Wednesday, 26 July 2006

Football memorabilia belonging to the family of late Football Association and West Bromwich Albion chairman Sir Bert Millichip has been stolen. Raiders struck at Lady Barbara Millichip's Worcestershire home after she popped out for half an hour.

A Bachelor Brooch, given to Sir Bert when he was knighted and silver goblets inscribed with the Albion crest are among the stolen items.

Sir Bert's son, Peter Millichip, has appealed to the thief to return them.

Also taken from the Barnt Green home during Friday's burglary was a gold chain with a UEFA medallion, five silver presentation platters and a silver bowl inscribed with the Albion and FA crests which were given to him on his retirement.

Designer Ffion Appleton combined her love of sport with her flair for fashion to land her dream job with adidas - and now she gets some of the world's top sports stars dressed for success.

A member of the adidas design team based in Germany, Ffion has helped kit out the likes of Zinedine Zidane and Jonah Lomu.

And because the job means having to keep up to date with all the latest fashion trends, Ffion also gets plenty of opportunity to indulge in her passion for shopping.

“Few institutions, sporting or otherwise, have been able to match the aura and mystique that FC Barcelona as a football club exude. Even if the team is doing badly, as it has done for long spells in its history, Barca has still always been symbolic with Protest Football - be it during Franco's reign where it became a potent symbol of Catalan identity to the incident in March 2002, when anti-capitalists protesting the WTO, stormed the Nou Camp pitch during a Barca-Real Madrid game. If ever there was an anti-capitalist entity sitting among the world's elite, it was Barcelona, or so it was perceived by people not even footballing. So what better place to showcase your ire, then, than in its backyard - with the whole world watching.

That this could happen at any other venue, with any other club is slightly unimaginable, for even if Manchester United's supporters showing their protest against Malcolm Glazer's advances at Old Trafford is heartening, it is a direct reaction to something that is likely to affect them and not so much an instance of lending the world's richest club to an issue totally outside soccer's purview.

Football Shirts

Here I go again,
Sitting in this small place,
Always flung right down at the bottom.
I play on this field for 2 long hours.
The master gives me no credit.
I’m quite famous,
Although I stink of sweat.
After all, I am number ‘11’,
The game is finished,
My owner has won,
Off to the lockers,
Here I come.

Abbey Harris ex-7B

sold for: £2,900.00  REAL MADRID V CARDIFF CITY

European Cup Winners' Cup - Quarter Final 2nd Leg 1971

Who could ever forget this famous two legged affair when Cardiff City played the mighty Real Madrid over two legs in the European Cup winners Cup Quarter Final.

At the end of the game in Spain, the players exchanged shirts and Don Murray swapped his shirt with the Real Madrid striker Pirri.

The shirt has been signed by the Cardiff City players who took part in this magnificent clash which will remain in the hearts of City supporters forever. Players who signed include Don Murray, Bobby Woodruff, Gary Bell, Dave Carver, Peter King, Brian Clarke, Leighton Phillips, Mel Sutton, Nigel Rees, Ian Gibson and Jim Eadie.

The shirt is mounted and framed and comes with a letter of authenticity from Don Murray himself. It is in good condition for its age having hung in Ninian Park's hall of fame for many years. There is some discolouration evident which you would expect after time. The signatures are very clear and decipherable.

This is a unique, one off piece of sporting memorabilia and an important part of the history of Cardiff City FC.

As well as being a recognised expert in his chosen field, Eric Knowles is now a well-known face in the world of antiques, particularly to viewers of the BBC's 'Antiques Road Show'.

 He appears to be one of those rare individuals who is able to share his considerable knowledge in a way that is exciting and easy to understand. He was born in Nelson in 1953 and worked in both engineering and for a firm of antique shippers in the early 1970s. His love of antiques, inherited from his parents, came to the fore in 1976 when he joined Bonhams, the London auctioneers, working first as a porter in the ceramics department, becoming head of department in 1981

England footballers who have been suffering in the Portuguese heat could benefit from a new hi-tech football shirt that alerts managers to players' heart rate and hydration levels.

The shirt, designed by Northumbria University student David Evans, uses ECG sensors to record the electrical activity of the heart and send signals to a computer on the team bench, alerting managers, coaches and physios to the player's heart rate and highlighting any abnormal rhythms.

Silicon gel based strips are connected to the top of the players' backs and react to sweat loss to monitor hydration levels, indicating when a player is fatigued or dehydrated and could need to be substituted.

Additionally, a sensor on the shirtsleeve allows the bench to communicate with players out on the pitch by sending radio waves to a transmitter that gives off a small vibration and alerts the player to look towards the dug-out when necessary

Arsenal's new strip for their last season at Highbury may not be to everyone's taste but expert John Devlin is a redcurrant fan

When Second Division Woolwich Arsenal moved into their state-of-the-art Arsenal Stadium in 1913 it cost around £10m (in today's money). Their next new home, the Emirates Stadium down the road from Highbury, will come in at £357m, so a few extra kit sales would be handy before they bid farewell to their famous old ground at the end of this season.

The San Siro Museum offers the whole history of the Milan club at a few meters of distance from the legendary Meazza pitch.

An extraordinary collection of historical objects, original jerseys and trophies recall the most important victories, players and events of the Rossoneri

Replica shirt sales

Shirt sales are important to both sponsors and clubs. In the 1980s, when hooliganism was a factor, club replica shirt sales were quite low and clubs did relatively little to limit the use of official club logos. In 1990, following the National League Baseball Association example, Arsenal were one of the first clubs to register its name, to stop traders outside the football ground selling the club logo at an undercut price (Hallam, 1992).