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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

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.

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My favourite football shirt - Marcus Speller

We caught up with Marcus Speller of Football Ramble fame to talk classic England kits, the Lions of Cameroon and South American wonder goals.

What was your favourite football shirt?  

My first ever football shirt was the England 1990 home kit. That was when I got into football during the 1990 World Cup. I was very young and loved every kick of that tournament.

England actually went far and the white shirt they wore back then is probably the best the national team’s ever had.

What is your favourite ever football shirt?

This is a difficult one so some honorable mentions first.

I did like the Dutch home kit of 1988 and, as previously mentioned, the England one of 1990. I do like a River Plate shirt and also the lovely red and white stripes of Athletico Madrid in contrast to the blue shorts but I have to go back to Italia 90 once again.

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Cameroon, 1990

The Lions of Cameroon made such an impression on that tournament and their shirt was magnificent too. They are one of my favourite teams of all time and played in the best kit I’ve ever seen. It even had a big yellow lion head on it. What more do you want?

What is your favourite ever goal?

This is even trickier than the previous question. I’m going to pick a few if I may. That goal Ronaldo scored for Barcelona against Compostela where he bursts past about 4 or 5 men like he’s a wild beast leaving Bobby Robson in sheer awe on the sidelines. Ronaldinho’s goal against Seville also for Barcelona where he picks up the ball in his own half, skips past two players and then thunders the ball in off the bar from about 30 yards. The Camp Nou couldn’t believe their luck. 

Paul Gascoigne’s volley against Scotland in Euro 96 will always hold a special place in any Englishman’s heart due to the setting and importance of it. To see an English player pull out a goal of that quality is a rare thing indeed and the celebration that followed was superb too.

I’ll finish with a Marcelo Salas goal for River Plate against Quito in the Copa Libertadores. The ball is played over to him but just too far in front. Salas with an outstretched right foot beautifully controls the ball in the air, shuffles his feet while under pressure from a defender and then unleashes a perfectly measured volley into the corner leaving the keeper helpless.

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My favourite football shirt - Sam Kelly

We caught up with Buenos Aires based football writer,  Sam Kelly to talk; football shirts Christmas presents, the red sash on white and amazing Argentina team goals.

What was your first ever football shirt?  

It was the 1993 / 94 Manchester United home shirt, with the black collar and the ‘watermark’ of Old Trafford filling the shirt.  By the time I got it, for Christmas 1993, it felt like everyone else at school had already had a football shirt for at least two years.

It was probably more like two months really - I was 9 - but it was quite a moment unwrapping it.

What is your favourite ever football shirt?  

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River Plate, La Máquina, 1940’s

One of the reasons I always had a vague sense of liking River Plate (long before I ever even thought of coming to Argentina) was that red sash on white. When I first came down here, a decade ago, I was introduced to Argentine football by a River fan, and they have thus become my adopted club.

There’s so much choice with all of River’s old kits because it’s a classic design, but my favourite - just edging out the 1985 home shirt - is the home shirt from the 1940s, which you can see here modelled by the members of River’s legendary La Máquina (‘The Machine’) front line, along with some rather, erm, interestingly-cut shorts.

It’s an actual shirt, which I love - a proper button-up job - and what’s more, replicas of it are still sold today. It is simple, but unmistakable.

What is your favourite ever goal?

Sticking with the Argentine theme, I’m going to go with Esteban Cambiasso’s goal against Serbia & Montenegro in 2006. It is often forgotten now that that Serbia & Montenegro side had qualified for the World Cup by conceding just once in ten qualifying matches, and they had only lost narrowly to the Netherlands in their opening game.

I have heard people dismiss this goal as being ‘only against a poor side,’ but if there’s a reason people think Serbia & Montenegro were a poor side, it is that Argentina - and this goal in particular, only the second of the game and scored when the game was far from being over - made them look it.

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My favourite football shirt - Giancarlo Rinaldi

We caught up with Fiorentina loving football writer, Giancarlo Rinaldi to talk PE classes in Scotland, very itchy football shirts and Roberto Baggio wondergoals.

What was your first football shirt?

The first shirt I can remember was one which I bought while on family holidays in Italy. There was only one sports shop in the village and the owner’s eyes used to light up whenever we came to town. The strip was a long-sleeved purple Fiorentina top with the badges provided separately which my mother had to iron on when we got back to Scotland.

From memory, it was one of the most uncomfortable shirts I ever had, very itchy due to the material it was made from and almost unbearable when you started to warm up during a game. Nonetheless, I wore it with pride, particularly when my PE teacher examined it and said: “Fiorentina? Who the hell are Fiorentina?”. That just made me all the more determined to wear it as often as I could.

What is your favourite football shirt?
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Fiorentina - 1980s classic football shirt

It has to be a Viola shirt and one of my favourites was an early 1980s edition in the pioneering days of sponsorship. The logos were getting bigger and bolder but I don’t think I ever saw a club badge used more prominently than the season when clothing company JD Farrows had a deal with Fiorentina. It was an absolutely gigantic interpretation of their classic Giglio (fleur-de-lis) emblem. For many it’s probably a monstrosity but it reminds me of the first seasons the club came pre-season training in the little village my family is from in Tuscany.

It was the first time I clapped eyes on players like Antognoni, Francesco Graziani, Daniel Bertoni and Daniele Massaro. It also happened to be the closest the club ever got to winning the league in my lifetime - losing out on the final day of the campaign.

What is your favourite ever goal?

I think my favourite goal, at the moment, is one a young Roberto Baggio scored for Fiorentina against Diego Maradona’s Napoli at the San Paolo. It was his farewell season in Florence and the Viola ended up losing the game but that only increases the bittersweet magic of the strike against one of the toughest defences in Serie A at the time.

He picks up the ball midway inside his own half and has a little look over his shoulder to see if it is safe to set off on a run. He dashes into the space in front of him, avoids two desperate attempts to tackle him or bring him down and then gets one on one with the goalkeeper. That’s when he shows what a special player he was by dumping the goalie on his behind before calmly rounding him and rolling the ball into the net. Still get goosebumps when I watch it now.

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My favourite football shirt - The Celtic Shirt

As Celtic launch their new kit for 2013/14 we caught up with Stuart McDonnell of The Celtic Shirt to talk Paul McStay, beating Barcelona and hailing Henrik.

What was you first football shirt?

My 1st Celtic shirt was the mid 80’s Celtic home shirt which came as part of the old Umbro replica kit box.

Hooped shirt with the foam crest, white shorts and the accompanying socks…. A young Bhoys dream!

Armed with a Mitre mouldmaster and a set of goals set up in the back garden, I thought I was the maestro, Paul McStay

2. What is your favourite football shirt?

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Tony Watt football shirt - Celtic, Nike, 2012/13

So many favourite shirts to mention and it changes on a weekly basis, but just now it’s Tony Watt’s match worn shirt v Barcelona.

No-one will ever forget the night we beat, arguably the best team in the world, 2-1, with Watt coming of the bench to score the crucial second goal. With that strike, the youngster wrote his name into the history books.

It’s an honour to have this fantastic shirt in the Celtic Shirt kit room and one that conjures up so many happy memories from the beating of Barca.

With it being our 125th anniversary, it makes that shirt very special in my eyes.

3. What is your favourite goal?

Got to be Henrik’s goal in the 2nd leg of the 2003 Uefa Cup Semi Final v Boavista.  You can watch that goal here.

Our 2002/2003 European run is etched into every Celtic fans memory. Round after round we kept progressing and to reach the final was absolutely fantastic.

I’m lucky enough own Henrik’s match worn shirt from that game and it’s currently on display inside Celtic Park in honour of our European run from that season.

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