Jules Rimet Was Under My Bed

Football fans packed into the National Football Museum in Manchester last Thursday to attend a Campo Retro hosted event just in time for Brazil ’14.

The event’s main draw was the Jules Rimet trophy for the first time on display allowing everybody to get close up and personal with this famous trophy. The story of the Jules Rimet Trophy has many aspects beginning with the story of how it came to be stolen in 1966 and then discovered one week later by Pickles the dog to the lesser known story of the replica version that “officially” never existed until 1995. From being under somebody’s bed for 25 years to the sale of this trophy at a Sotheby’s auction in 1997 to a “private buyer” that turned out to be FIFA.

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‘Jules Rimet Was Under My Bed’ featured Ryan Steele, the Collections Officer at the National Football Museum, Martin Atherton, author of ‘The Theft of the Jules Rimet Trophy’, and David Blanch, Head of Design at Campo Retro.

The event was presented by Hugh Ferris of BBC 5 Live and, alongside the Jules Rimet Trophy, was the original shirt worn by Bobby Moore and his England team for the Mexico 1970 World Cup which was famously swapped with Pele.

With fascinating talks and intriguing insight into the history of the trophy and hosted at the National Football Museum, the event was the ideal lead-up to the World Cup.

Ray Evans, MD at Campo Retro, said:

“The ‘Jules Rimet Was Under My Bed’ event came about following our creative process that involved deep insight and research to create our Brasil 14’ collection.

“We were incredibly intrigued as we uncovered more and more about the history of the Jules Rimet. We just knew football fans would love to learn more and we couldn’t wait to share our findings with a wider audience.

“The event was a great success. We’re thrilled with the level of interest people showed, and that we got the chance to tell this amazing story in the perfect venue – the National Football Museum.”

If you didn’t get a chance to attend the talk, watch the official trailer of the event to find out all about the Jules Rimet’s mysterious disappearance:

With the World Cup on the horizon and the extravaganza that comes with it and for football fans who are going to want to show their colours with pride without cutting corners in the style department, Campo Retro have it covered with their brand new Brasil ’14 Collection.

90% Cotton, 10% Air, 100% Cool.

Inspired by the mesh shirts of the 1970 World Cup in Mexico, Campo’s Brasil ’14 Collection includes 12 international teams from the likes of Argentina and Germany to France and USA and comes with personalisation options, so you can adorn your shirt with the international legends you worshipped as a kid.

Campo Managing Director Ray Evans said,

“We wanted to celebrate the upcoming World Cup in Brazil with a unique proposition. We wanted to reinvent what retro means. Taking inspiration from history and adding the Campo touch.”

These one-off shirts are individually designed with an exclusive Victory Crest, which takes influence from the Jules Rimet trophy, the World Cup winners’ medals and Brazil’s famous Christ the Redeemer statue.”

Photo competition with Campo Retro winner

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Congratulations to Non League Review – winner of the No Standing & Campo Retro photo competition.

There were several pictures in the running from the many entries we received, including shots from Geraint Duckfield and Laurence Reade, but we felt that the picture above was the most evocative and, therefore, deserved to win.

Thanks to everyone that submitted their football shots.

WHO ARE YA? Rich Johnson, The Football Attic

 

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1) Who are ya?

Rich Johnson, 39, All round good guy 😉

2) Who do you support?

Coventry City…my home team, who else?

3) What was your first game?

Last game of the 95/96 season – a bore draw with Leeds

4) What do you do for a job?

My official title is IT Systems Development Manager…make of that what you will 😉

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

In short, no…In long…nooooooooo…

6) How did you get into blogging?

I’d had a few abortive attempts a few years ago, but it never seemed to work out. At the same time, I was a fan of Chris’ old blog, Some People Are On The Pitch and also the excellent Sound of Football podcast him, Terry Duffelen & Graham Sibley did. I got in touch with them a few times and struck up a good friendship with Chris. We were discussing football nostalgia one day and both of us liked the idea of creating a blog around it. I was somewhat hesitant to start one of my own given my past failures, so when Chris suggested co-blogging, I was more than happy to lean on his vast experience. Thus, the Football Attic was born.

7) What do you get out of it?

Other than an outlet to be creative and share nostalgic memories, I’d say the interaction with people gives me the most pleasure. I do most of the twitter work so I get plenty of chance to converse with a wide range of people, some of whom have become good friends. Our League of Blogs feature also brought a lot of the blogging community together and is a huge amount of fun.

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

Hang off the coat-tails of someone who’s already established 😉  Seriously, follow what you’re passionate about and just do it because you enjoy it.

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

Not a huge amount really. I thoroughly enjoy writing for the Attic. I’d maybe increase the number  of hours in the day as I struggle to find time to write anything. Thankfully, Chris more than makes up for my lack of prolificness.

10) Who’s your footballing hero?

Maradona – despite the Hand of God goal, he is the best footballer of all time. It would have been great to see what he’d have been like if he could have stayed clean, but then he wouldn’t have been Maradona.

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No Standing x Campo Retro photo competition

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As I head towards my 1000th blog post, No Standing and Campo Retro have come together to offer all football fans around the world a fantastic opportunity to win a unique and personalized Campo Retro football shirt with free delivery, to anywhere.

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Campo Retro have a wide range of retro shirts available, with classic shirts and track jackets ranging from the 1950s to the 2000s. Not only that, but Campo Retro will also print/stitch any name and number that you want on the back of the shirt to make it extra special.

This competition is open to entrants from all over the world, so whether you live in Liverpool, Lisbon, Lahore, Linden or LA, you still have a great chance of winning this fantastic prize. It’s not where you’re from, it’s where you’re at.

It couldn’t be simpler to enter this competition, all you have to do is send in a picture of something football-related that you’ve taken yourself and email the photo to competitions@camposports.com

Whether it’s you at the game on Saturday, playing Sunday League, in your back garden with your children playing footy, a groundhopping picture of some floodlights or pyrotechnic display, or an arty shot from the Stuart Roy Clarke school of football photography, the best photo wins.It’s that simple.Wow us or make us laugh but be creative.

The competition closes on the 31st of May, 2014 and the winner will be announced soon after.

The winner will receive an email from Campo Retro to request information on shirt size, personalization and delivery address. All entries will also receive an exclusive discount to use at www.camporetro.com

GOOD LUCK!

Football Comedy – Ripping Yarns, Golden Gordon (BBC 1979)

BBC4 started re-runs of the classic comedy series from Michael Palin and Terry Jones, Ripping Yarns, last night.

Episode two of the second series of Ripping Yarns is ‘Golden Gordon’, a loving parody of a non-league football fan and Yorkshire football in general, filmed around Barnoldswick and Keighley.

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It is 1935. On a stereotypically cold, wet, windswept and bleak West Yorkshire hillside sits the Sewage Works ground, home to Barnstoneworth United. Once a mighty team in the Yorkshire Premier League, they have now fallen on hard times.

Barnstoneworth United haven’t won a match in six years. After losing 8-1 to Brighouse, depressed United superfan Gordon Ottershaw comes home and smashes the furniture in his house in fury (my Dad, half-jokingly, used to say that he came home and kicked the cat, Lofty [named after Nat Lofthouse] when Bolton lost). His wife Eileen (Gwen Taylor) quietly accepts this. She keeps trying to tell him that she’s having a baby, but he seems not to notice.

“Eight One – Eight bloody One! – And even that were an own goal!”

Ottershaw has been teaching his son (who’s first name is Barnstoneworth, middle name United) every detail of the club’s results, players and statistics (again, my Dad has an almost preternatural ability to recall the scores of every match he’s ever been to, dating back to the mid 1950s). Over dinner, having memorised the 1922 side perfectly, his father chimes in at the end, sighing as he speaks:

” Won none. Drawn none. One cancelled owing to bereavement. Lost 18.”

A die-hard supporter, Ottershaw laments the clubs latest troubles over his custard pudding:

”Centre forward’s off with boils, two half back’s are going to a wedding and the goal-keepers got a cold. Chairman’ll sort it out.”

The Chairman in question will definitely sort it out. He plans to sell the club to a scrap merchant and walk away from it all with some brass in his back pocket. His only opinion of Gordon Ottershaw is that:

”It’s a form of madness you know, wearing your scarf in bed.”

Barnstoneworth are in dire trouble. On the training ground you’re more likely to hear ” He’s got my shorts on”  and ” Can I go at half past six?” than you are any sounds of encouragement or tactical nous.  But Gordon has a brain wave. He will round-up all the best surviving ex-Barnstoneworth players for the coming Saturday’s cup tie against Denley Moor Academicals. That will save the club!

The idea comes to him when he’s visiting (nay pleading) with the scrap dealer not to buy Barnstoneworth United and sell his beloved club down the river.  The subject of when Barnstoneworth last won a game comes up… Quick as a flash superfan Gordon has the answer:

“October 7th, 1931. 2-0 against Pudsey.“

“Haggerty F, Ferris, Noble, Codren, Crapper, Davis, Sullivan, O’Grady, Kembell, Hacker and Davitt*. Davitt scored twice, once in 21st minute, once in 28th minute…”

”Davitt, he were hell of a player.” says the scrap merchant. ” He were bald weren’t he? Head like stainless steel.”

“That’s right. He once scored with the back of his head from 28 yards against Barnsley reserves in 1922.”

Saturday comes, and the Cup tie against Denley Moor Academicals kicks off. United only have four players (and three pairs of shorts), whereas the captain of the Denley Moor team is the famous Eric Olthwaite. Things look bad, but Gordon arrives with the old team who take to the field. Davitt opens the scoring with his bald head, and, shock of shocks, Barnstoneworth eventually win 8 – 1.

“8 BLOODY 1!”

‘Golden Gordon’ ends with Gordon smashing up his own home in celebration this time. Clock, photos, radio go flying out through the window as the Match of the Day theme plays. And it still hasn’t registered with him that his wife has been trying to tell him she is pregnant throughout the entire episode.

*The mighty Half Man Half Biscuit named their third album McIntyre, Treadmore and Davitt in tribute to this episode, and the front cover is a still from the programme.

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See also A Visit to Gordon Ottershaw’s House, by Merrick Cork, which talks about the Yorkshire footballing inspirations behind the episode.