Our vision is to unite the football community in a marketplace celebrating the very best of football shirt culture. We aim to be a trusted source for 100% authentic football jerseys, along with football-inspired fashion, apparel & artwork, built upon first-class levels of service for football shirt enthusiasts and their gift seeking friends and family.
Hello & Welcome!!! My name is Chris and I'm a passionate collector and seller of vintage football shirts. A very big thank you for coming to visit the site. After years of collecting shirts, Football Finery launched March 2023, a natural progression for my geeky love of the game and a great opportunity to relive some fabulous football memories and dive two-footed into a thriving football shirt community.
Across the site, you will find hundreds of shirts and other vintage football merch from all over the world. I wanted to create an emporium-feel to the store, based on the varied nostalgic football influences from my childhood (you can read more about these in 'My Football Journey' below). I sincerely hope you enjoy browsing what has been curated to date. If you are not yet obsessed with football shirts, like I am, maybe my site will inspire the collector in you too? Fresh stock is added regularly to the site, so sign up for our mailing list and follow our socials to keep up to date.
When ordering with us, you can expect the very best customer service. I know from experience how important it is that orders arrive promptly, well packaged and as described, and conversely how it feels when the opposite happens. If anything does for any reason go wrong, please do get in touch. In the meantime, if you have any questions, feel free to message me through one of our social channels, or you can reach me via email at email@example.com.
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MY FOOTBALL JOURNEY
My love affair with football began at a young age, inspired by my dad, who took me to watch his (and now mine and my son's) beloved Spurs. Do you remember your first match? Difficult to forget, right? Mine was a Spurs 2-1 victory away vs. Leicester City at Filbert Street in April 1985.
Goals by Mark Falco and Glenn Hoddle earned Tottenham the points that day, with a supporting cast that included the likes of Ardiles, Crooks, Perryman and Clemence. The Foxes forward line that day of Alan Smith and Gary Lineker (plus Mark Bright on the bench) was none-to-shabby either. However, as an eight-year-old, my striking memory from the day was seeing the players climb down from the team bus, so modern it seemed to be from space, curved, shiny, gleaming, with 'Holsten' boldly adorning its sides.
Just like that, I was hooked. My first kit swiftly followed, the fabulous Spurs 1985/87 Hummel home strip (yes, that is Hoddle's signature on the photo above), along with a weekly subscription to Shoot! Magazine and a tooth-decaying obsession with Barrett's Football Candy Sticks - the collectible cards inside were 'ace', but I still cannot believe anyone thought kid's sweet cigarettes were a good idea?! Panini's sticker books on the other hand, now you're talking.
Many an hour was spent playing the classic tabletop football game, Subbuteo, but despite what felt like endless practice, my footballing fingertip skills failed to show any real promise. More suited to my abilities was the less technical, but extremely enjoyable, Cup Final. Traditional games were supplemented with technology to further galvanize my growing love of football. I remember spending an entire summer holiday playing the pioneering football management game, Brian Clough's Football Fortunes, a hybrid computer-board game, launched in 1987. This later progressed of course to the brilliant Championship Manager, which opened my eyes to the wider football pyramid, European formations, the concept of squad rotation, and players such as Tommy Svindal Larsen, Ibrahima Bakayako, Taribo West & Jesper Blomqvist (my secret weapon was the always reliable Belgium midfielder, Marc Emmers, available on a free transfer in the 1996/97 version of the game. Shhhhhhh, keep that gem to yourself).
I enjoyed some fabulous football TV growing up, including Football Focus, Match of the Day & The Big Match. Much later, Tim Lovejoy & Helen Chamberlain's Soccer AM became essential viewing. However, two standout shows left a huge impression on my football soul. First, ITV's playful pairing of Ian St John and Jimmy Greaves, who entertained us on Saturday lunchtimes ahead of the day's games on the brilliant, Saint & Greavsie. The other was C4's Football Italia, presented by the extremely knowledgeable, coffee-sipping, newspaper-pointing James Richardson; a program that opened my eyes to some of the game's greatest players, as well as fuelling my love of 90s Italian football shirts. Absolute TV gold.
As well as my beloved Spurs, international football has also been integral to my love of the game. My first taste of a World Cup was Mexico 86 - what a fabulous introduction! It had everything, including 24 x brilliant kits that have truly stood the test of time. If I had to pick one, I'd probably go for the red Morocco away kit by Adidas, but I could equally settle for Denmark's iconic Hummel home shirt, Argentina's deep blue away number (just ask Steve Hodge), Belgium's rich red home jersey or possibly Paraguay's seriously splendid classic home shirt. All of them, stunners.
Mexico 86 also brought us the brilliance of Maradona and his not-so-brilliant 'hand of God', as well as Francescoli, Butragueño, Scifo, Laudrup, Elkaer, Rummenigge, Platini, Socrates & Sanchez. Oh and Gary Lineker and his golden boot too! Throw in a few 'Mexican waves' and my first Panini sticker collection (Pique!) and there you have it, bosh, the magic of tournament football. Count me in. I've re-watched the story of this World Cup countless times, thanks to the ground-breaking documentary film, HERO: The Official Film of the 1986 FIFA World Cup, narrated by the great Michael Caine. If you have not seen it, I implore you to do so. Pure class.
Other stand-out tournaments, for me, include Euro 88 - which brought us the now highly sort-after USSR & Holland 'Ipswich' design shirt, as well as the magnificence of Ruud Gullit & Marco van Basten. Italia 90 – stirs up memories of a weeping Paul Gascoigne, that David Platt volley, a first taste of penalty shootout disappointment, the power of Lothar Matthaus's left foot (and right foot!), and the arrival of Cameroon on the world stage with their fabulous green shirt / red short kit, as well Roger Mila iconic goal celebrations. I could go on all day, but I need to get back to sourcing shirts for the site, photographing them, and getting them listed for you. If I get started with the magnificent kits, players, and moments from USA 94 we will be here all day.
The fabulous 'fabric of football', with its rich history of design, colour, and technological advancement, has been a constant throughout my cherished football journey, somehow weaving it all together. It is hard to put down in words how a simple piece of polyester can make you feel, the memories it can evoke of players, teams, tournaments, cup runs, goals, individual moments of brilliance, success, and failure in equal measure, not to mention all those fabulous moments with fellow football fans, strangers, friends and family. All of it, wonderful inspiration for Football Finery. I have loved the journey so far and cannot wait to see where it takes me.