Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Upper Deck - 2012 Goodwin Champions

2012 Goodwin Champions
Upper Deck
Fergus Suter card

Fergus Suter was one of the first professional footballers, at a time when professional football was still illegal in the United Kingdom. This is probably what Americans call a 'rookie' card, as it's unlikely that Suter ever featured on a card during his career. The odds of finding this card would be 1 in 240 hobby packs. During his time with the club Blackburn Rovers won a hat-trick of F.A. Cup Finals, in 1883-84, 1884-85 and 1885-86, having lost the 1881-82 final. The club also won the Lancashire Senior Cup four seasons in a row - 1881-82, 1882-83, 1883-84 and 1884-85.

2012 Goodwin Champions - SSP - Super Short Print
203.  Fergus Suter

This is what Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia has to say about Fergus Suter....

Fergus Suter (or Fergie Suter) (born Glasgow, 1858. Died Blackpool, 1916) was a former stonemason and footballer in the early days of the game in the United Kingdom during the 19th century. Arguably the first recognised professional footballer, Suter was a native of Glasgow, Scotland, and played for Partick Thistle and Rangers F.C. before moving to England to play for Darwen F.C. and Blackburn Rovers.
His first moves below the border into English football were with Partick Thistle, and on 1 January 1878 he played for them against Darwen F.C. at Barley Bank, and against Blackburn Rovers at Alexandra Meadows the following day. That same year he began to play for the Lancashire club Darwen.
Although the game was officially amateur at the time, Suter's move to England to play for Darwen in 1879 was shortly followed by him giving up his job as a stonemason, claiming that English stone was far too difficult to work, and fuelling criticism that he was being paid to play. During the summer of 1880 he caused still more controversy by moving to Blackburn Rovers, a local rival of Darwen. The move again stirred up accusations of professionalism amid claims that Blackburn had offered him improved terms. Suter's move inflamed an already testy local rivalry, and bitter games and crowd trouble dogged future Darwen/Blackburn matches for years.
His career was all but over by the time the Football League formed in 1888. He made only one appearance for Blackburn Rovers in that competition, on 22 December 1888 against West Bromwich Albion as a replacement for the goalkeeper Herbie Arthur. He appeared in a total of four FA Cup finals, and collected three winner's medals. According to the 1891 census, Fergus, now 33, had returned to playing rugby. In later life he ran the Millstone Hotel in Darwen, and died in Blackpool in 1916.

Fergus Suter, http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Fergus_Suter&oldid=487395383 (last visited Aug. 13, 2013).

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