We caught up with ex footballer and founder of Cult Football, Roger Sharrock to talk about his obsession with football shirts, Ronaldo at Barcelona and that Cantona kung fu kick.
What was your first football shirt?
Would love to say it was one of the classics but my first shirt was actually a Scotland 1992/94 home. The story behind it being my friend’s mum was Scottish and both my friend and I were bought matching kits to go on a football course. It certainly created a bug though, and from then on it pretty much became an obsession throughout my childhood.
What is your favourite football shirt?
I’ve a small handful of shirts that I truly love. I tend to have more interest in the stories behind the shirt rather than the actual design/look of it, and its this to me that’s what makes a football shirt so unique. If I had to pick one, I would go against this and it would have to be the Barcelona 1996/97 Kappa shirt.
To me it simply had it all, the exotic Italian brand which had just started to explode onto these shores, it had the famous red and blue stripes and most importantly a young Brazilan chap named Ronaldo was at the time tearing La Liga to bits.
What is your favourite football moment?
There was only one other player who made a huge impact on my childhood other than the original Ronaldo and that man was one of the reasons I fell in love with the sport, Eric Cantona. Some people say he was over rated but for me, he was more than just a footballer, it was the aura that surrounded him, the collar up, chest out, the arrogance, but he also had the ability to back all of this up.
My favourite moment is pretty much the action that defined him and the era of the mid 90’s, and that was the “Kung Fu Kick” at Selhurst Park. I still remember the disbelief and the worry that my hero wouldn’t play football again in England, there was also talk of him retiring there and then, it was a long nine months wait but I remember the joy of his return from suspension as if it was yesterday.
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