Feature: Football Kit Cards

The features section of our website is one that has long been forgotten about on our site, when football season gets underway and clubs are asking us to write about them, the time to sit and write a feature piece is just non existent.

But no more! From now we are going to use our feature section to bring you some products and other accounts, be they twitter pages, eBay pages or websites that we think our audience will also enjoy!

Therefore without further a do we will hand you over to Jon the founder of Football Kit Cards to tell you all about why you need Football Kit Cards in your life.


Link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jonmorse/90s-football-shirt-playing-cards


Hi, I’m Jon and this is FootballKitCards – 52 cards featuring the good, the bad and the ugly of 90s Premier League football shirts.

If you’re wondering ‘​why?​’ then you probably didn’t spend the 90s doing any of the following:

● flicking through the football scores on Ceefax (page 302 anyone?)
● playing actual 90 minute games on FIFA and racking up scores of 150-0 (indoor mode, obviously)
● and you’ve certainly never put a sticky plaster on your nose to see what it would feel like to be Robbie Fowler

If you are guilty of at least one of these, please read on – this is for you.

10 months ago I was faced with 2 options – putting up the cot for our second child (big relationship points), or, creating a deck of playing cards featuring 90’s football shirts (zero relationship points). I chose the latter – I hope you like them (spoiler: my wife doesn’t).

The deck features 52 shirts from 25 teams – classic kits of Premier League stalwarts to stomach-churning shirts of one season no-hopers. Oh, and two Jokers (featuring 90s referee shirts…).

The Aces are 4 classic goalkeeper shirts including Nigel Spink’s 1993 Villa shirt and Pavel Srnicek’s 1995 Newcastle top.

Endorsements

“These cards epitomise everything that’s great about 90s football. If you know your Mike Phelan from your Noel Whelan, you’ll want a pack of these!” Ged Colleypriest, ​Underdog Sports Marketing

And also popular 90’s football podcast @QuicklyKevin like us!

For any questions please contact Jon:

Email: ​footballkitcards@gmail.com
Instagram – @footballkitcards
Twitter – @kitcards1

Getting to know: Belper Town FC

Deep in the countrysides of Derbyshire is a town called Belper, and since 1883 this has been the home of Belper Town FC known affectionately by the locals as “The Nailers”.

Despite this long club history, the journey of Belper has been definitely not been smooth sailing, going out of existence three times due to financial issues. The Club reformed, possibly for the fourth time, in 1951 and took up residence at the current ground at Christchurch Meadow.

In 1986, ‘The Nailers’ purchased their ground and has afforded the club the security of tenure over its facilities ever since, meaning that in theory Belper should never have to disappear again.

The club has made many improvements in recent seasons, including new dressing rooms and conference facilities built in 1999. In 2003, the club opened a new 500-seater stand to bring the stadium up to Northern Premier League Premier Division standard and beyond. New floodlights were installed in 2014 at a cost of £76,000 these new floodlights are of Vanarama National League standard. This all means that Belper have a solid base so that the team and the local community can prosper.

‘The Nailers’ are committed to being a large part of their local community, launching the ‘Belper Town in the community’ scheme that allows kids from Belper and beyond to socialize, stay healthy and develop in a safe and organized environment.

This commitment to their local area, is the main reason why Belper run youth teams for both male and female kids all the way from under 8’s upwards. Furthermore because of this, Belper Town has achieved The FA’s Charter Standard “Community” award, which is the highest level of Charter Standard award.

On the pitch, Belper are currently sat 9th in the Northern Premier League Division One East, a significant improvement from their finish of 16th last season, therefore the management team of Grant Black and assistant former fans’ favourite Mick Norbury that were installed at the beginning of the 2018/19 season could call their first season successful and will look to push on next year.

From everyone at ‘ClimbingTheLadder’ we’d just like to wish everyone at Belper all the best for the coming season.

Getting to know: Wanderers FC

The first ever incarnation of Wanderers FC goes back as far as 1859, playing originally under the name Forest Football Club.

Founder members of the Football Association in 1863, the following year the club played its first match under the name Wanderers Football Club. It was decided by one of the founding players because of the expense the club was incurring through owning its own ground, to turn it into a ‘Wandering’ team with no fixed home venue.

This first Wanderers team folded in 1887, and most people would of thought that was it for the winner of the first two FA Cups. Until 2009 when with the blessing of the original founders, the Wanderers came back to life originally as a team for charity matches but then in 2011 the team joined the Surrey South Eastern Combination.

The new Wanderers FC, has set out targets and want to get back into the FA Cup by the 2031-32 season, which would be the 150th FA Cup and an amazing achievement if it’s successful.

The club still hold up the codes and values of the original Wanderers, that being ‘The Wanderers Way’ which according to the clubs website includes” A good bunch of intelligent, interesting people who happen to play a competitive game of football in the right spirit who then go and socialise after the game, whatever the result.”

From everyone here at ClimbingTheLadder we just want to wish the Wanderers all the best, and hopefully we will see you guys back in the FA Cup soon. #ProudtoWander

Match Report: Penrith Academy vs Braithwaite (Westmorland League Division Three)

Going into this game, the home side needed the three points to secure promotion from Division 3. However against a Braithwaite team that have improved massively in recent weeks, picking up points against 2nd placed Kirkoswald reserves and Lunesdale United, it was going to be a difficult game especially with it being a midweek game.

With a couple of players missing, the Academy took a while to get going in this tie and with that the first half was a very even affair, the home side going ahead through a Luke Hunter goal however his goal was cancelled out just before half time by Braithwaite.

In the second half, the home side started the quicker of the two teams, and eventually went ahead with a touch of fortune, a long ball forward by Penrith keeper Macauley Musgrave was headed over his own goalkeeper by the Braithwaite center half and the ball rolled into the empty net.

After the home side taking the lead, the game again leveled out and both teams had some chances to score, although as the half wore on, the away side tired and the younger Academy side extended their lead through division top scorer Tom Graham to wrap up all the 3 points.

With the win, Penrith Academy go six points clear with two games remaining, assuring promotion in the process. They dont have to wait long for the chance to wrap up the title as they travel away to 9th place Endmoore KGR Reserves on Saturday.

Getting to know: Worcester Park FC

After scouring through a couple of groundhopper reports you will find out that Skinners Field home of Worcester Park FC since 1921 has “some of the best food and best football in non-league”, a statement that again and again appears if you do any research into the club.

Currently members of the Surrey Elite Intermediate League (Step 7), despite winning the Combined Counties League last season (Step 6), the club was told they had to improve their facilities and due to them not owning Skinners Field this was unlikely to happen.



Prior to joining the Combined Counties League in 2003, the club had been in and around the Surrey non-league scene. In 1949 the football club was admitted to the old Surrey Senior League where it stayed throughout the fifties and early sixties before demotion to intermediate grade football. “The Park” then became a founder member of the Surrey County Premier League in 1982 before its name change to the Surrey County Senior League in 2000.

Despite having hosted Step 6 football for over a decade, the FA launched new rules on what a ground needs to qualify for step 6 & above, sadly for “The Skinners” and a couple of other clubs in The Combined Counties League they were demoted. Its probably not my place to comment but the step between step 6 and 7 is huge, and I think its highly unfair that a club who has hosted step 6 football for years and even win the league can get demoted for non-football reasons.

Despite the difficulties that the club has faced off the pitch, all of us here at ClimbingTheLeagues want to wish Worcester Park all the best for whats left of their season and the future. We also look forward to seeing how many more GIFs you guys can come up with. #UpThePark #ParkLife