Neil Moxley’s first Birmingham City shirt is a timeless classic

We caught up with Neil Moxley, Chief sports’ writer of the Sunday People to talk FA Cup final shirts, brown Coventry kits and Obafemi Martins.

What was your first ever football shirt?

My first football shirt was one presented to me by former England international Trevor Smith. (Ex-Birmingham City & England)

My late father, John, interviewed Trevor in his off-licence, located in Solihull, a suburb of Birmingham, for the club programme.


Birmingham City, 1956

Trevor wanted – quite madly – to give me his 1956 FA Cup final shirt.

However, my dad (recognising this folly) refused point-blank. I had to settle instead for an England Under-23 shirt.

I wore it – literally – until it fell off my back about 10 years later. I wish I had it still.

However, I do have evidence of me wearing the FA Cup final shirt that – according to legend – caused Birmingham City’s demise in the final against Manchester City.

What is your favourite football shirt?

No question. Coventry City’s brown away shirt of the late 1970s. What were they thinking? It was BROWN. Utterly bizarre.

What is your favourite goal?

What a question that is….you can’t expect me to pick one…

The romantic in me says the goal struck by Carlos Alberto in the final of the 1970 World Cup. It was moment of such exquisite beauty.

Failing that, the one struck by David Platt in the 1990 World Cup for England against Belgium. It was a game that changed Platt’s life. And it enabled me to spend a magnificent evening in Lineker’s bar in Tenerife with a delightful blonde West Brom fan from Sutton Coldfield.

But if I’m being honest, Obafemi Martins’ last-minute effort against Arsenal in the Carling Cup final on 27 February 2011 – a goal that brought me more pleasure than I ever thought possible. 

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