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).