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Winter is coming! Our pick of the best bobble hats around…

September 13, 2018

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The nights are drawing in, the evenings are getting shorter and temperatures are starting to drop. It’s almost time for those favourite big coats to make their reappearance from the wardrobe and so we thought we’d take a look around the interweb to see what woolly hats are out there to keep our noggins nice and toasty!

 

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First up is this hat based on the iconic Umbro Ajax TDK away kit from 1989/90

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Amsterdam bobble – £35

 

Or if you’re looking for something a little more subtle then maybe CalcioEModa’s Zoff Juve hat, inspired by the grey and black Kappa jersey that the great Dino Zoff wore for The Old Lady, is more your cup of tea.

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Zoff Juve – £37

These hats and a few more can be found at https://calcioemoda.bigcartel.com/

 

Football Bobbles – https://www.footballbobbles.com/product-category/bobble-hats/

The good folk over at FootballBobbles are forever adding to their range of hats (bobble and bucket) based on iconic kits from loads of different clubs and nations (numbering 42 so far but always growing!). Some of the hats are strictly limited edition so you have to be quick to grab one but it’s alawys worth following their twitter account to keep up to date with new releases and offers. Below are just some of our faves from their selection…

 

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Egg & Cress – Norwich City 92/94 Ribero kit inspired – £22.80

 

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Sterland – Sheffield Wednesday 87/88 away kit – £22.80

 

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The Rocky – Arsenal ‘Bruised Banana’ 92/93 away kit inspired merino wool hat – £30

 

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Rosebery bobble hat based on the 90/91 Scotland leisure shirt by Umbro – £22.80

To view the full range of hats offered by FootballBobbles click here

 

Lovell Soccer

Boot and equipment superstore Lovell Soccer also stock a wide range of accessories so it’s no surprise to find these two beauties in their store – whats more they are reduced!

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NIKE PSG camo – was £25 NOW £15

 

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Nike AS Roma camo – was £25 NOW £15

As well as the two above Lovell Soccer have a few other beanies worth looking at here

 

 

Classic Football Shirts – https://www.classicfootballshirts.co.uk/nsearch/?q=hat

Question: Where do you go if you’re looking for something from some of the more obscure football teams from around the world?

Answer: Classic Football Shirts

So it’s no surprise to find that they have sourced a number of beanies from clubs around the world – some of which are player issue and were not previously commercially available.

 

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TSV 1860 Munich hat by Macron – £6.99

 

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Kappa Napoli Beanie Hat – £4.99
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Man City Player issue with removable Pom-Pom- £9.99

 

Savile Rogue

If you’re looking for something a little more traditional then Savile Rogue, manufacturers of super soft cashmere scarves, have built a range of beanies suitable for pretty much every team in their luxurious cashmere.


See the full range of Savile Rogue hats here – £38

 

The Famous Headwear – https://www.thefamousheadwear.co.uk/products

If you fall on blue side of the football divide in Glasgow then we’re sure you are already aware of the great Rangers stuff coming out of The Famous Headwear. They have produced a number of items including hats, scarves and pin badges. In our view this hat, Wilkins Volley, named after this stunning strike from Ray Wilkins against Celtic, is the pick of a pretty strong bunch.

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Wilkins Volley – £38

 

 

TRiCKETT 

Yeah, we know that these hats from the good folk at TRiCKETT are not football related but they are just too good not to feature! We’ve got our eyes on the Astroworld one below but the Tiffany Dunk one is just as good and could always double up as a Coventry City hat too 😉

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Astroworld – £30 (AVAILABLE FROM 7PM, THURSDAY 13th SEPTEMBER

 

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Tiffany – £30 (AVAILABLE FROM 7PM, THURSDAY 13th SEPTEMBER)

 

Hopefully, one of the above hats takes your fancy and remember ‘If you want to get ahead…get a hat!’

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Print is dead. Long live Print! or The Rise of the Independent Football Magazine

August 24, 2018

Print is Dead. Long Live Print

 

Not that long ago many publishing and media industry commentators were telling us that the future of magazines, newspapers and books was not looking good. Electronic delivery of content was the future – all of our media consumption was to be via e-book readers, tablets and mobile phones. For a few years this seemed to be a fairly safe and solid prediction – newspapers closed due to falling circulations, high print run magazines fought over the same dwindling readership, and advertisers feared that their valuable £’s were being wasted. So publishers rushed to create online versions of magazines promising interactive elements that ‘ye olde’ paper and ink couldn’t deliver but it seems that readers weren’t convinced and the uptake wasn’t as great as hoped or expected.

So if the above predictions and outcomes were true why are there now more independent magazines than ever and how do magazine stores such as the outstanding magMA survive?

Numerous new magazines have been launched in recent years, regrettably and inevitably some haven’t survived, but those that have and continue to do so are those that seem to really know their audience and speak to them. Maybe the key to successful independent publishing is to choose your niche carefully and try to ensure your coverage is not too general. Often faced with high ‘set up’ costs and lack of advertising income indie publishers face a necessity of having to price their output at a ‘premium’ rate and so the typography, design and photography is a key part of their visual identity. Even the quality of paper stock needs to be carefully considered – it needs to lend an air of quality and helps place the publication as a collectable item or something to treasure. Alongside these more physical features, the quality of the words contained within each article and issue have to deliver and connect with the reader. Otherwise, it’s just form over function…and nobody wants that.

Football has been one particular area of the independent magazine sector that happily does seem to have prospered. Below are some of our favourite football magazines that we really think you should subscribe to or at least try for an issue or two.

 

 

 

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NPLH is a fan-focused magazine that looks for the unique and niche stories within football. The creators, all football fans with real love for the game, aim to provide alternative perspectives on the beautiful game and seek romance in the unusual, untold corners of the sport, as well as unique takes on familiar stories. The team at NPLH try to ensure that all aspects of the game are represented in each issue – Elite level / non league or grass-roots and the women’s game.

Cost – £7 per issue

Subscription – 3 issues for £21

 

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Originally launched as a one-off to celebrate the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, MUNDIAL is now a quarterly football lifestyle magazine that has gone from strength to strength. Each issue is put together by a number of contributors who are clearly fans and they really seem to strike a chord with other fans – especially us here at The Boot Room! Their undoubted love and interest in fans, kits, photography, boots, nostalgia, goals, illustrations, pubs, and words is what really resonates with us. The magazine is more about the cultural aspects of football than the actual game but that’s perfectly fine with us. Oh, and they also do some cracking t-shirts, pin badges and other goodies. Their weekly newsletter is great too – you should sign up if you haven’t already!

Cost – £7 per issue

Subscription – £30 per year (UK)

 

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Glory is a new football magazine with an ethos to put the ‘beautiful’ back into the beautiful game. They travel the world documenting alternative football cultures including the most remote, exotic and unusual destinations. Each issue focuses on a particular country – so far issues have covered the Faroe Islands, Kosovo and Sweden with the Republic of Ireland the next to be featured. Don’t expect to see coverage of the Premier League, the Champions League, World Cup or even the Football League and  major European club competitions. The focus is instead on the countless nations where die-hard fans pack remote, windswept stadia to watch their favourite teams.

Cost – £10 per issue

 

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We’re long time subscribers and fans of The Blizzard (since Issue Zero) and we’ve never failed to be impressed by the quality of the writing inside every issue. The articles and pieces inside tend to be a longer form than you’d find online or in some other magazines but this provides the writers with the freedom to write about what really interests them or what really matters to them. Inside every issue there’s a great mix of history, culture, interviews, profiles and even fiction!

Cost – £12 per issue

Subscriptions – Print + online   from £40 per year or Online only £20 per year

 

 

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Stack is a subscription service for independent magazines and was launched in 2008 as a showcase for independent magazines and their editors, designers and publishers. As with most of the new breed of magazines, in fact any magazine, the best way to enjoy them is to actually hold them in your hands and read them! Stack have two ways of helping you do that: You can either choose from their extensive range of magazines (not just football) in their shop, or let them surprise you every month with their subscription service and you’ll receive a surprise delivery every month.

We still get that sense of anticipation and excitement  when the latest issue of the above magazines land on the door mat and we sincerely believe that there is definitely a place for print alongside the other media channels.

Print is dead! Long live Print!

Boot Room Weekly Round Up – Issue 7

August 23, 2018

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We seem to need the pressure of weekly publishing to make sure we update this site so we are going to bring back our weekly round ups! We managed to get 6 out at the start of the year before they ground to a halt.  So here’s the long awaited issue 7 of the Boot Room Weekly Round Up – enjoy, share, like, comment etc!

 

New boot of the week: adidas Predator Accelerator

This is more of a remake than a new boot as such but there could only be one boot as this weeks new boot of the week…the remastered 1998 adidas Predator Accelerator

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Pictures courtesy of ProDirectSoccer

 

Vintage boot of the week: no entry this week – maybe next time 😉

 

Vintage shirt of the week –  adidas Anderlecht shirt 1990-1992

The purple and the stylised G logo of sponsor Generale Bank makes this instantly recognisable from quite some distance as an Anderlecht shirt to those of us of a certain age bracket. The one thing that’s always bothered us though is that the adidas trefoil logo sits over the heart and not the club badge…

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Bargain of the week – adidas Predator 18.1 FG UK 6-11 – Was £200 NOW £75

With a saving of 62.5% these adidas Predator 18.1 FG boots represent stunning value for money. Lovell Soccer still have a good size run available. If you’re not keen on this colourway or want the SG version then Lovell Soccer have reduced many of them also (adults from £80 and kids from £40)

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Video of the week – Nike Park Life ad

Not quite sure how or why but somehow Nike’s classic ‘Park Life’ ad showed up on one of recent visits to YouTube… definitely brought back some Sunday League memories for us. Enjoy!

 

 

Image of the week:

This cropped up on our Twitter timeline courtesy of Dan Mobbs (https://twitter.com/ThreeMatchBan)  and it’s just stunning. We’ve seen some interesting and varied team group pictures in the past but never have we seen one like this! 12 players perched on the crossbar, a mish mash of shorts and socks and 4 people hidden in the background!

It turns out this this is the Estudiantes de La Plata (Argentina)  team group from 1960! (courtesy of @Camiseta_Pincha

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eBay finds of the week 

A seller on ebay has a number of vintage prints of cartoon depicting various clubs nicknames. Some of the nicknames are a little unfamiliar now – we never knew that Colchester United were known as The Oysters, Reading were The Biscuit Makers and not Royals, and that Coventry City were The Bantams!

 

Just look at the typeface! Plus you know this is full of classic players, kits and boots…

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Pick-ups of the week

  • We’ve taken full advantage of the HallyInk up to 50% off sale here at The Boot Room. We’ve ordered loads more pin badges, a couple of mugs and even a print or 2! Head straight over to HallyInk to save up to 50% on all items across the store

 

  • Vintage 1994 J League mascot handkerchief

Not 100% sure what we’re going to do with this but saw and just had to get it! Might frame it…

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This weeks other worthy mentions:

  • If you’re not already following Bands FC on Twitter then you should be!

 

Feel free to let us know what you think of this post, our site or anything else in the comments below or via our twitter page.

6 of the best vintage football shirts on eBay right now!

August 20, 2018

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Following on from last weeks ‘6 of the best vintage football boots on eBay’ post we’re now bringing you what we think are 6 of the best vintage football shirts on eBay right now.

None of these auctions have anything to do with us at The Boot Room so apologies if we are blowing up any auctions you were hoping to grab for a steal.

  1. umbro LAZIO away shirt 1994/95 – LARGE – £40.00 Buy It Now

Channel your inner Gazza, Aron Winter or Alessandro Nesta in this shirt – nice to see the Lazio badge embroidered

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2.  BONTANG FC shirt – SIZE M – Starting price £10.00

We’ve never heard of Bontang FC or Specs but this shirt is crazy!

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3.  Bukta Bristol City Fc away shirt – 1990 – LARGE – Current price £10.50

From the glory days of Andy Cole and Jackie Dziekanowski is this stunning Bukta number. Sometimes the sponsor logo on these has faded but this one looks to be nice and bold still.

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4.  TOPPER BRAZIL  86-90  SHIRT – SIZE M – Stating price €9.99 (approx £8.95)

No comment needed here…

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5.  Nike TSV Munich 1860 shirt – XL – Buy It Now €40.00 (approx £35.82) or Make an Offer

There are other teams in Munich you know, not just Bayern 😉

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6.  Kappa FEYENOORD Third shirt – XXL – Buy It Now £19.99

Be the meme!

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Be lucky and beware as sometimes things are not always what they seem on eBay. There seems to have been a bit of an increase in fake vintage shirts recently – some may be carefully listed or described as ‘prototypes’. If in doubt ask us or the numerous shirt collectors on Twitter as we’re sure they would happily help confirm authenticity.

6 of the best vintage boots on eBay right now!

August 17, 2018

6 of the best

 

We know, we know… we said that we would be much more regular in posting to the blog but real life got in the way AGAIN! Job changes, house move and family life have all prevented us from finding the time to post. But we will NOT be beaten and we WILL post content!!!!

So by way of a gentle reintroduction to blog posting we’ve compiled one our long standing ‘6 of the best on eBay’ style posts with this one focusing on vintage boots. We’ve pored over the current eBay listings to bring you, in our opinion, 6 of the best vintage boots on there right now.

As always, apologies if we’ve drawn attention to any listing you were hoping to grab unnoticed!

 

1. Valsport VS Brasil – EU40 – Buy It Now €119.00 (approx £106)

 

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2. Patrick Platini Silver – EU44 UK10 (?) – €99 Buy It Now (approx £110) or Best Offer

 

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3. adidas QUESTRA FINALE SG  – Size UK10.5 – Buy It Now £45.00 or Best Offer

 

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4. diadora W. ZENGA  – UK11(?) – Buy It Now €69.90 (approx £62.42)

 

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5. Stylo Matchmakers Liverpool – UK10.5 –  Starting Price $2.50 (approx £2!)

 

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6. adidas Azteca – UK8 – Buy It Now €119 (approx £106) or Best Offer

 

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Bit of a disclaimer here – none of the above auctions have anything to do with us here at The Boot Room. Please bear in mind that many materials can degrade over time and so the boots shown above may not be in wearable condition.

Happy bidding and good luck!

And we’re back! Recent pick ups part 1

May 9, 2018

Once again real life has got in the way of us updating this blog – work, family, marathons and a potential house move have all dragged us away from the keyboard at various times in the last few months. Hopefully things are starting to settle down a little and we can get back to posting some more content. By way of a gentle reintroduction to post writing here’s some of our pick ups whilst we’ve been away … pretty sure there has been more but we don’t have pics of those at the moment. There are also some that are not pictured as they are still in transit to us!

Anyway, here goes – enjoy!

 

Puma Mexico Finale

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Sanfrecce Hiroshima shirt:

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Linfield FC 125 year anniversary shirt

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Unknown Italian team shirt – Made by Garman – Terme Trescore may be a sponsor as according to google this is a thermal baths!

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Vintage Southwest German Football Association adidas shirt – Wikipedia entry

 

Kusatsu AFC shirt by Topper

 

Tango tee from Hallyink

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Tango pins from Hallyink

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World Cup tee from Mason London (via Everpress)

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Latest issue of Glory magazine

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adidas Nemeziz Tango 17.1

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Pick ups Part 2 is coming soon!

Hare you go, an eggstra special Easter themed image post!

March 30, 2018

No yolk (ouch!), some of these are pretty tenuous! Can you get them all?

Enjoy and Happy Easter!

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