There seems to be a trend very recently for the major manufacturers to try to reimagine great moments in football kit design's history for their own greedy ends.  In some cases this can be advantageous for design fans, in others it is an insult to a great moment in the kit timeline. Re-releases or reissues, with slight identifying features, are nothing new.  The Barça centenary shirt has just had its second re-release, Bergkamp's Netherlands shirt from the 19...

When I began writing this blog back in 2008 (has it really been five years?  I really should be more productive) Reebok didn't really figure.  They were losing kit contracts all over the place, mainly due to the adidas takeover, and barely appeared on my radar.  At the time of publishing it seems the only even relatively famous club they supply is Bloemfontein Celtic. If the end is nigh, or even overdue, then please don't think I'm suggesting they've ha...

Everton's fans have this week led the way in a power shift which could have huge repercussions across the whole of football, certainly in England.  When presented with a new club crest, supposedly created via consultation with a fan sample focus group, the immediate backlash from Evertonians morphed into a quickly populated petition against the move.  Accordingly, the new crest will be reevaluated before the 2014-15 season, perhaps being scrapped altogether after just one y...

Let me outline a kit design fanatic's descent into insanity - assuming, of course, that insanity is not a prerequisite.  First he'll tell you that football fans should have greater input into their teams' kits, via kit design competitions and votes.  Then he'll backtrack, saying kit manufacturers have listened and learnt and we should leave them to it.  Next he'll qualify that assertion, suggesting some fantasy and amateur kit designers are the peers of the ...

About a year ago I wrote an article congratulating the football kit design industry.  They had, in my mind, reached a point where we no longer needed to scream at them what we wanted in a kit, no longer needed to plead with them that they treat our club or country's colours with respect.  They had listened and learnt. That was, as history will clearly show, a sweeping generalisation.  I stand by the sentiment - I believe the last 18 months or so's higher profile kit...

So that's that.  An eclectic year in the world of football design packed full of ample good, bad and ugly.  A year when football design intertwined with some of the biggest news stories to ensure 2012 would leave thousands of brightly-attired images indelibly printed on our memories.  Let's take a look back... The London 2012 Olympics As cliché'd as it is to bring it up, London 2012 nailed it in oh so many ways, not least with Stella McCartney...

And so it's that foreboding time again, when we knock years off our life expectancy traipsing around shops and jumping from website to website desperately attempting to locate gifts for our nearest and dearest that will satisfy them, avoid us losing face whilst also maintaining whatever degree of solvency we hold in this current financial gloom. I realise not everyone celebrates Christmas, and not everyone will be buying gifts during this period, but I will, and this is my blog, ...

Goalkeepers - a different breed.  This goes for custodians and their wont of individuality in the attire they take to the field.  We all will reference Jorge Campos' day-glo oversized kits of the mid-nineties and Fabien Barthez, the wannabe outfielder, bringing short-sleeved goalkeeper shirts to the Premier League - despite Peter Schmeichel having already eschewed forearm coverage for the same club previously - but the evolution has taken several twists and turns over the last f...

Over recent weeks football kit manufacturers - particularly Warrior and Under Armour - have been taking flak over their choice of their clubs' change kit colours.  If we're honest, grumbles are consistently heard whenever new kits are released, a major objection being that the three kits over a season do not offer enough protection against the dreaded "clash", but the two new-kids-on-the-block American companies have taken this oversight to a new level. There are tw...

One of the great ruminations of football kit design is the concept of multi-purpose shorts and socks.  That is to say, shorts and socks that suit, generally speaking are designed to suit, at least two of the outfield shirts in any team's season wardrobe. There is a call for flexibility in this area due to greater emphasis than ever before being put on the avoidance of the "overall clash".  The implication seems to be that when two teams face-off they should not ap...

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