Collectors Club: My Everton Football Shirt Collection

Why collect Everton shirts?

I live a couple of hours from Goodison but have had a season ticket for almost 20 years.

We all need a hobby and I think there’s a bit of a train-spotter in all of us. It can be a real buzz hunting out match worn shirts. I stopped buying replica shirts a long time ago and toyed with the idea of owning match worn shirts. There are some amazing collections out there, some almost museums within their own rights. Speaking to fellow collectors gave me the inspiration to start my own and everyone I’ve spoken to has been amazing with their support.

How many shirts do you have in your collection?

I’m fairly new to collecting. I’ve got hold of 22 shirts over the past 2 years. This is quite humble compared to some collectors but it is a work in progress. My initial aim is to get hold of all the home shirts from the 1980’s onwards and then reassess my collecting aims if I reach this goal.

What was the first shirt in your collection?

The first match worn shirt I bought was a Ross Barkley poppy shirt in 2015. I did have a Duncan Ferguson match worn shirt prior to this but it was the Barkley shirt that kicked off my desire to start collecting match worn shirts.

What is your favourite shirt?

I love the 80’s shirts and my two 1986-89 shirts are my favourites. Hard to pick the best from these two but possibly the no.12, as it is signed by Wayne Clarke. The differences between the player shirts and replicas were a lot bigger then.

What was your rarest shirt?

Generally, the older the shirt, the rarer the shirt but the “one-off” charity shirts are also hard to come by. The Sylvain Distin ‘Liverpool unites’ purple shirt worn against Spurs in 2009 is my rarest.

What is the shirt you would like most in your collection?

I want all the different 1980/90’s shirts one day but I would love some of Stuart McCall shirts. He was my hero as a starry-eyed kid and his 1989 FA Cup final shirt is definitely my holy grail.

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