Courtesy of the Evening Mail – Sports Argus

Here’s a colourful Aston Villa team group, courtesy of the Evening Mail – Sports Argus, a promotional giveaway for the start of the 1968-69 season:

The line-up is BACK: Chris Robbins, Trevor Bourne, Bobby Park, Fred Pedley (Physio), David Coates (Coach), Oscar Arce, Lionel Martin, David Rudge.
MIDDLE: Malcolm Musgrove (Assistant Manager), Charlie Aitken, John Chambers, Dick Edwards, Colin Withers, Lew Chatterley, John Dunn, John Woodward, Fred Turnbull, Brian Greenhalgh, Arthur Cox (Trainer).
SEATED: Mick Wright, Brian Godfrey, Willie Anderson, Tommy Mitchinson, Tommy Cummings (Manager), Mike Ferguson, Alan Deakin, Peter Broadbent, Keith Bradley.
FRONT: Brian Sheasby, David Reardon, John Griffiths, Terry Brown.

Of boots and balls and celebrated football goods…

IMPORTANT: In consequence of unprincipled Firms offering Worthless imitations of my CELEBRATED McGREGOR FOOTBALL GOODS I am compelled to warn my customers that none are genuine unless stamped with my Registered Trade Mark.

A letter from G. B. Ramsay to Arthur Loach, 15 September 1886

Dear Sir
I am very sorry you did not turn up for training, please try and do so tomorrow Thursday. Our Trainer is on the ground from 6 till 9 o’clock and besides I would like to see you. I hope you have your new boots. You have been selected to play for us on Saturday at Perry Barr v Druids. Kick-off 3.30 pm prompt. Please be early and oblige.
Yours sincerely
Geo B Ramsay

A letter from G. B. Ramsay to Fred Dawson, 17 September 1886

Dear Sir
A short time ago you told me you had a new ball belong to the Villa. Will you kindly send it down by Saturday. I will depend upon it and do try your very best to play on Monday.