Tuktuk Day 92

Wolverhampton Wanderers

It’s just a rant really. Already clubs are “launching” their 2024/2025 kits. Many do not even know what division they will be playing in BUT are nevertheless charging TOP DOLLAR. That’s “bad.” What is worse in my opinion is the prevalence of third and even fourth kits ….and what is WORST is the new phenomenon of special kits for one off matches sometimes with no names or for fairly arbitrary causes. It seems to me that in most cases they are there SOLELY to take money out of fans’ pockets. I suppose grammatically-speaking there is nothing worse than “worst” so I will simply say “even worse” is the case of goalkeepers’ European second kits! (Obviously, sarcasm alert, the dedicated fan will be expected to lay out for both a short-sleeve and a long-sleeve version of a shirt that may never ever be worn in mortal combat!) Juggling those prices in my head is that TEN keepers’ shirts at an average price of well over £50 each? If you want the outfield shirts, you can be looking at £1000 (sic) per season! Let’s not even thinking about having fan-issue and player-issue versions. £2000, here we come! If we add socks, shorts, pre-match tops etc etc can Manchester United or Barcelona hit £3000? I bet some clubs are praying they get drawn away in Norway where no betting logos are allowed so will we see a “Goalkeeper Europa League Away Shirt Special Edition No Logo shirt?” These clubs will no doubt expect their loyal fans to fork out another £50+ for a replica that would only have been worn once!

…and then the season ends, clubs are left with hundreds or thousands of shirts that they are forced to sell off at prices nearer a genuine value. So, no, I am not showing you Real Madrid’s or Arsenal’s £100+ 24/25 “new” shirts but here’s Wolves’ away shirt at a reasonable £18. It is available in the club shop on the official Wolverhampton Wanderers’ website

Molineux, Wolverhampton, (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

It would be wrong not to congratulate Wolves on an excellent season in the Premier League. As I write this they sit tenth and I think most people will consider that an over-performance. They are free of relegation fears, have an excellent young manager in Gary O’Neil and, in fact, have a chance of a European place! Not bad for a team that many wrote off in August! I have always had a soft spot for Wolves and ever since I got a fantastic guided tour of the ground by Mel Eaves back in 2010 I have looked out for their results. To be honest he was a legend (at Gillingham too!) before the launch of You Tube but here he is gracing the airwaves in the way he died the penalty box.

Picture © Matty 723

Marcus Cunha

Now a plea:

“I am not asking £100 for a Goalkeeper Europa League Away Shirt Special Edition No Logo shirt. I am not even asking £18 for a Wolves away at 70% off. I am asking for £1”

Yes, kindly remember that the purpose of this 90 day challenge is to raise funds for my local club and an equal amount for Prostate Cancer. As always, I HOPE you are all enjoying the tour of the UK and that you will consider a donation to support FC Deportivo Galicia and/or Prostate Cancer UK If everybody chipped in with just £1 I would easily hit my target of £10,000 and life would be easier in West London whilst the charity could continue their great work. A HEARTFELT thanks, if you can.

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