Football Programmes Centre

Chris s Collection


Name : Chris
Forum Nickname : chris_afc
Age : 23
Started Collecting : Started Collecting When Dad brought programmes back for me from 92/93

About Me

What do you do for a living?

Care worker

Which club do you support and why?

Arsenal (families team) and Aldershot Town (local team who have found a place in my heart!)

What do you collect?

Arsenal home programmes

How did you get into programme collecting?

I started holding onto programmes from matches other people went to and then started to buy FA Cup Finals and other various programmes.

Your Collection

What was your first football programme?

An Arsenal league game from 92/93.

What was the last programme you bought?

A few Arsenal prgrammes to try and collect the entire homes from 70 to the present date.

How big is your collection?

Around 1200

How do you store your collection?

In heavy duty boxes on shelves and my bedroom floor!

Whats the oldest programme you own?

1955 Arsenal vs Aston Villa

What is the rarest item in your collection?

Arsenal vs Manchester United 1958

Which programme from your club is the rarest and most expensive to obtain?

Not sure, possibly Anderlecht away 1970

What is...?

What is your worst buy?

What is your best buy?

A signed programme by Bob Wilson in the 93 League Cup Final, totally unaware it was signed until I opened the programme in a multipack of programmes on eBay!

What is the most you have paid for a programme and which one?

What is the most you have received for a programme and which one?

What is your most prized programme?

Arsenal vs Manchester United 1958

Whats your biggest regret in collecting?

Not specialising in just Arsenal and obtaining 400-500 random programmes, that I dont want

The Hobby

In you opinion, is the programme collectors communtiy shrinking or growing?

What do you enjoy most about the hobby?

Reading the programmes and what was going on at the clubs at the time and what people thought of recent matches ain the letters section of some of the programmes. They are a great historical source.

Where do you buy most of your programmes from?

Ebay or stall sellers outside the Emirates!

The Future

If money was no object, which programme would you most like to add to your collection?

The remaining 150 Arsenal programmes needed from 1970-2006 when they left Highbury.

Would you ever sell your collection?

YES! Currently looking to shift on a few of them now (see other threads!)

How do you wish to develop your collection over the coming years?

Selling my other programmes and specialising in just Arsenal homes!