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Some of the football stars on the new stamps, including Kevin Keegan and Gordon Banks.

Some of the football stars on the new stamps, including Kevin Keegan and Gordon Banks.

TWO South Yorkshire footballing greats feature on a new set of stamps being released by the Royal Mail this Spring.

Sheffield-born Gordon Banks, and Kevin Keegan, from Doncaster, are both pictured on stamps marking the 150th anniversary of the establishing of the rules of Association Football.

The stamps feature 11 heroes in their national strips, and include Bobby Charlton, Bryan Robson, John Barnes, George Best, John Charles, Jimmy Greaves, Denis Law, Dave Mackay and Bobby Moore.

Fans can pre-order the stamps from today by registering at www.royalmail.com/footballheroes.

From May 9 the stamps will be available in post offices across the county and online at www.royalmail.com/stamps.

The footballers chosen for the 11 first class stamps were picked for their ‘supreme talent’ – players who stood out in their own generation and beyond.

The stamps have been illustrated by artist Andrew Kinsman, who used photos of the players to create a composite artwork. When placed together, the stamps form a traditional team shot.

Gordon Banks, now aged 75 and originally from Tinsley in Sheffield, made possibly the greatest save of all time from Pele during the 1970 World Cup Finals.

Unquestionably the finest goalkeeper to have played for his country, Banks was a reliable and effective presence behind the England defence for almost 10 years, including throughout the successful 1966 World Cup campaign.

Kevin Keegan, 61, was born in Armthorpe, Doncaster.

Twice named European Footballer of the Year, he was part of a 1970s Liverpool team that won trophies including the club’s first European Cup.

Energetic, brave, fast, strong, skilful and with a drive to succeed, he was described by the great Liverpool manager Bill Shankly as a born winner.

He went on to manage England and teams including Newcastle United.

Andrew Hammond, managing director of Stamps and Collectibles at Royal Mail, said: “These stamps celebrate heroes of the beautiful game who excelled on the pitch at club and national level, and are rightly considered icons.”

 

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