While the internet has plenty wrong with it, it has certainly helped the football kit community to come closer together.
The Football Shirt Collective is one of the many fine sites out there, where culture meets nostalgia, and they are putting together a new book, Your First Football Shirt, with the profits going to CALM and the Willow Foundation.
We're making a book and it's called Your First Football Shirt! 30 interviews, 30 illustrators, 100% profit going to two incredible charities: @theCALMzone and @Willow_Fdn
But we need your help! Back it here: https://t.co/tpebnfjvvQ pic.twitter.com/4XTHzfoKDV
— FootballShirtCollect (@thefootballsc) April 18, 2018
The illustrated book will feature interviews with footballers and famous fans about their first and favourite football shirts and Season Annual are joining the FSC in its production.
Among those featured:
My first football shirt was the 1982 Newcastle United home shirt. My favourite player was Kevin Keegan, so I wanted the same shirt as him.
– Alan Shearer
My first shirt was the 1990 England shirt which had ‘Italia 1990’ embroidered under the England crest. We did a school pantomime and someone [in my class] was playing Gazza so I lent him my shirt. I never saw it again.
– Josh Widdicombe
My first ever shirt was the Spurs FA cup shirt of 1981. My Dad was a Spurs fan and tried to brainwash me from an early age, but I turned my back on him and went for my home team of Crawley Town instead.
– Dan Walker
My Dad’s is Portuguese and one year we went on holiday to Portugal and my parents bought me the full Portugal kit. It was burgundy with green shorts. My best mate had the full Brazil kit and we used to play Portugal v Brazil in full kits.
My first shirt was a Chelsea shirt with ‘Chalobah 62’ on the back. We couldn’t afford to buy football kits as a kid, so had to wait until I made my debut in pre-season against Crystal Palace in a friendly for my first proper one!
Funds to publish the book are being raised through a Kickstarter campaign, which can be accessed here.