The fourth KitNerd gathering was held on January 12, 2013 at 442 Soccer Bar. Ten brave souls turned out despite the extreme cold in Portland on a Saturday night. Two prizes were given away, though I neglected to photograph the winners with their spoils.

The night’s winner was Darren, whose tremendous 2012/13 Atletic Bilbao change kit was augmented by a sleeve sponsorship and his Basque family’s name on the back.

Second place was a tie between Sean’s 2007/08 Sparta Rotterdam 120th anniversary kit (complete with sleeve sponsorship, back adverts, Rotterdam’s coat of arms, a special crest and another reminder of the anniversary) and Conor’s hilarious 2002 Club América jersey. Amazing stuff there.

Kirsten wore her 2004 Exeter City centenary kit (with special crest) and brought along a Hampton & Richmond Borough scarf for good measure.

Dawn had the most authentic kit of the group, wearing a 2011 University of Portland women’s training kit worn by Rebekah Kurle.

Brennan came all the way from Atlanta and wore a 2010 World Cup Germany home kit.

Graham wore his 2010/11 Chelsea change kit with Josh McEachran’s no. 46 on the back.

Richard donned a 2002/03 Manchester United home kit with Paul Schole’s no. 18 on the back.

Mike wore a 2007/08 Internazionale centenary change kit, which included a special crest and two centenary tags. He also showed off his new 2002/03 Southampton change kit.

Finally, I had on my 2012 Albirex Niigata home kit. Unfortunately forgot to have the J-League patch individually photographed.

Hoping to have a quicker turn around for the next gathering. In the meantime, check out the twitter feed over at @KitNerd for kit leaks, weekly breakdowns of the Premier League, A-League and MLS kits and general chatter.


The third KitNerd gathering took place on May 25, 2012, again at 442 Soccer Bar in SE Portland. The turnout was the highest yet, and as a result, three kits were given away as prizes. Here’s a breakdown of who came, what they wore and what they won:

Matt took home first prize with his 2008 Mito HollyHock kit from the Japanese second division (J-League 2). With a fantastic crest and a J-League patch, Matt’s kit was cool enough without a back story. But fans in Portland remembered former Timbers forward Takayuki Suzuki, who once scored for Japan in the 2002 World Cup. When his time with the Timbers ended in 2010, Suzuki returned to play for HollyHock. After the tsunami, Suzuki agreed to play for free to help the club stay in business during tough times. Matt won a Valencia prototype that was never worn, as the club shifted from Nike to Kappa before this particular template was used.

Five kits shared second place votes, so a blind draw awarded second and third place.

Second place went to Josh, whose wonderful 1996/97 Fortuna Düsseldorf home shirt drew rave reviews. Unfortunately I seem to have deleted my photo of Josh with his prize, which was a 2004 United States Soccer Federation youth referee kit. It was yellow with a removable patch.

Paul took third prize with his 2007/08 Santos Laguna home kit. The myriad adverts continued on the right sleeve, left sleeve and back of the kit. Paul’s prize was a 2008/09 Manchester United goalkeeper kit.

Other kits receiving multiple votes included:

Joey‘s 2011/12 Olympique Lyonnais home kit. A fine shirt and his favorite club.
Bill‘s 2001/02 Club Cienciano (Cusco, Peru) home shirt. Having picked it up in a swap for a Timbers Army scarf, it is a great memento from a recent trip to South America.
Seth‘s Euro ’92 Germany change kit. One of the classics.

Plenty of other shirts were on display, too:

Duane brought his 2002 World Cup South Korea change kit, complete with Sun-Hong Hwang’s no. 18 on the back.

Tim wore a 2005/06 Hartlepool home kit, a shirt he bought while visiting England in 2005.

Sean wore a terrific 1994/95 Celtic third shirt.

Andy had on his 2007/08 DC United home kit.

John was wearing what seemed to be a knock-off Thailand national team shirt. Any help on that front would be greatly appreciated.

Mallory opted for this 2001 Portland Timbers replica home kit.

Kyle, a previous winner at the first ever KitNerd event (for this Palmeiras kit) wore what he won back in the summer of 2011, a 2000 Cascade Surge change kit.

Sheba wore her 2011/12 Real Oviedo home kit, a swap with a friend, Alberto, in Oviedo. He received a 2012/13 Portland Timbers 3rd kit.

Mike, one of our hosts at 442, brought out a sharp 2011/12 Southampton home kit (sorry it’s blurry).

Fernando wore his 2010/11 Chelsea home shirt, with Fernando Torres’ no. 9 on the back.

Brenton came all the way down from Vancouver, British Columbia (in fairness, the Whitecaps were playing the Timbers the next day) and brought two great kits. The first was what we think is an early 1990s Vancouver 86ers kit. The second is a 1980/81 Vancouver Whitecaps indoor replica, signed by Whitecaps legend Carl Valentine. Both great additions to the evening.

I could not get a front view of this 2007/08 SC Eltersdorf (the German 5th division, now 4th) home shirt, though it’s fair to say, this is it.

And finally, here is my 2010/11 Heart of Midlothian change kit. I had no choice but to show off one of my three Hearts kits after the Jambos’ thumping 5-1 victory in the Scottish Cup last weekend.

So again, a great time was had by all and we’re looking forward to seeing more new faces and more interesting kits the next time around. If you’re not in Portland and you want to have a KitNerd gathering of your own, drop me a line through Twitter (@KitNerd).


On January 6, at 442 Soccer Bar in SE Portland, ten KitNerds gathered to enjoy pints, watch the season premiere of Portlandia (which we didn’t even know was going to be on) and show off various football kits. As always, a vote was taken at the end of the night and two kits were awarded as prizes for the top two.

Erik was the night’s winner, wearing this 2008/09 Olympique de Marseille adidas change kit which included a Ligue 1 patch he added himself. As the winner, Erik took home South Korea’s 2010 Nike World Cup change kit.

Second prize went to Dani (sorry the photo is blurry!) who came wearing this 2009/10 AS Roma Kappa home kit (with this excellent Lega Calcio patch). For her efforts, Dani won this 2006/07 Russia Nike change kit. She also brought a 2006 Japan adidas home kit as an added bonus.

Though he took home no prize, Paul finished third in the voting with this 2010 Cameroon Puma World Cup change. He had Samuel Eto’o’s name and number emblazoned on the back but I stupidly forgot to take a picture.

And the final vote-getter was Robert in his 2009/10 Feyenoord Puma kit. Great shirt.

Mike had a 2008/09 Manchester United Nike home kit complete with Ryan Gigg’s no. 11 on the back and a 2007/08 champions patch.

Andy wore his 2005/06 Tottenham Hotspur Kappa third kit. He also brought his 2006/07 SC Freiburg Jako home kit.

Shane came to the gathering with a 2009 County Tyrone O’Neills Gaelic Football home kit. The kit features a special GAA logo celebrating the association’s 125th anniversary.

Matt wore a 2003/04 Bayern München adidas home kit as well as his 1990 Germany World Cup jacket. Another great item I forgot to photograph.

The trickiest kit of the night belonged to Seth, who had his 2010 USA Nike World Cup home kit adorned with Megan Rapinoe’s no. 15.

A surprise appearance of the 2012/13 Portland Timbers adidas third kit came from someone who was at the bar already and not aware of our KitNerd gathering.

And finally, I wore my 2007/08 1. FC Nürnberg adidas home kit.


One thought on “KitNerd Gatherings

  1. Another fun event! Thanks for putting it together as always.

    Also, looks like there’s a decent peek at Matt’s German track jacket in the pic of your FCN kit.

    Can’t wait for the next one!

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