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The Magic of the FA Cup

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I love the FA Cup. For me it will always be the greatest cup competition on earth. I grew up in the 90s (was born mid-80s) in a working class family in North-East London. We did not have the money for Sky TV. That meant the only football I got to watch was the FA Cup. It was actually the FA Cup that made me fall in love with The Arsenal. Watching the FA Cup semi-final between Arsenal and Tottenham in 1991 as a 6-year-old, I had decided to support whoever loses (I grew up in a family with little...

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Time flies when you're packing beer mats

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It has been a couple of weeks since our last post. We have just not had the time since we launched our Arsenal beer mats 2 weeks ago. The response to them has been fantastic and we have spent most of the last 2 weeks packing over 500 sets. We thank everyone who bought, RT’d or shared them. In the last week the football beer mats project has continued. Last Friday we released our set of Chelsea beer mats. We had hoped to get these out in time to be with people for this weekends FA Cup final. Unfortunately the...

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Kick Off Merchants: The Home of Football Beer Mats

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When the founding fathers of Kick Off Merchants congregated around the round table for them to discuss trying to bring fans the football merchandise they deserve, one item kept getting mentioned. Beer mats.   Anyone can do mugs, can do phone covers, can do bar runners. We had done them already. But bespoke beer mats for every club? Now that would be truly ground breaking.   And so we set out on what has been a long and treacherous journey of manufacture, production and design.   It was 30th November 2020 when the beer mats were first mentioned. And it...

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Manchester City win, Watford promoted and Norwich City one step closer to champions

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Yesterday Manchester City won the first major trophy of the season. Not a huge surprise that they lifted the EFL Cup for the 4th time in a row and 5th time in 6 years. Their dominance of the competition is reminiscent to that of Liverpool in the 1980s who also won it 4 times in a row. The EFL competition is turning into an odd competition. Every team, regardless of whether they are fighting for the title, top 4, relegation, promotion or in mid-table seems to use it as an opportunity to rest and rotate their squad. And this is...

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How many Twitter followers does every Premier League club have in 2021?

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*Data correct as per April 2021

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