Tuesday, August 3, 2010

It's not exactly a secret that team's replica kits are grossly overpriced in the opinion of most fans. This doesn't stop most of us buying them however, so why should the clubs reduce the prices in such an instance?!

The other big boom around strips of course is that of having your favourite players name on the back of your shirt.

It's not a fashion I've ever followed. Well, when you support a club like East Fife it would be just sheer folly with the turnstiles we seem to have operating at the club's front door most seasons.

Players loyalties aren't exactly something to be trusted at pretty much every side. Someone comes in offering them more money and away they go, leaving their name emblazoned on what has now become an out of date jersey sitting in your wardrobe.

It's even worse of course, if the player you chose to show your public support for then buggers off to one of your rivals. At least you have something to burn.

The only thing I've ever contemplated having on my shirt is AFTN and a big number one on the back. Hey, I'll take any publicity I can!

In Vancouver, we decided to get our forum names on the back of our shirts, as the Whitecaps offer a good personalisation service. I never actually got round to buying one of the new replica shirts yet as the Club prepare to move into MLS and should thus have a sale! Ah, you can take the man out of Scotland...

For the last couple of years, Sporting iD, a company who produce heat transfers for licensed players' names, numbers and badges, have produced a top ten list of the most popular players to have their names featured on replica Premier League shirts worldwide.

Cristiano Ronaldo won the 2007/08 poll, although there is no data as to whether this also included people who just had the word "cunt" put on a Manchester United shirt. Fernando Torres won the 2008/09 poll and repeated his triumph last season. It's nice to see that he can win something during his time at Liverpool.

The full top ten for 2009/10 is:

01. Fernando Torres (Liverpool)
02. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)
03. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
04. Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal)
05. Andre Arshavin (Arsenal)
06. Frank Lampard (Chelsea)
07. Didier Drogba (Chelsea)
08. Michael Owen (a subs bench near you)
09. Jamie Carragher (Liverpool)
10. Carlos Tevez (Manchester City)

So some interesting things there. Liverpool fans seem to like buying most strips with names on them it would seem, with three players in the top ten. Man City fans not so much. Well it must be hard enough working out who's going to get a game for them every week never mind anything else.

Michael Owen at number 8 is a shocker. Was that just so Man U fans could piss off the Liverpool fans?

No bigger shock to me though than Jamie Carragher at number 9. I mean, WTF. So you're watching a team, mediocre at best admittedly last season, and you think, you know what, out of all those players out there I'd like to have a useless twat on my back for the season. Weird, unless there's some weird cults that worship him in some far flung places across the world.

Proof indeed that a fool and his money are soon parted. No wonder prices don't come down!

1 comment:

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