The New Nike England Kit – They’re here!

The 12elfth Man



So here it is, looking classy.

Simply going back to the old school.

Pinstripe fabric, a metallic weave to the crest and brimming with 70s inspiration – just some of the features of the new kit.










The new England home and away kits have been created by Nike with a focus on cultural design details and the best in performance innovation. Available on for pre-order and will be for sale worldwide from April 3rd.



My verdict: They are well worthy of a decent run! Let’s be having you.

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Salford City FC and the class of 92

Non League Review

So the worst kept secret in non league football finally broke today (Thurs 27th March), as the announcement of the class of 92 buying Salford City FC was officially announced. In a series of tweets from the official Salford City account at around 7pm they announced that a deal had been done with Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt for the acquisition of the club subject to FA and League approval in the summer of 2014.

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A day with a footballer

The Goldstone Wrap

I fondly remember getting this book from Brighton’s Children’s Library on Church Street in the mid-1980s:

A day with a footballer - Peter O'Sullivan

It was an incredible find! A real children’s book with our own local footballer, Peter O’Sullivan, as its subject!


Needless to say, I was fascinated at the time to find out all about the lifestyles of professional footballers. Little did I know that pros gave each other piggy backs to stay fit:


…had to put on ties for when seeing the club physio:


…and had All-Bran for breakfast as part of their carefully chosen diet:


After a visit to St Peter’s School in Cowfold, our hero was interviewed by Radio Brighton. Then, the climax of the book centred around the Brighton v Leicester City match in February 1979, a match which Albion won 3-1. Now, records show that Sully didn’t score that day. However, artistic licence from the authors Allan and Christine Haddrell ensured…

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1) Who are ya?
Tom Finch, 20
2) Who do you support?
The Arsenal
3) What was your first game?
Arsenal 1-2 Liverpool, 2001 FA Cup Final, 12/05/01
4) What do you do for a job?
Graphic Design / Marketing / Photography / Sew-on Numbers…A bit of everything really
5) Have you played/worked for any football clubs?
I haven’t, although I have played 5-a-side at The Emirates, does that count?
6) How did you get into it?
Family business
7) What do you get out of it?
I can’t… [The question was “What”, not “How”! 😉 – GM]
8) What advice would you give someone wanting to follow in your stud marks/footsteps?
Know your stuff! You never know when someone might ask you the score between Bolton and Sheff Wed in 1982! [16 Feb – Bolton won 1-0, 08 May – Bolton won 3-1, 07 Sep – Wednesday won 3-1 – GM]
9) If you could do it all again what would you change?
I wouldn’t change anything really…
10) Who’s your footballing hero?
Although there’s been a few players I admired growing up, such as Henry, Riquelme, Zidane, Aimar, my footballing hero has always been Dennis Bergkamp (AKA God).

WHO ARE YA? Chris Dolby, Foundation Director of Sheffield FC


1) Who are ya?
Chris Dolby, 39 years old

2) Who do you support?
Rotherham United and Sheffield FC

3) What was your first game?

4) What do you do for a job?
Foundation Director of the World’s First Football Club, Sheffield FC

5) Have you played/worked for any football clubs?
Rotherham United, Bradford City, Alfreton Town, Hyde United, Staleybridge Celtic, Bradford PA and Sheffield FC.

6) How did you get into it?
Played professional football from the age of 17 then went into community coaching and academy coaching at the age of 24

7) What do you get out of it?
Total satisfaction of giving something back to the game

8) What advice would you give someone wanting to follow in your stud marks/footsteps?
Work hard but enjoy the game!

9) If you could do it all again what would you change?
I would have enjoyed the experience more!

10) Who’s your footballing hero?
Ryan Giggs

Many thanks, Chris.


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WHO ARE YA? Tom Fieldhouse, Media Executive


1) Who are ya?

Tom Fieldhouse, 23, born and raised in Yorkshire and obsessed with football.

2) Who do you support?

Leeds United

3) What was your first game?

Pretty sure it was when I was about 4 or 5 and my dad took me and my older brother to Elland Road to watch a game. I was so young I don’t remember much other than I got bored and wanted to leave early to my brother’s dismay. We heard the ground erupt as we approached our car. Needless to say we never left early again.

Football passed me by until I was about 8 when a friend of mine’s family kindly took me to watch Uefa Cup matches against the likes of Marítimo. European nights at a packed Elland Road are hard to beat and I’ve been hooked ever since.

4) What do you do for a job?

I’m a media executive at a marketing agency in Leeds called Intermarketing Agency. I plan and buy advertising space in magazines, on TV, Radio, Online – anything really! Really enjoy it and the agency is a fantastic place to work.

5) Have you played/worked for any football clubs?

Played – unless you’re counting Ripon City Panthers/Magnets U14-U18s – then sadly not.

Haven’t worked for a club but would love to work for Leeds someday. Being at a club that’s progressing very quickly (e.g Man City) would be very exciting as well so if ever an opportunity like that came up I’d find it hard to pass up – even with my Yorkshire upbringing.

6) How did you get into it?

I got into marketing because I liked the creative aspect of business, working in media came as a result as searching for a work placement as part of my degree. I didn’t have a clue what went in agencies, and would take any job available in that environment.

Luckily I landed a job I really enjoyed in an agency that was moving in the right direction.

7) What do you get out of it?

It’s great to learn more about the new developments in marketing, and how one subtle change to a marketing budget/campaign can maximise efficiency. I really enjoy being able to work on really creative ideas as well!

8) What advice would you give someone wanting to follow in your stud marks/footsteps?

Work hard and leave no stone unturned when looking for an opportunity. If you can make a process more efficient, do it and prove it works instead of waiting for permission. Most importantly though, be nice and friendly and treat everybody with the respect you’d like to receive in turn. You never know when that intern might finally get that tech startup off the ground and become the next Zuckerberg.

9) If you could do it all again what would you change?

Tricky one… It’s got to be: have a proper crack at becoming a musician. And actually spend time practising guitar when I had the time in my teens.

10) Who’s your footballing hero?

From a club perspective it’s got to Kewell. He had it all. As a left footed player Leeds had a great pair of idols for me in Harte and Kewell but Kewell’s skill was immense and his goals weren’t bad either.

Overall though, I can’t look past Henry. For me he changed the way the game was played – brought a style and flair to the pitch I’d never seen before. He optimised Wenger’s brand of football and that’s a style of football I love. It wasn’t simply about winning but winning with style and boy, did they do that.