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Mettoy Wembley Trophy orange football

This is a personal quest and labour of love - can you help?

I am trying to get a good photo (or possibly, if the gods of football are watching, an actual ball) of the iconic 1970s Mettoy Wembley orange plastic football - Regulation size 5 of course!

Up on the roof

There is no more iconic reminder of my childhood than this ball and yet it seems to be completely forgotten about with no photos and very little information available on it. There must be hundreds hidden up on old school flat roofs and gutters!

Hot plastic knife repairs

Do you remember that textured orange surface and the way the black lines were indented into the plastic. The hard valve ring and of course the repairs made with a hot knife.

What about that strange square shaped box that folded up in triangles to hold the ball iconically in the centre?

Let's reinflate it

Can you help do you have any photos of you with this legendary ball - maybe you have one at the back of the shed, tired and deflated?

 

 

Thanks Santa.

Here is a very proud Mark Sears with the white version of the Wembley football from the early 1970s.

Thanks for the photo Mark, acting a little too cool there, maybe just a hint of a smile would have been good. But as Shankley said 'Football is not a matter of life and death, it's more important than that'.

 

The adapter
The adapter
Original adapter envelope with two rubber hoses and the metal adapter.
Adapter contents
Adapter contents
Two rubber valve repair parts and the holy grail of the adapter itself. This one is metal in later years they were grey plastic.
Wembley repair tool
Wembley repair tool
Heat it up and seal those thorn holes!
I don't recall ever seeing this when I had this ball.
Wembley balls leaflet
Wembley balls leaflet
Dated 1958 so a very early one offers advice on the ball and repairs.
Inside spread
Inside spread
All you could possibly wish to know.
Reapir tool guide
Reapir tool guide
How to use the repair tool