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.
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.
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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