Doing The 92

My name is Steve Hall. I am a Brit who lives in Spain and who loves football.

In 2010 I cycled to all the 92 football league clubs in England and Wales. I set off in May and finished on 23 September 2010. I was met with almost universal kindness, hospitality and friendship.

Please check through the site to learn more about the project, the people involved and how you can also help and get involved.

Thanks

Steve

DoingThe92

Barcelona 2019

Barcelona 2019

Not only do many of the biggest teams change their first choice strip seemingly daily, they are now onto changing all their other kits too!

News just in of Barcelona’s THIRD kit for 2019/2020


Pride in Barcelona inspires the design for Barça’s third kit this season

True to its origins and with the tagline ‘Barcelona Proud’, FC Barcelona is taking its inspiration from the city of Barcelona once again this season for the 2019/20 third kit. The new strip will go on sale to the general public from tomorrow, September 13, at all Barça Stores and via the usual distribution channels around the world.

The third strip, which Ernesto Valverde’s team will be wearing for the first time in their opening Champions League fixture against Borussia Dortmund on September 17, pays tribute to the city of Barcelona through its design which harks back to one of the shirts that Barça wore in the 1996/97 season. That memorable campaign saw victories in the Copa del Rey and the European Cup Winners’ Cup, the latter after beating Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 in the final and which starred players who are now considered club legends such as Jose Mari Bakero, Pep Guardiola, Guillermo Amor, Luis Enrique, Hristo Stoickhov, Sergi Barjuan, Albert ‘Chapi’ Ferrer and Miquel Àngel Nadal, as well as Brazilian star Ronaldo who topped the Spanish league scoring charts with 47 goals.

An important detail of the new kit is the retro-style V-neck in the club’s traditional blaugrana colours. There is also a dark blue trim on the sleeves, while the FC Barcelona crest is highlighted on the chest by a prominent border. 

Another design detail that evokes the 90s is the incorporation of the Nike Futura logo that the brand used in that decade. The strip also includes shorts in the same teal with navy blue trim as the shirt, and blaugrana edging at the top of the socks.

“When you see this colour you think of Ronaldo, Guardiola, Stoichkov, Luis Enrique…, so many great players. It will be a pleasure to wear this kit and bring our fans joy with victories both at home and abroad”, says Gerard Piqué, one of the FC Barcelona players.

Pete HoppinsNike Football Apparel Senior Design Director, stresses that “given Barcelona’s incredible archive of kits, it was great fun merging their iconic ‘90s identity with the modern Nike aesthetic. The colour itself conjures so many memories, while the collar and the jacquard pattern make this kit both nostalgic and highly original at the same time.”

Birmingham City 2019

Continuing from my review of the new season’s kits, this is the unique story behind Birmingham City’s offering.

Birmingham City have kept to their classic blue but have added a touch of 1920s social history from Unai Emery’s favourite TV series, Peaky Blinders.

The official club release says,

“For the 2019/20 season kit launch we paid homage to our links to this great city by working closely with Garrison Tailors – the official suppliers to the Peaky Blinders TV show – who kindly supplied the suits worn by the players in the photography and launch video.

Produced by adidas, the kit is designed with the famous royal blue accompanied with a striking yellow trim. It is the fourth home kit to be made by the Club’s official technical supplier.

Join us for the 2019/20 season in keeping the tradition and history alive.”

Birmingham City

I came across an interesting article this week. It concerns Birmingham City who are in the English Championship and a new sponsor, Green Monkey.

BLUES LINK-UP WITH BIRMINGHAM-BASED GREEN MONKEY CBD.

In a world-first sports partnership agreement, Green Monkey CBD will supply a range of CBD products and drinks to the Club which will be available on matchdays throughout the St. Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium.

CBD, or cannabidiol (cannabis oil), is the non-psychoactive part of the cannabis plant.

In November, the Government made the medical use of CDB oil legal in the UK.

Green Monkey CBD’s most prominent product is a 250ml carbonated canned drink which contains 10mg of broad-spectrum CBD, launched 10 months ago.

It has already reached one million cans sold, such is the demand in the market.

Green Monkey CBD drinks will be available at outlets throughout the Blues ground as well as in the corporate areas and cocktails such as a “Monkey Mojito” and “Gin and Green”, will be available in the hospitality sectors.

CBD has become far more prevalent in sports throughout the world as sportsmen and women around the globe have begun to use products that have been said to help with a variety of conditions, although the makers of Green Monkey CBD do not make such claims.

Superstars such as golfer Rickie Fowler, UFC’s Nate Diaz and Saracen’s rugby players George Kruis and Dom Day have all come out in support of the use of CBD in sports and both WADA and UKAD have no issue with CBD’s use as it is not on their banned list of substances.

Ian Dutton, Chief Commercial Officer at Blues, said: “We are delighted to be one of the first clubs to partner with a CBD Drinks brand. As a Club we are always looking to be innovative and create industry firsts with our partnerships programme.

“It was clear from the beginning that a partnership with Green Monkey CBD was going to give us the opportunity to deliver a new and unique offering for our fans on matchdays, so we look forward to having their very distinctive green cans available across our kiosk and hospitality areas.”

Serge Davies, CEO of Green Monkey CBD, explained the benefits of the tie-in with such a well-known football team as Blues by commenting: “With a big club, with a massive fan base right on our doorstep, it was a natural tie-in for us.

“Football fans are changing and progressive clubs such as Birmingham City are realising that their fans are searching for different products when at the game.

“What the Club have done in reinvigorating their fan base has been excellent and we wanted to be a part of that and introduce our brand to the fans. CBD is a growing market as people are becoming more concerned about their health and wellbeing and searching for something else.”

Speaking of the commercial opportunities, Mr Davies added: “Of course it will be great to see fans drinking our cocktails and cans at the game but the bigger issue is spreading the word about CBD and educating people on what it is. Obviously we can’t make any medical claims but the 250ml drink is designed as an entry-level product to the market so people can try for themselves.”

As part of the year-long agreement, the Club will work on a series of engagement events with Green Monkey CBD in order to co-promote the brand’s range. Green Monkey CBD will, in turn, use the Club’s advertising outlets to further spread their message.

The UK market for CBD products is already set to be worth more than £1 billion this year and according to the Cannabis Trade Association, the number of users is doubling every year (current estimate of 250,000 users) with some forecasts predicting the global market could reach £17.5 billion ($22 billion) in the next five years (Brightfield 2018).

For those who want to know more about the CBD/Hemp market and/or would be interested in becoming a customer or distributor click here.

West Ham – Children’s Kits

West Ham – Children’s Kits

Hot on the heels of West Ham showcasing their women’s kits, they now launch their store for infants ……… and even babies!

Henry Moss

Henry Moss – Crossing the Line in 2018

Henry Moss

Here’s a nice “shirt” story. This is my dear friend, Henry Moss. Top guy apart from supporting Arsenal and telling appalling jokes. They don’t get better even after 25 years (Arsenal AND his puns).

Sadly, he is not in the best of health BUT he nevertheless hopes to raise over £1,000 for research into the horrible disease of Colitis, that he, and millions of other people, suffer from. Henry is a battler and he says, ” I haven’t been too well over the last couple of months, due to this nasty disease called Colitis. It’s meant that I could train or run properly, and I was even thinking of pulling out of the Royal Parks Half Marathon but the good news is that I’m now 95% recovered and running properly again. I’m proud to  be doing my little bit to raise awareness and funds for this extremely worthwhile cause. Whatever you feel able to donate however big or small, is so gratefully received, and will go some way to cure this for future generations Love and thanks again.”



I am proud to support him. Will you? I was thinking that as this site is about shirts we could maybe bid to win the shirt he runs in. Maybe, if you have a company, you would like to sponsor his training shirt. He could wear your company polo as he pounds the streets of North London in the next few weeks. Let me know and I will pass your ideas on to Mr Butterfly. (Dreadful pun on Moss – Moth – Butterfly. Sorry!)

KNVB

My friends at Copa have launched a new Holland retro collection under license to the KNVB (Koninklijke Nederlandse Voetbal Bond – Royal Dutch Football Association) …. and it’s a stunner!

Few nations have provided football fans with as many heroes (or as much heartbreak) as the Dutch. Through ‘Total Football’ in the 1970s, early disappointment in the 1980s, before a renewed peak heading in to the 1990s when another gifted Dutch generation excited fans the world over. The collection consists of several retro shirts, jackets, T-shirts and a ‘My First Football Shirt®’ capturing the essence of the rich history of ‘Oranje’.

The collection can be found on copafootball.com, in our flagshipstore in Amsterdam and via selected retailers & online resellers worldwide.

West Ham United Women’s Team

West Ham United Women’s Team

One of the revelations of the last ten years has been the increase in popularity of the women’s game. Almost all the top UK clubs now have a women’s team associated with them. Possibly because of the TV exposure (see below) West Ham United have become one of the most famous/best supported clubs. Their women’s kit is now available on the official club site and is marketed alongside the men’s kits.

Chelsea are playing Spurs in a sell-out (!) game at Stamford Bridge and West Ham are also hosting Spurs at the London Stadium on 29 September. Tickets start at just £1. Outstanding value.


The women’s side has been the subject of a TV series which followed the club throughout the season. It was a “warts-and-all” documentary which reflected very well on the efforts of all at the London club. It is now available on demand.



I would be happy to add images/stories of your club’s women’s side. Please forward photos/content to me and I will be pleased to upload them.

Bury FC

Bury FC

I was hugely disappointed to hear today that Bury have been expelled from the EFL and have lost their place in League One. As we all know they have had challenges for a long time and have had their first six games cancelled this season. Nevertheless it was a disappointment when the official news came through.

I have many happy memories of Gigg Lane. As a Gillingham fan we have had some classic battles at their compact ground just north of Manchester. As a Swinton Rugby League fan, I enjoyed some great matches after we lost our Station Road ground. Whilst I was on my cycle ride, I spent four days at Bury and was treated to excellent hospitality. My friend Mark Catlin takes up the story.

Mark was the Commercial Director of Bury FC back in 2010. He is now CEO at Portsmouth. He has been a great supporter of The Shirt project and immediately offered Björn a Bury shirt when has was approached. It’s a nice shirt as you can see and this is now sewn into the massive shirt in South Africa. He also kindly introduced me to The Best Of Bury who have been very supportive too.

“Everyone at Bury FC is delighted that Steve has chosen to base himself at our club when he is in the North West. We are very much a family and community based club. As a follower of Gillingham FC for 45 years he understands how important the football club is within the local community. Steve is a football fanatic and will be doing all that he can to promote our Treasureline as he cycles around the town wearing a Bury FC shirt with pride!
 
Steve, both for trying to raise awareness for such a noble cause focusing on the sad plight of refugees and helping us to promote our Treasureline, which is a valuable source of income for our club, we thank you.
 
For those who do not know Bury FC we are a proud English league 2 football club. We have just celebrated our 125 year anniversary and have a strong bond between the club and our supporters, affectionately known as ‘the Shakers’. We have twice won the English FA cup and hold the record for the biggest FA cup final victory ever, a 6-0 victory against Derby County.
 
We are very excited about Steve promoting our Treasureline. This is a huge source of income for the club and also gives those who take part in it a fantastic opportunity to win £1000 each and every week, all for just a £1 stake!
 
Personally, and on behalf of the Shakers, we would like to welcome Steve to OUR family and hope that many of our fans will take the opportunity to meet up with him. We wish him well on his trip around the 92 league clubs and sincerely hope that he enjoys his time with us.”
 
So, yes, I have a very personal reason for being upset at the demise of Bury. There are now fears that Bolton Wanderers may follow soon and, in reality, there are a rack of clubs among the 71 remaining members of the EFL whose finances are perilous. I trust all will strengthen and that Bolton will manage to finish this season and that they will put all this behind them.

Retro Shirts

Retro Shirts

Delighted to get details from my friends at Copa of two new retro ranges they have launched. If you are a fan of Portuguese or football, these might be for you!

OFFICIAL SL BENFICA RETRO COLLECTION

Thanks to their glorious history SL Benfica is widely supported all across the world. The club’s honour roll speaks for itself, boasting records for most Portuguese League titles and Taça de Portugal trophies. Benfica also claimed two consecutive European Cups in 1961 and 1962 and have featured in a total of 10 European finals. This extensive licensed retro collection captures the essence of the club’s rich history. Our classic retro shirts recreate many of the club’s most celebrated shirt designs through the years. The collection also includes a retro jacket and a retro-inspired T-shirt. All retro items from the collection are packaged and dispatched in luxury gift boxes.

The collection can be found on copafootball.com, in our flagshipstore in Amsterdam and via selected retailers & online resellers worldwide

NEW FC NANTES RETRO COLLECTION

Exactly one year ago our first retro collection with FC Nantes was launched, including the famous “Europe 1-shirt”. There was a musical footnote to that jersey: when football-mad Bob Marley was scheduled to perform at the club’s La Beaujoire stadium back in 1980, the reggae singer donned that Nantes shirt and captained his Wailers team in a 5-a-side pre-concert match against a selection made up of Nantes players.

This new collection consists of two retro shirts, a retro jacket and a pair of retro inspired casual socks. In the 1982 – 1983 retro shirt, Nantes comfortably won the Ligue 1 title with the most prolific attack and meanest defence in the division. The main goal threat however came from the deadly Yugoslav striker Vahid Halihodžic who hit 27 goals in 36 appearances to finish as Ligue 1’s top scorer.

This Nantes collection can also be found on copafootball.com, in the official FC Nantes fanstores and via selected retailers & online resellers.

More 2019/2020 Shirts

Gillingham 2019/202
Gillingham 2019/2020

Gillingham FC

My beloved Gillingam. I started watching them in 1964. They were in the old Division 4 and fifty five years later they are still in League One, although we did have some glory years in the Championship a few seasons back and once even finished in the top half.

We have YET another new manager, Steve Evans …… I wish him well.

Bedale AFC
Bedale AFC

Bedale AFC

I always love the quirky stories behind football shirts. Who can ever forget Sevilla’s cucumbers or Getafe’s burgers?

Well, the story of Bedale AFC’s new shirt is very impressive. So impressive, in fact, that even the BBC chose to run the story. Enjoy!


CD Montesinos
CD Montesinos, Alicante, Spain

CD Montesinos

It’s always good to hear from my friends in Spain. This is CD Montesinos, who play in the village of Los Montesinos about 45 minutes from Alicante.

What is special about this team is their huge expat following. At home games they are always more than half the fans and at away games they are usually 90% of the crowd. Good luck guys. I feel a longer blog coming on.

FC Midgetland

FC Midgetland

I am not sure how serious my friend was who sent me this to add but if there is such a team, I wish them well.

FC Midtjylland
FC Midtjylland

FC Midtjylland

…and taking it back to a more serious level, here if the FC Midtjylland squad from the Danish league. An impressive photo and an attractive shirt. The Danish league is itself quite quirky. Shall they play in the summer like Sweden or winter like Germany? No, they have two half seasons and play in the autumn and the spring. Good trivial pursuit question!

Saffron Dynamo

Saffron Dynamo

New Saffron kit kindly sponsored by Premgripp and JenkinsAndJenkins