Welcome to matchworn.co.uk

Ryan Giggs Wales home v Czech Republic ECQ Millennium Stadium Cardiff 02-06-07 - his 64th & final Wales appearance

Welcome to matchworn.co.uk as it says in the domain name, a holding page displaying links to the personal collections of a number of genuine match worn football shirt collectors. Web sites exhibiting my own collections of shirts and other related match worn memorabilia sites I curate can be seen in My Shirt Categories on the left hand side. There are two new sites in this section with the addition of Scotland Match Shirts & Northern Ireland Match Shirts. Also being the curator of the excellent and quite unbelievable The National Football Shirt Collection a very exciting project, which is the personal collection of the foremost football memorabilia collector in the UK. Due to the vast size of this collection could take a number of years to catalogue and add its shirts to the new site, a continual work in progress! Using the link why not watch the site evolve, including its spin off sites exhibiting wonderful collections from the England, the new sites of Northern Ireland and Scotland nation teams and additions to my own Wales and the Ireland shirts web sites. The two most recent shirts that have been added to these sites will appear in the Recent Additions section.

Ryan Giggs Testimonial Game - Eric Cantona Man United home ss no.7 used sub v Celtic Old Trafford 01-08-01

The other collectors galleries of football players match worn, game worn, match issued, game used, football shirts or jerseys can also be viewed by clicking on the links in the Collectors Links on the left hand side. There are few new additions in this latest page update, including collections of international shirts from Germany and Malta with club shirt collections from Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle United & another great Leeds United site as well as two sites with specific compilations of kits from the former North American Soccer League (NASL) from the 1970's & 80's. Another bonus is to see the well-known irelandshirts.com revamped site updated and an excellent Wolverhampton Wanderers (Wolves) site, which was added previously but without a deserved mention here.

The idea of matchworn.co.uk is a for linked holding page of a number a quality collections to view for anybody interested in shirt collecting or new collectors, to be introduced to the joys of the wonderful hobby of football match worn shirts/soccer game used jerseys. It is hoped that with the continual new additions, and the expansion of matchworn.co.uk it will become an excellent resource point for match worn football shirt information from all over the world. A place of reference, for shirt history, styles, differences and any other information related to match worn football shirts and memorabilia.

Iwan Roberts Wales home ss no.9 v Portugal friendly Estadio Municipal, Chaves 02-06-00 - swapped with Fernando Couto

This knowledge is based around the collectors linked here and their own areas of specialist interest. Nobody can claim to know everything but by all working together the genuine collectors can do their bit to help guide new and interested collectors through the joys and pitfalls of collecting. Together we should all work towards stamping out the curse of the hobby: the fakers, and their fake shirts or the latest scurge to the genuine collector, the badging up of blank player specification shirts. Remember it’s not only a shirts structural authenticity that makes it genuine but as important, it's provenance or history together with this structural makeup that ultimate make it a genuine match shirt. A good story or a fancy COA (Certificate Of Authenticity) does not make a match worn shirt authentic. If we use this pooled shirt knowledge we can all assist in helping authenticate genuine player's shirts for other genuine and serious collectors, whether experienced or new to the hobby.

We are happy to work with and assist the UK Auction Houses on any of their consigned match shirt memorabilia and I am personally very pleased to be associated and work with Graham Budd Auctions at Sotheby's. Please note: Because shirt valuations are very subjective, we do not value shirts or offer a valuation service. We are though very happy to discuss current market prices, estimates and prices realized at recent sporting memorabilia auctions.

I know that all the collectors linked on this page are very proud of their own collections. Have a good look round and trust viewing their the shirts on their web sites gives you as much enjoyment as it has given us all, putting them together. If you have anything you think maybe of interest or any questions related to match worn memorabilia then please do get in touch.

 Many thanks


Gary Speed Wales away no.14 used substitute v Costa Rica friendly Ninian Park Cardiff 20-05-90 -Speed's debut
Mickey Thomas Wales away ls no.10 v Yugoslavia ECQ Pod Goricom, Titograd 15-12-82
Aaron Ramsey Wales home v Norway friendly Remembrance Day Poppy game Cardiff 12-11-11 -Laid out version 1 with warm up t-shirt, capts armband & Poppy armband
As this is my domain, the wanted lists below are personal to me and not related to any other collectors linked from this page.


Urgently Wanted Wales Shirts

  • Wales - Umbro Yellow Away 1974 v Scotland
  • Wales - Hummel White Away 1988 v Holland
  • Wales - Lotto White Away 2000 v Qatar (no front number)
If you know the whereabouts or existence of any of these styles of shirts, please get in touch. To obtain these 3 examples would complete a collection of every style of Wales shirts worn by senior team since 1945.

Wanted Wales Players Shirts

Always looking for Match Worn Examples of any Wales shirts, from any age group or gender, especially anything pre-1990 or from the following Welsh International Players:
  • Ryan Giggs
  • Mark Hughes
  • Clayton Blackmore
  • John Charles


Wanted Ryan Giggs Manchester United Shirts

Either Adidas Home 1990/92 long sleeve shirt numbers 4, 10, 11 or 14 or Away 1991/92 blue/white long sleeve no.11

Especially interested in any of the following Umbro shirt styles:
  • Home - 1992/93 FAPL long sleeve (lace up collar) No Name 11
  • Home - 1993/94 FAPL long sleeve (lace up collar) GIGGS 11
  • Away Blue & White stripe - 1994 to 1996 FAPL
  • Home - 1994/95 UCL "Star Sleeve Badge"
  • Away Blue 3rd - 1996 to 1998 FAPL or UCL
  • Home - 1998-99 FAPL "zip collar"
Anything pre-2000 always considered & especially interested in any Ryan Giggs one off, big game or cup final shirts with good provenance.