Huddersfield Town v Bolton Wanderers, John Smith’s Stadium, Saturday the 5th of April

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CAMPO RETRO SHIRTS – a review of the Centenario Jersey

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My friends at Campo Retro were kind enough to send me one of their top notch retro shirts to review.

I got the top of the Team Colours range shirt, the long-sleeved Centenario, in navy and old white.

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The parcel arrived at work today, and Campo really make a lot of effort to ensure that the whole package (no pun intended) is bob on.

The outer postage sack contained the folded and bagged shirt plus a badge, carefully wrapped in Campo printed paper.

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Now, I have to admit that I’m not a big fan of replica shirts, especially the shiny, polyester ones that retail for between £45 and £65! I don’t do man-made fibres, but I do do cotton; and the Campo shirt is crafted from lots and lots of the stuff – lovely 100 per cent soft handle luxury 200grm cotton fibre. It feels great, and the construction looks bulletproof, with the football shirt resembling the cotton top I had to wear for football and rugby in games lessons at school that lasted me five years!

The Centenario is modelled on the very earliest football shirts, which were themselves modelled on the contemporary rugby and other sporting tops of the time, as can be seen on display at the National Football Museum.

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An old football jersey, on display at The National Football Museum

Campo describe the shirt as:

…a fusion of modern attention to detail and classic tailored style seen in the early 50’s. It features a smart covered button placket with a contrast mini stripe under its tailored collar, together with smart flush finish cuffs.

Lots of individual processes have gone into making the shirt, with an amazing level of attention to detail. The yoke at the back of the neck is reinforced, as is the armpit area, which has a diamond-shaped gusset to aid with movement and prevent the stitches from bursting.

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The covered buttoned placket and collar are also things of beauty, and you can really see the thought and effort that have gone into producing the garment.

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Campo have designed the entire Stadio range to be customised to your favourite team with a neat little Campo branded pin badge housing on the hem. I got a black and white badge included with my shirt, but I could also use any of the pin badges with butterfly fixings from my extensive hipster and classic badge collection if I so desire, safe in the knowledge that the badge won’t damage my shirt by putting pin holes in it!

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Pin housing & embroidered arm logo

Another nice touch is the embroidered Campo logo on the right sleeve, in self-coloured stitching so as not to be too shouty.

Like the last England shirts to be made by Umbro, this is a smart casual shirt that is as much at home in a bar on a Friday or Saturday night as it is on the terraces on a matchday. As I wanted to go for a smart casual look, I didn’t specify the optional extra number personalisation, but Campo can stitch a high quality cotton canvas number to the back of the shirt if you like.

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I am looking forward to living with the Centenario in my wardrobe, and seeing how it ages after wearing and washing it. I expect a good level of colour fastness based on the quality I’ve seen so far, as long as I follow the washing instructions of course, and for it to last me a long, long time. I’ll update this post with comments on the fit and how it washes once I’ve lived with it for a bit.

You can buy the Centenario jersey here, and view the rest of the extensive Campo Retro range.

Follow Campo on Twitter – @CampoRetro

Lastly, here’s the mighty Ivan Campo – just because I can!

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WHO ARE YA? Brian Prestidge

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Brian Prestidge

1) Who are ya?
Brian Prestidge – 29 years old
Worked in Elite football for 8 years

2) Who do you support?
Bolton Wanderers

3) What was your first game?
Plymouth Argyle v Arsenal – David Rocastle’s testimonial

4) What do you do for a job?
Head of Analytical Development at Bolton Wanderers FC

5) Have you played/worked for any football clubs?
Work for Bolton Wanderers (8 years), not played professionally

6) How did you get into it?
Football has always been a life passion of mine and I have always been very methodical and analytical in my life. I studied “Applied Sports Science and Coaching undergraduate degree before completing a Masters degree in Performance Analysis. Came for an interview for the job of Head Academy Analyst at BWFC and was successful.

7) What do you get out of it?
The ability to fulfil my ambitions and goals

8) What advice would you give someone wanting to follow in your stud marks/footsteps?
Be different – learn different things to give yourself a unique selling point

9) If you could do it all again what would you change?
Nothing

10) Who’s your footballing hero?
Peter Schmiechel

Many thanks, Brian.
Cmon you whites!

NEAR POST – FOOTBALL AID

ImageHow would you like to Live the Dream of running out alongside a Club Legend and taking part in a 90 minute match on your team’s hallowed turf?

Since forming in 2001, Football Aid have allowed over 14,000 football fans the chance to Live the Dream in more than 535 charity football matches all over the UK, and over £2M has been paid out or designated as payable to charities in the 13 years since.

The unique concept was the brainchild of businessman and Football Aid Chairman, Craig Paterson.

Funds raised from our events always benefit the work of a charitable project nominated by our partner clubs, as well as projects nominated by Football Aid’s parent charity Field of Dreams.

Football Aid – Player Stories 2001 – 2013

Arsenal: Roy Talbot, the 68 year old former Sunday League player from Welwyn Garden City who hung up his boots for the last time, making his final appearance between the sticks at The Emirates for Arsenal in 2011. Roy was lucky enough to have his grandson as mascot as well.

Blackburn Rovers: Eric Lamb, a Melbourne, Australia based fireman makes the 10,500 miles pilgrimage to play for his hometown club Blackburn Rovers most years. He even scored with a stunning 30 yard strike that flew into the top corner & made our Goal of the Season 2011 shortlist.

Play at Ewood Park

Bolton Wanderers: Maurice Lawson continues to trot out at The Reebok most years; he’s our eldest player at the tender age of 70 years young!

comp pictureBolton Wanderers: Howard Fox flew all the way from Australia to play in goal at Bolton Wanderers in 2009 – he was rewarded for his efforts with the Man of the Match award!

Celtic: David and Paul Walker Lived the Dream in unique style at Celtic Park in 2007, playing with their other Brother, former pro Andy, who starred as a Striker for Celtic, Bolton & Scotland!

ImageEverton: Father and Son Dave and Mike O’Reilly, originally from Liverpool, who have flown over from Orange County, California to play together at Goodison Park 3 years running from 2010-2012. This year their impressive Away team won 8-3!

Liverpool: Nick Carter, a Liverpool fan from Carmarthen, Wales returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan only days before the 2011 game to play alongside his boyhood hero John Barnes at Anfield.

Liverpool: Liverpool fan Paul Hewson played in a match at Anfield in 2013 and recounted his experience after the event:

“You’ve all seen it on telly, maybe lucky enough to see it from the stands but until you have experienced walking down the famous tunnel, touching the “This is Anfield” sign and walking out onto the pitch as a player, only then will you ever come close to the feeling the players get when they play their first game on Anfield [turf].”

Manchester City: Diego Ponzé, a Milan, Italy based Sky Sport 24 journalist, flew over with his own cameraman to film a video diary of his experience in 2011. The 8 min video diary was shown on Italian TV and featured an impromptu interview with former City legend and Football Aid Patron Denis Law!

ManUtdTunnelManchester United: A group of 9 x Italian players celebrated their Stag Party or “Addio Al Celibato” in style by playing together for Manchester United at Old Trafford in 2012.

Tottenham Hotspur: Three London born brothers, Chris, Paul and Matthew Shelley who all played together at White Hart Lane for the 2nd time in 2011 and had the privilege of being managed by Spurs great Ossie Ardiles as well!

Wolverhampton Wanderers: Mark Everiss played 11 consecutive years at Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Molineux Stadium from 2001 – 2011.

Football Aid 2014

Football Aid is back for another season, and you can experience a matchday in the same way as your heroes do every week, in a way that even a club tour can’t match, plus do your bit for charity.

Players gain exclusive access to the pitch and tunnel areas, pull on their own personalised shirt in the official changing rooms, walk down the tunnel to the sound of a cheering crowd and step out onto the hallowed turf, before taking part in a never to be forgotten 90 minute game of football!

82editMatches have been supported by a host of fantastic Football Legends in recent years, with the likes of Denis Law (Football Aid Patron), Danny McGrain (Football Aid Vice Patron), John Barnes, Peter Beardsley, Pat Nevin, Neil Lennon, Ally McCoist, Graeme Le Saux, Ricky Villa, Gary McAllister, Denis Irwin, Ozzie Ardiles, Gary Mabbutt, Teddy Sheringham and many more lending their extra special support by playing alongside or managing the fan teams on their big day.

To secure your place in a 2014 team, visit www.footballaid.com and register.

You can also follow Football Aid on Twitter – @FootballAid

And on Facebook – www.facebook.com/footballaid

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