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‘CHALOBAH 62’

Your first football shirt is a special moment. Football Shirt Collective have spoken to footballers and fans to see what they remember about their first shirt

Football shirts come in many shapes and sizes, shades and styles.

But nothing ever beats the first shirt.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a humble fan or a high-profile footballer, the first shirt is always a special one.


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Football Shirt Collective have interviewed famous fans and footballers about their first and favourite football shirts in aid of charities CALM and the Willow Foundation.

The illustrated book, named ‘Your First Football Shirt’, includes Alan Shearer recalling his first shirt.

Unsurprisingly it wasn’t a Sunderland kit.

Shearer said: “My first football shirt was the 1982 Newcastle United home shirt (made by Umbro).

“My favourite player was Kevin Keegan, so I wanted the same shirt as him.”

Didn’t fancy a Wes Brown Sunderland shirt?

Watford midfielder Nathanial Chalobah revealed a long wait to get his first shirt.

The 23-year-old said: “My first shirt was a Chelsea shirt with ‘Chalobah 62’ on the back.

“We couldn’t afford to buy football kits as a kid, so I had to wait until I made my debut in pre-season against Crystal Palace in a friendly for my first proper one!”

The book also discusses players’ reactions to some of the best goals scored on a football pitch.

Zvonimir Boban talks about what was going through his head when he watched George Weah’s iconic goal for AC Milan against Verona in 1996.

He explains: “We were running up the pitch with him following in disbelief thinking when’s he going to stop?

“He’s not going to stop. He’s never going to stop!”

And he didn’t stop

And he didn’t stop

So what was the first shirt you owned?

We put the question out on Twitter earlier today and got a mixed bag of responses.

They just don’t make kits like they used to.

‘Your First Football Shirt’ an illustrated book of interviews with footballers and famous fans about their first and favourite football shirts, with all the profits going to two charities: CALM and the Willow Foundation.

It is produced by the Football ShirtCollective and Season Annual.





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