Rev's Ramblings – Taking the shirts off their backs

Like most football fans, I’ve gathered numerous football memorabilia items over the years. When you’re a kid and you go to a game with your dad, one of the highlights is the matchday programme that he buys you. I’ve still got mine from the Molineux visits of the sixties and seventies.

All these years later, I’m still gathering football-related items around me, except now they’re all very personal as well as memory-laden. It all started when I did my very first TNS Radio game in 2014. I was given a team sheet, of course, and it’s something that you can’t throw away. Hence, a new collection was being birthed.

Shirt-signing with Steve Evans
Shirt-signing with Steve Evans

Fast-forward a few years and the baby has now grown into a fully-fledged adult. While most people’s items of memorabilia are kept in boxes in the attic – and I do have stuff stored of course – some of mine is displayed in one of the downstairs rooms at home.

Yes, I am married! I just have a very understanding wife, who although she isn’t there physically alongside me on my travels, is certainly with me in spirit. At least we don’t have to concern ourselves with what wallpaper to buy. Soon there won’t be much showing.

The latest items to adorn the walls were a number of tops worn by TNS players in games. Yes, we really did take the shirts off their backs. I’ll get them signed in due course, but for now it’s just Steve Evans’ that bears a signature, as he happened to be around as I raided the kit room with Ian Williams.

From the Champions League to my wall
From the Champions League to my wall

The others, which I’ll feature in future Rev’s Ramblings, were worn by Greg Draper, Paul Harrison, Robbie Parry and Mike Wilde. Robbie’s, by the way, was his shirt from the Welsh League Cup final last season.

Wildey’s goes one better though, as it was the top he played in when we beat B36 in the Champions League in the Faroe Islands. He also scored in that game. How many people have the shirt of a CL goalscorer on their wall? I do, and also, I was there at the game.

With a game at Stourbridge in the week, I went to watch the E2 Scholars play King Edward VI College. Not only did I take the match in though, I also captured live footage for the TNS Twitter and Facebook accounts, via Periscope and Live respectively, as well as posting updates.

Team talk for the Scholars at Stourbridge
Team talk for the Scholars at Stourbridge

I do enjoy being involved in the world of football media. What is especially nice about TNS is the freedom that I have to be creative and to crack on with it. I’ve always felt honoured and privileged, from the early days when I was entrusted with passwords right though to whatever throws itself up in the present.

Talking of the present, I’ll be back next Monday with a Livingston special. See you then. In the meantime, have a great week and well done to Glyn Berrington, who #BeatTheBelle with a 3-0 prediction. You can contact me at stewart.bloor@tnsfc.co.uk