There is no more passionate a supporter about their own sport than the football fan. Their interest stems from their club’s great past history, including the ground, the players, managers right through to the trophies that the club has won.
One main collectors item for any self respecting supporter is the team football jersey. As soon as a new shirt design is made available we are all keen to get our hands on it, we impatiently wait for the unveiling of the new club kit each new season.
There are many supporters who collect all types of football shirts and not just from their favourite club. Some look to wear or collect retro shirts that were worn by their club in past seasons. Most English football clubs have a certain style of shirt maybe from the 60’s or 70’s take the Crystal Palace shirt of the 70’s that is recognised worldwide.
Fanatical supporters go into even greater detail recalling the type of shirt that was worn by the winners of the last tournament be it the World Cup, European Cup Champions League Finals or the League Championship. These jerseys can even become a valuable collectors item.
Past historic shirts come to mind like the England strip from Admiral that was worn by the likes of Kevin Keegan and Glen Hoodle with it’s horizontal red, white and blue colours at the top of the shirt. And who can forget THE famous red World Cup winning shirt from 1966 Final.
Club shirts that I remember well are the Birmingham City shirt, blue with the white stripe vertically through the middle. The famous Arsenal shirts red with white sleeves. (my subbuteo team shirts). Even the yellow arsenal shirts famously worn in the FA Cup finals of 1970-71 and 1978-79 seasons.
New modern shirts have little to compare with the early days of football. Today’s latest technology enable manufacturers to produce fantastic creations from different type fabrics to the type of colours used stripes fading from on side to the other, completely different to the old traditional rugged football jerseys.
The enthusiasm spreads all around the world for football shirts. You can find all types of websites on-line discussing a wide variety of topics to do with their favourite club or countries colours, whether it be today’s club sponsors or about collectible shirts of the past, there are many on-line forums that could keep you busy for hours at a time.
Boots, socks and the shorts are all an integral parts of the football kit itself but the item that gets the most attention is the Football Shirt – The main symbol of the club.