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”!
Thank you very much.