Pinboard: United Scrapbook

Manchester United 68

 

Manchester United won the Premiership! No; as a United supporter, I’m not hiding my happiness. However, I didn’t come here just to jump and wave my flag on your faces. In fact, as you can see, that picture is not even recent (unless you’re Doctor Who).

Now, the thing is, I know many pinners will jump on the United bandwagon, create boards for the Devils, and pin two or three pictures of Robin van Persie. Now, I have nothing against the prodigious Dutchman (thank you, thank you Wenger) but, in the midst of so many simple United boards, it’s a pleasure to find a board with great pictures, such as this one you are seeing (which, by the way, it’s United on 68, after winning the Europan Cup).

Yet, Warren Elliott does exactly that. In his massive United Scrapbook board, you will find pictures ranging from the 60’s, such as this one, a historical Sir Bobby injured and resting on an hospital bed after the Munich Air Disaster, and a young-ish Sir Alex at his desk. If you keep scrolling, you will find pins of EVERY SINGLE ONE of Ryan Giggs’ trading cards, from 93 to this present day. Believe me, unless you hate Giggsy with a passion, it’s interesting and even fun to see how the Welshman has lost his curly hair and gained wrinkles. And then, there’s a young Cristiano Ronaldo joining the club, before anyone thought he would look good shirtless. Making a long story short, we get to today.

But now, I’m going to show you my favorite pin of the board. I know, you may love it or hate it (and me) but you have to agree it’s BLOODY EPIC. With you… Piero della Francesca’s Cantona.

cantona painting

 

United, Champ20ns, here.

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Pinboard: What’s on the back of your shirt?

mrs samir

What’s on the back of your shirt? We could be mean and say nobody cares. Well, apparently Manchester City does care!… As long as your shirt is a City one, of course.

Manchester City FC’s Pinterest account boasts several pinboards, including one dedicated to James Milner and another one dedicated to… er.. Balotelli’s hair (should I talk about it in another post?). Yet, this collaborative board is the one that meets the eye because it’s practically interactive. As you can see, fans are not satisfied with their idols’ (or crush’s) name on their backs. (I’d never thought I’d see a Mrs. Nasri, though).

Most of the kits are personalized with the fan’s surname: however, there are some prints that are fun to watch, including a Mancini one. And, even though I’m definitely not a City fan (United, people. Manchester is red) I have to admit, I tilt my hat to this. I’d date Mr. Hart, what can I say?

joe hart date

What’s in the back of these shirts?

Pinboard: English football team badges

brighton

English football team badges might sound like a board put together by some amateur, but you’re in for a surprise with Mr. Robert Bovington’s pinboard. First of all because he’s a Brighton fan. (Who?) But because the collection is pretty comprehensive as well. Not limited to the teams everyone knows, Mr. Bovington presents badges from the Welsh sides playing at the English League. Not only Swansea, at the Premier, but also Cardiff shows up. There are not too many captions, but curious football fans might find themselves surprised by a Dagenham and Redbridge badge (who?).

We can add that Mr. Bovington also does a good job at being impartial. He includes a Manchester United badge even though they are his “least favorite team”. Well, you can’t have a collection by being partial, can you?

So, if you’re an English football fan who’s not limited to the Premiership, you must visit this blog. Even as an amateur, a bit of extra football knowledge can’t harm you. Plus, if you’re in for aesthetics, some badges are really beautiful to look at. I shall leave you with an example: the badge of a team that was at the Premiership in 1912, but not anymore: Bradford Park (who?)

bradford park

Bovington’s badges here.