to identify copyright owners. Further information would be welcome."
Board Game Geek has examples of several other international versions of games based on Penalty: Gazza!, Rigore, Chuta, Buteur, Kick-Off and Golazo.
Game & Version Details
Penalty! 1st Edition - Box Contents
Penalty! 3rd Edition - Box Contents
Penalty! - Card Back
Penalty! 1st Edition - Rules Front
Penalty! 1st Edition - Rules Back
Penalty! 2nd Edition - Rules Front
Penalty! 2nd Edition - Rules Back
Penalty! 3rd Edition A - Rules
Penalty! 3rd Edition B - Rules Front
Penalty! - Box Top Side
Penalty! - Box Side Left
Penalty! - Box Bottom Side
Penalty! - Box Side Right