Lyle & Scott x Lovers F.C.

For the love of the game

We’re making memories again.

The magic of the cup reaches a crescendo with the elite international competitions, where lovable underdogs face up with trophy laden former champions.

Celebrating former tournaments and 90s nostalgia, this limited edition range of football inspired polo shirts immortalises iconic football shirts and past glories.

Introducing the collection are 8 local heroes, real people out making a name for themselves on pitches across the UK.

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Ladi Kazeem

When did you start playing football? 7-8 years old

What team do you play for? I’ve just finished a season playing for AFC Battersea in LDN and about to sign for Redcar town in the North east of England

What do you love about the game? Everything from top to bottom - It’s that whole journey of playing football in your back alley as a kid, wanting to become a professional footballer and fast forward to being in your 30s and still playing with your same mates and still having the same ambitions.

What do you want the future of football to be like? I want the future to be progressive.

A pinnacle moment in your football career? When I was 20 I was sitting on the bench for a team, arguably the best in my area at the time, but the point was I wasn’t getting a look in. I don’t even think the manager knew my name, so I left, dropped down about 7 leagues and played for a village team full of unbelievable players. For one reason or another they were more bothered about just playing and enjoying the game than the level they played at. We ended up going the season unbeaten and winning the treble and that is arguably the best group of players I’ve played with.

Bella Andrewartha

When did you start playing football? I first started playing football when I was primary school age. I would play out on my estate with all the other kids. It just so happened to be that football was our choice of fun. It all started from there.

What team do you play for? I play for the Victoria Park Vixens

What do you love about the game? It really brings people together. I can travel anywhere in the world, not speak the language but they’ll kick me the ball and I can join in. Same goes for rocking up to a park on a Sunday morning. Might not know anyone but they’ll let you play. It brings people together. I’ve hugged full grown men in pubs and likewise had them cry on my shoulder. It really is just universal and brings people together. I also heard it ended a world war? Don’t quote me on that.

What do you want the future of football to be like? I want it to remain being for the people by the people. With everything that’s going on higher up, with the European super league I can really see grassroots growing to that of what high school football is in America. I think more people will be on board and support their communities.

A pinnacle moment in your football career? Scoring at Stamford Bridge in their first ever women’s tournament

Oriana Pundt

When did you start playing football? I started playing football when I was about 8 or 9 until 13 and then stopped for some years. before starting again 2 years ago in an all women's team in London.

What team do you play for? I play for an amazing team called Victoria Park Vixens in East London.

What do you love about the game? I love the energy and the fast paced nature of the game. I am not great at exercising on my own. Football gives me a sense of community and a feeling of achievement after each match, which makes it feel less about trying to stay fit, but working together to win.

What do you want the future of football to be like? I'd like to see more representation and equality for women's football, braking the barriers for women in a male dominant sport is something I am passionate about. I want to show young girls they can do anything they like regardless of gender.

A pinnacle moment in your football careers? I wouldn't say I've reached a pinnacle yet - for the moment I would love to win the current super5 league with my team. We always have lots going on but at the moment we are raising money for Renaissance FC, who are a team dedicated to helping refugees in the UK feel part of a community and improve mental health.

Scarlett Betts

When did you start playing football? Age 4/5

What team do you play for? Victoria Park Vixens

What do you love about the game? Everything that comes with it, the fan culture, the team energy, the liberation I feel when I play, it’s working class roots, the halftime oranges.

What do you want the future of football to be like? Ambitious! Growing up as a female footballer I never aspired to become the next Beckham or Messi because I didn’t know who the female equivalent was. I hope the future little footballers can see themselves in the biggest stars of football, male or female and dream big.

A pinnacle moment in your football career? Playing for Vixens at Stamford Bridge, winning and scoring a hatrick against the best team in our league. Everyone piled on top of me and i still get emotional thinking about it now lol.