Read a sample of ‘Shirt Tales & Short Stories’…

Here is a ‘try-before-you-buy’ offer – due to some clever new-fangled technology you can read a chunk of our new retro-football kits book for free…

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Enjoy, and if you have any photos of yourself in the 60s, 70s, 80s wearing your shirts then email them to: garysilke@sky.com

To read a sample click HERE.

To buy on Amazon click HERE.

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Have a browse of ‘The Lost World of Football’ on us…

If you fancy getting a copy of ‘The Lost World of Football’ for Christmas, have a sneaky preview browse…

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That way you can make sure it has just the right amount of retro-football nostalgia-rush to meet your needs.

Click HERE for a flip through…

And click HERE to buy or leave a giant hint for your other half.

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Name the kits and win a copy of ‘Shirt Tales & Short Stories’

Name all the clubs in this Tiger & Scorcher kit guide from 1975 and you will go into a draw to win our new football kits book ‘Shirt Tales & Short Stories’…

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Here’s a rather large clue – they are in alphabetical order…

Send your answers to: garysilke@sky.com by Thursday 20th.

If you are the sort of person who “never wins anything” then probably best to click on the cover below and just buy it off Amazon…

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Have A Canaries Christmas with ‘Got, Not Got: Norwich City’

From Great Yarmouth to Kings Lynn, if you have yellow and green running through your veins then you need ‘GNG: NCFC’ on your Christmas list…

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Back in the Eighties and Nineties, it was the sheer unavailability of up-to-the-minute club information that made it so tantalising. So valuable.
You wouldn’t want everyone else to know that Ruel Fox had a hammy, would you? – not if you were still thinking he might be playing Saturday. You wouldn’t want to miss what ‘Wantaway’ Mike Phelan had allegedly denied this morning – or boss Dave Stringer’s counter-denials of any new midfield ace rumours. Ahh, the rumours…
The Clubcall service came as a blessing for all fans – especially those exiled from local news and those trapped at work with the benefit of a free phone to avoid the disgraceful premium call rates.

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At the end of the line – literally – was a local newspaper stringer (or at least an Ansafone recording of him) summing up back-page stories from yesterday’s evening paper and this morning’s tabs. To deliver value for money, he also used to make up juicy filler on the spot, and read it out. S-l-o-w-l-y.
“Hello… and it’s a big… Canaries… welcome… to your exclusive… front-line… Clubcall service for… Norwich City… Football… Club.
“Listen to… Clubcall… for all the latest… news… and… information…”
Because we were paying by the second.

“It’s like a peep into the spare room cupboards, the lofts and garages of all us Norwich fans.
There’s no record of games, no stats, no dull review of Norwich’s history, just page after page of nostalgia, all with a yellow and green theme.
There’s shocking hair, big moustaches, funny football stickers, old programmes and retro kits galore as well as some iconic City pictures such as Steve Bruce and Jerry Goss scoring their famous goals and the obligatory shot of Norwich training on Mousehold Heath in the the 1970s.
If, like me, you enjoy wallowing in the past, this 128-page book is for you. And I am sure it’ll have you digging out those old City gems once you’ve read it.”
N Richards

Order your copy on Amazon now, by clicking HERE.

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Listen to the ‘Shirt Tales’ interview on TalkSPORT

Gary and Derek, authors of retro-football kit book ‘Shirt Tales & Short Stories’, appeared on the Hawksbee & Jacobs show yesterday…

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We discussed football kits, Admiral, Leicester’s unlucky kit, 90s Baggy, the return of big shorts and Nico Claesen…

Click HERE to listen to our appearance on the show (select 13.30-14.00 – we are 17 mins in).

You can buy it buy clicking on the cover below.
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‘Shirt Tales’ authors on TalkSport’s Hawksbee and Jacobs this afternoon

We’ll be talking kit with Hawksbee & Jacobs after 1.30 this afternoon (4/11/14)…

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Tune in to hear a discussion on our new book ‘Shirt Tales & Short Stories’… a lavishly illustrated wander through the wonderful world of football kits from the mid-60s to the dawn of the Premier League…

You can buy it buy clicking on the cover below.
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Your favourite shirts – ‘Shirt Tales’ competition result

We asked you to name your favourite ever football shirt to be in the hat for a grand prize of a copy of our latest book: ‘Shirt Tales & Short Stories.’…

This is what you chose – scroll down to find the winner, picked out at random from the big blue and white ‘Got, Not Got’ bobble hat.

“My favourite kit has to be the one as featured on the cover of your new book, Ipswich’s 1984-86 shirt based on France’s Euro 84 shirt.  For some reason though, it didn’t make Gleghorn and Brennan play like Platini and Giresse…”
John O’Leary
“My fave shirt is Denmark’s 1986 away shirt by Hummel, the reason is that it started my addiction to football shirts, just a fantastic timeless design…”
Gavin Hope

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“Norwich City Asics Home 89-92…”
Andy Thomas
“Hull City home shirt about late 80s, amber with black and for the first time ever, red on the shoulders. Admiral I think. Sponsor was a local company Twydale Turkeys! Later replaced with a beer sponsor whose name escapes me…”
Darren Norton
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“The Leeds United home shirt from 1990-91 with Top Man emblazoned on the front.
First season back up in the top flight and the shirt was just a thing of wonder to a 13-year-old. It became the shirt against which I’ve measured every subsequent Leeds kit…”
Chris Kendrick
“My favourite football kit is the attached 1992-3 Australia home.
It is often referred to as the ‘vomit’ kit and has become the country’s most iconic strip.
A reminder of less professional days, this kit by the short-lived ‘Kingroo’ is immortal in the eyes of any Australian football fan…”
Shaun Kastelijn
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“Has to be Holland 1978, even without Johan, they were super cool.
Mum got me and Adidas orange and black t-shirt, well pleased!..”
Tony Keggin 
“Sampdoria
I first saw them destroy West Ham 6-1 in the 1991 Makita Tournament and loved the originality of the shirt back then. It’s great that it hasn’t really changed either…”
Andy Lee
“Got to be Sampdoria, just oozes class…”
Alan Whybrow
“Maybe it’s not in your excellent book but for me here is my favorite top – St Etienne from the 80s…
“Nerli Ballati Marco ‏@marco_nerli

“The Le Coq Villa kit from the early 80s. Eye-wateringly stylish. And I’m not even a Villa fan…”
David Ward

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“There have been many memorable, noteworthy and unforgettable kits – and many will look and feel better than the Rank Xerox-sponsored Southampton kit between 1980 and 1983 (the Air Florida and Draper Tools sponsored versions on exactly the same kit, don’t do it for me). But none will ever get close to being my favourite football shirt than that tight polyester, Patrick-manufactured shirt…”
David Breach
“Leeds United away shirt 1974 smiley badge and blue and white stripes on sleeves…”Andrew Bradley
“…and that just happens to be our new manager wearing it all those years ago, haha…”
Ben Hunt ‏@leedshunter

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“My favourite ever shirt was the late 1970’s Clydebank home shirt. It was also my first ever shirt as a kid.
Classic Umbro – bold diamonds down the arm with red and black vertical stripes on one side…”
Andy @ScotsFootyCards
“This has got to be mine. The MCFC continental away/3rd shirt from the early 70′s…”
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“A tough one….I’d have to go for Newcastle adidas away kit 95-96…”
 John Devlin
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“Plymouth Argyle 60’s white shirt, with green and black hoops.
Because it is simply the most beautiful shirt ever designed…”
Nigel Rick
“Proper England kit. Admiral 1974-80…”
Dean Thwaites 
“Leeds Asics 95-96 Yellow. Only worn in 3 games, never a replica, a real beauty. A nice side story that the players actually asked for buttons – the high neck on the home shirt was uncomfy!..”
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“The classic 1979 Arsenal away shirt. Here is me modelling it, with my brother Phil…”
Paul Webster
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And our picked out at random winner is DAVID BREACH, a Southampton fan… who said of the Saints Patrick shirt:
“It gave me my first sense of sporting belonging – in that shirt, I WAS Southampton. I was Keegan. I was Golac. I was Steve Williams. And every few months when my Mum butchered my follicles at the quarterly haircut, I WAS David Armstrong.
It gave us an easy way to differentiate teams in our primary school. Such was its popularity that lunchtime games in the playground were between those in the Saints shirt and those who weren’t (apparently some children allowed their mums to wash it) and it usually meant an equal number of players in each team.”
Thanks to everyone who joined in… if you didn’t win you can still go and buy a copy by clicking on the cover below. Cheers!
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