The Great Mother’s Day Poster Find – No 1 Esso

As is traditional, me Mam came over on Mother’s Day for sunday dinner.
As usual she got a bunch of flowers and a card, but on this occasion she also came bearing treasure…

After a clear out of the darkest recesses of the loft she had discovered a long lost bag full of football posters… “Are these any good?”
We’ll be sharing them with you over the next few days.
First up is this Esso poster.

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This didn’t cause me to have a sudden rush of recognition and nostalgia as I couldn’t remember it at all. It was obviously produced by Esso and judging from the kits appeared somewhere between the 1983-84 and 1984-85 seasons.
Featuring the top twelve British clubs of the time (although strangely not Everton) the only thing of note is that the artist has copied a photo from a rare occasion when Liverpool were wearing yellow socks and hasn’t changed them to red.

Thanks Mam.
Did anyone else have this?

If your Mam threw all your stuff out then you should probably buy the retro-footy-grumble-fest ‘Got, Not Got’… runner-up in last year’s Footy Book of the Year. Available from branches of WH Smith and Waterstones or online here


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2 Responses to The Great Mother’s Day Poster Find – No 1 Esso

  1. Richard says:

    It’s from 1984-85. Esso had a promotion that season where you collected cards from petrol stations and won a prize for matching a player to his club badge. I think these were the 12 players / clubs involved. (IIRC Steve Williams signed for Arsenal almost as soon as they launched the promotion)

  2. Peter says:

    We had a full roll of these posters, probably hundreds, my brother got them from the Esso he worked at, 84/85 sounds about right.
    For some reason the image of the poster came into my head this evening, 35+ years after, in Australia, still very vivid in my mind, so I googled it. We also had the panini 80/81 sticker book, I’d love to find it!

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