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

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).

By the early 1980s in England competition sponsorship had opened the way to club shirt sponsorship. Abroad, the wearing of product names on club shirts was already common.

In 1978 Liverpool became the first British club to have a shirt sponsor.Sponsors names in England were initially limited in size by the Football League in order to placate fans and the 'non advertising' BBC. Some products cigarettes for example were considered 'not suitable' for football shirts, though alcohol products are still regularly featured on shirts. Most sponsors are private companies, but: WBA has had sponsorship from the Health Education Council; Millwall has promoted safe sex; and Hull City were sponsored in 1997/98 by the University of Hull

Can you spot the fake shirt and the real McCoy?
It's the pride and joy of any self respecting football fan but is the shirt on your back the real McCoy? Inside Out investigates counterfeit football shirts.

Every football season eager Magpie fans queue up to grab the new Newcastle United football shirt.

Newcastle United fans spend millions of pounds each year buying these replica kits. It's a symbol of pride and any self-respecting Toon Army fan has to have one.

But many supporters could be buying shoddy copies smuggled into Britain by organised gangs.

Away from the bright lights of St James' Park, counterfeiters are one step ahead of the game. Inside Out travelled to Bangkok to investigate the growing problem of counterfeit shirts.

Directed by :

Written by: Jim Boardman

starring: Jerzy Dudek, Martin Roche, Melanie Mackerth

co-starring: Adam Wright, A Liverpool FC spokesman, a police spokeswoman

Genre: Crime and Mystery

year: 2006

country: United Kingdom

synopsis: In this crime drama,some dogged Merseyside Police agents are on the case to investigate one of the U.K.'s most infamous shirt robberies.

Quote: "A lot of this stuff which has been stolen is irreplaceable and you can't put a price on it. Jerzy is obviously devastated," a Liverpool spokesman

by Alex Bellos

Even if you don’t know who Aldyr Garcia Schlee is, you are definitely acquainted with his creation.

In 1953 he designed the Brazilian football strip. The yellow shirt with green collar and cuffs is today the best-known outfit in world sport – not just international football.

The shirt was first worn in 1954. To celebrate its fiftieth anniversary we asked Aldyr – who is now 69 – to write us a personal history of the shirt through all the World Cups between 1954 and 2002.

This is the result. It is a wonderful and moving story through Brazilian football, Brazilian history, Aldyr’s life and the life that the shirt took once he designed it.

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