What the media are saying about The A-Z of Weird & Wonderful Football Shirts

“With people turning nostalgically to their football memorabilia for any fix they can get, the release of The A to Z… could not have been better timed. The colourful, crazy, creative shirts contained within the book will undoubtedly make you smile. Some of the designs are iconic, others are just simply bonkers. It’s a book you simply can’t put down as you turn another page in anticipation of what comes next.” FootballBookReviews.com (click to read whole review)

“Superb! A must buy for any football kit fan. Congratulations to Rich Johnson for this magnificent achievement.” John Devlin, author of True Colours Kits

“Features many of the strangest – and worst – designs you’ll ever see. Reveals some of the more bizarre recent offerings. Gruesome. Outlandish. Fractal mash-up. Imagine a full-scale counter-attack with giant strawberries running at you! With the right blend, you can beat them and make the perfect smoothie, too.” Sunday Mirror

“Ranges from the beautiful to the bizarre to the baffling. This book is a love-letter to color, design and diversity in soccer and its unique branch of fashion – and a magnificent way to spend a couple of hours not watching the news. All this and Che Guevara, the Spanish Civil War, strawberries, blueberries, Minnie Mouse, broccoli, Oktoberfest and Carnival, goalkeeper shirts aimed at distracting strikers, plus zebras, butter beans, backbones and The Libertines.” Ian Plenderleith, Soccer America 

“Looks great and is one of those things you could just sit and talk about all night… a brilliant book.” BBC Radio Coventry & Warwickshire

Jersey collector are there many. The Special about Richard Johnson is that he’s bizarre Camisole loves. Quote: ‘As La Hoya Lorca you Brought out broccoli leotard, it was done for me.’ Said shirt from a Spanish club with a vegetable look is just one of many derailments in Johnson’s A-Z of Weird & Wonderful Football Shirts.” 11Freunde

“Absolute banger.” AfterExtraTime Shirts @AETshirts
“Excellent stuff.” kitgeek.wordpress.com @kit_geek
“At this tough time it’s essential to keep spirits high. I’ve found a book which I believe could do just that. Quality book.” The Kitsman @The_Kitsman

… and The Got, Not Got Football Gift Book

“The Got, Not Got boys are back in action. For fans of sheer unadulterated football nostalgia, fantastic book. The ideal Christmas gift, such a lot of fun to go through. You’ve covered every aspect of the game from programmes to magazines, from products to games. Old TV shows, computer games over the years, weird and wonderful things you’ve completely forgotten about. I absolutely love this; but I’m sure people older than me would, too, and people younger than me. I think this will do very well at Christmas… Steve Bruce will be reading this on the toilet!” – Paul Hawksbee, talkSPORT

“Good fun, and full of nostalgia! There’s so much work gone into this. Perfect for people of a certain age. We’re definitely fans!” – Andy Jacobs, talkSPORT

“If Subbuteo and Scorcher & Score were mainstays of your formative years, this will have you smiling within the first few pages. A cornucopia of pre-Prem days. Wonderfully curated, this is a happy walk down Memory lane.”  Sunday Mirror 

“I’m putting a call out to football fans of any age, any club, to step into the wonderful ‘Got, Not Got’ time-machine and be transported back in time to football’s distant past. Captures the very essence of being a football fan. Passion and genuine excitement radiate from every page. The vast array of football memorabilia is mind-boggling. The book’s strength is its ability to connect with you on a personal level. An explosion of colour and vibrancy. It’s crammed full of pictures, a feast for the eyes… with insight and thoughts that provide real context to every item pictured. Comedy gold. It’s time to revisit your lost childhood and indulge in a bit of escapism.”  It’s Round and It’s White (click to read whole review)

“This book is gorgeous. Amazing.”  Sid Lowe

Fascinating book takes a fond look at the collectables of 20th century football, including some London gems. It’s packed with sporting collectables that readers of a certain age may remember from childhood.” – Londonist.com (cool picture feature)

“The ’90s was full of brilliant collectables and gifts and Got, Not Got has them all covered in their latest book. Collected Corinthian figures? Loved playing FIFA 99? Remember completing your France ’98 sticker album? It’s full of nostalgia and perfect for any ’90s Football fan!” – @90sfootball

“Absorbingly wonderful. No one knows the world of football merchandise, spin-offs, magazines, programmes, toys and souvenirs like Hammond & Silke, and this is another brilliantly fascinating, masterful piece of work.” Backpass

“A must for fans you know who loved those playground fads whether it was Corinthian figures, Puma Kings or other footy ‘stuff’ – the best kind – of the last 50 years.” – talkSPORT.com Christmas Gift Guide

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Our good friends behind the Got, Not Got series of football nostalgia books have published another blinder, The Got, Not Got Football Gift Book, a catalogue of some of the greatest football-related merch from years gone by. Everything is there – toys, comics, stickers, kits and loads of tat you’ll almost certainly have forgotten about. A lovely piece of work.” – Top Flight Time Machine 

“Comes in the form of a mock catalogue of soccer memorabilia from decades past. Impossible board games, worthless giveaways, ugly jerseys, ill-fitting promotions and sponsorships, tenuous tie-ins, strange sticker and card sets, obsolete and short-lived magazines, unwieldy computer games. Yes, most of these things were actually rubbish. But they were our rubbish, our past, and we have every right to look back at them and feel that sense of delightful melancholy for the Christmas morning when everything you opened that wasn’t edible had something to do with soccer. Boots, balls, kits and books — they’re all beautifully pictured here, accompanied by an easy-going commentary that never takes the game too seriously, while conveying the necessary unconditional love and affection for the way things were.” – Ian Plenderleith, Soccer America

“A riveting read. The amount of pictorial and subsequent text research is simply staggering and it reveals the amazing range of products available over the years. You will find the stories behind the footballing Action Man, Subbuteo, Airfix players, Corinthians Pro Stars, dodgy kits, the classic sports bags, silk scarfs, rosettes, football comics, Sportspages (loved that shop), football boots, videos and video games, football on telly, and so much more. If any of the above has got you thinking of your own possibly by-gone collection, then I can recommend this book without hesitation.” – The Mumper of SE5 blog at Art Gallery Clothing

“Open up The Got, Not Got Football Gift Book and you immediately feel like you’re being transported back in time. It’s a lot of fun… authors Derek Hammond and Gary Silke have come up trumps. A cracking Christmas present for the mature fan, this will also get the young ones smiling. A superb trip down memory lane.” Late Tackle magazine  

“An absolute joy. Fully laden with lashings of nostalgia. It’s incumbent upon those of us old enough to appreciate how football used to be to keep the flame of yesteryear alive. Buy the Got Not Got Football Gift Book and show today’s generation of fans what they’re missing.” – SportsBookoftheMonth.com

“Lavish, picture-packed. Guaranteed to whisk football fans of a certain age straight back to their childhood, when the latest must-have soccer boots, Subbuteo and primitive electronic games dominated optimistic Christmas lists. Now it’s possible to relive those days, flicking through the Gift Book making mental Biro circles around the most enviable items – and shaking your head in disbelief at some of the gimmicks, styles and player endorsements that somehow failed to catch on.” – Eastern Daily Press / East Anglian Daily Times

“Really, REALLY enjoying the latest Got, Not Got offering, the Football Gift Book – well worth checking out if you haven’t already. Memory after memory. My favourite book of the moment, packed full of nostalgia and laughs.” – When Football Was Better @FootballInT80s 

“Trading cards, Programs, magazines, toys of all kinds as well as kitsch and Knick-knacks out the past decades, something about football did present Derek Hammond and Gary Silkie in her brightly colored, large-format paperback that like an order catalog comes along – but unfortunately none is. Because one would like to come get to all this junk.” – 11Freunde (with thanks to Google Translate)

“Reading The Got, Not Got Football Gift Book, I feel like Christmas has come early. In turning over each gloriously colourful A4 page, memories of items I used to have and many that I had simply forgotten about, have been reignited. A visual feast, but the tongue-in-cheek observational notes that accompany the items add to the experience. The research that has gone into the book is wonderful. Will appeal to football fans old and new. Whether you are a reader reminiscing about badges, scarves and programmes that have long since been confined to the loft or a fresh faced supporter stunned by what passed for club merchandise down the years, there is something for you.”  footballbookreviews.com

“Brilliant Xmas present – I’ve got mine!” – The Wealdstone Raider, Gordon Hill @OnlyOneRaider
 

“What a cracker! Chock-full of interesting items and stories, tightly written by the boys in their entertaining style. A heavyweight edition, cleverly crafted. I thought that some of the steam may have gone from the football memorabilia book marketplace, but Derek and Gary have fired up the genre once again. You should go out and buy yourself a copy of this one – I think that you will like it.” – Nigel’s Webspace – English Football Cards

“If you want a bit of nostalgia, or someone wants to buy you a stocking filler, you will not go wrong with ‘The Got, Not Got Football Gift Book’. It is certainly not a ‘United’ book, but there is enough within the pages to keep you interested and occupied on Christmas day and beyond. You will find items that you had, probably still have, thrown away or simply wish you had bought at the time. You might also like me suddenly find out where a certain item originated from. I certainly enjoyed turning the pages, simply wondering what was going to appear next and I am sure that you will as well.” – United Review Collectors Club
 

“Highly recommended. It’s available from all good book stores and it’s great!” The League Magazine @Theleaguemag

“A fascinating trip down footy card nostalgia avenue.” – The Card Scene magazine

“If you love football, you’ll absolutely love this book.  It has everything you collected as a child and more. It’s full of great stories from yesteryear and covers everything from Subbuteo and sticker albums to kits and computer games.” – Derek Clark, Talkin_Fitbaw podcast

“This book was a great find for football fans growing up from ’60s through ’90s. A book looking back at all the great-football related presents we all wanted. They are all in here, from Subbuteo onward.” – Tim Caple, talkingsportsbooks.com podcast

“Great to see a nice selection of Admiral goodies included in the @GotNotGot Football Gift Book, the latest publication from the kings of football nostalgia.” – Classic Admiral Shirts @AdmiralShirts

“Out now! The @GotNotGot Football Gift Book! If you don’t yet have a copy, WHY NOT?!?!” – The Football Attic

“An absolute treasure trove for anyone interested in football nostalgia, you literally have to turn the next page! Great content, beautifully presented and very highly recommended.” – Mal Winkles Football Memorabilia @MemorabiliaMal

“Another superb publication from Got, Not Got.” – The Derby County Collection @dcfccollection

“Just looking at the cover should entice fans to add this to their Xmas list”  The Football Cartophilic Information Exchange (Stars of the ’70s football cards listing)


What the media are saying about
Can’t Buy That Feeling

“Terrific. A great insight into the players and fans that helped make our history – and I’ve been involved with 90% of them!” – Alan Birchenall

“Buy it!” – Ian Stringer, BBC Radio Leicester

“Thoroughly enjoying this – a great compendium of interviews from three generations of Leicester City players.” – Lee Marlow, author of Muzzy: My Story

“Honoured to have my interview included in #LCFC book ‘Can’t Buy That Feeling.’ My name alongside legends of our great club leaves me humbled. I’m just a Lestah boy that lived the dream for the briefest of moments and luckily nodded one in at Filbo. The book’s great.” – Matt Piper (@_mattpiper)

“Fantastic new book, packed full of interviews with Foxes legends Lineker, Smith, Ian Marshall, Muzzy Izzet, Robbie Savage among others. Really enjoyed it, love the style and the fact you can dip in and out or read it through as one.” – 80s Football (@FootballInT80s)

“My lovely mother has bought me a present. Looking forward to getting stuck into all these #LCFC interviews.” – James Sharpe, Leicester Mercury (@TheSharpeEnd)

“100+ interviews – players, managers, famous fans, board members – spanning almost 30 years, compiled in one book. Terrific work from Simon Kimber, Gary Silke & the Fox Fanzine. A must read for any Leicester City fan. Brilliant #LCFC memories.” – Geoff Peters, talkSport

“New from Conker Editions – and ideal for Leicester City fans. Features interviews with many City greats including Lineker, Banks, Worthington and many many more. It’s a great read!” – The League Magazine (@Theleaguemag)

What the media are saying about Glove Story

“It’s goalkeeper glove porn! If you’re a goalkeeper of any standing – professional, amateur, Sunday, whatever – or if you know a goalkeeper, then this is the ideal Christmas gift.” –Paul Hawksbee, talkSPORT

“Quite simply, the No.1 book for all No.1s. If you know your Reusch from your Sondicos, this is the book for you, covering every stopper from Al Habsi to Zubizaretta. Plus yesteryear pics of Pat Jennings as a car air filter and Peter Schmeichel as a pig farmer… ah yes, it’s all here. Dive in and enjoy!” –Sunday Mirror

“When it says it’s the no.1 book for every goalkeeper it means it. A glorious collection of memorabilia and images touching on just about everything you can think of regarding goalies. If you’re a fan of the ‘Got, Not Got’ series then you’ll almost certainly like this. In addition, all the author royalties from the book go to Bob Wilson’s Willow Foundation.” —talkSPORT Christmas Gift Guide

“The perfect stocking filler for anyone who has ever taken their place between the sticks or simply goes wobbly at the knees at the mere mention of Uhlsport, Sondico or Coffer. Exclusive interviews and anecdotes from some of the game’s goalkeeping greats. Lavishly designed. Stunning. Magnificent.” — TheSportsman.com

“The attention to detail is stunning. Memories jump off the page; you can almost smell the PU from a pair of Sondico Pro File. Stokes’ love for all things goalkeeping really comes across in his writing. The layout is a feast for the eyes. An ideal stocking filler for the goalkeeper in your life. Excellent.” —The Football Pink

Phil Parkes (QPR, West Ham & England), Julian Speroni & Wayne Hennessey (Crystal Palace), Bryan Gunn (Norwich City & Scotland), Terry out of Detectorists, and Bob Wilson (Arsenal & Scotland).

“This is a great fun read for the goalkeepers’ union, and for a great cause.” –John Cross, Daily Mirror

“An ode to the goalkeeper – too often football’s overlooked scapegoat. Not only can you reconnect with your carefree childhood, but you are different – and often the difference. Goalkeepers get a bad rap. They deserve to be celebrated more than they have been. A fun ode to goalkeepers, bringing together an array of stories from the world of goalkeeping.” –The i Paper

“A goalkeeping version of Got, Not Got. Glove Story promises to be another winner, packed as it is with easily digestible mix of photographs, memories, memorabilia and large chunks of subjectivity. All great stuff and a perfect stocking filler.” –Sports Book of the Month

“Great present from the grandchildren.” –Tony Coton

“It’s a terrific little book for all goalies of all ages. I’ve got a grandson who’s now suddenly decided he wants to do goalkeeping. He’s 14 and daft as a brush like me, diving head first at people’s feet. For anyone who is interested in goalkeepers or has played in goal it’s a great little pleasure read. Some say goalkeepers are crazy. Anyone who has spent time between the sticks and doesn’t have this book certainly is crazy. It’s a must have for any keeper.” –Bob Wilson interview in The Comet/The Gooner

Alan Knight (Portsmouth), Henrique Hilario (Chelsea), Rob on talkSport’s Hawsbee & Jacobs Show, Tom King (Millwall), and on the table at Sky’s Soccer AM.

“It was like being a loner in a team.And I think that’s why I, perversely, liked playing there. Go figure. So, when I read recently of Glove Story, I knew I had to investigate further. It has some fantastic photos of some of my heroes back then, plus reminders of some great old goalkeeping characters and focuses on a fantastic collection of keeper memorabilia. If you ever spent any time with any fondness in goal at any level, I highly recommend you get yourself a copy. –The Mumper of SE5 – read on at the Art Gallery Clothing blog

“The book for all with a goalkeeper’s-eye view of the game. Packed full of exclusive interviews with some goalkeeping greats. You can read about the great brands, games, cartoon characters, kits and just about every other aspect… but you don’t have to have been one to enjoy this book.” –The League Mag

“Fine book illustrating what’s in goalkeepers’ heads as much as goalkeeping artefacts. Wallowing in goalkeeping sentiment and lore, the book is terrific.” –Francis Hodgson, author of Only the Goalkeeper to Beat

“A little gem, a great little treasure.  I read it and it seems that not only does it know me, but it has been spying on me and getting into my thoughts and even dreams for at least 40 years. Made me travel through time, recalling smells, colors, textures and sensations.” — Así es… o no… blog (translated from Spanish)

“An absolute must for any goalkeeping nut. Top job, Rob!” –Adam Sells

Sebastien Frey (Parma, Fiorentina & France), Rob with Dave Holmes of Sukan Sports, John Milkins (Portsmouth), Luke McGee & John Keeley (Portsmouth), John Achterberg (Liverpool).

“Fantastic book by the men behind the Got, Not Got series and raising money for Willow. Nice stocking filler. Great work.” –Gary James, Manchester City author and historian

“Buy this book – inside it’s laid out fantastically well with superb illustrations and has colour on every page. The most enigmatic of positions.  Usually the maddest man in the squad.  When he’s good he’s loved – think Pat Jennings, Sepp Maier,  The Goalie, Peter Bonetti – hell, one of my earliest heroes was Felix the Brazil goalkeeper in the 1970 World Cup! “ –Follow, Follow

“A collection of goalkeeping memorabilia, vintage product images, goalkeeping memories and interviews. The ideal gift for any goalkeeper past or present but you don’t have to be a member of the Goalkeepers Union to appreciate this book. By purchasing this book you’ll also be doing some good as all the author royalties are being donated to the Willow Foundation.” –The Boot Room blog Christmas Gift Guide

“An easy cover-to-cover read and beautifully illustrated by Doug Nash. If there’s an aspect of goalkeeping you want to know about, Glove Story has the answer.” –The Comet – all the news in Stevenage and North Herts…

Lots of positive reader reviews on Amazon, too.

Get in touch if you are a top reporter, literary editor or blogger and you’d like a copy of Glove Story for review!

One-nil to Conker!