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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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Roy Keane - Manchester United vs. Juventus, 1999

Ahead of a great favourite football shirt coming up on Friday, here is Roy Keane scoring for Manchester United vs. Juventus in the Champions League (2:22).  

To quote the article, “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.” 

Do you agree?  Was this Manchester United’s best ever Champions League goal?  

Let us know on twitter

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Shirt of the day: Manchester United, Umbro, 1992-4 and Adidas, 1990 - 92

On the day that Phil Neville returns to Old Trafford as part of the David Moyes back room staff we have two classic Manchester United kits from the early 90’s courtesy of @GavinC85.

Shirts of the day:

  • Manchester United, Umbro, 1992-94  (Left)
  • Manchester United, Adidas, 1990-92 (Right)

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You can order the 2013/14 Manchester Unit kit here.

NEW KIT PREVIEW: MANCHESTER UNITED, NIKE, 2013/14

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Manchester United, Nike, 2013/14

Summary: Manchester United and kit maker Nike have gone for a priestly affair to mark David Moyes first season at Old Trafford, with a football shirt which somewhere between a cycle top and Vestment. With a woven crest, three button placket and tight black collar this Nike offering does not disappoint.

Makers: Nike

Inspired by: The Borgias, Tour of France

Would suit: Jeremy Irons, Bradley Wiggins

When to wear: Rome

Where can I get one:  You can order the 2013/14 Manchester Unit kit here from Kitbag.

If you type code: AFF10 when spending over £100 you will receive £10 off.

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You can order the 2013/14 Manchester Unit kit here.

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Manchester United, Adidas, 1982 - Gary Bailey’s tyre

You could write a book on Manchester United’s away kits. Some 80s blue / white indecision sort of resolved itself in this monstrosity.  Almost all the shirts seem iconic, either for United dominating English football, or showing brief moments of vulnerability, such as in their grey ‘invisible kit’.

But we should probably do something with the home kit, so let’s have a look at the cup winning shirt from 1982/83. The first thing to note is the sponsor, which is much more specific than later incarnations. 

Manchester United, Adidas, 1982

Manchester United, Adidas, 1982 

Looking at the squad list, the first name to jump out is reserve goalkeeper Jeff Wealands who went on to become a legend at non-league Altrincham. Bafflingly, Wealands was kept out of the side by South African Gary Bailey who my dad once helped change a tyre.  Apparently Bailey was ‘not very friendly’.

It was also the year when Norman Whiteside broke into the team. At the age of 17, Whiteside scored in against Liverpool in the League Cup, earning himself the nickname of the ‘Scourge of the Scousers’, and then he got one in the FA Cup as well. His career would go on to be wrecked by a knee injury. This was a theme for a squad with knee problems running through it, taking in names such as Paul McGrath and Steve Coppell. Coppell’s career didn’t last beyond 1983, his knee destroyed by a reckless challenge in a world cup qualifier against Hungary.

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My favourite football shirt - Annie Eaves

We caught up with Annie Eaves who revealed a somewhat controversial first ever football shirt.  

What was you first ever football shirt?  
Manchester United away, think it was about 1990. It was the awful blue and white Adidas crest one which many hate but it is nostalgic for me.

Manchester United, Adidas, 1991/2

Manchester United, Adidas, 1991/2

What was your favourite ever football shirt?   
Manchester United home 1992, the tie up one. Just great memories of the football played in it and the club’s rise at the time. I also liked Croatia’s kit, when they first came into international football and their red and white squares became well known.  The pride many had in that shirt was obvious, even to a youngster.

Croatia, Lotto, 1995/6

Croatia, Lotto, 1995/6

What is your favourite ever goal?  
For emotion, Teddy Sheringham against Bayern Munich in the Champions League final. All was lost but I still had a bit of belief and when he scored that, the feeling was amazing. Scrappy goal but I will never forget it.

Neither will we Annie.  Nor will we forget that Man Utd blue and white “awful” away shirt.  


You can watch that goal here in a weird video of the final 3 minutes of the Champions League final through one camera.  

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