Football mad dad completes Panini sticker book 41 years later

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A football mad dad has finally completed his Panini sticker book with help from his thoughtful daughter - 41 years after he first started it.

John Moore, 52, was only 12 when he started collecting cards in the school playground and very nearly finished the annual.

The Spurs fan had to collect 594 stickers of football players from the English first and second division and Scottish premier division from 1979 - but was 11 short.

John, from Chigwell, Essex had forgotten about the project until he was looking through his old football memorabilia in the loft to show his daughter last month.

When sports journalist Lauren, 22, saw he had a few cards missing, she decided to help him fill the book during lockdown.

It took Lauren a month to track down all the missing cards online and she had to buy other people's cards who had been stuck down in their own books. Eventually she got them all together and surprised her dad with the sweet gesture last Saturday (25 April).

John said: "I can't believe it's full now.

It's one of those things that because of her input, I'd never sell. "I was most pleased that Lauren found the team badges - Crystal Palace, Newcastle United and Morton.

"They are a bit different to the regular player cards and they were quite a big thing to be missing.

"I struggled to find them when I was younger and kids wouldn't swap them with me in school.

"It's good to flick through and read.

"Lauren tucked the 11 stickers into a note which she handed to her football mad dad. He then quickly ran to put them in the book and complete his collection after four decades of waiting.

Network engineer John, whose favourite players were Ricardo Villa and Ossie Ardiles, said: "In my day these were the players we looked up to."

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