The Tenth Taddy & Co. QPR Cigarette card – Sidney Sugden

Taddy & Co. produced three sets of cards in their Prominent Footballer series. This is now the tenth QPR card that I have featured from the first series issued in 1907.

On the reverse side of this original card it reads: ‘Grapnel Mixture – A delightfully cool pipe tobacco, combining the sweetness and fragrance of the better class Virginia Tobaccos with the rich flavour of Latakia. Rather a full-flavoured but an eminently pleasant mixture.’


Their second set was issued the following year and a number of these cards would have surely included the same players.

Sidney H. Sugden was born in Battersea in 1880. He began his career with Ilford and moved on to West Ham in 1902. Three years later Rangers signed him from Nottingham Forest and he made his debut on 2nd September 1905 against New Brompton, scoring a hat-trick.

He went on to make 69 Southern League and Cup appearances, scoring a total of 21 goals. Brentford were his next club and he appears to have finished his career with Southend United.

Steve Russell

(Sidney Sugden’s career details came from Gordon Macey’s book: ‘The History of Queen’s Park Rangers’)