We caught up with the man behind Arseblog, Andrew Mangan to talk about Arsenal shirts with towelling material, tippy-tappy Jack Wilshere goals and Ray Parlour pile-drivers.
Andrew shared his first and favourite shirts for Your First Football Shirt – a book of 30 interviews and illustrations raising money for CALM + Willow.
What was your first football shirt?
The yellow and blue away kit Arsenal wore in the late 70s. It was made of some kind of weird towelling material if I remember correctly.
What is your favourite football shirt?
The same shirt because it was the first one I ever saw Arsenal win a trophy in when they won the 1979 FA Cup final.
What is your favourite ever goal?
It’s like asking somebody what their favourite song is. It changes so often, so at this moment in time I’m a big fan of the Jack Wilshere goal against Norwich – the tippy-tappy one with Olivier Giroud, just for its pleasing aesthetics. You can watch that goal here. Ask me tomorrow and it’ll be different though!
Today, being the tomorrow referred to above, my favourite goal is Ray Parlour’s pile-driver against Valencia in the Champions League!
Interview: Andrew Mangan
Design: Season Annual
Illustration: Conal Deeney