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Colin Paynes Collection


Name : Colin Payne
Forum Nickname : Lord Doggett
Age : 44
Started Collecting : Hoarded more than collected from 1977 until 2006, then when it come to clearing out around 800 programmes I had amassed I somehow began seriously collecting instead!

About Me

What do you do for a living?

Prison Officer

Which club do you support and why?

Watford, it was my local Club.

What do you collect?

Watford Homes 1958-Now (complete), Watford Aways 1964-2008 (7 needed, have decided not to collect any new aways)

How did you get into programme collecting?

Almost by mistake, as I mentioned earlier I was a great hoarder for thirty years, I guess this is just an extension of that!

Your Collection

What was your first football programme?

Watford v Colchester, FA Cup, 17th December 1977 (my first Watford game)

What was the last programme you bought?

Cambridge v Watford 75/76 and Colchester v Watford 78/79, two of just nine I needed at the time - Result!

How big is your collection?

I have 2,700 different Watford home and aways, not interested in anything else, programme wise, really.

How do you store your collection?

Pre-1980 in Ring binders and polypockets, anything after stacked on shelves.

Whats the oldest programme you own?

Watford V Plymouth 1950/51

What is the rarest item in your collection?

Probably a couple of single sheet issues from 1962/63 season when the club weren't sure if the games were going ahead due to the exceptionally cold weather. These were hastily printed affairs, or early single sheet league cup games from a similar era, the paper they used hasn't stood the test of time well, and examples in mint condition are pretty hard to find.

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

Not sure to be honest, anything pre-1930 is like hens teeth. A collecting friend tells me that a cup tie in the 50's at Newport Isle of Wight is near impossible to obtain, although these are all out of my range (and pocket) when it comes to collecting.

What is...?

What is your worst buy?

None really, no regrets.

What is your best buy?

When I needed lots, the hundreds of 70s and 80s I bought from a fellow collector who sold me all his "doubles" for cheap. Or anything from Bobs Programmes, a top site for anyone just starting out!

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

Nothing more than £20.

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

Practically nothing, don't really sell.

What is your most prized programme?

Lots from the early part of the 00's, I used to write for it (I was a fanzine editor).

Whats your biggest regret in collecting?

Not collecting seriously earlier.

The Hobby

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

Don't really know, the internet has bought us together and made buying and selling so much easier. But is easier always a good thing? It's just a case of money, not actually trawling through huts at grounds or exotic dusty shops.

What do you enjoy most about the hobby?

The thrill of the chase! Searching for those elusive missing programmes.

Where do you buy most of your programmes from?

Having searched every programme site known to man, for old ones it's now almost exclusively ebay. For the new issues just buy them at the match.

The Future

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

No one particular issue, but I would love to be able to collect pre-1950 Watford homes.

Would you ever sell your collection?


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

With more funds, as mentioned above, I'd love to go back further, modern programmes hold no love for me really.