No World Cup would be complete without an accompanying Panini sticker album.
I can see now that, compared to many, my obsession with Panini stickers as a youth was mild.
I can confess, however, to brandishing a shiny special edition £2 coin that I had broken free from its presentation box (this was before £2 coins became general legal tender) and pleading with the newsagents to accept it.
I also recall my parents kindly purchasing a World Cup album that wasn’t actually an official Panini album, but a cheaper rival. Still mightily proud of it on the way in to school, the book was swiftly hidden on arrival when I saw that everyone else had the Italian giant’s offering.
Other than that, the pleasure of collecting dulled with age.