My first Crystal Palace football shirt: Matthew J Wood

We caught up with illustrator and Crystal Palace fan, Matthew J Wood about his first ever Crystal Palace shirt, his love of a sash and the final whistle of the 2012-13 Play Off final.

What was your first football shirt? 

1991 Crystal Palace Bukta shirt

Crystal Palace home shirt 1990-91, stunning shirt and an incredible season, finishing 3rd in the First Division – the highest league placing in our history.

What is your favourite football shirt? 

1982 83 Crystal Palace squad photo

I’ve always liked sash shirts so would probably say the Palace adidas-made 1980-83 white home shirt with red/blue sash.

What is your favourite football moment?


Final whistle of the 2012/13 Play-Off Final when Crystal Palace beat Watford 1-0.

Check out Matthew’s collection of football ground illustrations here including this one of Selhurst Park.

Crystal Palace Selhurst Park stadium poster


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