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.


‘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.”

NEAR POST – New England shirt to cost up to £90!!!


BBC Sport reported yesterday that Nike were making the same shirts that the England players will wear in Brazil in the summer available to the general public, but that they will cost up to £90!

The following is from the BBC Sport website article ‘World Cup 2014: England shirts’ £90 price tag ‘takes the mickey”:

Shadow Sports Minister Clive Efford said the pricing strategy was “disappointing” while Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton called it “appalling” and “taking the mickey”.

The most expensive Nike “match shirts” will be identical to the ones worn at this summer’s World Cup finals.

The FA said it avoids any involvement with kit manufacturers about pricing.

Alternative “stadium” shirts are priced at £60, while versions for children aged between eight and 15 cost £42.

The £90 shirts have enhanced “cooling technology” compared to the £60 shirts, according to Nike’s website.

Efford said: “I’m disappointed that fans are being asked to pay up to £90 for a new England shirt.

“The game of football seems to be increasingly about profit and commercialism rather than the community and the fans, who have sustained football for many generations.”

The previous Nike home kit has only been around since last May – seven England matches [eight, actually – GM] – after the manufacturer took over from Umbro, and Efford said that also hit parents hard.

He added: “The frequency with which these kits are changed adds to the expense. When it comes to buying for more than one child it gets extremely expensive and people on moderate or low incomes are excluded from that privilege.”

Barton said on Twitter: “£90 for the new England shirt is taking the mickey out of the fans. When will it stop? Appalling. In my opinion. Football again allows commercialism to eat away at its soul. Something has got to give.”

In a statement, English football’s governing body said: “The FA is a not-for-profit organisation that puts £100m back into the game every year.

“It is through relationships with partners such as Nike that we are able to maintain that level of investment in football.

“The FA’s policy is to avoid any involvement with how its partners/licensees set their prices, so as to avoid any risk of or implications of price fixing.”

A Football Supporters’ Federation spokesman said: “Fans with kids often argue that strips are changed too often. The FSF would advocate manufacturers incorporating a ‘best before’ date into the strip’s label. Supporters buying a strip would then know exactly what they’re paying for and be able to make a decision based on that.”

England fans’ spokesman Mark Perryman said sales of the shirts would be based more on the team’s performance at the World Cup than the price.

Perryman said: “I think the prices are ridiculous compared to what they cost to produce.

“Commercially, if you go back through history, the most successful England shirts in terms of sales have been the ones from periods when England are doing well.

“To that end, I think Nike have got a bum deal because expectations ahead of the World Cup are at an all-time low. People are just not that excited about the England team.

“Who in their right mind thinks we are going to do well in Brazil?”


Well, if you can afford to shell out the asking price for a new Nike shirt then fair play to you, but there are plenty of alternatives from previous England World Cup campaigns by retro shirt companies like Admiral Sportswear, Umbro, Campo and TOFFS out there if you want to wear a replica shirt from yesteryear.




The famous England 1966 Bobby Moore shirt heralds back to our only World Cup title so far, whilst the England 1982 home shirt was a classic worn as the three lions of England took on the world’s elite in Espana 82.

At the end of the day, Saint, you pay your money and take your choice…

WHO ARE YA? Andy Jones, FA Get into Football Officer at Salford Community Leisure


Andy Jones – FA Get into Football Officer at Salford Community Leisure

1) Who are ya?

Andy Jones, age 37, lives Monton, Manchester

2) Who do you support?

Manchester United

3) What was your first game?

It was a long long time ago, so I can’t remember the opposition, but I just remember it was Ron Atkinson’s team, and Ralph Milne had a shocker!!!

4) What do you do for a job?

I currently work for Salford Community Leisure, managing a range of funding projects across a number of different sports. I manage a city-wide football coaching programme called Soccerstars, which has 5 sites and provides grassroots coaching for young players aged 5-11 years.

I previously spent 12 years as a football development officer for Trafford, Manchester City council and then the Manchester FA.

I also coach at a local Junior club, Deans Youth and Ladies, coaching the development centre for 4-6 year olds, plus my sons team, the Under8’s.

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

Just played my final season for Trafford FC, and I worked for Manchester United at the Carrington training centre every Friday as part of my role with Trafford MBC as MUFC funded the role.

6) How did you get into it?

I worked part time as a Leisure Assistant and a casual coach working in schools at the age of 17 whilst studying leisure management at Salford Uni. From that, I got more experience and got to find out about full time roles.

7) What do you get out of it?

I’ve always enjoyed sports, both watching and competing, so to work in the industry was the ideal job. I’ve been lucky enough to work on some major events such as 2008 Uefa Cup Final, Hyundai World Cup fan parks 2010, and Englands world cup bid 2018

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

Be willing to volunteer, or work casual hours to get your foot in the door and build up a good relationship with potential employers. Its more difficult now due to funding cuts within local authorities, but there are still opportunities.

You can build up employment by coaching for a number of different employers. Do coaching badges in a range of sports, and don’t pigeon hole yourself to one sport, as being able to coach a variety of sports makes you more versatile.

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

I’d try going abroad, probably to the USA to coach on summer camps. I have old friends who did that years ago, and now live out there and have successful careers in coaching football, in the sunshine in LA!

10) Who’s your footballing hero?

David Beckham. I’ve been lucky enough to meet him a few times, plus my current favourite player is Cristiano Ronaldo – easily the most talented and exciting player I’ve seen play live.

WHO ARE YA? Vicki Galt, DeaFFF NW


1) Who are ya?

Vicki Galt, 42, Lancaster

2) Who do you support?

Long term – Nottingham Forest – I was born next to the ground! [I used to live a five-minute walk away from it – GM]

Now – Morecambe FC (as I hire the pitch there for our deaf Football Club), and Man Utd as my sons are big fans!

3) What was your first game?

Nottingham Forest v – I can’t remember!

It was in 1986/87 and I went along with the St John’s ambulance. I just remember hoping someone needed first aid on their knees!

4) What do you do for a job?

I used to be a nurse in intensive care but then I had three kids – two of which are deaf.

I’ve set up and run various deaf and special needs groups. I have recently set up one in Lancaster, but I’ve now moved on to voluntarily creating deaf sports groups (especially football) throughout the North West for deaf kids to play competitively alongside their peers – DeaFFF NW.

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

No, apart from the deaf sports clubs.

6) How did you get into it?

My eldest came home from grassroots football and said that after a year they still weren’t including him and he still didn’t really know anyone there, despite the club receiving deaf awareness training and support being given! So, I subsequently set up football training for deaf kids in Lancaster and Morecambe.

7) What do you get out of it?

I get the satisfaction of seeing my boys play with their deaf mates in sports that they want to participate in, plus the rewards from organising events, fundraising and socialising with other deaf families in the area and around the region.

I just wish that the FA would recognise that the deaf want to play deaf football not pan disability football as they don’t have a physical disability themselves!

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

Don’t just start a group yourself without speaking to someone that knows the kids and their needs first – don’t get into it without the involvement of others as the kids won’t come!

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

After the fight for funding, first with the training and now with DeaFFF NW, I would have secured the funding first in hindsight, but then I may not have got any and the groups wouldn’t exist!

I’ve only just secured funding as the first year of DeaFFF NW was a trial to see what numbers would attend – upwards of 50 a session at times! Now, I have some sponsorship for venues and BSL interpreters.

10) Who’s your footballing hero?

I would love to meet Karen Brady – she worked in football proving that women could make it in the profession. If I could develop DeaFFF NW the way she developed her club I would be really pleased.

David Beckham has used his name for fundraising and I would love some advice from him too!

Playerwise, it would have to be Peter Shilton; or an unknown to you all but well known to me – Adam Thomas! He is deaf and played for us at Morecambe Deaf FC when he moved up here from Plymouth. He has since gone on to Deaf Man Utd and England Deaf Futsal where he was picked for the Euro qualifiers in Oslo.

That shows that deaf kids can become football stars, and he came from our grassroots deaf squad!

Many thanks, Vicki. All the best with your initiatives.

See www.ndcs.org.uk for more information.

WHO ARE YA? Richard Harcus, Projects Manager and Youth Development Director (Arsenal Soccer Schools) at Arsenal F.C


Richard Harcus, Projects Manager and Youth Development Director (Arsenal Soccer Schools) at Arsenal F.C

1) Who are ya?

Richard Harcus, Age 37 from Glasgow Scotland, currently living and working with Arsenal in Vietnam, SE Asia.

2) Who do you support?

Hibernian FC (Scotland)

3) What was your first game?

As a coach it was a local boys team in the Glasgow area and we won, as a fan it was supporting Linlithgow Rose (a Scottish Junior side and they won Im sure), Professionally it was Rangers V Hibernian and Ibrox, Hibernian won 1 nil with a Darren Jackson penalty.

4) What do you do for a job?

I am a Youth Development coach, I also coach the coaches and specialize in Player and Coach Development. I also work on the administration side with Tournaments and Tours for the young Arsenal Players, working in the newly set up ID program. I take control of all new projects and business growth for the soccer school. This covers the Junior Gunners program, right up to the proposed “Senior” program. I also work with local schools and charity awareness in South Vietnam through Arsenal. These are projects where we can help young Vietnamese children with diet and education through football. Both the Player Development and charity outreach programs are very important to me.

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

I played with many boys clubs when I was younger and played up to Scotland School boy level. Coaching, I have worked with FC Barca and AS Roma, amongst other teams, in their Youth Development programs across the world.

6) How did you get into it?

I was a Youth Worker in Glasgow (Scotland) for many years and I took up the role of “coach” for a local youth club … it really just grew from there as I was relatively successful with the team, I then took over as U13 coach for a local boys team in Glasgow, where one of the Directors of the club was Kenny Moyes, brother to the then Manchester United manager (although he was Everton Manager at the time). He helped coach and Develop my sessions and helped me form a more rounded product to my coaching. From there it all took off.

7) What do you get out of it?

There is a huge sense of fulfilment and you can actively see results in front of you, player development is hugely important and massively rewarding, and that is on many different scales, from the youngest players basic early development to installing the correct mindset and adult guidance to the young adult player.

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

It sounds like a cliché, but just go for it. Read up on what you want to do, study your National FA pathway, work out what you want to do, what you want to achieve and build a plan around that. Focus strongly on your own development as well as your players, push your boundaries and yourself!

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

I am my own worst critic, but having said that, even the mistakes I have made along the way have helped with my development. A bad result or bad run of results can be turned into a positive by the way you learn from them and bounce back from them. you have to lose to appreciate winning. Its also worth pointing out that at the younger age groups, winning is not all that important, development and enjoyment for the players is paramount. Where this becomes tricky is keeping parents etc. happy and selling your ideas to them so they understand the path that you wish their child to embark on. Getting everyone onside is important and this is a skill you must develop that your not really taught through any football course.

10) Who’s your footballing hero?

Without a doubt Frank Sauzee and Eddie Turnbull. Turnbull had a glittering career at Hibernian but also was a great manager and taught me a lot about humility, drive and maturity as a coach. Turnbull was not only the first British person to score a goal in European competition but was also the manager of the famed “Turnbull’s Tornadoes” that swept aside Real Madrid, FC Barca and many others. Frank Sauzee’s career speaks for itself with France, Marseille and of course Hibernian.