Shoreham St. Magnifique

Anglo-Italiana Bobble

Anglo-Italiana Bobble
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The latest in our range of Bobble hats. The Anglo-Italiana gives a nod towards two colourful parts of United's history.

The Anglo-Italian Cup was a romantic, eccentric and ill-fated competition which ran on and off from 1970 and was eventually abandoned in 1996 due to increasing violence at matches.

United entered the competition in 1994 and were drawn in 'Group B' - they were to face Udinese and Ancona at the Lane with trips to Italy to face Cesena and Piacenza.

It's fair to say the Udinese game - United's debut in the competition - was a lively affair. The boys from the North East of Italy seemed intent on winding up the United players from the start. There were four red cards during the game - Nathan Blake, Charlie Hartfield and Glyn Hodges were sent off for United, with Marek Koźmiński walking for Udinese. All this before Dave Bassett got sent to the stands for gesturing to the ref - calling him a wanker. United lost 2-1.

It wasn't an ideal start. Things would slowly improve as United claimed a point in Piacenza with a 2-2 draw and one more at home home to Ancona - another lively affair finishing 3-3. Despite failing to qualify for the next stage, United finished on a high as their final game saw them claim a 4-1 victory against Cesena in Italy.

The surreal and exotic adventure was over - but not without incident and some wonderful memories. After all, it gave Unitedites the chance to dream on European turf.

This bobble is inspired by the away shirt worn during the games in Italy. About as controversial as the competition itself. Navy blue in colour with a teal and purple sash. Legend has it it was designed by Dave Bassett. It certainly divided opinion.

It features embroidery of both the oversized shield crest - used at the time by the club and the retro diamond-shaped Shoreham St. Magnifique logo.


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This item is scheduled to be dispatched the week commencing 10/12/18.