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If you ever did get names. Or did you hate the idea?
I have had:
and also Larrson and Moravcik on my celtic shirts
I've always favoured the nameless approach
I don't think I did ever have Wise on the back of a shirt
even I did that. Twice.
Nor numbers really. I find something a bit creepy about people over the age of about eight pretending to be their favourite footballers. That should be reserved for trees-for-goalposts back garden football.
My favourite ever kid-pretending-to-be-his-favourite-footballer was when I was on holiday aged about 14, and me and my sister started playing footie with these two Scouse kids behind the hotel. Two-on-two. One of the Scouse kids crossing it in, and in a pre-pubescent Scouse whine, the fat blonde lad goes for an acrobatic volley at the back stick while yelling 'And here's SCALES!!!!!!!!'. The ball flew over the wall of the hotel onto the street. Good times.
(ps, my mate Boomer is giving you a theoretical massive sweaty manhug for having Lubo Moravcik on the back of your shirt though)
that I recently got 'Lubo Moravcik: A gift from God' on VHS for £1 on amazon. It's incredible.
But right now you're theoretical best mates.
Thought that you might appreciate that little nugget of information.
John Scales I am not having, on any level.
but for a couple of seasons Scales was an excellent player for Liverpool covering where Philusbabbus failed to live up to his potential and Razor ate pies.
He was composed on the ball, solid and he always seemed unflappable. Given the other leading English centre backs that were around at the time (Bruce, Pallister, Adams and Southgate), I think he stands up pretty well.
on Liverpool shirts I had
Owen (on an England shirt)
and Micky Tomlinson on a Barnet shirt. I think I can safely say that's a unique one.
AND WE WILL LOVE YOU MORE THAN YOU WILL KNOW. WOAH WOAH WOAH!
^ sung to mrs robinson by simon and garfunkle
never once a cross
was bought for me as a joke, albeit an expensive one. i do wear it though
i meant the shirt was black.
OR DID I?!
Joachim - 7
JJ's finest moment: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=kwNN5s3aJPM
In the Northern Conference. Played five, scored six. He's still got it!
Henry on my fake france shirt from a holiday in france
on a PSV shirt
around 11 years old.
since I was about 14. I got too indie for sportswear.
people who put their their own nicknames on their shirts = FUCKING TWATS.
Was on the back of a kid in Borehamwood.
Arsenal away shirt 94/95 (blue with lightning bolts):
DANNY DUDE 1
on the back of his shirt. What a bell.
Who has something on the bottom of a shirt
has 'the Double 98' on his 98/99 away shirt, so leave him alone.
we won the league in 98 which is already out of date 3 months after i bought it"
That took balls.
to get 3 points. Everton were in the relegation zone. Not really putting your neck on the block!
what an outstandingly average footballer he was!
where is he now?
or someone else that my brother lost to my might FIFA09 Spurs side with the other day.
I am calling my first born son Reto.
In 98 it was Bergkamp and this year I have Walcott. Although I very nearly went with Eduardo
Just, "Jake", no number.
I had "Hughes 10" on the back of my Manchester Utd 92/93 shirt, and "Paisey 8" on the back of that reversable white/gold thing Utd did.
"11" on the back, which I believe was Eyal Berkovic's shirt.
These days I have a Palermo 9 - boca juniors top, and Riquelme 10 - argentina away shirt.
ever since once of my friends saved up for ages to buy the grey Man Utd shirt with Kanchelskis on the back, only for him to be sold the next week.
I do have MARKY 2 on the shirt I wear for the team I play for though.
after I got Hartson the second time he was sold the next week :(
should have done what my feind did:
buy a new rocastle shirt every time he moved club.
on the back of my navy blue West Ham away shirt circa 2001. I still wear it now for jokes
i never had names but on my oxford united shirt in the mid 90s i had number 10 - for johnny byrne. he was absolutely fantastic
probably about 10 years ago now. Not bothered since.
though on my other footy tops, I've got Werder Bremen with Diego on the back, Italy with Cannavaro on the back, and I am currently sporting my Roma top with Mexes on the back.
if I did I'd put my own name.
'Schmeichel 1' from my Dad for Christmas, I never wanted them but as a kid I didn't mind too much.
Got a 'Tomo 18' Utd shirt on my 18th birthday from all my mates, so couldn't really knock that. Apart from those they've always been plain.
Best one i've seen was a mate who got 'Seba 4' on the back of his Utd shirt (as in Juan SEBAstien Veron), sold 6 months later. (Veron, not the shirt. That still makes a novelty appearance every now and then.)
I wonder if anybody will admit to owning a Chelsea shirt with Robinho on the back...
I loved that shirt. It was miles too big for me, but it was before official Premiership numbering, so the numbers had cool little Nike ticks on them. Remember when you used to get your team's catalogue through? Awesome days
Then I had:
I never had strikers. They were too 'obvious'. Then I got to the age of about 14 and realised I was way too old, so stopped buying replica kits. I now have a 70s home shirt, a la Nick Hornby, and that serves me just fine (and will do for years to come)
that we all used to wear shirts that were far too big for us?
I've still got my 94/95 united shirt, which I owned at the age of 8/9, and it's still far too big for me now at 22!
but I was a fat fat fuck as a child.
It was the first Nike kit we had. Was that the 95/96 one? The away kit was exactly the same as the home one, just blue. I had the away one. It still fit me too
must have 10 Derby shirts from down the years and have never actually liked any of our players enough to get a name on the back. that and i am a tightarse who refuses to pay the extra.
Drury - 3 on the back
I'm pretty sure the only reason I got a name was because it was the only decent thing to spend my club shop voucher on.
but then again you dont really need to when your shirt already says 'gunners' on the back of it
though i was tempted to get samba on this years.
(all four shirts from the 94-95 season)
don't really like it to be honest.
I used to love pretending to be footballers when i was diddy though, running round the back garden 'Platt...to Cowans (I would actually be saying all of this as I ran around with the ball)....bak to Platt....slid to Daley out wide (cue dribble around the trees...he's beaten one! he's past another! Wonderful stuff from Daley! Tackled by, er (I could never think of anyone on the other teams' names), Gazza - but Platt wins it back, and shoots! On the rebound (as the ball hit the hedge next to the goal and came back)! And again! IT'S THERE! GOOOOOOOOOOOOAL!
He was cheap
but a guy who sits a few seats in front of me is still to this day known as 'King Ruud' because of a shirt he wore when Gullit was playing.
I thought I was hilarious and got "Redildo 69" put on the back of my Brazil shirt.
a "Clichy" shirt at the game on Saturday :-)
My own name
Not sure if there was any more, seemed like an expensive idea at the time
on the green and white 96/97 kit.
Nor that ridiculous deep V you had on a home shirt around the same sort of time