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Ultimate Rookie Shopping List

So the student loan has dropped, you’re new to the game and buying stuff for training this weekend. Perhaps it’s your first contact session so you need the essentials but you don’t want to shop around or walk into town to try find some gear. Well fear not you lazy fuck knuckle GH has your back! We’ve compiled the uniball pre-season shopping list that’ll get to your door reliably, with a few options allowing you to be pick and choose how much you want to spend.

Mouthguard

You literally can’t play without one. You have two options available here, the first option you have is a normal mouthguard used in hockey rugby etc which will do a fine job for football players, however I’d really recommend going for the second option here as you can strap it onto your face cage. Strapped ones are a godsend as you’ll never lose or forget it.

Proworks Impact Resistant Mouth Guard

Price: £6.95

Link: https://amzn.to/2Pc7oqD

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oral Mart Sports Mouth Guard/Gum Shield with Strap

Price: £12.43

Link: https://amzn.to/2QpeyrE

 

 

 

 

 

Thermals

Winter’s coming! The best value for money thermals IMO are by Under Armour who conveniently have a huge sale on everything from sleeveless under garments to full leggings which are all available through prime delivery. You’re gonna need something to go under those pads to keep you warm.

 

Under Armour Cg Armour Crew Men’s Long-Sleeve Shirt

Price: From £21.89

Link: https://amzn.to/2BWG4bS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Under Armour HG ARMOUR Men’s Long-Sleeve Shirt

Price: From £21.89

Link: https://amzn.to/2IFeNw2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Practice Jersey (check team colours)

Your coach is going to make you cover your pads with a practice jersey during training. Typically it’s white for offence and black for defence, but check with your team as some of them do it differently.

Budget Option:

Rawlings Sporting Goods Men’s Premium Pro Cut Practice Football Jersey

Price: £14.81

Link: https://amzn.to/2y1ecAR

 

 

 

 

 

Baller Option:

Men’s Under Armour Football Practice Jersey

Price: £35.99

Link: https://amzn.to/2No65mH

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eye black

It helps with glare apparently? Perfect for that mid-winter sunlight and it looks kinda cool.

Wilson Eye Stick, Black

Price: £11.44

Link: https://amzn.to/2IHYdM8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gloves (check team colours?)

Firstly, these are tacky so they make catching easier. Secondly they look good. Finally, Uniball is cold as fuck son so you’ll be needing these. Some teams care about team colours, but in general most Uniball teams aren’t bothered with the colour you wear. With the exception of QBs everyone will benefit from having some gloves, so have a look, see what you fancy. Typically lineman wear heavy padded gloves and all other positions WRs, DBs, LBs and RBs will use less or totally unpadded gloves.

Receiver Gloves – Budget Option:

Under Armour F5 Football Gloves – Midnight Navy 410

Price: £25.00

Link: https://amzn.to/2QpgwZ4

 

 

 

 

Receiver Gloves – Dope Option:

Men’s Nike Vapor Jet 5.0 Football Gloves

Price: From £47.24

Link: https://amzn.to/2BWUTv4 

 

 

 

Lineman Gloves – “Budget” Option:

WILSON tacktech MVP lineman american football gloves [black]

Price: £39.95

Link: https://amzn.to/2pyuNqS

 

 

 

 

Lineman Gloves – Dope Option:

adidas Freak Max Adult Football Lineman Gloves

Price: From £68.02

Link: https://amzn.to/2NluhWF

 

 

 

 

Latex medical gloves

Keep your hands dry and warm under those football gloves. Fantastic purchase for any individual or a dozen team members to chuck a quid in for.

Box 200 – Omnitex Nitrile Blue Gloves XL, Extra Large – Powder Free

Price: £13.50

Link: https://amzn.to/2OvM2aD

 

 

 

 

 

Pads (check your position)

Hopefully you’re aware you need these. Positions differ slightly by amount of protection and how much mobility you have in the pads e.g. QBs will have the smallest pads to allow them to move freely, whereas lineman pads are a lot more built up.

Budget Pads for QB/WR/DB:

Barnett VISION II Football Shoulder Pad, QB-WR-DB

Price: From £59.90

Link: https://amzn.to/2BWrBNb

 

 

 

Budget Pads for LB/RB/OL/DL:

Barnett VISION III Football Shoulder Pad, FB-LB-TE-OL-DL

Price: £64.53

Link: https://amzn.to/2NnIRgj

 

 

 

 

Nicer Pads for QB/WR/DB:

Barnett MARK I Football Shoulder Pad Pro, QB-WR

Price: £74.90

Link: https://amzn.to/2NnK7jy

 

 

 

 

Nicer Pads for OL/DL/LB/RB:

Barnett MARK IV Football Shoulder Pad Pro, OL-DL

Price: £80.58

Link: https://amzn.to/2Qt0A7U

 

 

 

 

 

 

Game pants (check your team colours)

As cheap as you’ll see anywhere, follow the link and you can find similar pairs in a variety of colours.

Full Force American Football Professional Stretch Trousers

Price: £20.42

Link: https://amzn.to/2BWWBfY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girdle

Well worth a buy to save you the embarrassment of going out with your hip pads upside down. A girdle is mandatory equipment on gameday so it’s not a bad shout to buy a set early on. This mandatory set must include knee pads so a 5 piece alone won’t do it, but speak to your club as they often have spare knees floating about.

5 piece (no knee pads):

Full Force Adult’s Bull Rush 5 Pad Football Girdle

Price: From £34.10

Link: https://amzn.to/2xYXgdV

 

 

 

 

Mans best friend, the 7 piece girdle:

Full Force American Football Men’s Trousers with 7 Pockets and 7 Sewn-In Pads black

Price: £40.80

Link: https://amzn.to/2No19hE

 

 

 

 

The classic 7 piece pad set if you did fancy one (club kit supplies?)

Full force American football saver 7 piece pad set

Price: £11.66

Link: https://amzn.to/2Qt1eSS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eyewear

A pair of goggles so you look like fucking Dexter. ESSENTIAL.

OBAOLAY Sports Protective Eyewear Goggles Black

Price: £7.39

Link: https://amzn.to/2BWLlA8

 

 

 

 

Cleats

Your cleats have the power to make or break your gameday appearance. It’s pretty tough to find football cleats in the UK unless you want to order stuff in from stateside or Europe. Of course a pair of soccer boots can do a job, but if you have the cash I’d def recommend getting yourself some proper ones. The three top sellers that are readily available on Amazon are below. If you plan on being a kicker I’d recommend sticking to the soccer boots, otherwise football cleats are certainly the way to go for comfort and performance.

 

adidas Men’s Freak X Carbon Mid Football Shoe

Price: From £72.33

Link: https://amzn.to/2O9096j

 

 

 

 

NIKE Mens Lunarbeast PRO TD Football Cleats

Price: From £59.23

Link: https://amzn.to/2y2yY2P

 

 

 

 

NIKE Men’s Alpha Menace Pro Mid Football Cleat

Price: From £88.88

Link: https://amzn.to/2NmmS9F

 

 

 

 

 

Tape

A wise man once said “if you’re not taping, you’re a c*nt”. Fingers might get bent back, ankles might need support and boots might split, so tape can be the difference between playing and not sometimes. Available by prime for those emergency orders.

Strappal Zinc Oxide Tape

Price: £5.75

Link: https://amzn.to/2y2VvMU

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