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February 05, 2022 2 min read

If you don't follow James Dart on Twitter, do it. Do it right now. The Guardian's digital editor, James Dart is the master at finding random football moments.  We spoke to him about dull Everton kits, effortlessly cool Italian shirts and a couple of magnificent Sinclair goals as part of the latest in our My First Football Shirt series

What was your first ever football shirt?

The monstrosity that is the Everton 1985-86 home shirt. While being born into the misery that is supporting Plymouth Argyle, a short-lived top-flight glory-supporting soft spot was reserved for Lineker and co. Possibly out of sympathy for this kit.


What is your favourite ever football shirt?

My favourite shirt is the Sampdoria 1990-91 made by Asics.  It was blue, the badge, the collar, the maker and even the sponsor. Effortlessly cool. Especially on Roberto Mancini.

What is your favourite ever goal?  

In the flesh, Scott Sinclair flying down Underhill for Plymouth vs. Barnet. On television, Trevor Sinclair. The outward curl of the stood-up cross is often overlooked as to just how hard it was to score from that position.

Thanks to James for speaking with us! 

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