Loyle took home the NME Award for Best British Solo Artist last week, capping a fantastic 2017 which saw him perform a sold-out UK tour after releasing a critically-acclaimed debut album.
During that tour, he hit the news as he amassed an enviable retro football shirt collection – in exchange for gig tickets.
@LoyleCarner bro, missed out on tickets for Dublin on Wednesday. Will trade you an OG 1990 Sweden home shirt size large for 2 GL spots. Xxx
— Gregg Reid (@_greggreid) September 24, 2017
It all stemmed from this tweet from a man called Gregg Reid, with Loyle taking him up on his offer and trading a shirt for guestlist spots.
His obsession with football shirts has always been around, though. While artists tend to have large banners on stage behind them as they perform, Loyle instead chose to hang a giant shirt as his backdrop for the 2017 tour.
— Ancienne Belgique (@ABconcerts) October 19, 2017
We’ve taken a look at some of the best times Loyle wore a retro shirt, and some of the best gifted to him by fans during his UK tour.
The OG Loyle shirt-ticket swap deal. Well done Gregg.
Met the man who started this whole footy shirt fiasco.
— Loyle (@LoyleCarner) September 27, 2017
It would have been rude not to drop a retro kit into one of his videos, and there are none better than this England classic.
🌞 @LoyleCarner drops visuals for "Sun Of Jean"
— GRM Daily (@GRMDAILY) September 15, 2017
Just a casual tweet asking for people to play some pre-gig five-a-side, as you do.
Good game lads pic.twitter.com/2QTHTF1TN6
— Loyle (@LoyleCarner) October 8, 2017
And he was given that shirt alongside this beauty.
The saga continues pic.twitter.com/0S4XhlU3cz
— Loyle (@LoyleCarner) October 4, 2017
This looks like a God awful kit, but somehow he pulls it off. Had to be done when he popped north of the border.
— THE LINE OF BEST FIT (@bestfitmusic) September 29, 2017
Not content with just the home kit…
Loyle Carner in Manchester pic.twitter.com/7md7tjVRbl
— Jacob Flannery (@jacob_flannery) October 14, 2017
He also wore it on the NME cover which deserves a shout.
— Loyle (@LoyleCarner) December 1, 2017
We know, we know, it’s not retro technically. But it will be.
We couldn't move to South London without Loyle Carner.
— Field Day (@fielddaylondon) February 11, 2018
Yeah, he’s even got his own home and away kits.
A shirt regularly worn on his sold out UK tour last year was a custom dedication to Eric Cantona.
Loyle Carner's retro Eric Cantona shirt 😍 pic.twitter.com/nkCALzpYEc
— TheFootballRepublic (@TheFootballRep) July 19, 2017
Then, the BBC’s Premier League show afforded Loyle the chance to meet his hero, and even get his hands on a personalised shirt.
Cantona, The King. Finally got to tell him the whole story.
Tomorrow night BBC2 10PM pic.twitter.com/wb8Rfa7igQ
— Loyle (@LoyleCarner) November 22, 2017
And he was a bit overwhelmed by it all.
You can catch my chat with Cantona on the premier league show tonight at 10 on @BBCTwo.
Still on cloud 9 pic.twitter.com/v5o79fXpSH
— Loyle (@LoyleCarner) November 23, 2017
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