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February 05, 2022 2 min read

Despite all their new riches, you still can't beat the 90s era of Newcastle United football shirts. Whether fronted by Brown Ale or McEwans Lager, each shirt from asics and adidas absolutely banged. And Pete Donaldson agreed when talking about his first football shirt!

We caught up with Pete off of the Football Ramble to talk football shirts, Barry Venison’s blow dry and Philippe Albert’s chip.

What was your first ever football shirt?

The Newcastle blue and brushed sky blue away strip. Glorious in every sense of the word. Like a cloud-flecked sky on a sunny day, it complimented Barry Venison’s blow-dry perfectly, and a strip that a guilty mother bought me after telling me to ‘sleep off’ a broken elbow.


What is your favourite ever football shirt?

I was terrifically fond of the Thistle Hotels, Asics, Tony Yeboah Leeds United kit, back when I was young enough not to be pilloried for purchasing non-toon leisurewear. 


What is your favourite ever goal?

Philippe Albert's wonder strike against Manchester United. The 5-0 er versus Manchester United. It had everything. A marauding Belgian, a moustache, a centre back attempting a 30 yard chip. It still gives me shivers. Yeesh! 

Thanks to Pete for speaking with us! 

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.

You can also browse our collection of 90s and 00s Newcastle shirts here.