When Darren Byfield nabbed Kanu’s Arsenal shirt

We caught up with ex Aston Villa, Gillingham and Jamaica striker to find out about the best football shirt he has ever swapped with another footballer.

Arsenal vs Rotherham in 2003 was a big day in Arsenal’s history.  At age 16 years and 177 days, Cesc made his his debut for Arsenal.  Arsenal took the lead on the night through Jeremie Aliadiere but (gooner) Darren Byfield equalised with a few minutes to go to take the tie to extra time.

Arsenal vs Rotherham 1-1

It also gave Darren Byfield the chance to play against the club he supported, Arsenal, at Highbury.  We asked Darren about his favourite football shirt.

“My favourite football shirt is my Kanu, Arsenal shirt. I got it after Rotherham played Arsenal at Highbury in the league cup.”

Arsenal took the lead but then in the 90th minute, Gooner, Byfield scored to equalise. The match went to penalties with Arsenal winning 9-8.

“I started celebrating [when I scored] and then thought, I’ve just scored against the team I love.”

Darren Byfield, for scoring against the team you support and for nabbing Kanu’s shirt we at the Football Shirt Collective salute you. 

Check out our marketplace for some sick vintage Arsenal shirts and prints including this beaut.



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