Bolton Wanderers FC Crest 1922-1923 FA Cup Final Football Stamp Sheet
On offer here is a nice little piece of Bolton memorabilia - a mint, unused, pristine 20 x 5p postage stamp sheet (27 cms x 21.5 cms) of the Bolton Club Badge issued to commemorate the team's victory in the 1923 FA Cup Final - the first to be staged at Wembley at what was to become known as the White Horse Final.
The game featured West Ham United and Bolton Wanderers, and such was the eagerness of fans to attend the final that vast numbers of people crammed into the stadium, far exceeding its official 127,000 capacity. The crowds overflowed onto the pitch as there was no room on the terraces. Attendance estimates range from 240,000 to 300,000 with another 60,000 locked outside the gates. Billie the White Horse cleared the crowds from the pitch to just beyond the touchline, and the game went ahead approximately 45 minutes late with fans standing around the perimeter. Bolton eventually won the match 2-0 to claim the Cup. (Please note: any marks on the image below are from my scanner).
These Great Sporting Events "Local Issue" stamps were issued in 1996 by six postal authorities of the United Kingdom (UK). They were released to chart the history of the FA Cup Final, and depict great moments from finals over the years. The F.A. Cup Collection was officially authorised by the Football Association and the clubs who are featured. Each of the six postal authorities issued six stamp designs and 2 souvenir minisheets, totalling 36 different stamps and 12 minisheets. All of these are available as full sheets of 20 stamps, or individually in my other listings.
PLEASE NOTE: The stamps are not valid for postage in mainland Britain unless the Royal Mail postage stamps are also applied. They were issued offshore and were only valid for delivery to the mainland Post Office, at which point the Royal Mail took responsibility for delivery. The postal rates for delivery to the mainland was double those of the UK, hence some of the higher value issues. The stamps are genuine, and listed in various stamp catalogues. They were issued primarily to support the boat services to the mainland and the community councils of the islands. They have also found popularity with visitors to the islands (who then use the postal service, e.g. for postcards) and stamp collectors worldwide.
And for those needing a Geography lesson, the six postal authorities are: BERNERA (Great Bernera and Little Bernera - northwest of the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides); DAVAAR - an island at the mouth of Campbeltown Loch in Kintyre Peninsular, Argyll; EASDALE - A small island in Argyll on the west coast of Scotland, 16 miles south of Oban; GAIRSAY lies at the eastern end of Eynhallow Sound and at the northern exit of Wide Firth, Orkney; and Gugh Island and St. Martin in the Scillies off Cornwall.
UK 1st Class P&P is £1.25.
Airmail (Europe) is £1.95.
Airmail (Outside Europe) is £2.65.
Additional Football Stamp Sheets are POST FREE!
Sheets are Mailed (Unfolded) in a Large Board-Backed Envelope for Protection.
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