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All I want for Christmas is a Dukla Prague away kit… or The Boot Room Christmas Gift Guide pt 4

December 12, 2017

There are now just 12 days to go until the ruddy faced, obese and bearded fella (and we don’t mean Neil Ruddock!) breaks into your house via the chimney (or with a ‘magic’ key for those without a chimney) and leaves presents after downing a beer (or milk) and a mince pie. So, with time running out to order those final Christmas presents before the inevitable postal delays caused by the sheer volume of parcels going through the system we’re wrapping up our 2017 Gift Guide.


1.  Les Bleus socks by TRiCKETT – £8.00

Yet another pair of football inspired socks from the good folk at TRiCKETT. These ones are based on the classic French shirt from either 1984-86 or 1998-99 you decide. Or if you are a Tractor Boy then you could feasibly name these ‘Zondervan’s’ and claim that these twere inspired by the Ipswich Town kit from 1984-86 either way you’ll be getting a great pair of socks!

Who wore it best?

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2. Portrait prints –  by Stanley Chow – from £12.50 (A4 size)

Illustrator extraordinaire Stanley Chow has created more than 70 football themed prints featuring the great and the good of the beautiful game. He’s covered everyone from Arsene to Zidane!




Stanley has limited his range of prints to just football – take the time to explore all the other great prints he’s created of musicians, actors, politicians, historical figures, street scenes and many many more!

3. UK Grounds typography t-shirt from COPA  – €34.95 (approx £30)




Also available in Black


4.  The Football Shirts Book – a connoisseurs guide  by Neal Heard – ISBN: 9781785036651 RRP £14.99

Now we love vintage football shirts pretty much as much as we love vintage boots and this book features some of the best shirts ever. Originally published as A Lovers Guide to Football Shirts (ISBN: 9780995477407) this book is packed with images of some of the most iconic and beautiful shirts known to man.

WARNING: Owning this book may be bad for your bank balance as you’re bound to see a shirt that you must have and then the hunt will begin!





5.  Legends in dots print – £9.99 from Box2BoxFootball

These unframed A3 sized prints are a real bargain at £9.99. There are a number of footballing legends to choose from including Zizou, Messi, Pele, Bergkamp and our favourite Maradona

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Box2BoxFootball also have a great range of other football themed prints in their store along with other goodies!


6. Dukla Prague away shirt from TOFFS – £35.00

No football related Christmas gift guide can ever really be considered as complete without the inclusion of thanks to Half Man Half Biscuit, the fabled Dukla Prague away shirt! So here you go…


And just in case you’re not aware of the relevance take a look at the video below:


Stocking filler idea:

Pretty much anything from the ClassicFootballShirts clearance section! Their extensive clearance section contains everything from shirt numbers, flip flops and flat caps to mini figures, snoods and much more – oh and obviously there are loads of shirts and shorts etc to choose from! You can save a further 10% on anything from ClassicFootballShirts by entering CFSPJ10 at checkout!



Secret Santa ( maximum £5 budget):

Raffle ticket to win a 2017-18 Juan Mata Premier League matchworn shirt! £5


The guys at ClassicFootballShirts have partnered with Juan Mata’s CommonGoal charity initiative to give you the chance to win a signed matchworn Juan Mata Manchester United shirt. The shirt was worn earlier this season when United beat Crystal Palace with Mata scoring one of the goals. Tickets are priced at £5 each and all proceeds go to CommonGoal

The raffle ends on Saturday 16th December and the winner will be announced via social media on this date!


Still stuck for ideas? Part 1 of our gift guide it can be found here , Part 2 here and Part 3 here.

Or you could just get them some vouchers! 🙂


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

December 8, 2017

Back to an old favourite theme for us today but with a slight twist…

We’ve scoured eBay to bring you what we think are 6 of the best vintage Goalkeeper  shirts on the site right now. As always, none of these auctions have anything to do with us here at The Boot Room and apologies if we’ve blown up the auction you were watching and were hoping to grab for a steal!

  1. 1997/1998 VfL Bochum Goalkeeper Shirt – £59.99 Buy-It-Now

All of the ‘rainbow’ VfL Bochum kits from the same period are some of the most sought after shirts and this keeper jersey is no different.



2.  Vintage Uhlsport Goalkeeper shirt – size L – €35.00 Buy-It-Now

Love that Uhlsport Pro patch!



3.  adidas Questra Europa jersey – size L – $42.00 Buy-It-Now

Featuring the 3 Lion heads used on the Questra Europa range from Euro 96.



4.  1986-90 diadora Italy Goalkeeper shirt – size M – £124.99 Buy-It-Now or Best Offer

Great example of the iconic grey jersey worn by the Azzuri.



5.  Sampdoria Kappa Goalkeeper Shirt – size XXL (fits like an XL) – £20 Buy-It-Now

Love the way Samp incorporate their traditional horizontal striping into their keeper jerseys.



6. Vintage/Retro Erima Goalkeeper shirt – size XXL – $27.97 Buy-It-Now or Best Offer

There are no words…



And whilst we’re on the subject of Goalkeepers,  our friends over at Got, Not Got have recently added to their collection of team themed nostalgia books with the publication of Glove Story a collection of goalkeeping memorabilia, vintage product images, goalkeeping memories and interviews. Written by Derek Hammond and Gary Silke along with Rob Stokes this book is the ideal gift for any goalkeeper past or present but you don’t have to be a member of the Goalkeepers Union to appreciate this book. By purchasing this book you’ll also be doing some good as all the author royalties are being donated to the Willow Foundation.


Glove Story –  by Rob Stokes, Derek Hammond & Gary Silke -£10.00 from Conker Editions , amazon, other book sellers and Trickett

On the First day of Christmas my true love gave to me… or The Boot Room Christmas Gift Guide pt 3

December 1, 2017

So November has turned into December and as you turn the page on your official team calendar you realise that the player the designers selected for this month was sold to your nearest rivals in the last throes of the January transfer window just over 10 months ago…

However, December 1st does bring some joy as you open the first door on your new advent calendar and expose a chocolate/a picture of a manger / Lego Star Wars Ghost ship (delete as applicable). Then you realise that you still haven’t started your Christmas shopping and now there are just 24 days to go! Don’t fear and don’t panic we’re here with the 3rd part of our Christmas Gift Guide to help point you in the right direction – you won’t even have to leave the house to get them! Unless of course you’re out when the postman delivers them and you have to go and join the huge queue at your not so local Post Office Depot…

If you did happen to miss  Part 1 of our gift guide it can be found here and Part 2 can be found here.


1.  Drawing the 92 by Jamie Edwards – ISBN: 9781780895581 – RRP £25.00

This is a great colourful coffee table book showcasing the work of artist Jamie Edwards. He’s spent around 10 years travelling across the country to draw all 92 league grounds. Each of the illustrations is bold, colourful and drawn from views that fans of that club will instantly recognise and connect with. Each piece is accompanied by a brief description of the stadium and quotes. 51xlwk5vunlbook92kkingpower


2. Glove Story –  by Rob Stokes, Derek Hammond & Gary Silke -£10.00 from Conker Editions and other book sellers.

Our friends over at Got, Not Got have recently added to their collection of team themed nostalgia books with the publication of Glove Story a collection of goalkeeping memorabilia, vintage product images, goalkeeping memories and interviews. Written by Derek Hammond and Gary Silke along with Rob Stokes this book is the ideal gift for any goalkeeper past or present but you don’t have to be a member of the Goalkeepers Union to appreciate this book. By purchasing this book you’ll also be doing some good as all the author royalties are being donated to the Willow Foundation.



3. 1 year subscription to Mundial magazine – UK £30

What’s better than giving a gift that keeps on giving (well, 4 times a year!) ? Mundial is a quarterly football lifestyle magazine that covers everything from fans, and players to kits and boots via a few other diversions also! It’s a big favourite of ours and we’ve been subscribers since the first issue!



4.  Calcipolos – The Review – Gazzetta polo from Trickett – now just £15 (was £30)


Back in 1992 Channel 4 acquired the rights to screen Serie A. At this time the Italian top league was considered the best in the world with many of the worlds leading players plying their trade there. Over the course of a weekend Channel 4 would broadcast a live match on a Sunday afternoon under the banner of Football Italia and a recap/preview show on a Saturday morning called Gazzetta Football Italia. Both of these shows were hosted by James Richardson and it’s the iconic image of Richardson explaining the football stories making the headlines in Italy that is the inspiration for this polo shirt.  Be quick though as there are only XL’s left!



5.  A-Z of Football – Initial typographic print – £14 from Dinkit on Etsy

A is for Arsenal, B is for Barca, … Q is for QPR… etc

These tasteful and understated prints are a fine way to show off your allegiance and great value at £14 + postage.


Dinkit also have a range of other football themed prints in their Etsy store


Stocking filler idea:

More socks – this time from Win or Lose – £8 a pair and available in loads of team colours




Secret Santa ( maximum £5 budget):

Retro TOP TRUMPS game – Today’s Strikers 1992 version – £4.99

Everyone loves Top Trumps don’t they?

This reissued set contains 30 cards, including Ian Wright, Peter Beardsley, Steve Bull and Ally McCoist and comes in a newly designed cassette case.


Still stuck for ideas? Don’t worry Part 4 is coming soon…

The ALTERNATIVE Black Friday – 6 of the best black boots available right now!

November 24, 2017

We at The Boot Room are nothing if not traditional and although there’s nothing traditional about the transatlantic import of Black Friday it does provide us with an excuse and allow us an opportunity to preach about the honest beauty of black boots!

  1. Diadora Match Winner Italy OG SC –  Was £200 Now £160 – ProDirectSoccer.

Based on the original Diadora Match Winner as worn by The Divine Ponytail himself Roberto Baggio.



2. adidas Copa Mundial – £79.99 from Decathlon and other stores

This boot needs no introduction or fluffy marketing blurb it’s quite simply one of, if not the best boot EVER!



3. Nike Premier 2.0 SG Pro with Anti-Clog sole unit – £110 – ProDirectSoccer

We’ve been greatly impressed with the whole Nike Premier silo and the addition of a neon swoosh here and anti-clog sole unit make this a great choice for winter months.


If you’re lucky there are still a few bargain pairs of the earlier versions of the Premiers around although sizes appear to be limited now.

4. adidas Nemeziz 17.1 FG – £194.90 from Start Fitness

To prove that we’re not averse to new technologies here at The Boot Room we’re including this understated version of adidas top tier boot. Although we’ve not actually tried these ourselves we have heard some good things about the Nemeziz range. If it’s good enough for Lionel Messi then we’re sure it’s good enough for us lesser mortals.



5. Mizuno Morelia II Made in Japan – £100 (was £230) from ProDirectSoccer

A firm favourite here at The Boot Room! There are also non-Made in Japan versions of this boot which are also great and a little cheaper!



6. adidas X 15.1 FG/AG – £69.00 (was £149.99) from SportsSize

Decent price for a decent boot!



And finally if you already own a pair of brightly coloured boots and fancy joining us over on The Dark Side but don’t want to shell out for some new boots then why not try your hand at a DIY black out.

The guys over at have put together a pack of their thoroughly researched products so that you can customise your own boots the way you want to. Take a look at the gallery on their site for some ideas.


The kits come with an instruction booklet to guide you through the various steps you need to take to black out all or part of your boot the professional way.

The blackout kits are normally £27.99 but for a limited time they are just £19.99 and provide you with everything you need to fully blackout up to two pairs of boots.

BLACK FRIDAY – Deal roundup

November 24, 2017


It’s that time of the year again when your inbox gets bombarded with ‘not-to-be-missed’ promotional emails and discount offers from the owners of every mailing list that you may (or may not) have ever signed up to. The sheer numbers of offers and outlets offering discounts can be overwhelming so we’ve tried to pick out a few that we think will be of most interest to you guys!

  • Our friends at Roundhead Illustration have kindly provided us with an exclusive 25% discount code to use on their fantastic MishMash posters – just enter thebootroom at checkout to activate your saving!

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The good folk at StadiumHoppers are offering 20% off their scratchable Stadium maps when you enter BLACK at checkout!



The guys at Classic Football Shirts are offering 20% off their entire store (including clearance and matchworn items) when you enter code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout.


The most difficult thing about this offer might be deciding just which items from their extensive stock list you’ll add to your basket. For us the following shirts are very tempting indeed:

Philadelphia Union away – Now just £16.00

  • unionawayFlamengo Away shirt – now £20.00flaawayRayo Vallecano away – now £16.00rayovaway

But they don’t just stock clothing they also carry a decent range of boots and these Nike Total 90 Laser SG’s are a fantastic buy at just £32.00 after discount!


Pin badge and print maker extraordinaire Hallyink are offering a whopping 50% off your order when you order 2 or more items – just enter promo code HALLY when you checkout! By our calculations that would mean you could pick up their excellent mugs for £5, prints from £5, bottle opener key rings £2.50 and pin badges from just £1.25!






If you enter code BF20 at you’ll activate a generous 20% discount across the site (excluding Clearance) – making this awesome JEF United shirt just £56 instead of £70


and this classic Anderlecht shirt is now £48 instead of £60.00




The folks at Coolligan are giving a massive 50% off across their entire site – just enter promo code BF50 at checkout.

This stunning polo based on the Hamburg SV kit from 1974 is now £27 from £54


Also available from Coolligan are these Escape to Victory inspired polos – again £27 from £54 as worn by goalkeeper Robert Hatch (Sly Stallone) and Terry Brady (Bobby Moore) and Luis Fernandez (Pele)




It might be worth keeping an eye on our twitter feed as we’ll be retweeting the best of the Black Friday deals!

All I Want for Christmas is… or The Boot Room Christmas Gift Guide pt 2

November 21, 2017

All I want for Christmas is you/my two front teeth (delete as applicable) or yet more football related stuff to feed our passion/addiction (delete as applicable)!

As the countdown to December 25th continues (there are now just 34 days to go…) we’re gathering together some of our favourite football items from across the web for you!

In case you missed it Part 1 of our gift guide can be found here

  1. The Illustrated History of Football by David Squires – ISBN: 9781780895581 – £9.09 from amazon and other good bookstores (obviously!)510-uercdul-_sx322_bo1204203200_
  2.  FC Santa Claus Away shirt 2010/11 – £29.99 from

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Got to be a better option on Christmas Jumper Day than an awful Minion adorned acrylic festive monstrosity!

You can save a further 10% on anything from ClassicFootballShirts by entering CFSPJ10 at checkout!

3. Norwich City ‘Egg & Cress’ bobble hat – £22.80 from


Plenty of other clubs available too + bucket hats!

4. Football Shirts A to Z print from 67inc – £40.00


Other football themed prints from 67inc are also available

5.  Support Local FutBol (or Football) hoody $48.00 from Talisman & Co (also available in Black)

Surely this is a sentiment we can all get behind! Never forget that there’s football life outside the Premier League and the living room ;-). Your local club, be they non-league or lower league, will always make you feel welcome – you might even be lucky and see some decent football!


Pin badges, patches, caps and t-shirts are also available in a wide range of colours


Stocking filler idea:

Eto’o and Drogba influenced socks  – £9 each from from Trickett England

There’s nothing wrong with keeping it traditional at Christmas and you can’t get more traditional than socks plus you can never have enough socks can you?


Secret Santa ( maximum £5 budget):

Escape to Victory DVD – £3.99 Buy It Now on eBay (or even cheaper if you don’t mind a used copy!)

It’s sure to be on over Xmas but just in case it’s not…



Still stuck for ideas? Don’t worry Part 3 is coming soon…

6 of the best vintage astro turf boots on eBay right now!

November 20, 2017

This post delivers another variation on our  regular-ish series ‘6 of the best on eBay’ posts . Today’s post is focusing on astro turf boots / trainers. Most of the boots/trainers below were developed before the advent of 3G pitches and when many facilities refused to let you wear even moulded or rubber studs on their artificial pitches. Also, the older pitches were nowhere near as ‘cushioned’ as the pitches of today – some were pretty much just AstroTurf carpet laid on top of a concrete base. To that end we’ve tried to steer clear of any that feature the now much more familiar artificial ground (AG) stud configuration and focused on those that have a more regular trainer outsole.

As always none of these listings are anything to do with us here at The Boot Room and apologies if we’ve blown up any auction that you were hoping to grab for a steal!


  1. adidas Equipment Turf UK7.5 US8  $129.00 (£97 approx) Buy It Now or Best Offer



2. Nike Air Zoom Santos US 8.5 UK7.5 – Buy It Now $119 (approx £90) or Best Offer



3. adidas Precision Trainer UK10.5 US11 – Buy It Now $129.00 (approx £97) or Best Offer



4. adidas Etrusco Turf UK8.5 – Starting price £20.00



5. Nike Air Tiempo Huarache Turf US11 UK10 – $191.99 (approx. £145) Buy It Now or Best Offer



6. Lotto Serena Turf US10.5-  $52.47 (approx £40) Buy It Now or Best Offer



A word of warning when buying vintage trainers or football boots there is a very real chance that they may no longer be suitable for playing in. The materials used may well have degraded over the years and mid-soles are prone to crumble and or collapse and you may find that the adhesive used has deteriorated and the outsole may start to come away.


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