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February 05, 2022 1 min read

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. This interview was part of our My First Football Shirt series.

What was your first football 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? 

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. 

If you want to read more about the football memories of players, writers, and more you can buy the full Your First Football Shirt book. Discover Alan Shearer's first ever football shirt, Carl Anka's most cherished shirt and more. All proceeds go to the charities CALM and Willow.