A plain-back "error" Baines card of the man with 29 goals in 23 matches for England, including one in the Olympic Games soccer final in 1908. His tally remained a record from 1911 to 1958, and he still has the 2nd highest goals to match ratio for an England player!
GREATER than G O Smith, bya mile!
While Smith's family wealth bought his place in college, and played a large part in his position in sport, in the days when only the rich could afford to play, Woodward and other greats would have been sidelined due to money shortage. Thankfully by the 1900s things were different.
He captained Great Britain to gold medals at the 1908 Olympics in London and in Stockholm in 1912. Woodward's tally of 29 goals in 23 matches for England remained a record until 1958; his strike rate of 1.26 goals per game is the second highest ever for an England player!
He served in the British Army during the First World War, and as a result missed out on Chelsea's run to their first-ever FA Cup final in 1915. Hi swartime injuries caused his retirement from football. He then served on Cheleas's Board between 1922 and 1930, as a director.
So, Woodward was a 2x soccer world-cup-winner before The World Cup! That's what the Oympic Games Soccer Tournaments were. They were the only fully international world event for soccer. until 1930. He captained the winning side, Great Britain, in 2 of them! How many other England or British captains come close? Bobby Moore did 1966. Woodward did 1908 and 1912!
The card says ENGLAND but Baines notably added the GREAT BRITAIN coat of arms - that's the GB heraldic shield, the UK of GB with the Irish harp, Scottish Lion etc , not the England 3 Lions shield.
Worth saying again: record goal scorer, he WON 2 OLYMPIC GAMES SOCCER GOLD MEDALS in 1908 and 1912, so Vivian Woodward is a two-time world soccer champion winning captain.Not only the Captain of 2-times Gold Medal-winning GB, he was also captain of England and Chelsea.
Sold as seen, original plain (error) back J. Baines card. Some handling marks and light faults but this must be the rarest and the most desirable card of Woodward in the world!