Check the date of publishing for this one, folks. We hope you enjoy, and what does the truth matter anyway?

 

The Arsenal 1988-1990 Home kit has always intrigued me, so when I was provided with some very interesting information about it, I enlisted the help of the brilliant MuseumofJerseys.com to tell the world.

“If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.”

The duck test, which may have long been subconsciously applied to this particular kit by hundreds of football fans, before being bypassed with head-scratching resignation, has, it turns out, come good again.

Episode 27 is currently missing (at point of publishing). Well spotted. It'll be here later, and we apologise for its current omission. But this is a great one featuring a chat with Shawn from the St. Pauli FC podcast Fell In Love With a Girl.

A left-wing supporter base for a cult football team with an interesting kit history - including the uncommon colour palette - St. Pauli is an incredibly interesting subject. Particularly as this podcast episode was recorded in the aftermath of the G20 conference in Hamburg - where St . Pauli are based.

So, what a year it's been. Yes, largely podcast-free. Or so you'd think. In fact, we've recorded some, but, due to a combination of work commitments, technical issues, and good old chronic procrastination, we haven't published them.

So here's one. This treat was recorded with highly-respected French football journalist Mohammed Ali way back in the Spring, just as the 2016-17 season was coming to an end, and covers the Olympique de Marseille 2017-18 kit releases, and the upcoming implications of the transfer over to Puma.

The DesignFootball.com Podcast - Episode 25

A long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far, away...

John Devlin returned to The DesignFootball.com Podcast to discuss the retro shirt and kit market. And what fun we had discussing this fascinating marketing frontier.

With so many retro shirts available, both officially and, well, let's say unofficially, and so many modern kits taking their cues from the iconic examples of yore - perhaps something worth revisiting itself, aptly enough - the subject was begging to be tackled, so we did exactly that.

For one who cares so much for baselayers, to have not written about this particular subject before is quite the oversight. Sorry, to be clear, I've certainly written about baselayers - like here - but this article acts as a 15th anniversary celebration of a concept that, bizarrely, seemingly came from nowhere, then went straight back there: The dual-layered football shirt.

In 2002 - and we'll stick with this as a launch date, even if some may have come some months earlier - Nike and adidas, those two titans of football kit design - certainly then - came along with kit designs that brought something a little fresh to the table. Not only was there an outward appearance, but the players had an inner lining, which, to a degree, even contributed to that aforementioned appearance.

As someone who blogs on the subject of football shirts pretty regularly - 42 in nine years is pretty good going, right? - I don’t tend to buy the things all that much. I’m a little portly, and knocking on, and recently, when BBC Radio Merseyside were discussing the new Liverpool Home kit prior to another John Devlin guest appearance, someone called in to point out that “If you’re older than the players who wear it, don’t buy the shirt”.
 
It is a fair point. Certainly the wearing of said items is, or could be perceived as, a little unbecoming. As I say, I don’t have the build of a footballer. Not an association footballer, certainly. Think whatever’s in between a back and a forward in rugby, pre-Woodward era. And then mix that with the naked guy on the shark.

This is, officially, the first podcast of 2017. On crests, it was recorded a little while back - sadly, before the Juventus crest furore - and covers a selection of this season's most notable new additions to breasts. Yes, that's how I've chosen to phrase it.

Joining me was the very knowledgeable Martin Le Roy. He has opinions on crests - both real and fantasy - and his own creations start in the fantasy world but creep into professional football. You'll have to listen in for the details...

You've listened to the podcast, right? Yeah, the last-of-2016-slash-first-of-2017 one. Where I chat to The Football Attic and Kitbliss's Chris Oakley about the League of Blogs and LOGacta? Let's go through it again...

DesignFootball.com, you will be very happy to learn, has acquired the rights (the right to use, primarily) to the League of Blogs, which was, at the very least, an elaborate blogroll over on The Football Attic, and also provided - handily - an opportunity for blog owners to demonstrate their artistic flair in the form of Subbuteo men wearing the imagined colours of their respective blogs. Seriously, could there ever be a better way to demonstrate one's artistic flair?

April 21, 2018

The DesignFootball.com Podcast - Episode 29

Another new episode of the DesignFootball.com podcast! This time, in Episode 29, MuseumofJerseys.com's Denis Hurley interviews Classic Football Shirts' Doug Bierton. Incredible knowledge from both participants, and the inclusion of details about the Fabric of…
April 01, 2018

Arsenal 1988-89: A Real Kit & a Lost Kit Decided by a Panel

Check the date of publishing for this one, folks. We hope you enjoy, and what does the truth matter anyway? The Arsenal 1988-1990 Home kit has always intrigued me, so when I was provided with some very interesting information about it, I enlisted the help of…

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