In the latest in a long line of excellent guest posts from writers far and wide, The Football Attic welcomes Neil Cotton from the blogsite Row Z. Neil's unearthed some long-forgotten football shirts from his wardrobe and here tells us how he came to own them and the memories they bring back...
The writer and philosopher Walter Benjamin once said that “Every passion borders on the chaotic, but the collector's passion borders on the chaos of memories” and chaotic certainly seems a good word for the football shirt collection which I recently uncovered nestling in an unassuming, perfectly square cardboard box which had in turn spent the best part of a decade residing forgotten at the bottom of a wardrobe. This seemed to be a collection without a theme or any other sense of order, but as I unwrapped each shirt memories came rushing back as if each were a tiny time-capsule.
England (home, 1995-96)
Saint-Etienne (home, 1994-96)
‘He’s On The Phone’, St. Etienne (the football team) were but a shadow of their former selves. They finished in 18th place and third from bottom in Ligue 1 at the end of the 1994/95 season, but they were spared relegation when Ligue 2 champions Marseille were denied promotion. The reprieve, however, would only be for one season and they were finally relegated to Ligue 2 the following season when they finished in 19th place. The shirt, perhaps fittingly for a club with its best days behind it, looks to the past with its lace-up collar – fashionable at the time, but strangely something you don’t see much anymore.
Southampton (home, 1995-97)
Millwall (away, 1995-96)
Feyenoord (home, 1994-1996)
Our thanks go to Neil for giving us his football reminiscences. If you've got some football memorabilia tucked away in a cupboard somewhere that you want to tell us about, drop us a line to admin [at] thefootballattic [dot] com and we could end up publishing them on The Football Attic!