If there is one person out there we would back to know about Manchester United shirts, it is Andy Mitten. Having started the the United We Stand fanzine as a teenager, Andy has seen a whole host of different kits grace the Old Trafford pitch from the 80s up to present day.
Manchester United’s red home shirt from 1980. I was seven, but loved that shirt worn by my first hero, Joe Jordan. I didn’t have the shorts or socks and I remember a cut in the collar so I think it must have been a second, but I still wore it until it was worn out.
What is your favourite ever football shirt?
I’ll try and not make this all Manchester United and I respect the iconic colours of many clubs, the black and white stripes of Notts County and Juventus, the green and white of Betis or Celtic. I don’t like the annual changes, but then I don’t buy football shirts any more. The last kit I was struck by was Real Sociedad’s all black, Nike, away kit which they wore in the Champions League in 13-14. I saw them wear it in Lyon and it looked so simple and smart. It didn’t have a sponsor, the team played well and won their biggest game for years in front of 6,000 travelling fans.
I’ve never felt as I did when Roy Keane equalised against Juventus in Turin in 1999. It wasn’t a particularly great individual goal, but for the first time in my life I felt like I was going to watch the team I supported in the European Cup final. And that felt better than anything I’d ever felt watching football before. I know I’m supposed to say Sheringham or Solksjaer’s efforts from a few weeks later, but you can’t help how you feel. As a kid, I cried when Norman Whiteside scored the winner in the 1985 FA Cup final.
Thanks to Andy for speaking with us!
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