Life is looking wunderbar for a celebrated Tyneside company that makes replica football strips from yesteryear for nostalgic fans.

A blockbusting German film celebrating the country's World Cup win nearly half a century ago means big business for Team Valley-based TOFFS - (The Old Fashioned Football Shirt Company). When TOFFS negotiated a licence with the German football authorities to reproduce the white shirt worn by the squad that lifted the Jules Rimet Trophy, in Bern, Switzerland, in 1954, it seemed like little more than a routine piece of business for the company.

But that was to reckon without the German cinema sensation: Das Wunder von Bern (The Miracle of Bern). And when the film set box office receipts rolling, phones (and tills) were also ringing loudly hundreds of miles away at TOFFS, where staff had to pull out the stops to ensure prompt shipment of almost 1,000 replica shirts to German fans over Christmas 2003 and New Year.

The mighty reds of Anfield were not always found to be playing at home in their now traditional all red strip and over the past century it has changed somewhat in style.

After the club were formed back in 1892 after the famous rent row at Anfield with Everton the club came into existence wearing a blue and white halved shirt similar to what you see today at Blackburn Rovers. The kit was made to make some distinction between themselves and Everton who were playing in various strips including Salmon Pink or Ruby Red. Just inside the 1900s the two clubs switched to their more commonly known kits. Everton returned to their original colours of blue and white whilst Liverpool switched to a red kit.

The house of Bukta - by Andy Bird

Bukta Sportswear was formed in 1878 by a Manc called Edward Buck(and his sons), Nottm Forest were the first team to take the plunge and wear their kit in 1884 and throughout the 1930’s they supplied kits to the majority of Division 1 sides, and, shit a brick…. Ajax even wore Bukta winning those European Cups in 1971/72/73. But that seems like another universe to the Bukta I know and love/hate.

 Christmas Day of 1977 will be indelibly burned on my memory for ever, for one reason and one reason only. Me big present that day came in a stark unbranded sky blue cardboard box, I had a hunch what it was as soon as I saw it, and the shiver of excitement that run through my body as I opened it and I clocked that bright yellow and green Bukta Newcastle away shirt, like me Farmer Giles, and the dark haired bird out of Tight Fit, will stay with me forever, (although I later learned to my disappointment that this was just static electricity off the nylon/Poly, cos I lit up lamp posts as I ran past them in the front street), and as I ate me Sugar Puffs that morning, strangely, they seemed to be snap, crackling and popping more than usual, but again that was just the shirt reacting badly with the cereal.

For over 125 years, Bukta has been worn by FA Cup and Rugby Union teams. The brand’s heritage dates back to 1879, when it was established by Edward Buck and Sons.

Nottingham Forest were the first team to take the plunge and wear their kit in 1884 and throughout the 1930’s they supplied kits to the majority of Division 1 sidesBukta has been proudly worn by sport icons including George Best, Bobby Charlton, and Jimmy Greaves. It has also dressed top UK football clubs including Manchester United. Bukta is moving away from its functional sports roots and is now focused on becoming a fashion brand. Due to famous football legends wearing the brand, Bukta was popular in the 1970's and 80's.Ajax even wore Bukta winning those European Cups in 1971/72/73.

Arsenal Football Club’s new museum was unveiled on Monday October 16 2006 and promises Gunners fans a chance to marvel at legendary artefacts and find out more about the club.

The North London team has recently moved to the new 60,000-capacity Emirates Stadium from the famous Highbury.

The spectacular Arsenal museum at Emirates Stadium is now open in the Northern Triangle Building. Arsenal supporters can still expect their favourite exhibitions, including Michael Thomas’ boots from Anfield ’89 and Charlie George’s FA Final Cup shirt from 1971, along with a whole array of newly donated memorabilia.

These include the shirts worn by goal scorers Jon Sammels and Alan Smith in the 1970 Fairs Cup Final and 1994 European Cup Winners Cup Final victories, medals, shirts and caps belonging to David O’Leary, Lee Dixon, Brian Marwood and many others.

It would be the end of a marriage that began with 1954's Miracle of Bern. The relationship between the German Soccer Federation and sports firm Adidas is now in danger due to a flirtatious approach by US giant Nike. Jürgen Klinsmann, World Cup mascot Goleo, the national soccer team ... Is there anything the Americans are not prepared to take off Germany's hands?

While former German team coach Klinsi remains cagey about his courtship with the US Soccer Federation and the Strategic Value Partners investment group gets ready to save bankrupt German toymaker Nici, global sportswear giant Nike is lining up another audacious swoop.

Germany goalkeeper Jens Lehmann's crumpled cheat sheet that helped him save penalties against Argentina in the 2006 World Cup quarter-final shootout raised one million euros ($1.3 million) for charity on Saturday.

Lehmann saved two penalties with the help of the note which he stuffed in his sock. Studying the paper between each kick may have unnerved the Argentines and helped Germany reach the semi-finals, where they lost to eventual champions Italy.

"I didn't realise the importance of the note at the time but after the match I saw it lying on the locker room floor next to my socks and thought I should hold on to it," Lehmann said in a ZDF television interview on Saturday.

On december 17th 2006 a collection of 12 rare Liverpool football shirts failed to sell at auction on Ebay. The reserve price  was £60,000.00 

The seller added the following information: 

This is a one off opportunity to invest into a cherished private collection of twelve individual unique Liverpool Football Club match prepared Cup Final shirts, from the memorable trophy-winning era of 2001 – 2006.

Each shirt within the collection was commissioned and manufactured exclusively for the club prior to each final, and was not made available to the general public.

The shirts have been framed with no expense spared into individual patented body form frames, which not only allows the shirt to be shown off to its maximum, but also appears to bring the shirt to life.

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Dec. 8 2006, Online gambling companies were delivered another hammer blow today as it emerged they could be stopped from advertising on football shirts.

The Gambling Commission is concerned such ads might encourage children to bet, especially when they appear on youngsters' replica kits. Big club shirt sponsorships by gaming companies currently include Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers and Middlesbrough.

Internet betting businesses are already reeling from the ban on their activities in the US, which has forced a number to sell the bulk of their operations and has crippled their business models.

Fears are now rising that they could become a pariah of sports advertising like the tobacco companies, facing bans across the world. That would make it increasingly difficult for them to market themselves in Europe and Asia, where they have now been forced to focus their activities.