Present Ideas: Roy Of The Rovers

In the run up to Christmas there is always a need for a little extra inspiration when it comes to deciding which presents to buy (or put on your Christmas list). There is merchandise out there to do with British comics if you look hard enough. Today: Roy Of The Rovers.

Tiger’s Roy Race of Melchester Rovers is one of those few British comics characters that has entered the general public’s consciousness and in recent times Roy of The Rovers copyright holder Egmont UK have been putting out a few books to cash in on this. However this Christmas Marks and Spencer have a range of 10 Roy of the Rovers items for sale in their stores featuring the long haired 1970s incarnation of the character.

The full range of Marks and Spencer Roy of The Rovers merchandise is here on the M&S website and features a table football game, a mini-bagatelle, a blow football game, a leather wallet, a Man Of The Match trophy, an M&S edition of the Best of the 1970s reprint book, football hand warmers and perhaps the three items that would be of the most use, a metal keyring, a sports towel and a mug and socks set.

Full details of all M&S Roy Of The Rovers merchandise are on the Marks and Spencer website.


The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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