This long sleeved 2009/10 home shirt was issued to and match worn by American forward Jozy Altidore. The shirt is player specification, so carries the full size Premier League appliqués made from Sencilia™ (Sporting ID’s version of Lextra™, a felt like material they licensed from American firm High Voltage Graphics until 2008) whereas the names and numbers added to club shop sold replicas use cheaper and lower quality Polyurethane.
Player appliqués are different in size as well as material to official replica graphics: numbers are larger on player shirts, 258mm compared to 230mm on the replicas. The letters used to make up the player names on match issued shirts are 53mm tall whereas the letters on replica shirts are just 47mm. The Premier League sleeve patches are larger on player shirts also.
This shirt was used in several Premier League games, the last of which was the 2-2 draw with Wolves at the KC Stadium. We know this because the unwashed shirt still bears the mud stains Altidore picked up in a match that he started, playing 69 minutes (and setting up Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink’s goal) before making way for substitute and debutant Amr Zaki.