Monday, April 16, 2018

Football kits for sale!

Hello all. Several of you know that I'm a bit of a football shirt nerd. I've got a rather large box containing some of the jerseys I've picked up on my travels. Alas, my oldest daughter is moving into the spare room this summer and I'm reluctantly having to make some space...

To that end, I've started the clearout. Some of these still have tags on, some have only been worn once or twice, some were only purchased for brief Finnish Football Show appearances. More are likely to follow...

If you buy two shirts, you can have a 10% discount for both. If you buy three, 15% off, and so on. If you do make an offer, I'll show it as reserved on here. Once payment is received, I'll remove it. Let me know by emailing escapetosuomi AT gmail DOT com. I can email more detail photographs on request. Payment by Paypal or bank transfer. £3 postage UK, £5 EU.

MYPA 1992 - Umbro £25

Medium. Wear to number. A few bobbles throughout. Label cut off.

Villarreal 2010/11 - Puma £25

Medium. Brand new with tags.


France - Adidas Originals £25

Medium. Worn a couple of times. No bobbles.


Italy 2012 - Puma £25

Large. Worn once. No damage.


Croatia player issue away 2010/12 - Nike £35

Large (slim fitting). Worn once, no damage. Bought from Classic Football Shirts. Ventilation holes on sides.


Colombia 2014 - Adidas £60

Medium. Brand new with tags.

Universitario (Peru) 2013 - Umbro £20

Medium. Worn a few times. Good condition.


Celtic training shirt 2012/13 - Nike £20

Medium. Brand new with tags.


Belgium away 2016 - Adidas £40

Large. Worn once, excellent condition.


Fiorentina 2015 - Le Coq Sportif £30

Medium. Worn twice. Very good conditon.

AS Saint-Etienne retro - Le Coq Sportif £60

Medium. Brand new with tags. Reproduction from 2015 based on 1970s design. Bought from Le Coq Sportif.


KuPS goalkeeper early 1990s - Umbro £25

Large. Good condition shirt. Some minor damage to printing.


Anderlecht 2014/15 - Adidas £40

Medium. Brand new with tags.

O'Higgins home 2014/15 - Diadora £40

Medium. Unworn, from Classic Football Shirts. With champions 2013 embroidery.


England away 1994/95 - Umbro £30

Extra large. Some bobbles throughout, fading to collar. Small tear (1cm) on left shoulder.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Introducing Roihuvuoren Ruisku

Back in 2015, I did some promotional work for a club based in the Helsinki fourth tier (division three, Kolmonen), with a small sponsorship and I went to watch a match while on holiday there. Atletico Malmi had a good season, it was great to be involved and added to my football shirt collection! 

This year, I'll be doing a similar project again. This time, it is with another side from the capital, Ruisku, who play in the sixth tier (division five, Vitonen).

Ruisku (Finnish for syringe) were formed in 1998, based in East Helsinki. In 2009, with the club set to fold, a group of British and Irish ex-pats took over, keeping some of the original players and providing organised football and more to new arrivals to Helsinki. The logo is based around the Roihuvuori water tower, a major landmark nearby.

Player-manager Gav Martin told me that as an amateur club, the main objective is to keep the club alive by finding new players to fulfil fixtures. "Second is to have fun and socialise, third is winning". 

2017 saw Ruisku miss out on potential promotion in suspicious circumstances, after the opponents of rivals SUMU forfeited the fixture, giving SUMU a 3-0 win that took them up instead. Gav says: "2018 is a season of ambition, going for promotion and we've added a reserve team in the seventh division for some of the older boys before they go onto over-35s football".

To end this introduction, Gav has said that anyone who emails him will get a response and a game of football ASAP. If you'd like to get involved in any way, on the pitch or off, email Gav here.

Throughout the year, I'll be updating on how the side are doing in their aim to get promoted, along with progress in the Regions Cup (the national knockout competition for smaller clubs).