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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Bedale AFC

Just when you thought that you had seen everything, Bedale AFC “reveal” a new kit. It is possibly the worst kit l have ever seen BUT because they are raising awareness for such a great cause, l absolutely must highlight it. Hopefully you will purchase it from their website or, perhaps more importantly, will learn about their support for Prostate Cancer research. Great work, guys. Respect.

To be honest Bedale AFC did not mean a lot to me but their official website showed that they have previous when it comes to the “wurst” shirt in the land. This relates to a sponsorship arrangement with a food company.

The Wurst Shirt
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TV


Football on TV

I am always looking at ways to get top quality streams of games. I have tried ITV Hub/BT Sport and many others.

Struggling to get every game at the Euro 2020 championship I decided to search further. I have tried literally dozens of IPTV “solutions” over the past 15 years and have normally been hugely disappointed. The streams are often poor quality with black screens or pixelisation. Alternatively the “company” offers dreadful or zero support. The usual failure is that the company simply disappears.

I have spent the last few weeks looking for a quality service from a reputable company with realistic procing. I am delighted to have found Expat Prime.

They offer:
1) a 14 day free trial with NO credit card details
2) an impressive range of programmes
3) there is no need for any equipment whatsoever (unless you specifically choose)
4) their customer service seems first class
5) their is NO contract required, no pre-payment nor deposit. It is a genuine PAYG service.

I invite you to take a look for yourself. If you like what you see, they also have a free to join referral scheme. You can
recommend the service to friends and family.

Of all the services I have used, I am pleased to say that this is the best to date. The quality of the streams over 4G wifi has been absolutely first class whilst the cost seems very reasonable. I am personally only really interested in the football (I am deaf, so can’t hear TV) but there is also a massive selection of soaps, reality shows,series, current affairs and news programmes. Something for everyone . Yes, even children!

Enjoy

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Football Ground Maps

The updated maps from Football Ground Maps are launched for 2021/2022. As always they are very professional and visually appealing

www.FootballGroundMap.com

UPDATED 2021/2022 92 Club & National League poster!

Pre-order the new 2021/2022 92 Club & National League poster today! And save 20% with code KICKOFF21.Fully updated for the new season, our poster is double-sided featuring the 92 Club on one side and the National Leagues on the other.This year’s map comes with a design refresh featuring a fresh new colour palette, incredibly detailed shirts and extended statistics including star ratings for atmosphere and overall rating, as voted by our 155,000+ registered users.This is an essential purchase for any groundhopper and is a fantastic educational resource for kids – it looks great on any bedroom or office door or wall!

……and there’s more!

www.FootballGroundMap.com

BRAND NEW Scottish Grounds Poster!

Introducing the brand new Scotland Football Stadiums poster!

Our new Scottish poster contains all 42 teams from the top 4 divisions in Scotland – from Annan Athletic and Stranraer in the south to Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Cove Rangers in the north. Tick, cross, colour or highlight the grounds you have been to, and keep track of your progress towards the Scottish 42 Club.

This Scottish poster includes incredibly detailed shirts and extended statistics including star ratings for atmosphere and overall rating, as voted by our 155,000+ registered users.

All posters include FREE UK delivery.

Payments taken by PayPal or credit/debit card.


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2021 -2022 Launches

Celtic 3rd Shirt 2021- 2022

The new shirts for 2021 are being launched at dazzling speed. Some are destined to be classics – usually the ones styled on earlier classics whilst others should be destined for the dustbin! The beauty of football is that we all have opinions so there are no “rights” or “wrongs.” You decide which ones you love. If nothing else some of the, shall we say, “less traditional” shirts are talking-points!


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Sheffield FC

Sheffield FC


A very interesting newsletter came in today from my friends at Copa. It concerns the oldest football club in the world – Sheffield FC in my beloved Yorkshire.

“We are honored to announce to have agreed a multi-year partnership with Sheffield FC, the World’s First Football Club, to become the club’s new on-field partner. Formed in 1857, Sheffield FC have played the game and honored its traditions continually for 164 years. They regard themselves as custodians of the beautiful game, fully committed to preserving the time-honored values associated with the beloved game. These characteristics, this DNA, is very closely related to our own.

The inspiration for the first Sheffield FC x COPA teamwear collection comes mainly from the very first kit the club wore 164 years ago. It’s all about how it once started. We have used that classic pattern in our designs, but we have added our own modern twist. It is our tribute to the present, past and future of this magnificent club.

“At Sheffield FC we call ourselves a living breathing antique and a modern forward thinking football club, which is why we think COPA will make a perfect partner. A nod to the past, respecting heritage in design and look to the future with modern products in fabrics and production techniques.Our values of integrity, respect, community and the fact that we believe that the game should be available to everyone, irrelevant of age, race, religion or ability, are shared by COPA.”
Richard Tims, Chairman of Sheffield FC

The first Sheffield FC x COPA range is now available through the Sheffield FC (online) store, copafootball.com and in the COPA Flagshipstore in Amsterdam.

Discover all on-field playing kits and side-line apparel now.”


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Tom Crossland

Tom Crossland

It is always kind when people congratulate you on The Shirt ride. It is equally humbling when you see somebody doing something much more impressive.

Today I “met” Tom Crossland on Twitter. Like me, he is a Univeristy of Hull student. Unlike me, he is running 75 marathons in just 90 days. That’s just a touch south of 2,000 miles!!

Tom’s Story

This June, I am taking on an epic 1,900 mile run around the coast of England and Wales, to raise awareness of the needs of survivors of trafficking. The goal is to raise £50,000 for the TRIBE Freedom Foundation, a charity inspired by a 1,000 mile run to set up the first UK home for trafficked children. Watch the run which inspired TRIBE Freedom Foundation here .

I was born with cerebral palsy. I was not able to walk until he was over 3 years old and as I grew up I found it difficult to maintain my balance and stay on my feet. Running never came naturally to me.

Setting off from Henley on Thames on 2 June 2021, I will run the equivalent of 75 marathons in 87 days, supported by friends, family and members of the TRIBE community. I would love for you to join me and you can take part in the virtual challenge here: https://resultsbase.net/event/5739

All funds raised will be going directly to TRIBE Freedom Foundation, a UK charity that works to fight modern slavery across the UK, by raising awareness, providing funding and support for frontline projects to fight modern slavery and working on projects which equip survivors with the long-term support to overcome their previous exploitation.

Learn more about TRIBE Freedom Foundation here: https://tribefreedomfoundation.com/
You can also follow Tom on Twitter

You can learn more and donate on Just Giving

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Jim Stannard

As a lifelong (1964- to date) fan of Gillingham, I was disappointed to hear that our goalkeeping legend, Big Jim Stannard needed an urgent operation. It would have been rude of me not to try to help. I hope you can too.

Jim in his Gillingham days

Jim played over 120 games for Gillingham and a further 400+ games at Fulham in a long and successful career between the sticks. Sadly, he now needs an operation for a prostate issue and a Just Giving has been set up to assist in raising £10,000. With the ongoing Covid crisis, the NHS waiting list is over one year, hence the need for funds for private treatment. I am proud to say that Gillingham Football Club generously offered £1,000 and other amounts large and small are pouring in. There is a way to go and if you can help, please visit the official Just Giving page here

Jim Stannard – fondly remembered at Fulham
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Prostate Cancer Cycling

I am always delighted to support Prostate Cancer UK and, obviously, when it involves cycling I am even more keen to promote their events.

Cycle the Month this August

Cycle the Month: Choose Your Challenge is a virtual challenge for cyclists everywhere. Cycle 100, 200 or 300 miles your way throughout August. Complete your miles over a day, a weekend, a week or a month and help beat the most common cancer in men. Take on the challenge alone or in a team and track and share your progress using Strava to keep an eye on your mileage. Whether you’re a keen rider or a cycling novice, Cycle the Month and help fund lifesaving research to beat prostate cancer.


The money you raise by taking part in Cycle the Month will fund lifesaving research and support services for men and their families affected by the disease, like Asif.

Asif was inspired to cycle 100 miles his way for Prostate Cancer UK after losing his dad, Abul, to prostate cancer in 2019.

Joined by a team of friends, Asif tackled last year’s challenge and saddled up again back in May in his dad’s memory.

“My dad was my rock,” he said. “I could sit and cry about my dad, but he wouldn’t like that – he wasn’t that sort of guy. He always told me to do the best I can in whatever I do. If I could show him what I’m doing, he’d be tickled pink.

“There are so many stories of prostate cancer – it affects so many men. Cycle the Month helped process my feelings of loss and it turned a negative into a massive positive.”

Full details here Prostate Cancer UK



Asif – A Hero
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Pentwynmawr Athletic

Pentwynmawr Athletic

I see thousands of shirts each season. Maybe one day I will try to work out how many but let’s say a thousand or more. Occasionally, just occasionally one screams at me. Class. Quality. Classic. This season’s home shirt from Pentwynmawr Athletic did that when I saw it on twitter this week. It is, in my humble opinion, I shirt of true beauty. I take my hat off to the club and also the designer/manufacturer at Tor Sports

It is available to purchase here.

I am looking forward to seeing many more 2021/2022 shirts in the next few weeks. I doubt that more than a handful will match this beauty!

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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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