1930’s Football Game by Novelty Games Of Leicester. Gambling board game in a box featuring a pictorial lid showing six adults at play. Contains a board with rules plus cards and counters.
"The 'Ace' Football Pool game is a board game based on gambling. Players face the same outcomes as in the real thing – home wins, away wins and draws. You put a stake on a particular outcome and await your fate. One could argue that in reality a little more skill is involved in picking winners. But let's face it, most pools winners just got lucky.
The teams listed on the board enable us to date the game. They are the 22 clubs in Division One for the 1936/37 season.
In a reversal of more recent fortunes, Manchester City were the actual champions and Manchester United were relegated, along with Sheffield Wednesday. You might also notice the presence of Brentford and Grimsby, both enjoying the most successful spells in their respective histories.
The 'Ace' game was manufactured by Novelty Games Ltd in Aylestone near Leicester. This was obviously a game marketed for adults, a fact reinforced by the image on the box lid. Doubtless, though, many children enjoyed it too.
It was advertised as offering 'all the thrills of football pools without having to wait for results. Can be played anytime, anywhere and by anybody.' Home wins are priced at even money, with away wins 2-1 and draws 3-1."