True Colours – Shirt of Hurt Challenge

Posted by John Devlin

As many of you will know, when it comes to international football my loyalties lie with Scotland. Always have, always will. Inevitable really as it was my Scottish Dad who first got me interested in football back in the 1970s. This has caused some friction living down south as you might imagine, not least with my English mum! As a result of my support of the Scotland side I have owned and worn countless Scottish replica shirts over the years but not surprisingly never any England ones and in fact have never put an England shirt on my back….until now.

Listening to the fantastic Danny Baker show on BBC Five Live last Saturday gave me an idea. On the show Danny took the “Shirt of Hurt” challenge for Sport Relief by swapping jerseys with actor Ray Winstone. If you’re not aware of the concept, “Shirt of Hurt” requires you to pull on the shirt of your most bitterest rivals in aid of Sport Relief. Danny, an ardent Millwall fan, donned Ray’s West Ham shirt and Ray, a Hammer through and through, wore Danny’s Millwall jersey. Years of support, belief and passion for your team rocked by simply wearing the colours of your fierce enemies!

So in aid of Sport Relief, I  too will be taking the “Shirt of Hurt” challenge by pulling on a shirt, for the first time ever, of Scotland’s greatest rivals and bitterest enemies: England!


Thanks to my friends at Umbro I have a brand new, still in its wrapper and rather splendid 2012 England home shirt just waiting to be worn. All I need you to do, is to please please sponsor me!

Photographic proof will be posted on the site and will no doubt haunt me for the rest of my life! But its all for a great cause – so please donate whatever you can afford to see me in my England “Shirt of Hurt”!

Click here to visit my official Sport Relief page where you can sponsor me

Thank you very much.

13 Responses to “True Colours – Shirt of Hurt Challenge”

  1. Mark Badger Says:

    At least you’re wearing the best England shirt ever, in my opinion.
    Just red & white, no blue, as it should be – St George’s Cross :o)

  2. Mike Says:

    John, maybe auction the shirt afterwards to get a little more for Sport Relief, unless you want to keep it!

  3. John Devlin Says:

    That is a great idea Mike!

  4. Al Says:

    That’s certainly the best England shirt I’ve seen in a while IMHO, but the real shirt of hurt for Scotland would be from England’s 9-3 victory in 1963, preferably autographed by Jimmy Greaves!

  5. Al Says:

    whoops, meant 1961

  6. Rich Johnson Says:

    Done :) Great idea John! Look forward to the auction too!

  7. Iain Cameron Says:

    Not a patch on our current home Scotland kit, infact it’s rather minging

  8. Jay29ers Says:

    With you on that, Iain. John may be too, but contractually obliged to not comment ;)

  9. Jay29ers Says:

    (I should point out, the above is merely a joke. I would never question John’s impartiality).

  10. Andrew Rockall Says:

    Been thinking about this a lot recently and I think I would pay a substantial sum of money, not to wear an Arsenal shirt. On the other had I prefer both the home and away Germany shirts to the new England jersey. Maybe I should do that instead!

  11. tony spike Says:

    seriously considering pulling on a (dare i say it) 96 diamond overly sheffield united kit my freind has ……since i support wednesday and the fact that that is possibly the worst kit united have worn means my degredation would be two fold ..but i would take it for a good cause lol

    i agree though the new england kit is splendid …and is mutch better than the one it replaced ..i hated that one the shoulders were too fussy

  12. Philip Marriott Says:

    I’ll pleased to sponsor you John! You’re a brave man wearing that. All for a good cause though, well done!

  13. Philip Marriott Says:

    Meant to say “I am pleased” lol

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