Written by Mike Carter, Hull KR Shirts.
Welcome to My Collection With Rob Minter. I recently spoke to Rob about his collection and love for Hull Kingston Rovers and sports shirts… He was kind enough to take the time to answer some questions and share his collection with us. Enjoy!
MC – Rob, what inspired you to collect shirts?
RM – It was around 2010 and I managed to get a hold of a 2009 home shirt which had been worn by Clint Newton. I would say that getting this was the catalyst for shirt collecting and it just spiraled from there really.
MC – Do you collect replica shirts, match-worn or both?
I collect match-worn worn, replica, and any unique/different shirts which I like. I have a women’s England Rugby League match-worn shirt, a match spec Exiles shirt and a few other match-worn shirts from different teams. I also have some replica international shirts, my favourite being the USA tomahawks ‘flag’ shirt.
MC – When did you start collecting shirts and what do you collect?
RM – Yeah I’d say it was around 2010 when I picked up the Clint Newton shirt. I collect mostly Rugby League shirts and these include referee and amateur teams as well as the professional clubs shirts. These cover both replica and match-worn. I also have some random shirts which we’ll touch upon shortly.
MC – What was your first shirt in your collection Rob?
RM – The first replica shirt which I bought was the 2004 Hull KR home shirt by Kukri but back then I didn’t really class it as a collection as such, or realise what it would become. My first match-worn was the Newton shirt.
MC – How many shirts do you have in your collection, Rob?
RM – Well, my wife would say too many, but at the last count it was over 160. They are mostly replica shirts – I have around 10 match-worn shirts of those 6 are Hull KR. I have shirts from all over the world, including International and NRL sides. I love Rovers and England RL but I also have a soft spot for the national side of the USA and also Melbourne Storm of the NRL. I have shirts from both of these in my collection too. Something which is a little bit different in my collection – I have some shirts which have been worn by Rufus, the Hull KR mascot. These are usually modified replica shirts with a different sponsor so are nice pieces for me to have in my collection.
MC – What is your favourite Rovers shirt in your collection?
RM – I think I’ll have to break this one down to give you a true reflection. My favourite home shirt is the 2007 home shirt as it was the first year we played in the Super League. My favourite away shirt is the shirt we used from 1992-94 (with two different sponsors) as its a funky design. My favourite third shirt is the 2019 third shirt, mainly because of what it stands for.
MC – What is your favourite shirt in your collection, excluding Rovers?
RM – My favourite is my Hull Wyke shirt. Its the first shirt I played in for a team and will always have a special meaning to me in my collection.
MC – What is your favourite shirt, excluding Rovers shirts? (not necessarily in your collection).
RM – I really like the Queensland maroon shirts, but especially the 2020 version. The design is central to Queensland Rugby League’s “Forged by History” celebration, which pays tribute to the roots of Origin over the past 40 years. I love the 40 years crest and the retro feel to the shirt. The shirt just screams Queensland at you with the simple design and colour.
MC – Out of the three Hull KR shirts you mentioned, which is your overall favourite?
RM – 2019 Poppy mainly because of what it stands for. I love the shirt and its design but the sacrifice many people gave during the War should be remembered and this shirt pays tribute to the 100 year celebrations of the end of World War One.
MC – Would you buy a shirt you didn’t like the look of? If yes how do you feel about it?
RM – Yes I would. I actually have a Hull FC shirt in my collection. It’s Richard Horne’s testimonial shirt. I got the shirt as I respect Richard Horne as a player and I wanted to show my support to him.
MC – Over the years collecting shirts, what would you say was your best buy?
RM – I have a replica shirt from NRL side Newcastle Knights, it cost the grand total of £1.95! What an absolute bargain eh!
MC – What is your opinion on signed shirts Rob?
RM – In terms of replica shirts, I’m okay with those being fully signed by a squad but match-worn shirts should only be signed by the player who wore the shirt.
MC – Lastly to finish up Rob, I would like to give you the opportunity to shout out for a shirt (or shirts) which have eluded you over the years?
RM – Top of my wish list is a match-worn shirt of Mose Masoe’s. He was a fantastic player and what happened to him was tragic. He made a huge impression on me in his 3 years at Hull KR so would love to add one of his shirts to my collection. If anyone knows of one available they can contact me on Twitter @RobMinter.
Rob, its been a pleasure to do this. Thank you for taking the time to go through this interview with me about all the shirts in your collection. It has been ace talking shirts with you and I hope you enjoyed it too!
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