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You may have heard this - it's been on Acast and iTunes for a while - and it was recorded quite a while ago, but be assured it's worth your time (maybe even a re-listen). Chris Oakley of The Football Attic (including kit podcast), Kitbliss and lots of other wondrous internet things chats to John Devlin of True Colours - books and website - fame, and they chat about football kits and the like in the 1970s no less.

A good friend of mine recently informed me of a presumably unpaid role he’s eyeing up, advising an oft-erring European domestic competition on what their participants should be wearing in each match to avoid kit clashes. Said friend is in possession of an intellect superior to most, is highly efficient, and demonstrates a laudable professional integrity. He’d be ideal.

I, however, would not. Sure, I share both his frustration towards the abundance of kit clashes in the modern game, and I concur, for the most part, with his logical methodology on how to rectify them. But I’m also a stirring little sh*t.

I love talking to experts. In Episodes 12 and 13 I chatted to John Devlin, and on 14 I got to speak to Simon "Shakey" Shakeshaft. In fact, I always speak to experts, which makes the podcasts fun for me and, hopefully, to listen to too.

Shakey's been a football physio both in real life and on screen - yep, him offuv Dream Team - as well as fulfilling kitman duties, so he knows his stuff. He knows even more stuff through being a matchworn shirt collector for a quarter of a century, and co-authoring The Arsenal Shirt.

So. Nike released some England kits. You may have noticed. You may, also, have heard John Devlin and I discuss them on not one but two podcasts. That's not all we discussed, of course. Well, we didn't discuss much else on Episode 12 (below), but Episode 13 covered John's True Colours books, the passing of Johan Cruyff and, yes, the England kits again.

Here's Episode 12 then. You may have listened to it already, but this has the all-important notes for further reading and, occasionally, salivating.

In the wake of the recent centenary commemorations of the 1916 Easter Ring, and, er, St Patrick's Day, it's about time we published, with notes, our St Patrick's Day Irish Special podcast.

As ever, it was wonderful to talk to Denis Hurley, even if there were a few technical difficulties - you know the score: persevere - and it was enlightening to say the least.

Crests! We'd waited too long before chatting about crests (crests!), so I got Martin Le Roy (science teacher, football kit designer, DF member and crest hobbyist) on to do exactly that.

This has been available on Acast for a while, but now the notes have been added, and it's a far better experience with visual accompaniment we hope you'll agree. Have a listenwatch and let us know your thoughts!

Twelve years have passed since Sepp Blatter uttered the immortal words "Let the women play in more feminine clothes like they do in volleyball. They could, for example, have tighter shorts." His comments were, back then, met with ridicule and anger, but did he have a point?

Everyone knows Blatter was/is a bit of a clown, and very much a law unto himself. Yes, his starting point in coming to these words of advice would be one that many today would find abhorrent and, here's that word, sexist. For most, his opinions would be dismissed and the world would move on, through a trajectory of more intelligent debate.

Having chatted to fantasy kit designer cum amateur kit designer cum part-time kit designer Martin Le Roy in Episode 2, and full-on, pro kit designer Jason Lee in Episode 6, we thought we'd find the middle ground...

Handily, that middle ground is Irving Perez, who, as you may be aware, is a DesignFootball.com member who uploads handdrawn designs as irvingperceni. Or, at least, he did, until he was scouted by Romai Sports and ended up designing the current Jamaica kits!

Italia '90 was an incredible tournament, in both senses of the word. An African team - Cameroon - made the quarter-finals, inspired by a 38-year-old supersub striker; Ireland did too, without winning a single game; and England reached the semi-finals, eventually finishing fourth, after being inspired by a Mars bar-chomping Geordie unfazed by his crash landing on the world stage.

Incredible. But after any upheaval, life should return to normal. In a repeat of the 1986 final, the trophy match was played between West Germany and Argentina, after the latter were helped along with a handball from Diego Maradona. Incredible four years earlier, but no longer.

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