Your First Football Shirt

Your First Football Shirt

Your First Football Shirt is a beautifully illustrated book by the Football Shirt Collective x Season Annual, collating interviews with footballers and famous fans about their first and favourite football shirts, with 100% profit going to two amazing charities: CALM and The Willow Foundation.

Back it on Kickstarter here.

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Interviewees include:

  • Adam Hurrey (Football Cliches)
  • Alan Shearer (Newcastle United)
  • Amy Lawrence (The Guardian)
  • Andrew Mangan (Arseblog)
  • Bob Wilson (Arsenal)
  • Carl Anka (Writer and Manchester United fan and top bloke)
  • Dan Walker (BBC)
  • Elis James (Radio X)
  • Graeme Le Saux (Chelsea)
  • Iain MacIntosh (The Totally Football Show)
  • Jonathan Wilson (The Guardian)
  • Jason McAteer (Liverpool)
  • Jonny Sharples (Newcaslte United fan and general legend)
  • Josh Widdicombe, Chris Scull, Michael Marden (Quickly Kevin)
  • Lucy Bronze (Lyon and England)
  • Max Rushden (talkSPORT)
  • Michael Cox (Zonal Marking)
  • Nathaniel Chalobah (Watford)
  • Neal Heard (Author)
  • Sam Diss (Mundial)
  • Steph Houhgton (Manchester CIty)
  • Sheridan Bird (Football writer)



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We’ve partnered with Season Annual to design and produce the book. We love their work and, with a roster of incredibly talented illustrators bringing to life each interview.

  • Adam Forster
  • Agne Ziukaite
  • Alvaro Hidalgo
  • Angelo Trofa
  • Catherine Pape
  • Conal Deeney
  • Dale Crosby-Close
  • Daryl Rainbow
  • Dave Flanagan
  • Dave Lyttleton
  • Gus Scott
  • Jack Bedford
  • Joe Shiels
  • Johan Marais-Piper
  • Lawrence Slater
  • Luis Pinto
  • Manuel Rios
  • Marcus Marritt
  • Mark Long
  • Matthew Shipley
  • Michael Driver
  • Michael Parkin
  • Peter O’Toole
  • Raj Dhunna
  • Sam Stobart
  • Scott McRoy

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The charities

The aim is to provide all profits from the campaign to raise money for two great charities that, at their core they are getting people talking and sharing memories. Something we hope this book can do both.

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CALM foundation (charity number 1110621)

The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK. 

Simon Gunning, CEO of CALM:

“CALM is all about reaching men in terms that are accessible and via channels in which they already exist; be it comedy, music, sport, art or the collective bonding over our favourite football shirts.

So we’re delighted to have teamed up with Football Shirt Collective on this project and we’re hugely grateful to be one of the charity beneficiaries. With the World Cup just around the corner there’s no better time to immerse yourself in football nostalgia and, who knows, maybe this book could start a conversation that could really make a difference to someone’s life”

Willow Foundation (charity number 1106746)

Willow is the only national charity working with seriously ill young adults aged 16 to 40 to fulfil uplifting and unforgettable Special Days.

Bob Wilson OBE, Willow Co-Founder and Life President :

“Willow’s Special Days provide seriously ill young adults with precious memories.  With the Football Shirt Collective based entirely on memories itself, and Willow’s football heritage, it’s a perfect fit for the Charity.  Receiving a generous donation from this incredible book will be a real boost and enable Willow to support many more young adults and their loved ones during a difficult time.“

Back the campaign and get involved here.



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