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What’s on our EBAY watchlist?

November 18, 2021

So, here it is… our first blog post in a while. Truth be told it’s still a bit of a struggle trying to find the time to write them especially when a bit more freelancing work comes our way. As much as we’d love to update this every day or at least a few times a week unfortunately it doesn’t pay the bills.

So until we can somehow find a way to make it pay then you’ll have to make do with the sporadic updates that we do post. Anyhow, enough of the chit-chat and excuses let’s get down to creating some content…

In the past, we used to run a feature highlighting gems that were sitting on everyone’s favourite (or only) auction site – eBay. We featured eBay finds in our ‘Weekly Roundups’ and also in our ‘6 of the best’ series be it football boots or shirts. Hmmm, maybe we should resurrect those…

Right, that’s enough waffling for now, here’s a selection of what’s in our eBay watchlist. As always apologies for blowing up any auction you may be watching


Not sure what we’d do with this but still tempted to get it – just love the diadora logo across the shirt. Plus it’s a nice piece of unofficial (we’re guessing) memorabilia from a great World Cup.


This exhibition poster from 1982 shows Leroy Neiman’s interpretation of Kevin Keegan in the classic admiral England kit of the period. For those who aren’t aware Neiman was an American artist known for his brilliantly coloured, expressionist paintings and screenprints of athletes, musicians, and sporting events. It’s well worth a quick Google of his work


This shirt is just crazy but we kind of love it! It’s got so many elements that we are partial to…

  • it’s orange
  • it’s got an all over print
  • it’s got a great crested badge
  • the back features a number
  • it’s got the manufacturers logo set into the actual fabric

A quick google of Carlos Barbosa FC, or ACBF, tells us that they are a Brazilian Futsal team from Carlos Barbosa in the Rio Grande do Sul state. They actually wear orange in homage to the Dutch team of 1974.

4: Hartwell Vintage 80/90s Mens Varsity Custom Patches Blue Bomber Jacket – Size L£49.99 BUY IT NOW

We have hovered over the ‘BUY IT NOW’ button so many times with this jacket knowing full well that we probably couldn’t pull it off. But just look at all those patches – what a story this jacket or Chad Myers must be able to tell!

5: Puma Arsenal vintage football boots 80`s sz UK 6 BNIB Made in YugoslaviaBUY IT NOW £139 or BEST OFFER

It wouldn’t be right if we didn’t share some boots as well would it? There’s always a few pairs in our watchlist. These are a great example of an early 1980s Puma boot. Just look at the condition and that orange formstripe! These are not in our size nor are we Arsenal fans but we can still appreciate their beauty! If money and space were no object then we’d pick these up but it’s not, so until that time we’ll just keep popping back and looking at them.

Hopefully, you’ve enjoyed a little peek into our watchlist – let us know in the comments!

I am the resurrection! And we’re back again, AGAIN!

October 24, 2021

Yes, yes, we know… we’ve said it before but this time (more than any other time, this time, we’re gonna find a way…) we are determined to post regular updates to this blog.

Previously real life, family, work and other pressures have got in the way of new content appearing on this site. But, we are now more determined than ever to provide you with some of our random thoughts, views, opinions on football boots, kits and football culture in general.

As before, we’ll also share with you some of our finds, pick-ups and collection pieces plus share any web finds (images, videos etc) that have piqued our interest recently…

You can also follow us on various social media including:


Instagram: – joint account with the good folk at Diving Header Designs (t-shirt shop coming soon)

Anyway onto some real content – although this is more of a collective brain dump of things we like, have seen or picked up rather than the, hopefully, much more structured posts that will follow over the coming weeks…

Letraset Action Replay Transfers

A real staple of our childhood here at Boot Room Towers and now a fixture amongst our regular eBay searches

With our offspring now reaching a more suitable age for when the glory and complexities of Subbuteo can be introduced we’ve found ourselves scouring the web looking for extras to add to our existing sets. We’ve yet to find a better site than

Who knew there were so many different types of pitches available now?

After watching a number of subbuteo videos on YouTube we’re even considering building a replica of our local non-league ground… very much still i the planning stages at the moment.

adidas World Cup SL on ebay – too small for us otherwise we may have been interested…

Most recent pick ups:


Until the next time!

Boot Room Weekly Round Up – Issue 8

June 30, 2020

It’s been so long since we last updated this blog – the last post was Sept 13, 2018 – you could reasonably describe this post in marketing speak as ‘eagerly awaited’ – or maybe we are just flattering ourselves…

You can thank @RNSkipper on Twitter for giving us that final nudge that kicked us into gear and got us posting. As it’s been so long since our last post we’re going to restart with a tried and tested format – our weekly review or round up post. Enjoy!… hopefully.


New boot of the week: Nike Mercurial Vapor 13 Elite CR7 Safari FG 

These probably weren’t even released this week but hey, its been that long since we updated the blog they feel like they were released this week to us! Although we’re big fans and advocates of traditional black boots we’re also big fans of Nike’s iconic Safari print so these get a pass!

Safari, so goody!



Vintage shirt of the week: HELLAS VERONA 1987-88 Hummel – ebay starting price €29.99


Bargain of the week: Mizuno Morelia II Made In Japan SI SG Football Boots – was £260 NOW £80


Video of the week : Graeme Souness Showing Why Footballers Today Wouldn’t Survive The 80’s

They just don’t make ’em like they used to…



Image of the week:

Forget the truly stunning Sampdoria away kit being modelled by Graeme Souness and Trevor Francis just take a look at Soueys feet… and yes they are Dunlop boots! Only the glorious bastard that is Graeme Souness could pull off wearing Dunlop boots in Serie A!



Pick-ups of the week:

A few more vintage shirts to add to the hoard…


This weeks other worthy mentions:

Just look at the typeface used in the sponsor logo on this Getafe away shirt – £24.99 from Classic Football Shirts = oh and the orange and blue colourway is pretty tasty too!


Hand Drawn Stadiums By Matthew Brown, Stadiafile – available via Dinkit


We love these wonderfully detailed, hand-drawn illustrations of iconic football grounds and stands. 


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.


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

September 13, 2018

winter is coming

Game of throw-ins…[ouch! Sorry!]

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!


Calcio e Moda

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


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.


Zoff Juve – £37

These hats and a few more can be found at


Football Bobbles –

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…



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



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



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



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!


NIKE PSG camo – was £25 NOW £15




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 –

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.


1860 macron hat

TSV 1860 Munich hat by Macron – £6.99


kappa napoli beanie

Kappa Napoli Beanie Hat – £4.99
mcfc nike

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 –

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.


Wilkins Volley – £38




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 😉







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


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.





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



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)



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



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





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

adi pred acc 1

adi pred acc 2

adi pred acc 3

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…



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)



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 (  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



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…



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…



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

6 of the best shirts


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



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

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



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.



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

No comment needed here…



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 😉



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

Be the meme!




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)




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




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




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




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




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





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

puma mexico finale


Sanfrecce Hiroshima shirt:

sanfrecce hiroshima


Linfield FC 125 year anniversary shirt



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

terme shirt


Vintage Southwest German Football Association adidas shirt – Wikipedia entry


Kusatsu AFC shirt by Topper


Tango tee from Hallyink



Tango pins from Hallyink



World Cup tee from Mason London (via Everpress)



Latest issue of Glory magazine



adidas Nemeziz Tango 17.1




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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