My first football shirt: Josh Widdicombe

If you’re standing up.  Sit down.  This is a story not for the faint hearted.

We’ve interviewed hundreds of; footballers, writers, comedians about their first football shirt but no one has a more heartbreaking tale then Josh Widdicombe.

Josh, Chris & Michael from Quickly Kevin shared their first and favourite shirts for Your First Football Shirt – a book of 30 interviews and illustrations raising money for CALM + Willow.

Listen to the podcast here and read Josh Widdicombe’s extract below.

Your first football shirt

England x Umbro 1990 shirt print

My first shirt was the England Italia 90 shirt, which had embroidered under the England badge the words “Italia 90”, so it couldn’t really go any better than that. But then we did a school pantomime and someone else played Gazza, I lent him that shirt and never got it back. There was a lot of debate over whether I’d been given it back – I hadn’t – but that was the end of it. A heartbreaking story.

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Your favourite football shirt

1986 Denmark print

I love that Denmark one from the Eighties, the Hummel one, it’s absolutely beautiful. I haven’t done it as a drunk-eBay purchase because it’s £200, I’ve checked. I don’t know how I’d smuggle it into the house.

Your favourite football moment

Gazza Italia 90 illustration

Gary Lineker Gazza by Luis Pinto

Not Gazza’s tears, but the bit when Gary Lineker turns to the bench and says “have a word with him”. Not for Gazza but for Gary Lineker, because that’s what I think elevates him as probably the greatest living Briton.

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