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.”

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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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