West Bromwich Albion

West Bromwich Albion

Official West Bromwich Albion Retro Collection

After working with illustrious Championship clubs like Nottingham Forest and Ipswich Town last season, we are happy to show you our first official West Bromwich Albion retro collection. Jointly, we have launched two well-known retro shirts and a retro jacket, to cherish WBA’s rich history.

West Bromwich Albion are one of the oldest and proudest names in English football. The club was formed in 1878 and has played at its home ground, The Hawthorns, since 1900. They are members of a select group of clubs to have won all three major domestic honours and are one of the founding members of the Football League.

The official West Bromwich Albion collection can be found online through copafootball.com, in the official WBA fanstores and via selected retailers and online resellers. All the retro items are packaged and dispatched in luxury gift boxes.

FC Nantes

FC Nantes


Now the new football season is in full swing, we are ready to launch multiple new club projects. The first exciting collaboration is our official FC Nantes collection. Today, we have launched three classic retro shirts, a retro jacket and a ‘My First Football Shirt’ for the youngest fans.

The collection captures the essence of the club’s history. Including the famous “Europe 1-shirt”, in which the club celebrated the Ligue 1 title in 1980. There was a musical footnote to this title win, when football-mad Bob Marley was scheduled to perform at the club’s La Beaujoire stadium. The reggae singer donned a Nantes shirt and captained his Wailers team in a 5-a-side pre-concert match against a selection made up of Nantes players.

The official FC Nantes collection can be found online through copafootball.com, in our Flagshipstore in Amsterdam, through the official FC Nantes fanstores and via selected retailers and online resellers. All the retro items are packaged and dispatched in luxury gift boxes.

Tuk Tuk to Turkey

Tuk Tuk to Turkey

I came across this interesting story today. No, it’s not about football but it is a great example of people doing what others aren’y prepared to do. Good Luck!

What is ‘Tuk Tuk To Turkey’ all about?

*5 YEARS AGO* Emily Sumaria was found dead by her university housemates. At 10:36pm on the 3rd of December, sisters Amy and Emily were joking about their failed fad diets before heading off to Cuba for a family holiday. By 10:36am the next day Emily was dead. She was just 19. Our family now has an enormous dark hole and we hold desperately onto memories and photographs. They are all we have.

It was so completely out of the blue – whilst Emily had epilepsy she was on medication and you could count on one hand the number of seizures she’d had. Her epilepsy was totally controlled and we had never heard of SUDEP: Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy.

Amy had to deal with the immediate aftermath of her sister’s death all on her own as Rachel & Bharat were on an aeroplane on the other side of the world. She had to tell them over the phone that their youngest daughter was dead. It was a long journey home for them and it was four months before we all knew from the coroner why Emily had died.

*TUK TUK TO TURKEY* is our family’s way of taking the tragedy of Emily being stripped of her bright future and turning it into something positive. Over the past 5 years we have seen incredible fundraising efforts from her wonderful friends and Leeds university hockey team. They have inspired and motivated us to do something very much out of our comfort zone. It’s going to be a massive challenge and there is a huge amount to do – from route planning to persuading Bharat there is a genuine need for him to go on a mechanics course to deciding what colour tinsel we need to decorate our trusty Indian Tuk Tuk with! Rachel is not a natural happy camper and needs her scented candles so her expectations will need to be managed! Not to mention poor James who will be spending 6 weeks in a tuk tuk with Amy’s parents!

We’re going to leave in September and start our journey though the UK, France, Belgium…….Macedonia, Albania etc. until we end up, 21 countries (and 6 weeks) later in Istanbul. The tiny tuk tuk has little or no suspension, is exposed to the elements, is noisy and doesn’t go very fast! It will struggle up hills let alone over the Alps. We will be travelling on some very poor roads and will have to locate campsites or cheap hostelries as we go.

*SUDEP Action* is a small well-run charity that punches way above its weight. The £42,000 that will be raised by our efforts will be going towards SUDEP Action’s *PREVENT 21* campaign which will hopefully raise £1m over the next four years and go towards ground-breaking scientific and clinical developments, raising awareness of SUDEP and continue to provide the invaluable support and community that bereaved families desperately need.

21 people a week die from epilepsy and many of those deaths are avoidable. SUDEP can strike at any time and it can shatter lives overnight. Young adults are particularly at risk. People like Emily, who live with epilepsy, are rarely warned of this risk by their doctors. Their families, like ours, have often not heard of it until the coroner’s report. But this doesn’t need to happen. Awareness means that people with epilepsy can manage their risk and reduce their chances of dying.

In addition to the money we raise, we hope our colourful journey through Europe will raise awareness of SUDEP and this great charity and in turn will save lives.


*DONATE!* Anything you can donate, big or small, would be an incredible help and would really encourage us to get through all the challenges ahead of our final destination.


*SPONSOR ONE OF OUR 21 COUNTRIES!* If your company would like exposure on all our platforms then sponsor country and your logo etc can join our journey

*JOIN US!* If you’d like to join us for a couple of days then please get in touch (tuktuktoturkey@outlook.com)! We’d love some company along the route.

For more information on SUDEP and the incredible work done by SUDEP Action please click through to their website here – www.sudep.org

Much to Bart’s dismay we’re all over SOCIAL MEDIA. Please follow our journey and SHARE SHARE SHARE on:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tuktuktoturkey/?hl=en
Website: tuktuktoturkey.com
Or email us at tuktuktoturkey@outlook.com

#tuktuktoturkey #sumosafari #prevent21

Full details at www.TukTukToTurkey.com

Queen Bee Audrey Baker

Queen Bee 98 year old Audrey Baker invests in our next generation of fans

Audrey Baker, a Bees fan of 86 years has become the Patron of our “Babees”, “Bee Team” and “Juniors” membership schemes for supporters up to the age of 18. Audrey has very generously invested over the next two years to help the Club develop our offering for younger fans and also to attract new supporters to the Club.

Ealing-born Audrey first came to Griffin Park with her father in the 1930’s and lists Dai Hopkins and the prolific goalscorer Jack Holliday as her favourite players of yesteryear. Danish international Henrik Dalsgaard is her current favourite. In a recent interview with Natalie Sawyer, Audrey told us that the junior fans of the Club “are the future” and she hopes that they will be supporting her Club in the top tier very soon.

Mike Sullivan, Brentford FC Commercial Manager, who has known Audrey and her family for a number of years, said: “Audrey’s offer and investment into the next generation of Brentford fans is incredible and quite unique across the EFL. To have one of our oldest fans supporting and encouraging the next generation of Bees shows what this Club is about as a community club. We are extremely grateful to both Audrey and her family for this.

“The Club will look at ways in which Audrey’s financial support can help us develop our junior offerings to ensure that we continue to evolve and grow. We have a strong focus off the pitch to make the matchday and family experience one of the best in the EFL which naturally compliments the desire of our owner Matthew Benham for affordable football. We are looking forward to some exciting times ahead off the pitch and to have Audrey as Patron of our youngest fans is another positive step in the right direction.”

Mark Devlin, Brentford FC Chief Executive Officer described Audrey’s investment as a “fantastic gesture” and a “wonderful story” as the club looks to grow and develop the junior fan base. You can see more of what Mark had to say and Audrey’s chat with Natalie Sawyer in our video



We are the Clapton

A truly amazing and heart-warming story is breaking at a tier 12 club in east London.

Somehow we’ve just sold over 2,500 replica shirts and it’s nuts

AUGUST 28, 2018

Clapton CFC have not even kicked a ball in competitive football yet, but we’ve seen an overwhelming demand for our replica shirts, particularly our away strip.

The colourful red, purple and yellow shirt, inspired by the International Brigades and voted for by our members, was formally launched on Saturday at the team’s home friendly against the first FA Cup-winners Wanderers FC, a brilliant occasion in front of 232 fans.

By then members were already overjoyed to have sold over 400 replica shirts, way above our expectations. We are a Step 8 (that is, division 12) club, after all. Before the Bank Holiday weekend was over, however, we had received an amazing 2,600 orders and rising.

To the thousands of you who have bought a shirt, or followed us on social media, or sent us a message, thank you very much.

Our unexpected spot in the limelight has meant lots of frantic planning, working out how on earth we can process so many orders. And we’ve had to rush to register for VAT – we never expected our income to be high enough to need to do so – which has forced a £5 rise in price.

The now-famous shirts did cost £25, but will now be £30 including VAT – still half the cost of many Premier League shirts. They are made in Italy by Rage Sports, a small, ethical manufacturer with material meticulously sourced from companies that pay their workers fairly. Find out more about Rage Sports here.

Most of the demand has come from Spain, due to the design being based upon the colours of the International Brigades, who joined the fight against fascism in Spain during the Civil War of the late 1930s. Over 2,500 men and women from the UK and Ireland travelled to fight, with more than 500 dying for the cause.

“It has been quite the shock for us, as we only expected to sell about 250 shirts in a year,” says kit designer and Clapton CFC member, Thom. “Fans voted from a total of 16 kit designs, but this was by far the most popular. I really wanted to make something that marked the importance of the sacrifice of those who fought against fascism.

“We have always been known as fans who do not accept racism, sexism and homophobia, so it made total sense. We didn’t expect our tiny club to be noticed by Spanish football fans but we’re delighted nonetheless.”

We will use some of the money to help with the running of the club, which is a community benefit society entirely run by volunteers. We also be consulting fully with out members.

However, funds are also earmarked to help the International Brigade Memorial Trust, who work to keep the memory of those who travelled to Spain to fight alive. The IBMT counts actress Maxine Peake and musician Christy Moore among its patrons.

Jim Jump, National Secretary of the International Brigade Memorial Trust, said: “We’re delighted that the shirt highlights the sacrifice made by those who joined the International Brigades, and we are excited that some of the income from the shirts will enable us to work with Clapton CFC on education and memorial initiatives here in the UK.”

Rage Sports are doing their best to cope with the surge in demand, and Clapton CFC members will do our best to send them out as soon as we can. Further details to follow. Shirts are still available to buy at https://www.claptoncfc.co.uk/store/ but please do be patient as we try to process orders.

The club has also gained 20 new members in Spain, swelling our ranks to over 400, just a few months after being founded. All members have a full and equal say on how the club is run, with volunteer committees overseeing day-to-day business. All you have to do to get involved is to join us, for £5 concessions and £10 waged. (Steve’s note …. I am one of the new members!)

Some people are understandably confused, but just to be clear, we are not the Clapton FC which fields a team in the Essex Senior League.

Our club was established by Clapton FC’s life members, who have hundreds of years of supporting the Tons between them, and who can trace their family links to the club as far back as the early 1900s.

We publicly launched in June 2018 after a long, tightly-observed fan boycott of Clapton FC home games, legal disputes over ownership and membership, and that club’s declared owner forcing a charity that he also runs into voluntary liquidation.

This charity, which controlled the lease on the historic Old Spotted Dog Ground in Forest Gate, east London,, is currently under investigation by the Charity Commission and legal action by fans is ongoing in the High Court.

So this will be Clapton CFC’s first season as a club and the team will compete in the Middlesex Counties League Division 1, at our temporary home of The Stray Dog, Wadham Lodge Sports Ground in Walthamstow, east London.

Clapton CFC’s first competitive home game will be a BBC Essex Premier Cup game against Hutton FC at 2pm on September 22.

In Spanish from Marca and AS

Brentford vdoc

Brentford vdoc

Brentford Football Club has continued the growth of its partnership family with the addition of vdoc as Official Healthcare Partner for the 2018/19 season. vdoc is a private healthcare concierge service provider that gives 24/7 access to a doctor via video call or phone for as little as £4 a month. The multi-award-winning healthcare company provides businesses with immediate access to private doctors and prescription services within the workplace with key features including access to 400+ doctors, a secure video platform, confidential appointments, fast prescriptions and specialist referrals.

Although primarily a business to business model, vdoc will be offering Brentford supporters the opportunity to have the service as a feature of the partnership. Bees fans will be able to sign up for £10 for a year, a huge saving on the RRP of £48. More details of the offer will be sent out in the coming weeks. vdoc, a winner at the 2017 West London Business Awards, will sponsor the ball boys at Griffin Park.

Suresh Sivagnanam, Founder and CEO of vdoc, said: “We’re delighted to be getting involved with Brentford, our local team, during a very exciting time in the Club’s history. vdoc’s mission is to become one of the first 24/7, 365 days a year digital healthcare provider globally.”

Adam Ward, Brentford FC Partnership Development Manager, said: “Health and wellbeing is paramount to everyone, so it’s fantastic to have vdoc, who have strong links within West London Businesses, onboard for the exciting season ahead.”

The attached picture features Adam Ward, right centre, and Suresh Sivagnanam with two Brentford FC Ball Boys.

New 2018 2019 Shirts

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New 2018 2019 Shirts

So, the season is days away and all clubs have been presenting their shirts. Many clubs have as many shirts as their association allows.

Here are a few that have caught my eye this week.

Málaga CF Second Strip

Málaga CF

Málaga CF now has a new away kit for the 2018/19 season. The Malaguista jersey pays tribute to the city that has seen this Club come to life and grow, as well as the people who meet at La Rosaleda every weekend to watch their team. Málaga, together with NIKE, wanted to return this love to the fans with a shirt that has a touch of green and purple on a black background, highlighting the elegance of Málaga.

In an intense green, the team’s shield and NIKE logo; in purple, the neckline of the polo-style shirt that stylises and enhances the kit. #TeQuieroMálaga had to be featured in such a Malagueña shirt that is so us, which is why the slogan is present on the back.

The fabrics of the 21st century are ever present in this new kit. All official Málaga Club de Fútbol shirts have the Dry-Fit technology, a polyester microfibre material that absorbs and expels moisture to keep the player dry and comfortable.

Want to get your hands on one first?

We’re in love with Málaga and you’ll fall in love with this shirt. The black, green and purple colours are available from 26th July. The shirts will be on sale in the Online Store and official Málaga CF stores: La Rosaleda, CC Larios, CC Vialia, Centro histórico, CC Rincón de la Victoria, Fuengirola and Torre del Mar.

Who are our sponsors?

Our sponsors are an essential part of our shirts and have pride of place. In addition to the NIKE sports brand as a technical sponsor, the locality of Benahavís, where we undergo our pre-season training, is also featured this year on the back under the player number. Together with Málaga municipality, the BeSoccer technology firm is displayed on one of the sleeves. Pure technology born in the Costa del Sol capital.

Real Madrid

Official third strip for 2018/2019

FC Barcelona

Shirts at the Cinema

Shirts at the Cinema

I came across a fun thread on Twitter recently where people uploaded photos of football shirts that were worn in films or in TV programmes. There are clearly a lot of eagle-eyed viewers as this thread quickly filled with the Good, Bad and Ugly of shirts from today and yesteryear …..and some futuristic ones too!


Roger Cummiskey

Roger Cummiskey

My dear friend Roger produced this great drawing of Croatia´s midfielder Luka Modric this week. Modric has been one of the stars of this summer’s World Cup in Russia and I thought the portrait deserved to be shared far and wide.

Roger says, “I have been watching Luka with RM over the years and so often his performances have been exceptional. In my opinion he is a very brave and skillful player.

Yesterday I had him in mind after the England game and made the drawing. It was a great pleasure to draw him and I hope that I caught some of his Croat features and his passion.

The WC games have been played in a strange fashion and the hosts seem not to have put a foot wrong. I expect Trump to take credit for it’s success on Monday!

England’s goal after five minutes and their first half performance was very creditable but it was obvious that they could not sustain that. Everything changed, changed utterly in Croatia’s favour in the second half. A terrible beauty was born!

France will not be an easy task. Roll on the final.”

More details of the image and Roger’s work here

2018 2019

Gareth Southgate, England Manager

2018 2019

Well, here we are in the middle of the World Cup (England have just beaten Sweden) and clubs are now launching their kits for teh 2018/2019 season which for some smaller clubs has alread y started with the Europa League qualifying rounds.

Here are a few that I have noticed. Please feel free to add yours.



Barcelona Away

Manchester United


This is the new Gillingham FC kit 2018/19, Gillingham’s new home strip for the upcoming League One season. The shirt will have a new sponsor in the form of Medway Council, with the deal apparently “not a financial one” and with “no burden on the tax payer”

The new home kit was unveiled at the club’s end of the season awards at Prestfield. Other kit designs, including their special 125th anniversary black and white jersey with a collar (the club was founded in 1893), were also revealed.

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