Promotions was formed by a then teenage David
Allen in the mid 1980's operating out of a spare
bedroom. Trading was initially a stall at the
now defunct Charing Cross Collectors market in
bi-monthly mail order catalogue was first produced
in 1986, a small black and white A5 effort - a
far cry from today's full colour A4 brochure!
size of stock quickly grew out of hand and business
premises to house the rapidly expanding operation
were acquired in South West London in 1990.
late 1980's and early 1990s were the golden years
of 'catalogue producing dealers' with print runs
of well into four figures common place amongst
the major players. Similarly, programme fairs
were also well attended with well over 1,500 customers
at the showpiece events particularly the 'big
one' in the first week of June at the Royal National
Hotel, Central London - an event that still take
place today! See Programme
fairs for more details.
launch of the Premier League in 1992 and the coverage
provided by Sky TV had a dramatic effect on the
business. The raised profile of the game saw an
explosion of interest in its history and heritage.
However, with so many matches arranged for live
TV on Sundays, programme fairs became increasingly
difficult to schedule and with the counter attraction
of watching a game at home, attendances at these
events lapsed into terminal decline.
the Internet appeared! Without a doubt the biggest
change in the football programme business. The
need for printed catalogues diminished as an increasing
number of collectors sought their requirements
online browsing dealers' websites or looking at
auction sites such as ebay.
quickly evolved and footballprogrammes.com was
launched in March 2000 to supplement the mail
this time we had become distributors of all major
big programmes for UEFA, FIFA and the FA supplying
other traders and collectors direct.
was launched in early 2001 enabling customers
to pre-order big match programmes and pay by credit
card online for pre-match delivery.
enable us to continue the level of service we
had provided previously, an additional warehouse
was acquired in Buckinghamshire. This houses all
the modern big match programmes sold in the onlineshop
and has the capacity to accommodate tens of thousands
more in the years to come.
longstanding success of any business is measured
by its ability to change and adapt to the needs
of its customers. It would be foolish to ignore
the impact that ebay and paypal have had on programme
collecting. Indeed we welcome the potential new
customers, particularly from overseas they introduce
to the hobby. Our ebay shop footballprogrammes_warehouse
runs in conjunction with our other outlets offering
our best selling programmes and an opportunity
to showcase our current ebay auction activity.
are happy to take paypal as payment for any purchase
on the footballprogrammes.com website in addition
to the other methods of payment detailed on the
have a good look around the website. We trust
you find footballprogrammes.com of interest and
look forward to fulfilling your requirements.
Elaine, Laura, Paul & Simon