This Christmas, the three wise men are coming early. For quite a while, the idea of having a DesignFootball.com podcast has been thrown around, with other commitments stopping the project getting underway, and with the fantastic, and now sadly discontinued, Football Attic picking up the slack with some wonderful kit-centric offerings of their own. Finally, with TFA returning to us that void, we're making it happen.

And by that we mean, very last minute gift guide. Yeah, you're gonna need to go out to the shops yourself - urgh! How uncouth! - or pay top dollar for the superfast delivery service (they charge a lot, right?), and in some cases this'll be entirely impossible, unless you do presents at New Year or Epiphany or some such. Anyway, here are some ideas of what you can get your loved ones, or maybe still instruct your loved ones to buy you - don't delay!

It was with ironic contrast that news - however reliable - reached us around this time last year, that Umbro had entered a bidding war to snare the prized Manchester United contract, then held by Umbro's former owners, Nike.  It didn't happen in the end - adidas will take over in the summer - but reports seemed to give Iconix's British-based brand a fighting chance, which flew in the face of generally accepted progress. Because Umbro were no longer the benchmark.  Th...

  Arsenal Football Club. For some, "The Pride of (North) London", for others a band of vagabonds mutated into a corporate behemoth with business savvy the likes of Manchester United and Real Madrid can but dream of. And this is Arsenal.  The anachronism.  I won't bore you with an analysis of their idiosyncratic juxtaposition of tradition with forward-thinking marketing nous; I will instead bore you with an attempt to tear apart one of their most treasured ...

So is it acceptable to wear a football shirt/kit?  A form of this question has been asked this week, and answered, in a manner of speaking, by Guardian fashion journalist Hadley Freeman (me neither).  The World Cup's on - it's silly season, where mainstream journalists talk rubbish about something they know nothing about. Ms Freeman actually starts out ok, identifying that the wearing of football shirts is often (nay, generally) to denote affiliation or leaning. &nb...

There is an idea which occasionally surfaces in the music world that whilst the possibilities in songwriting are supposedly endless, limitless and infinite, the great melodies and chord progressions have been used at some point already, and any hit - particularly of guitar-driven genres - will borrow from a predecessor. This isn't necessarily to suggest plagiarism, certainly not always intentional borrowing from previous songs, but perhaps the melody which comes to a composer in ...

Ah, it's horrid.  We all know it's horrid, from the board, to the designers, to the manufacturers, to the fans, to the innocent bystanders.  As much as the club will claim a "Marmite factor", with as many people loving it as hating it, all good sense tells us it's a catastrophe.  But, y'know, we've seen it. For anyone who has no idea what I'm talking about, earlier this year, the amateur football club Windsor FC launched a new kit, to ...

So it's about time this website had a comment on it, for posterity, and what better place than my blog to lay my own cards on the table.  I am, of course, talking about the controversy that is the new trend for one-colour kits, just in time to be worn by several, and it may even turn out to be all, participants in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Before I go any further, I should point out that the opinions expressed herein are those of the author - me - and do not necessarily ...

The journalist Jeff Maysh, regulars on our Facebook Page will be aware, has written a piece deriding fan-designed football kits and bigging up the skills of the "highly paid professionals" at Under Armour.  An interesting read, no doubt, but it made me wonder if a little bit of balance was required. Firstly, to a significant extent, I agree.  This is still a golden age for football kit design, the manufacturers largely know what they're doing and the likes of the n...

A little while ago my friend/nemesis/sexual tension cohort Denis Hurley brought something to my attention that has played on my mind ever since.  It was a photograph of a club GAA final in Ireland in which the two sides were wearing their first choice "jerseys".  So far so GAA - it can traditionally take a lot for a hurling or Gaelic football team to wear anything but their usual colours - but on this occasion the sport had demonstrated something quite remarkable, and some...

No More Articles