Published on June 10th, 2014 | by admin
The World Cup Brings Out The Big Kid In All Of Us
As excitement grows on the eve of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, there is a ritual being played out in family homes up and down the land that is keeping both Lads and Dads amused. I’m talking about the World Cup sticker album.
There is no better way for a footy fan to familiarise themselves with all the players representing each of the 32 nations than by collecting football stickers which provide a very handy means of identifying each player taking part in the world’s showpiece football event.
Perhaps some of the World Cup TV commentators and pundits have also been undertaking the same pastime, reliving their youth with their offspring. Well if that is indeed the case they will certainly be ready to provide informative game by game commentary as each of the 64 matches of the tournament unfold.
Personally I can fondly remember my childhood years fascinated by these sticker albums and the sense of excitement and anticipation. I would dash to the local newsagent straight after school with my pocket money to hand, ready to hastily open yet another packet of these stickers. I recall desperately hoping I would not be inundated with duplicates stopping me from reaching my ultimate goal.
Of course part of the fun was the great lengths that I went to try and complete my album ahead of all my peers in the playground by negotiating some swaps. And the same sense of obsessive fascination still holds true today!
It’s refreshing to think that in this all consuming digital age which has transformed the lives of both adults and children alike, there are still some past times which are as popular now as they were way back then.
So whilst the likes of Gary Lineker and Bryan Robson were amongst the treasured England stickers I sought to add to my Mexico 1986 collection between classes at school, the same holds true today with the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard being the modern day equivalents.
At the same time all this frantic collecting and swapping has been going on, I have been recalling England’s finest World Cup moment way back in 1966 when they triumphed over Germany 4-2 at Wembley Stadium enabling Bobby Moore to proudly hold aloft the Jules Rimet trophy on home soil. This memorable moment is perfectly illustrated by a photo cover signed by hat-trick hero Sir Geoff Hurst which is available here at the Post Office Shop.
Fingers crossed the current England team can follow in the footsteps of some of those legendary players and become modern day football heroes. Right now I certainly wouldn’t swap that for anything!