Favourite League 2 Home Shirts 2021/22 Season

 With us watching most of the League 2 games at Valley Parade we actually get to see a whole lot more away shirts compared to the amount of home shirts we see throughout the season. It is safe to say League 2 has seen some great home shirts released this season but honestly I would have to say I prefer some of away shirts a whole lot more. They just seem to have been kept much simpler and have a bit of a classic feel for a lot of the teams involved in the league. I actually struggled to narrow down to just 5 favourites for this post but here is who made the cut... 


I absolutely love this Northampton away shit because as I have said previously I just absolutely love black and gold shirts. They are just nice and simple colours that work so well combined together. Hummel have come out with some fantastic shirts this season and this is up there as one of the best. I wish more clubs would give this colourway a try. 


The Northampton shirt was a favourite due to how simple it look but the Exeter City away shirt is a favourite due to how different it looks. I love the black and pink and how well they work together but what I love most is the pink design across the bottom of the shirt, it just changes it up a little bit and adds another element to what could have easily just been a simple shirt like the Northampton one. I think the colour choices also make the design work a lot better than other colours would look. 
Port Vale 

This years Port Vale shirt give me some real retro vibes and thanks to the colours it could easily be a shirt worn by Australia back in the day. I love the black and gold/yellow combination and how the gold/yellow is the more prominent colour on the shirt. The colour looks fantastic on this one too and really helps capture that retro feel. 


The Newport away shirt is more like a design I would have expected from Forest Green but again Hummel have done really well with this shirt and the different shades of blue work really well with the small amount of yellow on the shirt. The way the blues work together is great too as they form a great pattern. Even the sponsor seems to fit in really well with the rest of this shirt. 

Bradford City

Again sorry but I couldn't not include Bradford City on this list as I absolutely love their new away shirt in recent years this might have been better suited as a home shirt however, we have the brilliant retro look home shirt but we have still managed to fit a full claret and amber shirt into this seasons rotation. Avec have absolutely killed it once again with their shirts for Bradford and although I love all of this seasons options this is slowly creeping up to be my favourite. 

It is safe to say once again I am absolutely loving the shirt options we are seeing being released from clubs and it has definitely been nice to take a look at a lower league rather than just focusing on those top teams for a change. That is why I am in the process of working on a post for all the leagues I haven't already covered, as I know I am definitely missing some other fantastic shirts. What would be your favourite away shirt from League 2 this season? 

Bradford City Women Progress To The Next Round Of The Vitality Women's FA Cup : Bradford City Women vs Ossett United Ladies Match Report


Bradford City Women took on Ossett United Ladies in the Vitality Women's FA cup in what was bound to be an interesting game which certainly didn't disappoint us fans. With Ossett not being too far away from Bradford some would call this a bit of a derby game and to be honest at points it really felt like one. 

The game kicked off and honestly it was more or less all Bradford in the first 5 minutes or so with them moving the ball around well and getting into some great positions but they were just unable to take those chances and grab themselves a goal. Around 6 minutes into the game City did find the back of the net after some great build up play and a great ball through which eventually ended up find its way past the Ossett 'keeper unfortunately though the goal didn't stand as the linesman put his flag up for a very questionable offside call. There were quite a few questionable calls from the officials throughout the game but this one definitely impacted the game the most. 

Throughout the first half City seemed to be moving the ball around really well but unfortunately just couldn't string that final pass together to find the goal. After about 25 minutes Ossett finally seemed to settle into the game and the game ended up going from end to end. Stube managed to stop quite a few Ossett attacks in the first half with some great challenges, even though the game was end to end it was definitely City who looked the most threatening for the full 90 minutes. Ossett did have a great chance in the first half though when a shot rattled the cross bar but it did look like this opportunity came from a player in an offside position so shouldn't have progressed as far as it did in the first place. 

The first half ended 0-0 however, it could have easily held a few goals if chances had been taken by both teams. The second half picked up right where the first half ended with the game continuing to be end to end. Hames made his first change in the 50th minute with Jakeman coming off to be replaced by Hawkins so clearly attacking was in mind and a bit of an extra boost was needed on the pitch. 

Just 8 minutes after the change a lovely bit of build up play from City saw Stube eventually brought down in the area which resulted in City being awarded a penalty. Stuart stepped up to take this and buried the ball in the back of the net to make the game 1-0 to City. 

After the penalty the game really seemed to heat up a bit with some rash challenges flying in although the referee seemed to be happy to let a few of the challenges go, the full 90 minutes seemed to be very inconsistent on what was being awarded as a foul and what wasn't with some obvious calls not being given. As the game progressed more and more of these challenges were coming in and it gave City a few more chances at goal with a Roberts free kick hitting the post before being cleared away. Stuart came close to doubling the lead not long after however, a brilliant save from the Ossett 'keeper saw the ball go over the cross bar. 

City made another attacking based substitution with Prothero coming off and Lambert coming on, clearly Hames was looking for another goal to seal City's lead and he didn't have to wait much longer for this to happen. With all the harsh challenges being thrown around it was only going to be a matter of time until one was in dangerous territory for Roberts, Zoe put a brilliant ball into the box which was original saved by the Ossett 'keeper who ended up spilling the ball resulting in a tap in for Woodcock to make the game 2-0.

There were a few times where the game did look a little bit scrappy as City were slow to react to the ball and passes were just going to the opposition or an empty space I think if they could have tidied this up for the full 90 minutes City could have easily been a lot more goals up but that sometimes things just don't work right on the day and today was definitely a case of that today. 

The game ended 2-0 and City have made their way through to the next round of the Vitality Women's FA cup, I am looking forward to seeing who we draw in the next round, I think who ever it is we are going to be in for a good game because with how City are progressing as a team we are seeing them playing how they should have been playing for the past few years. 

Player of the match wise me and Liam both agree that Stuart takes this weeks honour as she played brilliantly for the full 90 minutes and never looked like giving up even after some of the knocks she took, she just seemed to be all over the pitch creating some great build up play for the team. 

Bring on the next game, this is a City team I really look forward to going to watch. 

Favourite League 2 Home Shirts 2021/22 Season

With me being a Bradford City fan it is safe to say we see a wide variety of shirts form the teams we face as cups bring clubs to us that we wouldn't usually see. When you look through the clubs in League 2 at the moment it is safe to say there are some great shirt options out there for the fans that are a little different to what we see from the big clubs, I feel like as leagues get lower they are a bit braver in their designs. So here are my favourite home shirts from League 2 this season... 

Sutton United

I actually really like newly promoted Sutton United's home shirt and to be honest I actually like all their shirt options this season. This yellow shirt certainly stands out and the detailing on the shoulders and neck just break it down a little bit. Then you have the lined shirt detailing which again is great and just stops the shirt from being too yellow. Even the sponsor doesn't look out of place on this shirt and seems to fit the overall design really well. 

Forest Green Rovers 

I aren't a fan of Forest Green at all however, what they are doing off the pitch can't go unrecognised with them doing their very best to be an environmentally friendly club. I love that they are offering fans bamboo shirts this season in a bid to elevate how environmentally friendly they are plus you can't go wrong with the design either really. I love the black tiger like pattern over the standout green on the shirt with the pattern being broke up by the clubs sponsor. I might not like them as a team but you really can't knock their shirts. 

Bristol Rovers 

I am not sure if it is the collar that is selling me on the shirt or the overall design but I actually really like it. The way the shirt is broke up into quarters with alternating sleeves colours looks great to me and the faint design on the shirt doesn't get too in your face, in fact it took me a few looks to see it was actually there. I love how it has been kept to just the 2 colours on the shirt and is nice and simple compared to some other clubs designs. 

Bradford City 
Of course Bradford had to make this list, this seasons home shirt is a nice change to the usual full claret and amber one, plus the fact it is inspired by the retro design just makes it that bit better in my eyes. Avec have done really well to capture the retro inspiration and have incorporated it into this design really well. I usually avoid white shirts at all costs but I absolutely love this one and it just looks great on the field and in the stands. 

There you go those are my favourite home shirts for the seasons League 2 campaign, it is safe to say the lower league has definitely provided us with some great options and check back next week to see which teams made the favourite away shirt cut, that was definitely a bit harder to narrow down. I definitely prefer the lower league kits at the moment as they seem to be braver without taking it too far lately which is brilliant to see and the fans seem to love what they are given too. 

What is your favourite League 2 home shirt this season? 

Edge of the Area Is Two

I can't quite believe it but 2 years ago today we published the first blog here on Edge of the Area, This was a match report from our trip to watch Bradford City women vs Brighouse Town Women and it was our first step into properly watching the FAWNL and to be honest things have only gone up hill since then. when I look back on old posts I can only see how I have grown in my writing and how much I have grown when it comes to the content on the blog. For two years I have manage to write about the game I have always loved and I didn't even let the pandemic stop that, in fact my love for the blog actually grew during this time as I had a bit more time to focus on what I was creating even though we weren't able to go out and watch games. 

When we launched back in October 2019 we had high hopes of going to a lot of games for the 19/20 season but unfortunately 2020 had other ideas and games were very limited but we still found a way to get content out there we just had to adapt a bit and it worked. The blogs 1st year definitely didn't go to plan but it didn't stop us and in fact it just made us determined to smash all our goals in year 2 which we have definitely done even with the restrictions remaining for a part of that year. Year 2 has certainly been a year of growth and finding out what direction the content will be going in but it has been a fun filled year with so many positives and here are just a few...

Interviewed Some Brilliant People

In year 2 we managed to get through quite a few interviews with players from Bradford City Women and some backroom staff which has been fantastic. Doing this is helping me really build up my confidence and it is really fun when it comes to sitting down and working out questions to ask whoever I am interviewing. I have noticed that over the past two years my confidence has definitely increased and I think this is a big factor in that. 

Sponsored A Player

This was something we wanted to make sure we first started the blog and we managed to do it in year one and again in year two. We currently sponsor Bradford City Women's goalkeeper Hannah Richards and to be honest it is nice just knowing we are helping out a club we have loved for a long time whilst also giving back to a club who has supported us since the very start. 

Got To Work With My Favourite Club

I never imagined when the blog first started that we would be in our second season of writing content for Bradford City Women's match day programmes but here we are on our second year and it is absolutely fantastic. Bradford City women have been really supportive and have provided us with some absolutely fantastic opportunities which we are so grateful for. But we also have to have a special mention to Brighouse Town women who have also been really supportive for this whole journey so far too. 

Met Some Amazing People

Edge of the Area has also helped us meet and chat to some absolutely amazing people in the women's football community. It is amazing just how many great people are in the community and support each so much. There is the whole team at Since 71 who are brilliant and encourage you a whole lot when it comes to creating content and giving you a confidence boost, there is Emma Shone from Man City Women's Fancast who I actually managed to briefly meet at a game which was fantastic. Fingers crossed sooner rather than later I can meet up with a whole lot more of these people at games too especially now it is going to be much easier to get to places. 

So that is a few of the highlights from year two but now it is time to look ahead to year 3 which is hopefully going to be even bigger and better than the previous two years as hopefully we won't be restricted half as much as we have been and we can travel a little bit more, I am determined to get more miles done in my car. So here is what year 3 will hopefully hold...

Attend More Games From Various Leagues

We already have our tickets purchased for a variety of games for Euro 2022 next year but fingers crossed we can get some more games for the tournament. We will also be trying to get to some more FAWSL games as it we haven't seen one of those live for a while. Fingers crossed we can also get to more none league and FAWNL games throughout the course of the year too as there are so many teams on our doorstep where we could easily head to on a weekend when either Bradford teams aren't at home. 

Interview More People 

Fingers crossed year 3 will also be filled with a whole lot more interviews with a variety of people from within the game. I don't want to just stick to players, I am hoping we can cover backroom staff and all the other people who make the game possible or make the game more accessible especially for the women's game. Who knows these interviews might actually get done in person too as my confidence grows rather than just being over email. 

Go To More Events

There seems to be quite a few events going on in the world of football and especially in the football shirt community so fingers crossed we can get to a whole lot more of those. Not only to get the name of Edge of the Area out there a little bit more but to also meet people who like the same things that we do. As it stands we are hopefully off up to Scotland for Football kit con in early 2022 so fingers crossed we can manage to get there as that was originally an event scheduled for year one. 

New Projects

I have been toying with a few new ideas for content recently and who knows year 3 might be the time that finally happens. As my confidence is growing I want to create a few more avenues for Edge of the Area rather than it just been a blog and social media. The thoughts at the moment are either a podcast or starting vlogs etc on YouTube, maybe just one of those would happen in year 3, maybe both will happen on maybe none will but we will soon see. 


Here we go the main event and the main reason behind this post. We are hoping to release a whole lot of merchandise in year 3 and we have a few bits we are considering but to kick everything off for our 2nd birthday we will be releasing a very limited quantity of the custom football shirts in the image above. These shirts have been a long time in the planning and we are really pleased with how they have turned out. We will be releasing more details on Twitter & Facebook later on in the week on how you can get hold of these but for now here is the first look at the shirt. We are hoping that we will be able to order more of these in the near future but for now it is going to be a limited release to see what sort of reaction it gets before we invest in more of these. 

It is safe to say that year 2 has been even better than the first year and we are really looking forward to seeing how year 3 turns out. Let's hope everything goes to plan and we can get out to a whole lot more games from a variety of leagues whilst also carrying on with the content we have currently been creating recently as we are certainly loving talking about shirts. 

Thank you everyone for the support so far and lets get cracking with year 3. 

Women's Ticket Prices Are Great So Why Are Attendances Still Too Low

With us increasing the amount of games we are attending this season it got me thinking about the cost of tickets for entering a game especially in the women's game. It amazes me how cheap it can be to go watch some of the biggest teams yet attendances are nowhere near where they have the potential of being at. I am sure that there are plenty of factors that contribute to that but today's post is going to be a look at a few of the possible factors and what could be done to improve the numbers as with the cost of tickets they should be a whole lot higher than they currently are. 

When the men's Euro's had some games in Wembley I actually looked at getting tickets but there was no chance to get them due to availability and those tickets that were available were an absolute fortune so I didn't bother going which I am still a bit gutted about as it was such a good opportunity however, once I saw early access for the women's Euros next year were on sale I was straight in to purchase some tickets so I didn't miss out. I made sure I had some money put to one side as with it being a major tournament I expected it to cost me a fotune. Once I got the the checkout though I was surprised to see it was under £300 for 18 tickets which included 5 tickets to the final at Wembley. There is a chance just 1 men's ticket was going to cost me £300 so to get 18 for under that is absolutely fantastic. It is no surprise 140,000 tickets were sold in the early access at those prices so why can't we pack out stadiums in the league? 

If you look at ticket prices you can go see Man City women for £10 for an adult and just £4 for an under 16 however, if you are 16-21 year old it is just £5 still. If you want to go see Man City men you are looking at around £40 for an adult ticket and £30 for a kids tickets to see them in the Premier league. So you just have to look at the difference for the men's and women's game 2 adults and 2 under 16's can go to see Man City women for less than one adult can go to see the men.  Some teams even allow under 16's in for free, like at Bradford City Women it is £5 for adults and under 16's are free so you are getting an afternoon out for £50 which is fantastic value for money. At times some clubs also offer some discounts for those who hold male season tickets where they can get in for half price if they show their season ticket at the gate which is yet another fantastic incentive to get people in. 

The value for money provides a fantastic cheap and entertaining afternoon watching a variety of levels of football rather than just watching those big name clubs through a TV screen, I think since the pandemic stopped us fans going to games we are all starting to realise that there is nothing that beats live football. I know full well I would rather be sat in those stands with an atmosphere rather than on my sofa with just the other half to chat to and the commentators droning on. Yes it might get cold for some games but you just can't beat the atmosphere and for under £10 there isn't much better than being in those stands. Plus I actually think that the women's game is often better to watch especially at lower levels these days than the men's games as they just tend to get on with it and put some fantastic challenges rather than rolling around the floor for a while when there was not even any contact. Plus when you can hear the players down there on the pitch it is great as you get a bit more of an understanding for the game, granted as more fans turn up the atmosphere will improve and you might losing hearing the on pitch shouts but I would love rather lose the on pitch sound and see those stadiums start to fill up. 

It does make you wonder though why many people don't turn up to the women's games as tickets are a lot easier to come by and at many places especially in the lower leagues you can just turn up on the day and pay on the gate so you aren't missing out, so if you wake up on a Sunday morning and fancy going to watch a football game you can see if your local women's team or the team you support are playing there is a high chance you can just walk up to the gate and get in. There is also the fact that even purchasing tickets for women's game is a lot easier as the availability is currently a lot better than the men's game so even a few days before a game you can usually still get them. It might take a little while to navigate big clubs sites to find women's tickets but once you know you will be able to easily purchase those tickets to any games you like. Some teams also don't even offer tickets and only allow the option to turn up on the day so it is worth checking with the team on the women's teams social media as this is usually where they have every bit of game day information easily accessible. 

The fact is is often free or low priced for under 16's to get into a women's game I believe it is a great way to get kids involved in the game from a young age and to teach them about the women's game. You only have to look on social media to see how uneducated a lot of the older generation are on the women's game which possibly links up to the low attendances so it would be great to see more families attending the game and educating the younger generation on how great the women's game actually is. We have seen audiences on TV increase so why can't we see it replicated in the grounds, yes we are starting to an increase but it is nowhere near as large as it should be and with the prices as low as they are I just can't see why it isn't selling out each week. I do think if teams men's counter parts promoted the women's team a whole lot more the attendance would increase and we are already starting to see that at Bradford City, since the changes in the summer and the men's team promoting games more often attendance has certainly increased and is getting better week after week let's just hope it keeps up as the weather changes. 

Let's hope that as the women's game grows prices don't increase too much so the fans who have been going years don't get priced out of games in the future but let's hope more people are aware of the women's ticket prices soon so those attendances can start to increase week after week.