sabato 12 aprile 2014

Topps Scottish Professional Football League 2014

Topps SPFL 2014 is the official collection of the Scottish football. For the first time, all the 42 teams of all the four professional Scottish leagues (Premiership, Championship, League One, League Two) are included in a sticker album.
Opening the album, we find the table of contents on the left and the foreword of Neil Doncaster on the right together with four shining stickers of the Scottish leagues. Teams are divided by league and they appear in alphabetical order.

Aberdeen, Celtic, Dundee United, Hearts, Hibernian, Inverness CT, Kilmarnock, Motherwell, Partick Thistle, Ross County, St Johnstone, St Mirren
Premiership teams have two pages each and a total of 16 stickers: 1 club badge (shining sticker), 1 star player in action (shining sticker), the squad (two stickers), and 12 players.
Celtic, which won this season, includes some international players like Samaras (Greece), Izaguirre (Honduras) and Van Dijk (Holland).

Alloa Athletic, Cowdenbeath, Dumbarton, Dundee, Falkirk, Hamilton Academical, Livingston, Greenock Morton, Queen of the South, Raith Rovers
Each team is displayed over one page with 8 stickers: 1 shining club badge, 1 star player and 6 player stickers (two players per stickers for a total of 12 players). Stickers with double players do not contain two consecutive players as usual, but two players of different teams.

League One
Airdrieonians, Arbroath, Ayr United, Brechin City, Dunfermline Athletic, East Fife, Forfar Athletic, Rangers, Stenhousemuir, Stranraer
League one teams have the same configuration of Championship teams except for the club badge that is not shining, but it has a white background. In League One we find the legendary Glasgow Rangers, who won this season and next year will take part in the Championship, trying to get back to Premiership as soon as possible.

League Two
Albion Rovers, Annan Athletic, Berwick Rangers, Clyde, East Stirling, Elgin City, Montrose, Peterhead, Queens Park, Stirling Albion
All League Two teams are included in two pages. For each team there is a club badge (half sticker) and a star player (half sticker). Here also, badge and star player are not on the same sticker, but they are coupled with other players of Championship or League One. 

Last section of the album includes four stickers with the trophies of the corresponding leagues. Premiership and Championship trophies are shining stickers, whereas League One and League Two trophies are normal stickers.

A sealed packet of Topps SPFL 2014

The greatest thing of this collection is that it includes the badges of all the 42 professional clubs. Unfortunately, League Two badges are only half sticker. In the picture below we show the complete collection of club badge of Premiership, Championship and League One.

The complete club badge collection of Premiership, Championship and League One

Album details
Full name: Scottish Professional Football League 2014
Publisher: Topps
League: Scottish Premiership, Championship, League One and Two
Number of teams: 42
Stickers per team: 16 Premiership
                                8 Championship
                                8 League One
                                1 League Two
Special sections: -League logos (4 stickers)
                           -League trophies (4 stickers)

Total number of stickers: 370* 
*: counting double stickers with double numbers, the collection has a total of 490 stickers.
The complete checklist is available at Football Cartophilic Info Exchange

Young Prospects
This album includes 22 young players (1994 or younger) to focus on for the near future:
Ryan Gauld (1995, Dundee United), Andy Robertson (1994, Dundee United), Callum Paterson (1994, Hearts), Danny Handling (1994, Hibernian), Liam Polworth (1994, Inverness), Lewis Milne (1994, Cowdenbeath), Craig Wighton (1997, Dundee), Kyle Turnbull (1995, Falkirk), Stephen Kingsley (1994, Falkirk), Jay Fulton (1994, Falkirk), Conor McGrandles (1995, Falkirk), Craig Sibbald (1995, Falkirk), Philip Roberts (1994, Falkirk), Stephen Hendrie (1995, Hamilton Academical), Connor McDonald (1994, Livingston), Danny Mullen (1995, Livingston), Chris O'Neill (1995, Airdrieonians), Robbie Crawford (1994, Ayr United), Ross Millen (1994, Dunfermline), Jordan Moore (1994, Dunfermline), Lewis McLeod (1994, Rangers), Scott Rumsby (1994, Stranraer)

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