Today we present the huge collection of football shirts collected by Arjan Wijngaard. This Dutch FC Groningen supporter does not only collect Groningen shirts, but collected a massive 1.430 shirts so far.
Arjan was asked the following questions:
- Since when do you support FC Groningen?
- When and why did you start to collect FC Groningen shirts?
- What is the best part of being a kit collector?
- What have you seen changing over time in your hobby?
- How many FC Groningen shirts do you have at the moment?
- What was your first shirt?
- And your last?
- Which shirt brings up the best memory/story?
- Which shirt is on your wish list?
- What is your top 3 favorite FC Groningen home shirt ever?
- What is your top 3 favorite FC Groningen away shirt ever?
- What is your favorite 2013/14 shirt, other than FC Groningen?
- What is your favorite ‘all time’ shirt, other than FC Groningen?
- Which other club collector do you suggest for the next interview?
Since when do you support FC Groningen?
I am supporting FC Groningen since I can remember. I have a season ticket since 1994, before that I went to see a game so now and then.
When and why did you start to collect FC Groningen shirts?
I started to collect FC Groningen shirt since 1997. Then I started to collect footballshirts, and ofcourse I needed to have some FC Groningen shirts as well because it is my favorite team.
What is the best part of being a kit collector?
To search all over the internet looking for shirts and having contact with lots of other collectors all over the world.
What have you seen changing over time in your hobby?
When I started there was no internet, no webshops and no Ebay. Nowadays there is, so it makes it a lot easier to find very rare shirts and to get shirts from all over the world.
How many FC Groningen do you have at the moment
I have around 50 shirts from FC Groningen on a total of more than 1.400 shirts from all over the world.
What was your first shirt?
My first shirt was an Everton shirt, my favorite english team.
And your last?
A shirt from Farnborough FC, shirt nr 1386.
Which shirt brings up the best memory/story?
I have lots of nice stories, but it is always nice to visit a game abroad a buy a shirt from the local team. I went to games from Pisa, Hayes and Yeading, Chemnitzer FC and Hereford United and got shirts from that teams.
Another nice story to tell is that I was on route to a game, and I knew i was passing Sutton United. So I emailed the club if it was possible to get a shirt from them because I was passing them. They replied that they were willing
to open the fanshop for me on a sunday morning!
Which shirt is on your wish list?
I’m still looking for the old FC Groningen shirts, they are very difficult to get. These are the pre 1990′s shirts.
What is your top 3 favorite FC Groningen home shirt ever?
see added photos, I like the shirts that are very simple. Just green/white. The only exception is the one from the 1990-1991 season. This was a very good season FC Groningen, so that makes this shirt special
What is your top 3 favorite FC Groningen away shirt ever?
Again very simple shirts, with lots of green in it. This is a color that you dont see a lot in football.
What is your favorite 2013/14 shirt, other than FC Groningen
Besides FC Groningen, Feyenoord en Everton are my favorite teams so I like these shirts very much. The shirts are very traditional, feyenoord red-white and Everton blue
What is your favorite ‘all time’ shirt, other than FC Groningen?
I have about 1.430 shirts, so it is very difficult to choose…. I like green-white shirts in general, so I will choose a green white one and then I ll choose Sporting Portugal.
Which other club collector do you suggest for the next interview
I’ll Suggest Sankt Pauli, a brown shirt from a very special club.
Thanks for sharing your answers Arjan.
If you can help Arjan to grow his football shirt collection you can contact either 26kits or Arjan directly via his website.