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

New AS Roma Collection

New AS Roma Collection

With the start of 2019 just a few weeks away, it’s time to launch the first part of our new AS Roma collection. Made and designed in strong collaboration with the club.


This third collection consists of five new classic retro shirts and a retro jacket to take you back to the 1930s up and until the 1980s, and relive the rich history of the club. All the retro items are packaged and dispatched in luxury gift boxes.

Two of the retro shirts are specially designed with a women’s fit. The collection can be found online on copafootball.com, in our Flagshipstore in Amsterdam, in the official AS Roma Stores and the official asroma.com webstore and via selected resellers.

Stay tuned as part two of the new AS Roma winter collection will be launched soon as well.

Just for Fun

Cycling? How Awesome is this? Want one? 🙂
https://teespring.com/NeverCyclingSixtiesMan

Just for Fun

Occasionally I come across something I feel I want to share. It maybe not quite be about “The Shirt” or any shirt.
It is probably only something I think deserves more eyeballs. Enjoy!

Steve

Roy of the Rovers

Roy of the Rovers – Melchester Rovers

539 career goals. 10 league titles. 10 FA Cups. 4 European Cups.

There’s no doubt about it: Roy of the Rovers is the stuff of legend. To the generations of readers who followed Roy Race’s exploits in his comic every week, the Melchester Rovers number 9 remains the definitive football superstar – a hometown hero with the lethal left foot, who never played dirty and always pulled it out of the bag at the last minute.

Roy is returning with a brand new comic soon, but the legacy of the world’s greatest fictional footballer hasn’t been forgotten. For the first time in decades, the 1980 Melchester Rovers shirt – arguably the greatest Rovers shirt of all time, with that striking yellow stripe – is back.

The Melchester Rovers retro shirt can be found online through copafootball.com, at royoftheroversofficial.com and via selected resellers.

Deportivo Galicia

The Spanish football team making their way in England

“Yes, Barcelona are a great team – but could they do it on a wet, Tuesday night at Stoke?”

In England over the last couple of decades, most successful clubs and top-level players that hail from warmer climates will have been subjected to the above, now clichéd, argument from both supporters and pundits alike. Some of the players in question have arrived on our shores and blossomed, some have struggled to adapt; and although this season’s Manchester City team are close, we haven’t had a completely European-style team in the English game. This level of ambiguity has left the question open – can a truly continental-style team flourish in English football?

Putting this to the test are Deportivo Galicia. Sticking strictly to their principles on how to play the game, Deportivo have made their way to the Combined Counties Division 1 (Step 10 on the football pyramid) following last season’s victorious campaign in the Middlesex County Premier League. On matchday at their home ground close to Heathrow Airport, I met with their manager Leo Decabo, General Secretary Rogelio Loureda, and centre-forward Anton Fernandez, to discover all about this Spanish football club moving through the English football system.

The foundation of the club may be older than you think. Following an influx of Spanish immigrants to the UK in the 1960s, a Galician social club was formed in London in 1968. Here the members could enjoy typical traditions from their north-western region of Spain such as dancing and, interestingly, bagpipes. Inevitably, a football team was put together in around 1972-73 and they entered the Harlesden Sunday League. As the seasons went on the team improved and in the early 1980s Deportivo Galicia won the treble in the Harlesden Sunday League top division.

Rogelio explained how this accomplishment was the catalyst to move the team to higher things; “After this treble, we reached a point where we wanted to improve, to organise, and to progress to the next level. So, we applied for the Middlesex County League and entered the football pyramid”. Deportivo Galicia then spent around thirty years working their way up through the divisions of the Middlesex County Leagues before being crowned Premier League winners last season. A fantastic achievement for any club, but for a unique side like Deportivo Galicia it’s all the more impressive. Despite this relatively long time in English football, Deportivo Galicia’s identity has been kept fully intact with the squad still around 90% Spanish. However, the manager, Leo Decabo, explains to me that it’s the club’s principles that override which nation the players are from, and are the fundamental elements of the football team.

“I get a lot of requests to join the team and the most common question I get is ‘Do I have to be from Galicia?’. To which I reply, ‘Can you play football?”.

“We have, and have had, players from England, South America, Jamaica, all over; but we have a style of football that you’d probably describe as typically Spanish – on the floor, good football to watch. If you join the team and start punting it long you’re dropped, put in the reserves, and if you still don’t adapt to our way of playing then you’ll have to leave the club”.

The recent success of Spain’s national team and the ‘tiki-taka’ Barcelona sides have only strengthened Deportivo’s views on how they want to play the game. However, throughout the club’s existence, the question of adaptation has always been prevalent. Rogelio, who has been amongst Spanish football in the UK basically since the beginning, made clear that there had to be a degree of adaptation when Deportivo first entered English football.

“In the early days it was very hard, very aggressive, with lots of winding up because we were Spanish, and, of course, we had to adjust ourselves to play in these environments. England had just won the World Cup in 1966 and there was an arrogance about the other teams on how to play football. If we mentioned that Spain won the European Championships in 1964 then they would say that it didn’t count!”

Another characteristic is ambition. Talking me through the club’s 5-year plan, Leo explains that qualification for the FA Cup and securing good sponsors are the club’s main aims – with everyone at the club working towards ascendance to the next level.

“FA Cup qualification should have been granted for this season, one year ahead of schedule, but that’s another story, and therefore the target for this season is promotion. One of the biggest challenges has been sponsors. We are by far the biggest Spanish community type organisation in the UK but the support from the Spanish businesses based here has, frankly, been embarrassing.”

Rogelio interjected, “Almost all the other teams in our league pay their players. Our players are here because they love the club but we need sponsors to progress”.

This desire for exposure and sponsorship is not only confined to the coaching and backroom staff. Indeed, two players went on a ‘missionary’ type escapade in search of sponsors. The players waited outside Chelsea and Arsenal’s training grounds and travelled to Spain for support from back home. The players’ efforts were rewarded with recognition from some of the world’s biggest footballing names. Fernando Torres, David De Gea, Juan Mata, Robert Pires and the UK-based journalist Guillem Balague are some of the names that have sent ‘good luck’ gifts, messages and now follow Deportivo Galicia on Twitter. Also, my visit aligned with the debut for Deportivo’s big new signing, the ex-Chelsea midfielder Enrique De Lucas who a member of the squad managed to get involved – which also brought some exposure.These impressive endeavours show there is a real determination from everyone involved at Deportivo to grow and progress the club; as well as highlighting the true importance and difference a sponsor could make to this club and its members with an investment.

Overall, my visit to Deportivo Galicia was insightful, interesting and heart-warming. The history of the club, the adversity that they have come through and the strict footballing principles show that this is a tough, strong-willed, and open community club. I’ve watched Deportivo on two occasions now and the style of football is a breath of fresh air to what you are normally treated to in any English league – a testament to the quality of training that Leo and the other coaches, Jose Andon and Mick Hamaida put together for the players.

However more than purely the footballing element, Deportivo Galicia is a fantastic Spanish community for helping newcomers to the UK settle and integrate. As Anton put it “this is more than a club to me, it’s my family”, and Leo unashamedly admitting he felt like crying at that statement. I was left with a feeling of intense positivity about what football can do for people. I wish Deportivo Galicia all the best for the future, I am sure they will continue to flourish and also prove that, yes, continental football teams can do it on cold, rainy Tuesday nights in Blighty.

Note – this article is written by Dean Laughton and first appeared in a fuller form in the excellent Box to Box. Photos are also from Box to Box. I have recently been down to their superb stadium near Hatton Cross/Heathrow and know that you will be made most welcome whether you are British, Spanish or from Timbuktu. You can contact Leo via their FB page.

The Hogarth Club

Brentford Football Club get into shape with the Hogarth Club

Chiswick health club the latest addition to the Brentford FC partnership family

Brentford Football Club are proud to announce a new partnership with The Hogarth Club, who have signed up as an Official Club Supplier. The Chiswick health club is the newest addition to the Brentford FC partnership family and the link-up will include access to The Hogarth Club’s two-acre facility for the First Team.

The Hogarth Club is a premier health club minutes from Chiswick High Street and within a short walk of the River Thames. It is set in two acres of beautifully maintained grounds with tennis courts, a pool, gym and dance studios. The Hogarth Club prides itself on the personal touch given to members, to help them realise the results they want. The Club also features relaxation classes, a medispa and a clinic for acupuncture, physiotherapy and a chiropractor.

The partnership will allow Brentford’s First Team players access to The Hogarth Club when needed.Injured players can use the state-of-the-art facilities for rehabilitation sessions while the squad can also use the pool and gym for recovery between matches to help aid and enhance their performances on the pitch.

Tim Slater, Sales and Marketing Director for The Hogarth Club, said: “Having been established since 1981, The Hogarth Club in Chiswick has established itself as one of the UK’s finest health, fitness and wellness clubs. Over almost 40 years we have created special relationships with a host of West London businesses, from Porsche Centre West London to Harvey Nichols. There is great excitement at creating this new partnership with Brentford FC at this special moment in their history with a new stadium being built and a drive for Premier League football.”

James Parkinson, Brentford FC Commercial Director, added: “The Hogarth Club is a long-established specialist in health and wellbeing. Our Head of Medical Neil Greig and I have worked for some time to find a suitable venue to deliver the bespoke needs of a professional football club. Since our tour and meeting at the club we saw the immediate advantage of a partnership. We’re all looking forward to working with the team and its members.”

Red Star

Red Star FC Retro Shirt

Today we are launching the official Red Star FC retro shirt, based on the jersey in which they battled in French Ligue 1 in the 1970’s. They looked stylish, to say the least, while doing so. Furthermore, we restocked the Red Star FC 1963 retro jacket.

Red Star FC was founded in 1897 by Jules Rimet, FIFA’s longest serving president and the man in whose honour the original World Cup trophy was named.It is considered to be the second oldest club in France after Le Havre AC and like most clubs they have had good and less good times!


Nowadays, Red Star FC are playing in Ligue 2. The rebellious and creative nature of the club, along with their raw appreciation for the game, make them the romantic underground football club of Paris and a great match to COPA. The Guardian newspaper once called it “Red Star: the oldest, hippest and most political football club in Paris”

Both the shirt and the jacket can be found online through copafootball.com, in our Flagshipstore in Amsterdam and via selected resellers.

Amsterdam

Amsterdam


Football to Amsterdam 2019

Leave your rivalries on the pitch and join our 145 mile pedal pilgrimage to Amsterdam to stop prostate cancer being a killer

On 7-9 June 2019, more than 500 football fans will unite to cycle 145 miles over two days, finishing at Amsterdam’s Johan Cruyff Arena.

It’s an opportunity to meet like-minded people and most importantly raise money to beat a disease killing one man every 45 minutes.

A game of two halves

Prostate cancer kills 1 man every 45 minutes – that’s two men during a football match – but it doesn’t have to be this way.

Our aim is turn the game around for men everywhere – to stop prostate cancer being a killer.

Why sign up?

Help us raise over £600,000 to fund research to stop prostate cancer being a killer
Represent your favourite club
Join hundreds of football fans and enjoy the banter on the ride
Transport, accommodation and food costs covered
Enjoy a celebration dinner and night out in Amsterdam
Receive a Prostate Cancer UK cycling jersey
Help us turn the game around and relegate prostate cancer forever.

SIGN UP FOR LONDON TO AMSTERDAM SIGN UP FOR YORKSHIRE TO AMSTERDAM REGISTER YOUR INTEREST

What’s the route?

There are two routes to choose from – you can either kick-off from the Lee Valley VeloPark or start from Barnsley’s Oakwell Stadium. Both routes will take an overnight ferry from Harwich and Hull respectively before converging in Holland on Day Two.

Day Two is a flat and scenic ride along the Dutch canal paths before finishing at Ajax’s Amsterdam ArenA to celebrate your achievements and get ready for a big night out


How do I get signed up?

*Registration fee is £175 but if you sign up with our limited discount, you can register for just £125 using code: EARLYBIRD50.

There are two options when it comes to taking part.

Option 1: Minimum sponsorship

Pay a £175 non-refundable registration fee (£125 with the EARLYBIRD50 discount code)
Pledge to raise a minimum of £1,200 in sponsorship (excluding Gift Aid)
Option 2: Self-funder

Pay a £175 non-refundable registration fee (£125 with the EARLYBIRD50 discount code) and then pay a further £520 if doing the London route, or £615 for the Yorkshire route by 1 April 2019 to cover your full event costs.
We’d then ask you to raise as much as you can with a recommended minimum of £350.
Fundraising can seem quite daunting but we’ll be there to help you smash your target with tips, fundraising advice and resources and materials, plus the earlier you sign up the easier it is to exceed your sponsorship goal.

What’s included?

We’ll look after you and your bike throughout the event, from the moment you arrive on Friday morning, to the moment you say farewell on the Sunday. The support we provide includes:

Two nights accommodation
All meals plus plenty of snacks at the food stations to keep you going
All travel including return Eurostar or flights depending on which route you do and coaches back to start point (this includes bike transfer)
Fully signed route, cycle guides, mechanical and medical support
Finishers Medal and orange F2A wristband
Your own Prostate Cancer UK cycle jersey

Will I be fit enough?

This ride is designed to be a challenge but achievable with the right training. We’ll provide you with training guides, put you in touch with cycling experts and link you up with fellow riders in your area.

Many past riders have found the training has made them healthier and helped them shed the pounds (right in time for their summer holidays!)

For full details and to register visit the Prostate Cancer UK website.

Tibet

Tibet

Tibet National Team Collection

Since 2011, Copa has been the kit sponsor of the Tibet National Team, one of the world’s most interesting and unusual football nations. For the CONIFA World Cup tournament which took place in London, we created a brand new collection which is now available for fans from all over the world.

The Tibet home kit is based on the iconic Tibetan flag and the away kit is inspired by the typical colours as worn by monks and the Tibetan community.

We share a common bond thanks to our love of the game and fondness of the underdog. Our sponsorship plays a part in helping support the ambitions of the TNSA to further develop sporting interests within the Tibetan community.

The complete Tibet National Team collection can be found online through copafootball.com, in our Flagshipstore in Amsterdam and via selected resellers.

Retrofootball.co.uk

Retrofootball.co.uk

Here is another website that I have not featured for a while. I saw some Roma shirts and was impressed with how being their choice is now.

They say, “RETROFOOTBALL ®, your reference in football fashion. Online shop specialised in football shirts.

Welcome to Retrofootball ®, the online shop for retro and vintage style football shirts. Retrofootball ® is a European Company dedicated to the design, fabrication and merchandising of football clothes and football kits; we highlight our special collection of old football shirts, representative of the greatest moments throughout football history.

20 years ago the founder of Retrofootball® walked around Camden Town in London when his eyesight caught in the distance an orange vintage football shirt. It was the shirt with which Johan Cruyff played during the World Cup in Germany 1974, one of his favourite players with the number 14 engraved. It was precisely at that moment that the idea of building a Company turned into a dream come true.

The company was finally founded in 2007. We are pleased to welcome you to Retrofootball ®, the online shop for retro and vintage style football shirts. Founded in October 2007, Retrofootball ® is a European Company dedicated to the design, fabrication and merchandising of football clothes and football kits; we highlight our special collection of retro football shirts, representative of the greatest moments throughout football history.

Retrofootball ® is a Company led by our fans and most loyal supporters, inspiring us to make and offer classic football shirts. We want to bring back football biggest legends and moments, through the unique replicas shirts similar to the Originals that were used in those games. We fulfill our client’s passion, by providing a broad range of football shirts for all fans. At Retrofootball ® we sell fashion related football clothes so that you can relive historical football times.”

Worth a look, without any doubt

Find out more at their excellent website

Royal British Legion

Royal British Legion

The Premier League has been proud to support The Royal British Legion for many years, making a significant contribution to raise much-needed funds to help people in the Armed Forces community.

During Premier League matches played in the period leading up to Remembrance Sunday players will wear shirts embroidered with a poppy and then will sign and donate them to the Legion to be auctioned.

The matchworn and signed shirts will be auctioned throughout November and December with the funds raised going to The Royal British Legion.

You can be notified of when the auctions will start by clicking on the “Register your interest” button of the relevant club shirts below and sending an email.

This year bespoke commemorative coins from the Royal British Legion will be used for the coin toss at each of the Premier League matches paying tribute to all those involved in the First World War.

These coins will also be put up for auction with funds raised going to the Royal British Legion. You can register your interest in bidding for these coins in an email to ThankyoucoinATbritishlegionDOTorgDOTuk

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