£30 Monthly Palace Giveaway
Having asked HLTCO’s readers to to pledge money towards the site’s continued growth for over a year now, I’ve decided that it’s only right to give everyone an extra incentive to contribute going forward.
With that in mind, I will now be giving away £30 to one Patron each month, which can be spent in the club shop, on a home or away match ticket or donated directly to the Palace For Life Foundation; the choice is completely up to each month’s winner.
All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning each month is to contribute $1 or more each month to HLTCO’s Patreon page, meaning that you’ll be entered into the prize draw.
Best of luck!
Matthew J I Wood Design & Illustration
Matthew Wood is a Sheffield-based graphic designer who has created a beautiful range of prints which focus on the stadiums that English football teams call home. I am proud to say that I have his “Selhurst Park” design displayed on the wall of my own home and now, thanks to his generosity, you can too.
By signing up to HLTCO’s Patreon page, you will be entered into a monthly prize draw where you have the chance to win your own copy of Matthew’s work free of charge.
A link to his online store can be found here, allowing you to browse each and every one of his wonderful designs at your own convenience.
That one second that changes everything.. The sudden rush of ecstasy.. The complete loss of all inhibitions.. The wild celebrations.. You love everyone around you and everybody loves you.. You’re even embracing the smelly old git behind you as though he were your long lost father. There’s not many better feelings than a stoppage time goal.
Football is like a drug. Those extreme highs and lows we experience in a game are the reasons we go, and keep on going, because quite frankly we struggle to feel anything close to that exhilaration for the rest of the working week. When the ball hits the net, or is dramatically prevented from hitting the net, all the problems and dull mediocrities of everyday life just go out the window. It is a beautiful moment of complete joy.
It was after watching Man City’s crazy title-winning match that the idea for these T shirts came to me. The sudden transformation of anguish, nerves and misery into pure, uncontrollable elation was something of a spectacle. Now I’m not a City fan, nor is my club even involved in the Premiership, but even I was bouncing off the walls when Aguero finally broke through QPR’s defences. As an artist and designer, I wanted to be able to immortalise that moment in a T shirt so that fans could wear it with pride (as they would usually do with a replica shirt), and be forever reminded of it.
The majority of football T-shirts I see these days are just generic, crudely screen printed images of Luis Suarez’s big ugly grin, or something along those lines, that are churned out in their thousands into a market that already has thousands like it. We have a very different philosophy. Each design has been thoughtfully made primarily as a piece of art, this way we can do our best to do justice to those moments that fans cherish so highly. We look to capture all the raw emotion and energy that you felt during those seconds of celebration and, most importantly, we look to do it in style.