This was swiftly followed by a 1994/95 yellow/green No24 Paul Scholes short sleeved match issued Premier League shirt and a 1994/95 red No16 Roy Keane short sleeved match worn Premier League shirt. The Scholes and Keane shirts were both obtained directly from Old Trafford. From the 3 initial shirts obtained, both the Paul McGrath and Roy Keane shirts proudly remain within the collection of match worn and issued player shirts.
Pride of place within the collection goes to the Bryan Robson match worn Manchester United and England shirts and the various match worn Roy Keane shirts, particularly a 1999/00 red Champions League shirt. The shirt is accompanied by a personal letter from Roy, which authenticates the shirt. Also, two red match worn/unwashed Premier League shirts worn by Roy during season 2002/03, each shirt having been worn v Chelsea (home and away).
Other cherished shirts within the collection include the Mark Hughes match worn Manchester United and Wales shirts, the Wales shirt having been signed by Pele.
Owning a 'part' of your Club is very addictive, shirts from past and current players particuarly so. The hobby requires a very understanding wife/partner, as shirt collecting can be very expensive. Memorabilia related to Manchester United always seems to hold a higher premium when compared to most other football clubs. Genuine match worn/issued player shirts can be particuarly difficult to obtain, the prices placed on United shirts are normally at a much higher premium when compared to all other football clubs.
However enjoyable the hobby of shirt collecting can be, there is a significant word or WARNING for all collectors, particuarly those new to the hobby. For every genuine collector/dealer within the hobby, there are numerous unscrupulous individuals who's only motivation is obtaining 'easy' money by selling fake shirts.............PLEASE BE WARNED, mistakes can be very costly. Most seasoned collectors have experienced the worst side of the hobby.
Hopefully, shirt collecting will remain an addictive hobby for many years to come, as I've already said the passion for collecting can be severly tested by individuals who care nothing about the hobby, their only motivation is money and greed.
Hope you enjoy looking through the collection.