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.

I had great plans for retracing the route in 2020/2021. Sadly Covid and then a long spell in hospital scuppered my plans. (See www.theshirt2010.co.uk/uncategorized/jigsaws ) I will soon announce a new trip.

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

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Golf Challenge

Golf Competition

David Long has been a friend for a long time (sorry!) and has always been a supporter of The Shirt.

He just sent me this and obviously I was delighted to support “This Monday I will be playing 101 holes of golf with 3 friends – that is 5 rounds and 11 holes!

We are raising money for NHS Charities Together – they support frontline workers – and we all know how tough it’s been over the last 16 months, and continues to be so.

Why 101 holes you ask? Well, it would have been Captain Sir Tom’s 101 birthday this year, and that’s the inspiration.

Rather than asking for donations, for what is in effect a very long day of golf (we start at 4.30AM and hope to finish by 10PM), we have put together what is probably the best golf raffle ever! 

I have raided my golf network and have put together a wide range of golfing and non-golfing prizes. From sets of clubs, to memorabilia signed by the world’s best golfers, to holidays and much more – 61 prizes and counting. 

At £10 a ticket you have a chance to win these in our raffle and it would be incredible if you could support by purchasing a ticket.

Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Danny Willett, Sergio Garcia, Tyrrell Hatton, Matt Wallace, Bernd Wiesberger…these are just some of the players that have donated to our prize pool.

For the football and rugby fans amongst you we have some signed shirts and those not interested in any sport… well, we even have prizes for you in weekend breaks down in Cornwall.

You can find out more about the challenge, the charity, the prizes, and buy tickets at our website:

www.101HolesForNHSheroes.com

Thanks for your support

David – Founder, Babouche! Golf



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2021 – 2022

Well, what a season 2020-2021. We had a global pandemic, stadiums being closed to fans, players and managers going down with CoVid and the 2020 Euros being played in June 2021. Just as day follows night follows day etc, so the fixtures and shirts are being announced. In the UK, Manchester City are now the bookies’ favourites for the Premier League closely followed by Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United. Interesting odds on relegation for Arsenal, I noted!

The new season’s shirts have been unveiled and in fact in some cases the club’s even used them in the final games. Commercialisation at its wors. Anyway, here’s a glance at a few of the 2021-2022 shirtswe should get used to. The prices in the official club shops probably disgust you. The good news is that many of the 2020-2021 shirts are available at huge discounts! “You pays your money and you takes your choice”

AJAX away 2021 2022
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New Film


I am always pleased to learn of cycyling adventures and even more so when it is for such a good cause. So, I was delighted when Georgina Shaw of Shaw Marketing Services, a long-time supporter of TheShirt2010, sent me updates of the work in Spain.

Meet the stars of award-winning documentary in Marbella

On the 9 th of June, Marbella will play host to the stars and Director of award-winning documentary
“DE QUIJOTES Y SEMILLAS”, as part of the ECO Cine Forum screening series. Just three days after its
screening as finalist at the Malaga Film Festival, Marbella residents can see the film along with an
introduction and Q&A session with the stars Santi Cordón and Alberto Marín, and the Goya winning
Director Patxi Uriz.

The documentary follows chefs Santi and Alberto on their extraordinary 900-kilometre journey by
bicycle from Tudela to last year’s Malaga film festival. It is a poetic and powerful road movie,
showcasing Spain’s interior, and the epic journey on their “Verducycle”, complete with a mobile
vegetable garden. During their journey they aim to sow seeds of life as they pass through traditional
villages and bewitching landscapes, sharing the message of sustainability.

The protagonists previously studied permaculture at Arboretum in Marbella and so the team are
delighted to welcome them back to their Eco Cine Forum to see the film and chat to the stars and
the director about this new project.

The screening of the documentary and the Q&A session with the team behind it takes place at I.E.S.
Río Verde in Marbella on Calle Notario Luis Oliver from 7pm to 9.30pm. Tickets are on sale from the
venue at 5€ for adults and 1€ for students from 18.45. Find out more on
www.fundacionarboretum.org or find the event on Facebook @fundacionarboretum

The Arboretum team will also be celebrating the film by taking part in their own little journey from
their base in Marbella to the Malaga Film Festival on the “Verducycle” featured in the film. Their aim
is to sow the seeds of conscience and spread the message of sustainability along the Costa del Sol.
The founding members of the Arboretum project, who have been working tirelessly for 10 years to
build awareness of sustainability and environmental activism, are making this trip as a tribute to all
the farmers in Spain who work to preserve biodiversity, food sovereignty and the dignity of those
who work on the land. They will arrive in Malaga on World Environment Day and hope to inspire
many more people to minimise their impact on the planet.

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CALM

Sunny Side Up, Guys!

It’s always motivational to see people doing cycle rides for charity and I am happy to share on TheShirt2010

A Twitter friend sent me this today and I thought it needed more eyeballs.

Good luck, Laurence

” On June 25th we are cycling home , which doesn’t sound like a lot. However, we happen to live in Rochford, Essex and work in Manchester. A total of around 240 miles (or just over 386km).

The last year has been particularly detrimental to a lot of peoples mental health, we want to help in any little way we can. That’s why we have decided to raise money for The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM).

The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against suicide. Every week 125 people in the UK take their own lives. And 75% of all UK suicides are male.

We want to change this and the first step is to talk to each other. Talk to your friends, talk to your colleagues, talk to professionals, even talk to people in the street. Remove the stigma of talking about mental health by leading the conversation around it.

We would also like you to sponsor us bucket loads of money so CALM can do their job more effectively and save more lives, but if you can’t spare a bucket load, anything you can offer will help.

Thank you, now please go and talk to somebody about how you feel. We promise it is the first step to feeling better.”

Please see what you can do to help. Here is the JustGiving page Thanks.

Laurence Al-Shaar
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Arjan Wijngaard

What a Collection! Courtesy of Arjan Wijngaard

I was absolutely delighted to “meet” Arjan Wijngaard on a Facebook group this week. Over the past 25 years he has built an incredible collection of almost 3000 shirts and he kindly agreed to do a Q&A for TheShirt2010.co.uk

If you can help him in any way, please do make contact with him direct via his website www.voetbalshirts.org

1. When did you start collecting shirts?

I started collecting in 1997

2. So, twenty five years ago. What was your first shirt? Can you remember?

My first shirt was an Everton one; it was given to me by some Everton fans I met on holiday in Spain

3. Why? Are the Toffees your favourite team?

Yes, Everton is my favorite English team. I try to visit Liverpool/Goodison at least once a year and have 86 shirts from them. Other favorite teams are my local team, FC Groningen and Feyenoord. From FC Groningen I have the most shirts in my collection, 168

4. Where do you source most of these shirts? A minimum of 300 euros per team per season now is a lot!

I don’t buy shirts at the moment they are launched. For me it is not important from which season the shirt is. Prefer to collect one home and one away shirt from as many  teams as possible with a special interest in non-league. Shirts from older seasons are a lot cheaper and from clubs from lower leagues I get some help, so the shirts are sometimes cheaper.

5. Has Brexit harmed your searches?

Unfortunately yes. It’s now more difficult to ship the shirts from UK to the Netherlands because of customs regulations. It’s also more expensive

6. Have you heard of similar big collections?
Most other collectors I know are collecting shirts from one team, and they have less. Besides these, I know a few people who have simIlar collections.

7. Do you have any advice for new collectors?

Think of what you want to collect and think of a budget for one shirt and eg a monthly budget

8. Is there any shirt you would murder for?

I’m still looking for a matchworn Cup Final shirt from FC Groningen from 2015. The only trophy my team has ever won!

9. Any club /fan you would particularly like to thank?

There is not one. I’d like to thank specially the volunteers from non-league clubs who where very helpful to add a shirt from their club to my collection. I think there are several shirts in my collection where it is the only one in the Netherlands. If someone is reading this and their club is not in my collection yet (you can check the shirts I have on www.voetbalshirts.org) and they want to help to get/donate a shirt from their team in my collection, please contact me. You will also find me on Instagram Facebook and Twitter

10. Do you have a “goal?” At x, 000 shirts l will say “stop” or do you intend to continue as long as you enjoy your fascinating hobby?

I intend to continue as long as I like it. It’s not only having the shirt, but also searching for it, going to visit games and stadiums, contact with other collectors and talking about shirts and football in general. In time I will have lack of space, but I will think of a solution when that moment comes!

Arjan, thanks so much for the insight into your collection. As I said, I look forward to grabbing a coffee with you the next time I am next in the Netherlands.

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Clapton Punks

It is always good to hear from my friends at Clapton CFC and their recent newsletter highlighted some great T-shirts they are launching.

I quote, “

Clapton Punks have produced a range of t-shirts to raise money to help the Old Spotted Dog Ground Trust open the clubhouse.
 Each T-shirt is printed on either No Sweat or Earth Positive shirts. These shirts are ethically produced and printed using vegan Ink so the cost price per item is quite high. No Sweat work with workers in the garment industry to help them get paid a fair wage, and also to assist them to unionise and improve working conditions.

There are three designs; take a better look at them over on their Instagram. The t-shirts will be priced at £15 unwaged£22 waged and postage will be £3 for UK and £9 for EU (sorry this is so expensive, blame Brexit).
Message for Worldwide shipping. To order, drop them an email or DM @ClaptonPunks. “

If you want to catch up with one of London’s most inclusive clubs, here’s their latest newsletter. Enjoy!

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Millwall FC


Steve Kavanagh, CEO of Millwall FC

Lions CEO to undertake bike ride for Prostate Cancer UK

Millwall CEO Steve Kavanagh will ride from The Den to AFC Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th July in aid of Prostate Cancer UK.

Leaving SE16 on the morning of the 15th, Kavanagh – along with five others – will head towards the south coast, following the London to Brighton route, before heading to the AMEX Stadium, home of Brighton & Hove Albion.

Via Bognor Regis, day two will see the group travel to Fratton Park (home of Portsmouth) and St Mary’s (Southampton’s ground) before finish at the home of The Cherries.

Further details on the Millwall FC website

A JustGiving page has been set up for donations towards the cause, with all funds going to Prostate Cancer UK. Click here to donate.


AMEX Stadium – courtesy of www.AnythingBut Paella.com
AMEX Stadium – courtesy of www.AnythingBut Paella.com
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No Gambling

Dale Vince, Forest Green Rovers

I was interested to see an article on BBC today where Dale Vince, the chairman at Forest Green made a case for stopping sponsorship by gambling companies. This has come up before and Sheffield Wednesday and Dulwich Hamlets, for example, have refused sponsorship from gaming and gambling on an individual basis. I will follow the progress closely

From the BBC

Forest Green Rovers have become the first professional club in England to call for a gambling sponsorship ban.

A ban is being debated as part of the 2005 Gambling Act review which should be completed by this autumn.

The English Football League has opposed a ban, with chairman Rick Parry telling BBC Sport it would cost EFL clubs £40m a season and could see some go under.

“I believe gambling in football is an abuse of football and of fans,” said Forest Green Rovers owner Dale Vince.

“Gambling has overtaken football. If you watch a game on TV you are inundated with adverts. For me, the fun has already stopped,” he added.

Eight of 20 Premier League teams have gambling sponsorships on their shirts, and 10 of 24 in the Championship.

But there are many other partnerships between clubs and betting firms which include advertising on social media and boards around the pitch, while the EFL is also sponsored by Sky Bet.

Chairman of League Two Tranmere Rovers Mark Palios has already questioned the need for gambling sponsorship in football, saying that clubs could survive without it.

Non-league Lewes FC, who play in the Isthmian League Premier Division, have also said that gambling sponsorship should be banned in football.

Forest Green have teamed up with the Big Step, part of the charity Gambling with Lives, which offers support to families who have lost loves ones because of betting addiction.

James Grimes of the Big Step said: “We’re delighted to have the support of Forest Green Rovers. Our outdated gambling laws need to change, especially with the exponential rise of online gambling.

“Sponsorship of sporting events by tobacco companies is banned and we believe gambling should be the same.

“To be truly effective, shirt sponsorship, stadium promotions and other branding should not be visible during matches.”

I would be happy to hear your views.

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End of Season


Yes, it’s the end of another season and what a season it has been. All four divisions and the lower leagues have all been affected by the Covid pandemic. Players, managers and their families have all experienced the storm. Almost all games have been behind closed doors and whilst it “seems” that the end may be in sight, it would be foolish to be over-optimistic. We also had the unedfiying launch of the European Super League which looks to have collapsed as quickly as it appeared. Chelsea and Manchester City will play in the CL Final. Congratulations. Tomorrow we will see whether Manchester United and Arsenal will make the finals of the Europa League. Manchester City are a whisker away from the title and Norwich has already taken the Championship.

What it also means, of course, is that clubs are off-loading this season’s kit and there are some bargains to be had. Fulham, who have had a torrid time and will probably drop down this week sent me a newsletter today and Brentford and West Ham sent me their offers yesterday. Have a look! All are from the official club shops.

www.officialwesthamstore.com
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George Best


George Best was, and still is, without a doubt one of the game’s most legendary and recognizable figures. “Good. Better. Best.” Check out the official collection and discover all T-shirts, retro shirts and casual socks.

The COPA George Best collection is made under license from The George Best Company Ltd and features a range of T-shirts that pay homage to one of the game’s most legendary and recognisable figures. The inspiration for this collection is a selection of famous photos from the archives of IMG, Mirrorpix, Press Association Images and the private George Best archive.

We want to offer you a pair of George Best casual pixel socks as a free add-on to your next George Best order over € 30, placed before May 1st 2021. Enter code ‘GEORGE‘ at checkout and the socks will automatically be added to your parcel.

We hope to see you soon on copafootball.com.



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