Hi again Sinterklaas,
(I’ve chosen your Dutch holiday name because I like the spelling and sound of it)
I should start my letter to you by apologizing because I believe it’s been quite sometime since we corresponded last. I know you didn’t write me back, but you did bring me that Sega Genesis I asked for, so I think it’s fair to say we both corresponded with one another in our own ways.
With that, I’m writing you today in hopes that possibly we can rekindle the correspondence we once shared, the one where I write to you, and things just happen to turn up under my tree. I should point out that I’ve been a particularly good lad this year (I know that’s important to you), so please don’t listen to the rumours you may hear from others about my conduct, as those people are all liars and thieves, the lot of them. What I’m getting to is the fact I’ve been an exemplary member of the litany of soccer clubs I’ve played with over the last 12 months, and I even started writing articles for the best soccer boot website in the business! It’s pretty easy to see that I’ve been a good lad and perhaps deserve your favour.
So, I suppose I should let you know what I’m wishing for this Christmas. I’m going to try to limit it to just a few things, especially because there are lots of other boys and girls out there who’ve been good, and while they haven’t been AS good as me, they deserve some nice things too!
Item Number One
I’ve always wanted a pair of handmade football boots! There’s just something special about owning something made by a true craftsman; and I can’t think of a pair that look better than the Retro Star “Classic” (available at http://retro-star.com/) in the Cognac colourway, that Mr. Markus Stolla has created. Without a doubt the classiest looking pair of boots I’ve ever laid eyes on (look at them, they’re simply OOZING class), they give me the startling urge to pull out my finest knickerbockers and a 1950’s Sheffield United shirt, pose for a sepia coloured photograph, before commencing to kick the seven bells out of an opposing halfback.
Now, I know you might not be able to get me a pair of those exquisite football looking boots Sinterklaas, so I’d also be open to a pair of equally exquisite Cinquestelle or Ryal boots because they’re also handmade and I love what they’re offering players in our game!
Item Number Two
As I’m sure you know (I mean you can see us when we’re sleeping), SC101 led the good fight to bring top quality Mizuno boots to North America. So on that vein I’d like to ask you to please leave me a pair of the Mizuno Morelia II MIJ (Made in Japan) boots under my tree this year. I know that you and the elves are craftsmen so will definitely appreciate my fantastic taste in all things well made, and nothing says well made like a Made in Japan pair of Mizuno’s!
I can only imagine your North Pole HQ has been inundated by letters from fellow soccer playing North American boys and girls begging you to bring a pair of Mizuno’s to them this Christmas so they can see what they’ve been missing! So if you could spare a pair, I’d be much obliged to you, as they definitely combine the craftsmanship of a bygone era, with the present!
Item Number Three
Speaking of a bygone era, Sinterklaas, perhaps you would be able to find it in your heart to swing by the Gateshead HQ of The Old Fashioned Football Shirt Company (TOFFS) (http://www.toffs.com/) and pick me something from the George Best collection (not the Man Utd stuff however, please and thank you!). Every fan should have at least one Toffs throwback kit in their wardrobe, I happen to have a 1960-70’s Sheffield United one featuring the Number 10 of the legendary Tony Currie, but I’d definitely love to add to my collection with either an NASL kit or national team kit of arguably the most talented individual footballer to ever play the game!
Also I’m sticking with a bit of a theme here, the crew over at Toffs are craftsmen, everything they do is all handmade at their Gateshead HQ, so the quality is there!
Bonus Item If You Would Be So Kind
On the off chance that you don’t find my wishlist feasible, and I do understand that you let lots of wishlists from girls and boys the world over, so it is entirely possible. Perhaps you could procure for me something smaller and located in Dundee, Scotland. I’ve noticed that our SC101 writer Kevin Wightman has an extensive Rolodex of contacts when it comes to craftsmen boot makers (he has a monopoly you might say, and as we all know monopolies are bad!), and if you’d be able to possibly purloin it from his home on your rounds, I’d be forever grateful if it somehow turned up in my Canadian home on Christmas morning! So Sinterklaas, I am hopeful that you will be able to pull a Captain Picard and, “Make it so!” for me this Christmas season.
Thanking you in advance,
Postscript: One final wish for the wishlist if you could Sinterklaas, hopefully you’ll be able to make it so that all the readers of SC101 get what they want for the Christmas season this year, as I’m sure you know they’ve all been good lads and lasses and deserve some great gear for their 2014 seasons!