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My first Southampton shirt - Simon Peach

We caught up with Simon Peach, sports journalist for the press association to talk classic Southampton shirts, Eric Djemba-Djemba and missing world cup wondergoals.

1. What is your first football shirt?

Southampton’s home kit from 1995-97, when Matthew Le Tissier, Francis Benali, Jason Dodd and Co ruled the roost.

Southampton, Pony, 1995-97

I loved this shirt when I was a kid, so I was more than a little chuffed when my gran got me the adult version from a car boot sale a few years back. Plain, simple - a classic.

2. What is your favourite ever football shirt? 

I fell in love with a little club called Siena a few years back when I went to see them with a friend from the city.

A dinky little ground, hardly any fans and classic players like Enrico Chiesa - what’s not to like?

Siena, MEGS, 1990s

They have, sadly, fallen on bad times recently, so I love this natty number even more than before.

My Odense shirt with Djemba-Djemba on the back was second place, with a golden Botafogo shirt not far behind.

3. What is your favourite goal? 

I would have probably said James Rodriguez at the World Cup, given I was fortunate enough to be there at the Maracana. However, I only caught it coming off the underside of the bar as I was sending an email. Yeah, I know… 

With that in mind, I will say Pajtim Kasami’s ludicrous first-time strike for Fulham against Crystal Palace. One of those that makes you swear aloud in the press box.  You can watch that goal here.

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My favourite football shirt - Richard Johnson

We caught up with Richard Johnson, one half of the magnificent Football Attic to talk kits for Christmas, Maradona cradling the World Cup and bidding for shirts on eBay.

1. What was your first football shirt?

That would be Coventry City’s 86/87 shirt…the one they went on to win the FA Cup in.

I had only gotten into football that summer, being entranced by the World Cup and the excitement of the knockout stages. Prior to that, the only real football exposure I’d had was the 85/86 Cup final, which I watched because half of my family are from Liverpool…which actually makes me realise I had had a football kit before the Coventry one!

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Coventry, 1986

Years before, my brother had received a “Liverpool kit” for Christmas … I added the quotes there as I don’t believe it was an official kit.  There was no badge and it certainly wasn’t Umbro or Adidas … in fact, I’m pretty sure it was from a market stall, so I don’t really count it.

… So after falling in love with football courtesy of Mexico 86, I had to support my home team and when my birthday rolled round, my parents took me to Highfield Road one misty morning to get my 11th birthday present. I wrote about it in more detail here

2. What is your favourite football shirt?

That’s an easy one … despite my love of wacky designs (Denmark 86, Holland 88 etc), my overall favourite shirt of all time remains the one I first set eyes on back in that summer football got hold of me.

Just after the World Cup had finished, I purchased my first ever Shoot! magazine with a WC review in.  On the front cover was Maradona cradling the World Cup trophy, wearing the gorgeous blue and white striped shirt that would beguile me to this day.

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Argentina, Le Coq Sportif, 1986

The two things (and this demonstrates how incredibly obsessive I am about this stuff) that hooked me were the fact the central stripe was white and not blue - a rarity for Argentina - and that it was made from an airtex material.  Yes. I really do love a shirt due to the inclusion of holes.

In addition to the holes, it just looked gorgeous in the Mexico sun, especially in the final against a West Germany team in their vibrant green shirts.

It is one of my life’s aims to own one of these shirts and I recently had the chance as one came up on eBay.  Alas it went for somewhere around £5K, which was approximately £4900 above my budget.

Interestingly enough, I subsequently found out who purchased it…a bloke who owns a Racing Club museum in Argentina and has loads of match worn shirts.

I wrote about my life long quest to find this shirt here though since then I have since purchased a replica that’s nearly identical (even down to the neck tag!)

3. What is your favourite ever goal?

Another easy one.  While a lot of Coventry fans would choose Keith Houchen’s diving header, for me it’s the goal that was crowned Goal of the Century.

Maradona’s second against England in the 86 World Cup 1/4 final.  It may seem as though I haven’t watched anything beyond 1987, but Diego’s weaving run and sublime finish has yet to be beaten in my eyes.

While the occasion and the opposition make this goal extra special, the sheer skill and artistry elevate it above anything else.

The deft touches, the speed and the hint of a touch to flick the ball into the net just sum up everything about why football truly is the beautiful game.  You can watch that goal here (from 0:45).

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My favourite football shirt - James Taylor

We caught up with football shirt loving New Yorker, James Campbell to talk Italia 90, topper kits and “set piece theatre”.

What was your first kit?

My first football shirt was the 1990 Italy shirt, probably purchased in the spring before the World Cup. 

As perhaps for many people my age, Italia ’90 was a massive turning point in my appreciation of the game and all that comes along with it. “Made In Italy” by Diadora, the shirt was essentially identical to that worn by Italy at the previous World Cup. Imagine a host nation today not cashing in on the occasion with a brand new kit!

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Italy, diadora, 1990

1990 was the last major tournament before the introduction on shirts of names and front numbers, and before the FIGC allowed a manufacturer’s logo to appear on the national strip. It is pure perfection simply cannot exist nowadays.

In Italy they still refer fondly to those World Cup matches as “notti magiche” after the official song of Italia ’90, when the Azzurri suffered the first of several painful penalty shoot-out defeats. Though it’s a size XL Boys, I wore this shirt for every Italy match during the 2006 World Cup: the victory was worth the wait.

What is your favourite kit?

While the afore-cited Italy shirt is probably my true favourite, ironically I’d actually intended to buy this Brazil shirt, only to find it had been replaced by a new version with a different collar. Like Italy in the same period, the Brazil kits made by Topper saw only minor changes between the World Cups of 1982, 1986 and 1990.

I’d always been a fan of the ’86 shirt, and so I held out for almost nineteen years: when I finally got my hands on it in 2009 it was the first time I’d ever even seen it in the flesh. It even came adorned with Zico’s number ten on the back.

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Brazil, Topper, 1986

Since commercially sold shirts were rarely personalised in those days, I suspect it came from the CBF kit room — and may have been prepared for the Flamengo legend himself. Discreetly positioned next to the Jules Rimet Trophy is a tiny Cafe do Brasil logo — a rare case of advertising on a national team shirt. But what I love most about these kits is the care in the colours: a proper sunshine yellow that darkens with sweat (the shirt is a polyester-cotton blend), forest green trim and azure shorts (not royal) with the little white stripes.

The Seleçao have won two more World Cups since ending their relationship with Topper in 1991, but they’ve never looked so good. 

What is your favourite goal?

Choosing your favourite goal is a bit like choosing your favourite song: a tormenting and frankly impossible task, but one which grown men cannot possibly resist.

When faced with this assignment, my mind went flickering back to the 1994 European Cup Final in Athens, a match that remains among the finest I’ve ever watched. Milan’s precise demolition of a strongly fancied Barcelona was so immaculate and emphatic that the goals have tended to be overshadowed by the performance.

When the game is mentioned, Savicevic’s lob over Zubizarreta just after half-time is invariably replayed. Yet it’s Massaro’s goal the other side of the break that I will always remember. It lasted 47 seconds, featured thirteen passes and involved eight of Milan’s outfield players before the Italian forward’s left boot brought the move — and the contest — to a devastating close.  

“That second goal alone contained more virtue than most entire matches,” wrote Richard Williams in The Independent, later comparing it to “a great set-piece of cinema.”

Whether or not the goal had been storyboarded by Fabio Capello remains a mystery, but certainly Milan’s leading men had been perfectly cast — and they knew the script by heart. 

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My favourite football shirt - Dan Levy

We caught up with Dan Levy, sports editor of France 24, to talk blue arrow Arsenal shirts, AC Milan kits and “chest and volley” world cup goals.

What was your first football shirt?

My first kit was an Arsenal late-80s home shirt: red torso, white sleeves, made by Adidas with JVC as the sponsor.

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Arsenal, Adidas, 1982 (source: onlinearsenal)

I had quite a few of the Arsenal away kits as well, including that preposterous early-90s yellow one with the blue arrows plastered all over it. The only player name I’ve ever had on a shirt was Ian Wright, number 8, on the back of a blue, mid-90s, Arsenal away kit.

What is your favourite football shirt?

I can’t really think of one that stands out, apart from the aforementioned Arsenal blue-arrow monstrosity, which I do quite like … For no particular reason I think I’ll say the AC Milan home kit - the ones from the 50s and 60s look cool, I also love the 2000-2002 version.

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AC Milan, Adidas 2000-2002

I feel like I’m supposed to romanticise old football shirts, and the Arsenal ones from the 70s are great, but I really like the modern look of many kits as well.

What is your favourite goal?

It’s Maxi Rodriguez for Argentina against Mexico at the 2006 World Cup, a game-winning, extra-time volley. It came in the 98th minute. Captain Juan Pablo Sorin receives the ball from Lionel Messi and chips a cross-field pass from left to right towards the corner of the penalty area.

Maxi doesn’t bring it down; instead, he thumps the ball up in the air with his chest, in the direction from whence it came, and hammers it into the top far corner with his left foot. It’s at the World Cup; it’s a match winner, and, arguably best of all, Maxi is actually right footed. He later credited his grandfather for encouraging him to use both feet. 

But I think what does it for me is the power and the beautiful arc of the shot, that thrilling fraction of a second it takes to fly in.

Also, there is a special place in my heart reserved for chest-and-volley goals. For me, they’re the ultimate. When people fantasise about scoring a winning goal at a World Cup as a kid, it’s chest and volley they’re dreaming of, right? For any youngster who saw that Maxi Rodriguez effort, it must be.  You can watch that goal here.

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My favourite football shirt - Simon Shakey

We caught up with Simon Shakey, curator of the National Football Shirt collection and collector of match worn Wales shirts to find the best shirts in his collection.

What is your first ever football shirt?

My first ever football shirt is still my favourite ever football shirt. I got my first full Admiral Wales home kit for my 12th birthday and I apparently never took it off, well the shirt anyway. I also managed to get the full tracksuit and it actually had the cloth great badge on mine, so I felt a bit special wearing that.

Wales, Admiral, 1976-79

When I was unable to find the Wales yellow away shirt, the local sports shop, the owner got me a cloth yellow number that my mum stitched on the back. The only problem was my favourite Welsh player at the time was Brian Flynn and I was constantly reminded by my mother that was the worse possible number to sew onto the back of my shirt.

What is your favourite ever football shirt? 

Over the years I have always been a big fan of football shirts and a number stick out for me as favourites at a certain time.

The Wales first home Adidas kit, was a must have. I even had the 3 stripe Adidas number 8 printed on the back of mine!

The dare I say it, the England Admiral home and away 1980-83 shirts were classics and then the Holland and Soviet Union shirts from Euro’88 were superb, iconic shirts.

West Germany’s away kit from Semi-Final v England in Italia’90, plus the simplicity of the England home Umbro shirt and therefore the identical style Wales, Umbro shirt of 1990-92 were quite striking in my opinion.

There were many stylish shirts at that 1990 World Cup but surely the stand out kit was the Cameroon home green Adidas shirt?

Cameroon, Adidas, 1990 (players shirt swapped with England player)

Their efforts in the World Cup put African football on the map but if nothing else they must have won the biggest crest award with that huge lions head on the left breast.

As for club shirts, a couple of Manchester United’s stand out, the Umbro lace up collar home 1992-94 and the Nike home 2006/07 are classics.  I am also a big fan of the Arsenal 2004/05 shirts, especially the blue away, definitely the best Nike have produced in recent years.

But it always comes back to the Wales Admiral shirts worn between 1976 and 1979 for me.

As an avid (or sad) match worn shirt collector now, I have managed to go one better that my nipple rubbing nylon plastic crested replica and obtain not only the home cotton players shirts.  

My first one 8 years ago was just a joy to hold, with subsequent shirts that have graced the backs of Mickey Thomas, Alan Curtis and John Toshack.  

Although it is worth noting I have never attempted to pull one of these shirts over my head, that is just a step to far.

Wales, Admiral, 1976-79

Wales only ever wore the yellow away shirt twice, so they are not only special to me but quite a rare shirt also.  

There was a third style that Admiral produced for the players, the aertex or tea bag perforated style shirt, supposed to have been worn in warmer climates to keep the players cool.  Strangely Wales wore this in Dortmund in December one year!!

Wales, Admiral, 1976-79

What is your favourite ever goal?

Another tough one but this time I will select a few.

First Wales.  Ian Rush v Germany in June 1991 and his volley against Scotland at Hampden in 1985, Brian Flynn v Scotland in 1975, Gareth Bale v Scotland last year and Mark Hughes spectacular scissor kick volley against Spain in 1985.

Norman Whiteside scored 3 great goals for me.  The opening goal of the 1983 Milk League Cup Final against Liverpool, his FA Cup Semi-Final winning volley against Arsenal at Villa Park also in 1983 and his superb curling left foot winner against Everton in the 1985 FA Cup Final.

As a Welshman and Ryan Giggs fan, I have to include his wonder goal in the Semi Final, running through the Arsenal back 4 after Vieira had passed him the ball in 1999.  It truly was “a wonderful run from Giggs” to score the second best FA Cup goal of all time.

The greatest FA Cup goal of all time … Ronnie Radford’s 30 yard screamer for Hereford against Newcastle in 1972.  I was there and yes I did actually have a Parker snorkel jacket on to.  I sadly have very little memory of the game never mind that goal.  I never fail to get goosebumps even now after watching the 500th rerun and the ability to recite, like many other Hereford fans, John Motson’s commentary word for word, “and Tudor’s gone down for Newcastle … “

You can view Simon’s collection here:

Wales match shirts - www.walesmatchshirts.com

Hereford shirts - www.herefordunitedshirts.com

The National Football Shirt Collection - www.thenationalfootballshirtcollection.com

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My favourite football shirt - Neil Moxley

We caught up with Neil Moxley, Chief sports’ writer of the Sunday People to talk FA Cup final shirts, brown Coventry kits and Obafemi Martins.

What was your first ever football shirt?

My first football shirt was one presented to me by former England international Trevor Smith. (Ex-Birmingham City & England)

My late father, John, interviewed Trevor in his off-licence, located in Solihull, a suburb of Birmingham, for the club programme.

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Birmingham City, 1956

Trevor wanted - quite madly - to give me his 1956 FA Cup final shirt. 

However, my dad (recognising this folly) refused point-blank. I had to settle instead for an England Under-23 shirt.

I wore it - literally - until it fell off my back about 10 years later. I wish I had it still.

However, I do have evidence of me wearing the FA Cup final shirt that - according to legend - caused Birmingham City’s demise in the final against Manchester City.

What is your favourite football shirt?  

No question. Coventry City’s brown away shirt of the late 1970s. What were they thinking? It was BROWN. Utterly bizarre.

What is your favourite goal?

What a question that is….you can’t expect me to pick one…

The romantic in me says the goal struck by Carlos Alberto in the final of the 1970 World Cup. It was moment of such exquisite beauty.

Failing that, the one struck by David Platt in the 1990 World Cup against Belgium. It was a game that changed Platt’s life. And it enabled me to spend a magnificent evening in Lineker’s bar in Tenerife with a delightful blonde West Brom fan from Sutton Coldfield.

But if I’m being honest, Obafemi Martins’ last-minute effort against Arsenal in the Carling Cup final on 27 February 2011 - a goal that brought me more pleasure than I ever thought possible.

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My favourite football shirt - Nick Szczepanik

We caught up with Nick Szczepanik, football writer for the Independent to talk; footballers that smoke, finding amazing football kits in charity shops and Marcel Desailly curling one in for AC Milan.

What was your first football shirt?

I’m pretty sure my first football shirt was one we had to buy for games at Hove Grammar School. It was cotton, navy blue with white collar and cuffs, like a Scotland shirt. But my mum came from Leeds, so the first club shirt I was given was a Revie-era white one. It was the days before official replicas, so I assume my aunt sewed the badge (the one with the owl in a blue circle) onto a plain white football shirt.

What is your favourite football shirt?  

It’s a terrible thing for a Brighton fan to say, but my favourite shirt ever is the one Crystal Palace wore when they first went into the old first division in 1969 (and anyway Brighton and Palace weren’t rivals at that stage).

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Crystal Palace, 1969

Three colours on one shirt was unusual when so many teams seemed to wear boring all white or all red kits, but the combination worked. The player seems to be smoking a cigarette while having his pic taken, if you look at his right hand - and he needs to hold off the hair dye!

But my favourite shirt of the few I own is one I found in a charity shop for three quid (below). It is a long-sleeved player-worn Brighton shirt from the 1990-91 season - you couldn’t buy the long-sleeved versions in the club shop - and still had some mud on one of the sleeves.

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Brighton, 1990/91

Steve Gatting played left back in quite a few games that season and never wore short sleeves, so I assume it’s the one he was wearing in the 2-2 FA Cup draw at Anfield and/or the 4-1 play-off semi-final victory over Millwall!  The charity was one that the club’s chief executive at the time had once worked for, so I wonder if he was having a clear-out and sent a load of surplus gear to his old mates.

What is your favourite goal?

Marcel Desailly for AC Milan in the 1994 European Cup final against Barcelona. As a rubbish centre back myself, it was thrilling to see the big man, one of my all-time favourites, playing in midfield, pulling off a smart interception, running for a return pass and then curling the ball round Andoni Zubizaretta and in. In my dreams ..

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My favourite football shirt - Andy Mitten

We caught up with Andy Mitten, writer for The National, FourFourTwo, M.E.N, ESPN and more, to talk; Manchester Utd red home shirts, smart black kits and Norman Whiteside making him cry.  

What is your first ever football shirt?

Manchester United’s red home shirt from 1980. I was seven, but loved that shirt worn by my first hero, Joe Jordan.

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Manchester United, Adidas, 1980 (source: Classic Football Shirts)

I didn’t have the shorts or socks and I remember a cut in the collar so I think it must have been a second, but I still wore it until it was worn out.

What is your favourite ever football shirt? 

I’ll try and not make this all Man United and I respect the iconic colours of many clubs, the black and white stripes of Notts County and Juventus, the green and white of Betis or Celtic. I don’t like the annual changes, but then I don’t buy football shirts any more.

The last kit I was struck by was Real Sociedad’s all black, Nike, away kit which they wore in the Champions League in 13-14. I saw them wear it in Lyon and it looked so simple and smart. It didn’t have a sponsor, the team played well and won their biggest game for years in front of 6,000 travelling fans.

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Real Sociedad, Nike, 2013/4 (source: footballkitnews)

I’m always struck by how smart Real Madrid look when they walk out at Camp Nou wearing all white.

What is your favourite ever goal? 

I’ve never felt as I did when Roy Keane equalised against Juventus in Turin in 1999. It wasn’t a particularly great individual goal, but for the first time in my life I felt like I was going to watch the team I supported in the European Cup final.

And that felt better than anything I’d ever felt watching football before. I know I’m supposed to say Sheringham or Solksjaer’s efforts from a few weeks later, but you can’t help how you feel. As a kid, I cried when Norman Whiteside scored the winner in the 1985 FA Cup final.

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My favourite football shirt - Luke Edwards

We caught up with Luke Edwards, North-East sports reporter for the Daily and Sunday Telegraph, to talk classic England kits, genius Leyton Orient kits and Gary Lineker needing a sniff at goal.

What was your first football shirt?

My first football shirt was the 1986 England, Umbro World Cup one.

What was your favourite football shirt?  

My favourite football shirt is the Leyton Orient won from 1978 FA Cup run. 

Leyton Orient, 1978 (source: Toffs)

It was a white shirt with white shorts with a red line down either side on the front which joined up with the same two red lines on the shorts. Genius.

What is your favourite goal?

My favourite goal would have to be Gary Lineker’s for England against Germany in the 1990 World Cup semi-final because it encapsulated everything that was great about my boyhood hero. A sniff of a chance and he drilled it into the bottom corner.  You can watch that goal here.

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My favourite football shirt - David Conn

We caught up with David Conn, writer for the Guardian and author of Richer Than God: Manchester City, Modern Football and Growing Up to talk; gift wrapped kits, Colin Bell and Brazilian team goals.

What was your first football shirt?

I was given for my 8th birthday a full Manchester City away kit. It was the famous red and black striped one. It came in a box and the kit was folded up inside, in tissue paper. I supported and loved the club very much, and it was the most magical present I could have had.

What is your favourite ever football shirt? 

My favourite football shirt is not that one, but City’s sky blue home kit of the early-mid 1970s, with its badge of a ship and red rose. There was no sponsor, and fans of my generation have never really got on with the strange eagle City introduced for the badge more recently.

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Manchester City, 1972

I feel emotional looking at that kit worn by a player like Colin Bell or Willie Donachie, and even writing about it now. It evokes for me the innocent love I had for my club, before as an adult and journalist I understood the commercially exploitative thrust of modern football.

The shirt, the beautiful colour, and the badge, are woven into memories of my childhood in Manchester, which was very happy, and my love of Manchester itself, as a place to be from.

What is your favourite ever goal? 

I have always loved the goal scored by Carlos Alberto for Brazil in the 1970 World Cup final.  It is the ultimate team goal, features all the skills including a sublime sidewards pass by Pele, it was scored at the highest possible level, and it also encapsulates everything we grew to love and feel about Brazil embodying the beautiful game in its most thrilling interpretation.  You can watch that goal here.

We must all try not to let thoughts of Brazil’s meltdown in the World Cup this summer to dull such wondrous images.

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My favourite football shirt - Mark Ogden

As England bask in the glory of 3 points against Switzerland, we caught up with Mark Ogden, Northern Football Correspondent for the Daily Telegraph to talk Admiral England shirts, David Platt and black kappa kits.  

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What was your first football shirt?

It was the Admiral England shirt from around 1980, just before the one which was worn during the 1982 World Cup. It wasn’t the best looking kit in the world, and pretty sure I knew nothing about it being bought for me, but it’s the one which started me off with a few kits post-1982.

What is your favourite football shirt?

The black 1991 Juventus away shirt, made by Kappa, which was sponsored by UPIM. Always love the Juventus kits, but I remember seeing a Pierluigi Casiraghi goal on Football Focus or Saint & Greavsie and thinking that the kit was even better than the goal.

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Juventus, Kappa, 1991

It started a trend for all black kits, with Manchester United wearing one in the early years of the Premier League.  Still have Juve shirt and, surprisingly, it still fits me 23 years on. Holland’s adidas kit at Italia 90 was another good one.

What is your favourite goal? 

Hard to pick one, but World Cup goals always seemed to mean more as a kid, so it’s a toss-up between Bryan Robson’s 27 second goal against France in 1982 and David Platt’s goal against Belgium in 1990. I’ll say Platt’s — just…

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My favourite football shirt - Paul Wilson

We caught up with Paul Wilson, football writer for the Guardian and the Observer, to talk royal blue Everton shirts, broken noses and diving headers.

1. What was your first football shirt?

My first ever football shirt would have been an Everton one, bought from Jack Stanley’s in Liverpool. I lived in St Helens, but football shirts were not as freely available in the mid-sixties as they are now. You had to go to the town or city where the club played. That said, the Everton shirt in question was just a royal blue number with a white collar and cuffs. No club crest, no sponsor’s logo, no embellishment of any kind because a plain blue shirt is exactly what Everton wore at the time.

2. What is your favourite football shirt?

I am tempted to say the above, both on me and on Everton, but for the sake of variation I will say the Wolves old gold shirt from the sixties. I won a writing competition in the Daily Express in 1969 - or at least I was among the winners - and the prize was a pair of Matchmaker football boots, complete with spanner for the removable studs, and a football strip of your choice.

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Wolverhampton Wanderers, 1968 (source: midlandsmemorabillia.com)

I already had Everton and Celtic, so I asked for Wolves. I was wearing that shirt when I broke my nose in a Scouts (ie Boy Scouts) football game about six months later. I thought the blood looked very good on it, but I’m sorry I don’t have a picture.

3. What is your favourite goal?

Until recently my favourite ever goal was the one Terry McDermott scored against Spurs, the final nail in the coffin of a seven-goal thrashing at Anfield in 1978. I still enjoy that footage, even though as an Evertonian I probably shouldn’t admit it.

I was not actually present at that game though, whereas I was at Salvador at this year’s World Cup to witness Robin van Persie’s amazing effort to put Holland back on terms against Spain. That was really quite something. Another header, and perhaps an even better one than McDermott’s. But it is close.

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My favourite football shirt - Julien Laurens

We caught up with Julien Laurens, journalist for Le Parisien, RTL, BT Sport and ESPN, to talk ugly France football shirts, La Bombonera and that Euro 2000 Trezeguet goal.

1. What was your first football shirt?

My first ever football shirt was France 1991. It was pretty ugly. It was blue with some big red stripes over the shoulders!

It was a present so I didn’t have much choice. My first PSG one followed up quickly though.

2. What is your favourite football shirt?

For me, the most beautiful football shirt ever is Boca Junior’s. I think the design and the colours are perfect. It is an iconic shirt for a very special club.

Boca Juniors, Adidas, 1981

The 1981 one by Adidas is insane, I don’t have a Boca shirt yet, simply because I will only buy one when I go to La Bombonera myself to watch a game and go to the official shop before the match.

3. What is your favourite goal?

It is hard to pick just one. But I will go for David Trezeguet in the Euro 2000 final against Italy. The work from Robert Pires on the left hand side, dribbling two players and crossing, is perfect.

Then, Trezeguet’s left foot volley is so pure, it’s magnificent. The balance of his body his outstanding. It goes right in the top corner. And obviously the fact that it is the golden goal makes it even more special.  You can watch the goal here.

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My favourite football shirt - Kristan Heneage

We caught up with football writer Kristan Heneage to talk; fake England  shirts, Atalanta kits from Bergamo and Philippe Albert chips. 

What was your first ever football shirt?

My first ever football shirt was in fact an England shirt in the early 1990’s. I don’t think it was 100% authentic (see photo for why) but I treasured it. Looking back I really wish I still had it, to perhaps give to my own son/daughter but unfortunately it’s not to be.

I do remember getting the shirt around the time I was first allowed out to play in front of the house, and while my skills were nothing special, I remember kicking a ball back to my Dad in our front garden for what seemed like hours.

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England, (fake), 1990 / Atalanta, (does anyone know the year and sponsor?)

What is your favourite ever football shirt?

I must confess of late I’ve become something of a kit fiend. While my collection only contains 4-5 actual purchases, I’ll often have a browse around the internet at shirts. However I think kits are often about memories you attach to them.

With that in mind I was given an old Atalanta shirt by a very good friend of mine last year. He was departing the UK to live with his new wife in Seattle and caught me off guard with the generosity. I knew it meant a lot to him, so to be willing to part with it meant a great deal, and it’s actually a wonderful shirt. A very soft material and what I imagine a young Ricardo Montolivo wore as he tore up the streets of Bergamo.

What is your favourite ever goal?

I think I will have to pick Philippe Albert’s goal against Manchester United. [NOTE:  funnily enough this was Pete Donaldson’s favourite goal also]. The game itself was incredibly surprising, but I’ve always admired a defender who can also play football.

In that sense he was very much a pioneer in modern English football I believe. Even now, when I re-watch, everything in my head expects him to power a shot at goal because it’s what everyone is demanding, to have such composure and confidence is amazing. A truly special goal.

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My favourite football shirt - Daniel Storey

We caught up with football writer Daniel Storey to talk; cards with grandpa, picnic tablecloth football shirts and Ronaldo finishes. 

What was your first ever football shirt?

I remember being about four or five years old, and already schooled in being a Nottingham Forest fan. My mum had seen the club’s glory days (you’ve probably heard one or two fans mention them), and used to leave me at various relations whilst she went to the odd away game or big Cup match.

I remember playing cards with my grandpa when my grandma came in from shopping with a Forest kit in hand. Would have been the Shipstones one from 1989/90 season, and I wore it for what felt like a week straight.

What is your favourite ever football shirt? 

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Nottingham Forest, Umbro, 1989 / Nottingham Forest, Umbro, 1994 / Croatia, Lotto, 1996

In terms of personal selection, it would be the blue Nottingham Forest Labatt’s away shirt from 1994/6. It wasn’t particularly good looking, but is synonymous with a time at which football seemed all realised hopes and dreams. From the age of eight and ten whilst we had that kit Forest went from second tier to third in the Premier League and a UEFA Cup QF against Bayern Munich. Someone should have told me that life wasn’t always like that.

In terms of aesthetic perfection, I ‘d go for the Croatia national team shirt from Euro 96. I remember Nottingham being awash with that picnic tablecloth pattern with the Croatians playing group games at the City Ground, and instantly believing it to be the coolest thing around. I’m also huge fan of having the shirt number on the front middle of the shirt. It’s iconic without being over-marketed like the Italian or Brazil designs, for me.

What is your favourite football shirt?

Completely impossible, so I’ll say the three that I first thought of:

Stuart Pearce, England v Spain, Euro 96 - I wasn’t old enough during World Cup 90 to comprehend how crushing THAT penalty had been for Pearce, who was my favourite player growing up, but I knew enough by Euro 96 to be racked with nerves as Psycho stood up to take that penalty. I almost cried when it hit the back of the net, and even typing this now makes the hairs stand up on the back of my neck. Vindication and redemption for a man that never needed either in the eyes of Forest fans.

Ronaldo, Inter Milan v Lazio, UEFA Cup Final 1998 - I saw Ronaldo as the best player of my footballing development, and this goal just makes me giggle with glee watching it. The way he moves through on Marchegiani and confuses him two or three times without the ball even moving just summed up how dangerous a striker he was. Add to that the joy on his face whenever he scored and I’m signed up to the fan club.

Stan Collymore, Forest v Sheffield Wednesday, 1995 - Forest beat Sheffield Wednesday 7-1 on April Fool’s Day 1995, and the fifth goal summed up just how good we were at that time. Steve Stone hassling busily on the right hand side to win the ball, Bryan Roy running at players before laying the ball off, and Collymore cutting inside before drilling the ball low. I remember the home fans standing up to applaud the fifth, sixth and seventh goals that day, such was their quality.

Tweet us a picture of your favourite football shirt @thefootballsc and we’ll get the best on the site.

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