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!

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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!)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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2018/2019

WEST HAM AWAY 2018/201

2018/2019

With the 2019/2019 season just days away in the UK and Spain, most of the clubs have presented their new kits. As is becoming, sadly, the norm, many clubs have launched multiple new kits with only tiny differences from previous seasons.

The clubs are chosen for no particular reason and are added in no particular order. If you have images (non copyright!) of your favourite club or your favourite shirt, please send it across. I will be pleased to add it.

Whilst I am here, you might also like this story from Duckpond United and their “famous” kit.

Duckpond United …..you could not make it up!
Brentford Away 2018
Brentford Home 2018
Real Madrid 3rd
West Ham Home
West Ham Third
Malaga Home
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92 Grounds in 92 hours

BRENTFORD FC HOSTS 92 IN 92 VISIT

Brentford Chairman Cliff Crown welcomes visiting police officers on challenge

Brentford FC

“We are three serving police officers from Sheffield, South Yorkshire and we took on the challenge of visiting all 92 football league grounds in 92 hours.

One car, 3 cops, 92 grounds, 92 hours, 2,400 miles. We are taking on this challenge to raise money for The Children’s Hospital Charity, which supports Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Sheffield Children’s Hospital is one of just three standalone specialist children’s hospitals in the UK. More than 269,000 patient journeys are made to the hospital each year and its work changes children’s lives from across the UK and around the world every day.
The Children’s Hospital Charity has recently launched an appeal to transform the Cancer and Leukaemia Ward at the hospital.

The Cancer and Leukaemia Ward treats children from babies through to 19 year olds, is one of twenty principle treatment centres in the UK, and cares for patients who have other blood problems such as bleeding and inherited disorders. They treat around 25 bone marrow transplant patients every year, staying for 6 to 8 weeks at a time in isolation. Other patients can be treated for longer periods, sometimes over a year.

The problem with the ward is that, whilst the care received is excellent, the facilities are not. Children who suffer from cancer can develop post-traumatic stress disorder, but this the tension and anxiety can be relieved by creating a new home from home with space, privacy and natural light to make isolation a place of sanctuary and calm.

The transformed ward would create private patient rooms with en-suite facilities, giving patients a place to make their own and space for a parent to sleep comfortably alongside them. The redevelopment will increase the ward footprint, with larger bed bays and more isolation rooms. It will also expand the space for children to play and more than double the size of the ward classroom; ensuring illness does not interrupt patients who wish to continue learning.

We will start this challenge at Barnsley Football Club at 8pm on Friday 12th July and finish at Bramall Lane at 4pm on Tuesday 16th July. Thankfully, we like each other’s company as we will be sharing the driving to visit every football league ground and grabbing a photo to share with our social media followers.

We will be driving over 2,400 miles in a car and riding bikes to reach the London clubs. We will be eating and sleeping in the vehicle to complete the challenge to make sure we stick to our 92 hour limit.

We have a few social media profiles where we will be posting up-to-date tweets and videos on our journey – doing our best to get clubs, local celebrities, businesses and our wider followers to promote this great challenge and the charity we are raising money for.

We would love it if you could support us in any way possible.”

This was the story and I am delighted that my local club, Brentford, welcomed these police officers. The excellent www.brentfordfc.com says …

Griffin Park played host to some special visitors last week. Three police officers from South Yorkshire Police visited all 92 League Clubs in 92 hours to raise funds for Sheffield Children’s hospital Cancer and Leukaemia ward appeal. They were at Griffin Park last Monday, 15 July, and were welcomed by Cliff Crown, Brentford FC Chairman.

Jamie Henderson, James Thorpe and Wednesdayite Scott Sarson are aiming to raise £25,000 for the hospital by driving and cycling the 2,400-mile journey. Griffin Park was one of the later stops on their journey, which started on Friday 12 July and finished on Tuesday. They finished on home soil, at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane ground.

Sheffield Children’s Hospital is one of just three standalone specialist children’s hospitals in the UK. More than 269,000 patient journeys are made to the hospital each year and its work changes children’s lives from across the UK and around the world every day.
The Children’s Hospital Charity has recently launched an appeal to transform the Cancer and Leukaemia Ward at the hospital.

The team have raised more than £11,000 so far and are still collecting. For more information on the challenge and to donate visit their fund-raising page here.

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AS Roma 2019



I hear from my friends at Copa that they’ve added two new items to their official AS Roma collection. Get ready for summer the Italian way with the AS Roma Retro Polo and the AS Roma Retro T-shirt. Daje Roma! 

The shirts are part of the official AS Roma retro collection, which is produced under licence from the Serie A giants. There are classic retro shirts and jackets based upon many of the club’s most memorable teams from the 1930s through to the 1980s, along with a selection of club retro T-shirts and My First Football Shirts® for the younger fan.

Both shirts can be found on copafootball.com, in their Flagshipstore in Amsterdam, in the official AS Roma fanstores and via selected retailers & online resellers.

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