It becomes an expensive time for the die-hard Romario shirt collectors. The 41-birthday goalgetter wears a new shirt every time he scores a goal.

In his hunt on the milestone of 1000 goals, Romario playes against América (starts on the bench) with a Vasco da Gama-shirt with the number 13 on its sleeve.

13 is the number of goals that are necessarily to get to a thousand goals.

Romario wears his own number 11 in the games, and on his sleeve the number 13 counts down to zero with every goal he scores.

 It is not known if O Baixinho (De Small one) changes his shirt as soon as he scores during a match.

Football fans who were unlawfully overcharged for replica shirts were urged this morning to join an unprecedented £20 million compensation claim against JJB Sports.

The retailer has already been fined £6.7 million by the Office of Fair Trading for running a cartel that unlawfully fixed the price of England and Manchester United shirts in 2000 and 2001.

Now the consumers’ group Which? is urging people who bought specified shirts to join a legal a representative action being launched at the Competition Appeals Tribunal.

The campaign group believes that as many as a million people could have been overcharged between £15 and £20 for the replica shirts.

Few people will have kept their receipts, but Ingrid Gubbay, a lawyer at Which?, said she hoped the tribunal would take a "benevolent attitude" towards the evidence.

Photographs might be acceptable, credit card statements or even a "statement of truth" — the modern equivalent of a sworn statement — though anyone who deliberately made a false claim would be guilty of perjury.

She said that consumers who registered their claims through the organisation’s website were at no risk of being ordered to pay costs if the action failed.

Although the consumers’ group is planning to launch legal action against JJB Sports, it will cover shirts bought from that retailer and the six other companies involved in the cartel — Allsports, Blacks Leisure Group, Manchester United, Sports Soccer, JD Sports and Umbro Holdings.

 

The producers of the new England shirt have come under fire for refusing to supply supermarkets.

Umbro launched the new kit  with most outlets selling it for £39.99.

But Asda accused the company of ripping off fans by refusing to supply to supermarkets.

A spokesman for the store said: "It's about time Umbro played well and stopped being snotty. Once again football fans will be ripped off.

"In the past they have chosen not to deal direct with us and we have had to go to the grey market.

UMBRO, the global football brand and Official Kit and Ball Supplier to The Football Association, has today revealed a brand new collection of England performance products.

The collection features the introduction of UMBRO's new 'Control' technologies used in the England Home Kit, the new England football, and next generation performance footwear, to be worn by England stars John Terry and Michael Owen.

 The new England kit, matchball and boots will go on sale on 6th February 2007.

The new UMBRO England Home Kit and England X Ball II will be on show for the first time when England play Spain in a friendly fixture on Wednesday 7th February.

It becomes an expensive time for the die-hard Romario shirt collectors. The 41-birthday goalgetter wears a new shirt every time he scores a goal.

In his hunt on the milestone of 1000 goals, Romario playes against América (starts on the bench) with a Vasco da Gama-shirt with the number 13 on its sleeve.

13 is the number of goals that are necessarily to get to a thousand goals.

Romario wears his own number 11 in the games, and on his sleeve the number 13 counts down to zero with every goal he scores. It is not known if O Baixinho (De Small one) changes his shirt as soon as he scores during a match.

Aston Villa have secured a long-term deal with Nike who will become the club's official sportswear partner from the 2007-2008 campaign.

The deal will see Nike supply Villa's playing and replica kit in addition to a full range of branded sportswear and accessories.

Villa's new chief executive Richard FitzGerald told: 'This is a significant step forward for the club off the field and we're delighted to have Nike partnering with us.

'The association will help us to drive the club forward. The brand sits perfectly with the new board's vision for Aston Villa and we're looking forward to working with Nike in the future.'

West ham have struck a deal with umbro to be thier new kit maufacturers: West Ham's kit will be manufactured by British firm Umbro from next season.

The tie-up was announced in London as the Hammers come to the end of their three-year deal with Reebok. It will be the first time that West Ham have worn an Umbro kit - although the Cheadle-based firm did produce a kit for the club in the late 60s which was never worn.

Yes, it's back, back, back! Following the undoubted success of the 'Obscure Kits' series during this summer's World Cup (well, sort of), we bring you the footy strips that time forgot 'British-stylee'.

And where better a place to start than with the all-time number 1 cult kit from the annals of history. The reason for its notoriety can be summed up in one word - brown. Yes folks, we give you THAT Coventry Kit from the mid-to-late-1970's.

So who was to blame for this fashion 'faux pas'? It was Admiral, one of the most well-known kit manufacturers in Britain at that time.

Birmingham City football fans with a passion for their national side can show support for both teams after a deal between the club and a local company.

Bedworth-based 4 Club and Country produces a range of shirts made up of one half club shirt and one half international colours.

Now they have signed a deal with Birmingham City – which has already been selling Birmingham City/England shirts for some months – to combine the club's colours with those of Ireland, Wales, Scotland, India and Pakistan.

The company – which was launched 15 months ago by businessmen Paul Sullivan, David Charnley and Pete Conway – has already signed a similar deal with Coventry City. Both have a combined worth of over £75,000.

 

The scamonebay website made a guide about buying signed shirts on Ebay which can help you buy the real deal.  

Heres a few facts to follow when buying a signed shirt.They are easy to spot and there are some easy rules to follow when buying a signed shirt.

1. Don't buy of eBay con men (obviously but what are the tell tale signs?)

2. Make sure they can show you photo's of the players signing the shirt

3. Don’t buy off anyone using "private auctions" were you can't see the other bidders identities - this helps them fraud you in two ways, first they can push the price up artificially and secondly its stops quality operators from contacting you and letting you know that its a fake.

4. Don’t buy from anyone that hides their feedback - WHY would a reputable dealer do that - a real dealer’s feedback is his pride and joy and they would NEVER hide it. IGNORE Certificates of Authenticity - they mean nothing and we only make them up ourselves on the computer - the only CoA that is worth anything is if it is on official club paper.