Football Programmes Centre

Steve Kitsons Collection


Name : Steve Kitson
Forum Nickname : smk06
Age : 27
Started Collecting : 1995

About Me

What do you do for a living?

Geography Teacher

Which club do you support and why?

Derby County – I was born in Derby and grew up there

What do you collect?

Derby County home and away first team programmes

How did you get into programme collecting?

I saw an advert by Steve Earl in one of the football magazines I used to read as a kid (think it was C’mon Ref – hilarious!). The offer was something like send £1 in stamps and get 5 or 10 programmes back.

Your Collection

What was your first football programme?

One of the programmes I got from Steve Earl – can’t remember what they were because none of them were Derby so I got rid of them.

What was the last programme you bought?

A very large collection of around 500 Derby home and aways from snapper.

How big is your collection?

I have almost every Derby first team home from the 60-61 season to present with only around 20 left to obtain. I have several hundred aways so in total maybe 2000-2500 including spares and the new collection I’ve just bought.

How do you store your collection?

A variety of ways. A few seasons are in official club binders, most are in shoe boxes (1 box per season) and most large newspaper programmes are in plastic bags. I need to find a better way of storing those!

Whats the oldest programme you own?

Derby v Villa 9/3/46 – FAC quarter final game on the run to winning the final.

What is the rarest item in your collection?

Possibly one of the European aways from the 70s v Zeljeznicar, Spartak Trnava, Juventus or Real Madrid. I’ve got a copy of Sheffield Utd v Derby 8/12/90 which I was told there were only 50 of.

Which programme from your club is the rarest and most expensive to obtain?

Other than pre-war programmes there are several that I’ve never seen for sale on eBay or offers catalogues so I have no idea of their value. Derby v British Olympic X1 and Forest (postponed) in the 70/71 season and Derby v Sunderland Aug 82 spring to mind.

What is...?

What is your worst buy?


What is your best buy?

I bought 5 or 6 bound volumes of Derby homes from the 70s years ago including the two championship winning seasons. I don’t think I paid more than £50 for the lot.

What is the most you have paid for a programme and which one?

About £200 for the 1946 cup final and ticket.

What is the most you have received for a programme and which one?

I don’t really sell programmes and when I do they’re not usually that valuable.

What is your most prized programme?

All of them!

Whats your biggest regret in collecting?

Swapping my collection of FA Cup Finals from 1970-1996 (including all the rare ones) for a box of Derby programmes. While this helped me get started on Derby homes the value of that collection now would be worth 100s!

The Hobby

In you opinion, is the programme collectors communtiy shrinking or growing?

I think it’s growing. The number of people buying and selling on eBay is huge and this forum has grown quickly. 15 years ago when I read Programme Monthly there didn’t seem to be as many collectors about as now. I’ve read constantly over the years about the death of programme fairs but from reading the forum a lot of people collect using the internet.

What do you enjoy most about the hobby?

Helping other collectors obtain items on their wants list (and maybe one day swapping for items for ones on my wants list!)

Where do you buy most of your programmes from?

Various programme sites on the internet (eg Sports Programmes, Brentside) but also from collectors on the forum, eBay and the occasional fair.

The Future

If money was no object, which programme would you most like to add to your collection?

Derby’s first official home programme – but I don’t know what this is!

Would you ever sell your collection?

Only in a time of great need…

How do you wish to develop your collection over the coming years?

I’d like to complete my Derby homes back to 1960 then start making some headway on Derby aways back to 1960.