I have never really be able to cast my mind back to my first shirt, I can hardly remember what I had for breakfast! I remember getting the 2001-2003 Republic Of Ireland home shirt from my dad for my birthday but I don’t remember when, so it was either that or the 2003 Manchester City home shirt.
Phil Foden posted a picture of him in that shirt on his Instagram last night after signing a new 6 year deal, was extremely jealous as he had done that and I was considering whether my advent calendar chocolate was a suitable excuse for tea!
What is your favourite football shirt?
... ahhh there’s so many, I adore the 1988-91 West Germany shirt and design, I have it in socks, a jumper and the kit from this year... a little excessive! The shirt I got that kick started my collection was the 1994 Germany kit (home) which I bought in my second year of uni... I’ve bought far too many since then!
Germany 1988-90 home by Adidas
This design was worn at Euro 88 and when the side lifted the World Cup in 1990
A dark horse though is the 1997 Borussia Monchengladbach away shirt, not a rare one of expensive but it’s one of my favourites!
What is your favourite football moment?
I’m going off games I have experienced in person and I have 3, i know, I’m indecisive.
2 weren’t really draped in success, one was Elanos incredible free kick against Newcastle in 2008(?) and the other was Adebayors celebration against arsenal, I’ve never seen him run more than that in his whole career!
The final memory is when Willy Caballero turned into Iker Casillas for 20 minutes in the, What was, EFL cup final to Liverpool. I missed City’s goal as I was in the queue for water... classic! But so many emotions in that, nearly fell off the top of Wembley!
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