We caught up with Simon Peach, sports journalist for the press association to talk classic Southampton shirts, Eric Djemba-Djemba and missing world cup wondergoals.
What is your first football shirt?
Southampton’s home kit from 1995-97, when Matthew Le Tissier, Francis Benali, Jason Dodd and Co ruled the roost.
Southampton, Pony, 1995-97
I loved this shirt when I was a kid, so I was more than a little chuffed when my gran got me the adult version from a car boot sale a few years back. Plain, simple – a classic.
What is your favourite ever football shirt?
I fell in love with a little club called Siena a few years back when I went to see them with a friend from the city.
A dinky little ground, hardly any fans and classic players like Enrico Chiesa – what’s not to like?
Siena, MEGS, 1990s
They have, sadly, fallen on bad times recently, so I love this natty number even more than before.
My Odense shirt with Djemba-Djemba on the back was second place, with a golden Botafogo shirt not far behind.
What is your favourite goal?
I would have probably said James Rodriguez at the World Cup, given I was fortunate enough to be there at the Maracana. However, I only caught it coming off the underside of the bar as I was sending an email. Yeah, I know…
With that in mind, I will say Kasami’s ludicrous first-time strike for Fulham against Crystal Palace. One of those that makes you swear aloud in the press box. You can watch that goal.