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Love is in the air! A St. Valentines Day image special

February 14, 2018

Some are more tenuous than others but all relate in someway to February 14th!

 

Heart of Midlothian

Love Street

Tim Flowers

Bale Heart Celebration

Sacred Heart FC

Joe Hart

Vagner Love

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Peter Valentine

Kern Cupid

Alan Birchenall and Tony Currie

McCoist and Gazza

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From the archive – Part 8: Puma Diego Maradona moulded

February 13, 2018

As regular or long-time readers of this blog may know that we used to have an image gallery/repository based website hosted by the now defunct fotopic.net . When they went belly up we, like many other users, lost access to hundreds of images that we’d collected over the years. Thankfully, a fair while after we received an email out of the blue stating that we were able to regain access to the files that we had posted on our old site and that we had resigned to never seeing again. So, we followed their instructions and managed to get hold of most of our old files. Rather than risk losing them again we transferred them to various CD’s and an external hard drive for safe keeping. Then somewhere in the months and years that followed we lost track of where these back-up CD’s and hard drive were kept… Until this week when we stumbled across them whilst searching for something else completely unrelated to this site. Now that it is back in our hands we plan on sharing their contents again and we’re starting off these Puma Diego Maradona mouldeds. These image were previously posted on our old site but hopefully they are new to some visitors of this blog.

Being of a certain age and traditionalists we love the simplicity of these boots. Plain black leather with a contrasting white form stripe. You just know that after a few wears, polishes and some application of dubbin that these would have softened up a treat! They also feature a one colour sole unit with rubber studs in a nice gum colour. We always found that this type of sole unit always aged really well.

The only thing that we’d love to have seen on these is the traditional white tongue top that Puma used extensively in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. However, this omission is easily forgiven as the print of Maradona’s face on the tongue is fantastic. adidas also used images of their sponsored players on some of their boot tongues including Beckenbauer, Trevor Francis and others and, of course, they also used this style on their Stan Smith, Illie Nastase and Rod Laver trainers from the same time period.

This is a boot that we’d be happy to wear today and can imagine that the moulded sole on these would be great on a modern 4G pitch. So, if anyone ever sees a pair of these in UK11 or UK11.5 then drop us a line please!

 

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

February 12, 2018

It’s been a while since we’ve done one of these  so here you go…

We’ve scoured eBay to bring you what we think are 6 of the best vintage football shirts on there right now. As always, none of these auctions have anything to do with us at The Boot Room applies!

  1. IPSWICH TOWN AWAY SHIRT – 1981 – Starting price £49.99

 

2.  NIKE NEW YORK / NEW JERSEY METROSTARS – MLS – £79.99 Buy It Now or Best Offer

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3.  adidas GHANA BLACK STARS SHIRT – 1994 – Starting Price £49.00

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4.  HUMMEL SUNDERLAND AWAY SHIRT 1991-93 – $105.00 Buy It Now (approx £76.00) or Best Offer

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5.  UMBRO LAZIO SHIRT 1990-91 – MEDIUM – Starting Price £39.00

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6.  TOPPER GREMIO SHIRT – £35.00 Buy It Now

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Be lucky and beware as sometimes things are not quite what they seem on eBay. There seems to have been a bit of an increase in fake vintage shirts recently!

Boot Room Weekly Round Up – Issue 6

February 8, 2018

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And still we keep up our New Years Resolution of regularly posting new content to this site. Apologies if the following post appears a bit Nike heavy but it could be argued that they ‘won’ this week with some very strong product launches. Anyway, here’s issue 6 of the Boot Room Weekly Round Up – enjoy, share, like, comment etc!

New boot of the week: Nike Mercurial Superfly 360 – RRP £229.95

It’s pretty hard to imagine a more star studded launch event than the one that Nike held for the latest incarnation of their Mercurial boot. Nike endorsed players such as Manu Lanzini, Joao Mario, Alexis Sanchez, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jordan Henderson and Eden Hazard were all in attendance along with Brazilian legends Neymar Jr and Ronaldo to announce the latest version on Nike’s premium speed boot. Amazingly these boots don’t have a soleplate instead Nike FlyKnit technology wraps the entire foot. According to Nike, this ensures a hug like fit that eliminates any gaps between the foot and soleplate and thereby reducing the chance of any slipping inside. If the fit is right and the foot can’t slip then the players speed is not compromised.

The ‘sole’ of the boot is visually stunning but does a lack of a traditional soleplate affect the traction that the boot offers? No is the answer from Nike. Traction is provided by precisely placed studs in the forefoot and heel. The Nike designers looked to the natural world for inspiration – in particular Cheetahs. The forefoot is built for acceleration in any direction while the heel studs help the player stop.

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Here Jeongwoo Lee, Nike Football Senior Design Director, explains the design process behind the new Mercurial 360.

Expect to see the top Nike endorsed players sporting these boots this coming weekend,  ahead of them going on sale at nike.com on Wednesday 14th February.

Vintage boot of the week: Nike Air GX FG US10.5 UK9.5 – Buy it Now $149.00 or Best Offer

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Quite how these boots still haven’t sold on eBay despite them being listed a number of times is beyond us…maybe its to do with them being mistakenly listed as Nike Air Roma. These boots, released in 1997, were the direct inspiration for the Nike Hypervenom III GX that were released earlier this season.

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The Air GX even featured on a track on a Nike Promotional CD of Mo Wax produced tunes inspired by various Nike shoes of the time. We’ve still got a copy somewhere… but in the meantime here’s the Nike GX track

 

 

 

Vintage shirt of the week –  adiads 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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Bargains of the week – adidas Predator Precision SG UK 10   £95 Buy it Now or Best Offer

We’d normally use this section to highlight sale bargains on brand new boots from various websites but thought these still qualify as a bargain. With a Buy It Now price of £95 these are a good price but with the added temptation that the seller is willing to listen to offers then you could pick these up for even less. Yes, they could do with a bit of restoration work but they look like they are in pretty good condition. eBay also has a few packs of replacement studs on there at the moment along with the special stud key that’s needed.

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Video of the week – Nutmeg! Nuts! Megs! Megnuts! Túnel! Panna! Caño! Tunnel!

 

 

 

Image of the week:

There’s just so much right with this pic of Joël Tanter of FC Rouen. The pinstripe shirt, oversized sponsor, the adidas trefoil, the beard, the hair and the seemingly unflinchingly stare!

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eBay finds of the week 

We’d love to own this Roy Race cut-out but not sure our other half would be quite so keen…

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Pick-ups of the week

  • Vintage Roy of the Rovers pin badge – this badge highlights the ground breaking sponsorship deal that Gola secured with the mighty Melchester Rovers in 1981 and takes us right back to popping to the newsagents every Saturday morning to pick up our reserved copy of the latest issue of Roy of the Rovers.

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  • Vintage Fiorentina shirt by ABM – We’ve always had a soft spot for Italian team shirts and this Viola shirt was just too good and too much of a bargain to let slip through our hands. Better pictures to follow when it actually arrives…

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This weeks other worthy mentions:

  • FC Dallas of the MLS unveiled this beauty of a home kit. The shirt is meant to invoke the look and style of the Texas state flag. A great little detail is the white star on the left sleeve that features the initials ‘LH’ as a tribute to team founder Lamar Hunt and also as another nod to the state flag.
  • This was definitely a week for MLS kit launches – another one that caught our eye was the New York City away shirt

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  • The kits for this summers World Cup are now starting to come thick and fast. This week saw both the England and Nigeria kit launch. Clearly taking inspiration from their 1994 World Cup shirt the Nigeria one is stunning.

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The bucket hat and floral track top are also superb!

We were a little less impressed with the England efforts, as nice and traditional as they are, but we do think that Nike missed a trick in not making the training shirt the playing shirt. With echoes of the 1982 admiral shirt, we’re sure that this will prove very popular among the England support

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  • If you’re on Instagram then take a look at the One Shilling account page for some great images of exquisite Football Programmes from a humbler time

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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.

Boot Room Weekly Round Up – Issue 5

February 2, 2018

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Well it was a mad rush to try and get this issue (number 5!) of our Weekly Round-Up out on time (at least before the end of the week anyway!). Please forgive any typo’s, errors and other cock-ups…

 

 

 

New boot of the week: Nike Fast AF pack

There doesn’t seem to be a week go by these days without the launch of a new colourway or ‘pack’. Back in the day brands launched their range of new boots for the season ahead in the summer. Now it feels like a new pack is released every month…possibly even more frequently.

This week saw the launch of the Nike AF pack across the Hypervenom, Magista and Tiempo silos. All 3 ranges have been reworked in an understated charcoal grey with Total Orange flashes

 

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Tiempo Legend VII – Our personal favourites of the AF pack
All of the above boots and more from the new Nike Fast AF pack is available to order now from Lovell Soccer

Vintage boot of the week: No selection this week… back next week 😉

 

 

Vintage shirt of the week –  Unknown German/Swiss club – Erima 

 

The muscle car sponsor on this Erima shirt from an unknown German/Swiss club makes this shirt.

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Bargains of the week – Puma EvoPower 2.3 – Was £100 Now £20

 

One for the big foots out there… these Puma EvoPower 2.3 in UK12 are just £20.00 – reduced from £100.00 – a saving of 80%

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adidas Ace 16.1 FG Primeknit and SG Primeknit – Was £200 – Now £60

Lovell Soccer have got both the adidas Ace 16.1 FG Primeknit and SG Primeknit available in a good size range for the bargain price of just £60 instead of their RRP of £200

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Video of the week – Diego Armando Maradona… enough said!

 

 

Image of the week:

Just look at this early 1980’s shot of Paulo Roberto Falcão from his days at AS Roma. There’s just so much right about this image – the kit, the ball, the hair, the Collisseum in the back ground…we love it!

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eBay finds of the week 

Nothing this week as we’ve been too busy with other stuff to scour eBay!

 

 

Pick-ups of the week

  • Nike Footwear Catalogue – Fall 1999
  • Nike Footwear Catalogue – Fall 2001
  • Nike Footwear Catalogue – Spring 2003

In the coming weeks we’ll be sharing some more detailed pics/scans from each of these catalogues so stay tuned!

 

This weeks other worthy mentions:

  • Sky’s coverage of the transfer deadline day –  Jim White once again donned his yellow tie and his female co-presenters were bedecked in matching yellow dresses. As always, we were sucked in to watching right to the dramatic ‘slamming shut’ of the window and once again it was all a bit uneventful for our teams and a bit of an anticlimax…

 

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  • West Bromwich Albion will wear specially embroidered shirts this weekend to commemorate the passing of Cyrille Regis. These will be auctioned off after the game to raise funds for charity.

 

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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.

Boot Room Weekly Round Up – Issue 4

January 24, 2018

Here’s issue 4 of the Boot Room Weekly Round-Up:

New boot of the week: Puma One 18.1 – RRP £180 – £190 (depending on sole choice)

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Puma has recently launched their new Puma One boot in a traditional looking Black/Silver/Red colourway. With these boots Puma aim to deliver the 3 F’s of Fit, Fast and Feel. The stretch evoKnit sock provides support and a snug FIT. The FAST element is delivered by the lightness of the boot and the bladed and conical studded sole units and the super soft kangaroo leather provides the FEEL. Our only gripe with these is that in our opinion the Puma Formstripe logo is just a little too short and needs to come a little further down the boot…but that’s just a tiny niggle.

These will be worn by the likes of Sergio Aguero, Hector Bellerin and Olivier Giroud. Aguero debuted the One 18.1 in spectacular fashion last week by scoring a hat-trick against Newcastle United.

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Available to pre-order now from ProDirect Soccer in various sole units

Vintage boot of the week: Patrick Michel Platini 

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Much like the Puma Step Star from a recent issue of the Round Up the Patrick Michel Platini were another pair of boots that were highly sought after in our school days. Patrick was a relative newcomer to the UK football boot market and at the time they represented something a bit different to the ubiquitous adidas or Puma boots. We’d seen Patrick boots adorning the feet of Kevin Keegan in the late 70’s but it wasn’t until the Casual boom of the early to mid-80s that Patrick really gained some serious brand recognition. Patrick cagoules, Patrick squash shoes and the Patrick Liverpool endorsed indoor football shoes were all desirable items at our school and as such the boots carried some kudos. Add to this the fact that arguably the worlds best footballer was wearing them helped make them even more sought after.

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Despite Keegan being less than complimentary about Patrick boots in his autobiography  – claiming that he only wore them for the money and wasn’t a big fan of them – these Platini endorsed boots were a cut above any of their other offerings. They were made with super soft leather and the flashes of white along the eyestays , the red arches, the distinctive heel branding and the white indents on the tongue were all distinguishing features of this great boot that ensured that they stood out on the shelves of your local sports shop, in the changing rooms and on the pitch.

If we recall correctly, one real drawback of these and other Patrick boots was that they had their own stud fixings and that normal studs didn’t fit – you had to buy Patrick branded studs if you needed to replace any.

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Vintage shirt of the week –  Le Coq Sportif AS Saint Etienne Home shirt – 1981-84 – €90 Buy It Now

Whenever we see this shirt our mind immediately sees Platini (see the pics below) in his pomp. ‘Les Verts’ have had numerous great kits across their history but this one just edges the tricolore trimmed one from the late 70’s for us. At the time, and arguably still now, this shirt reeks of continental style and glamour – the contrast filled collar, the double pinstripe hoops, the ‘cotton’ type fabric used and the oversized felt flock sponsor just all work so well together.

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Bargains of the week – Puma evoSPEED SL AG – Was £159.99 Now £22.99

Offering an amazing 85% saving on the RRP, these Puma evoSPEEDs provide great value for money. These would be a decent boot for someone looking for a decent pair of mouldeds for use on hard ground or artificial surfaces. There’s still a decent size run of these available on MandMDirect but be quick as we doubt they will hang around for long at this price!

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2016/17 AC Fiorentina Goalkeepers Shirts – Pro version – RRP £109.99 NOW £24.99

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The guys at ClassicFootballShirts have just taken delivery of a range of  AC Fiorentina gear from Le Coq Sportif and in our opinion these goalkeeper shirts are the pick of the bunch.  Don’t forget you can save a further 10% off your order with ClassicFootballShirts by entering code CFSPJ10 at the checkout.

 

Video of the week – Ronaldinho playing beach volleyball and making it look easy!

 

Images of the week:

The folk at British Culture Archive this week shared these 97 recently discovered images of Manchester City and Manchester United fans from around 1977. The pictures were taken by little known photographer Iain S P Reid and they really capture the time. Some of our favourites are shown below but we recommend that you take the time to view the whole lot here!

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eBay finds of the week

  • In the days before home video tapes, DVD;s and YouTube if you wanted to relive your teams glory moments you either had to wait for one of the 3 TV stations to show the game for some reason in their schedule, which very rarely, if at all, ever happened, the only real alternative was to listen to the match commentary on vinyl. We’ve been searching for a couple of games recently, to no avail, but have found these ones…

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1972 Arsenal vs Leeds Utd

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Pick-ups of the week – Here’s what arrived at Boot Room Towers this week.

  • Juventus away shirt 2016/17 – we actually purchased this before Christmas and it’s only just turned up and it’s too big… 😦 Let us know if you’ve been after this shirt in XL.

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This weeks other worthy mentions:

  • Oh dear Leeds United…what were you thinking? Fair play for acting so swiftly to the criticism and ridicule by agreeing to reconsider this design. Just don’t mess it up this time…

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

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

January 24, 2018

Wow! So far January is proving to be quite a prolific posting month for us. We’re striking whilst the iron is hot and making sure that we take advantage of this new found discipline in creating content for this site.

Here’s our selection of 6 of what we consider to be the best vintage football shirts on eBay right now. Our standard disclaimer that none of these auctions have anything to do with us at The Boot Room applies!

  1. ENNERRE KASHIMA ANTLERS 1999 HOME SHIRT – £19.90 Buy It Now

 

2.  Umbro Everton 1986-89 Home shirt – 38/40 – Starting bid €9.99 (approx £8.80)

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3.  adidas Kansas City Wizards Rainbow shirt Medium – $104.99 (approx £76) Buy It Now

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4.  Mizuno Cerezo Osaka Goalkeeper Shirt – £30.00 Buy It Now

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5.  adidas RACING CLUB LENS SHIRT – MADE IN FRANCE – $89.00 (approx £64.00) Buy It Now

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6.  Le Coq Sportif Red Star Belgrade shirt MEDIUM – starting price €39.00 (approx £34.00)

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Be lucky!

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