Liverpool v Arsenal 1971 FA Cup Kits

Posted by John Devlin

Ever wondered why in years gone by you often found two clubs battling it out in an FA Cup semi final or final both in their away kits? (e.g. QPR v Spurs in 1982) Well, maybe its only me then, but it did happen quite frequently in the 60s, 70s and 80s.

I found this snippet in a 1971 Birmingham City programme that casts some light on the subject. It refers to the 1971 FA Cup final between Arsenal and Liverpool (the match in which Charlie George helped the Gunners to a memorable double):

“Liverpool will play in their normal all-red strip at Wembley. That was the surprise decision of the FA after a turnabout on their own rules. FA secretary Denis Follows held a private toss of a coin with one of his assistants after deciding to waive the rule which states:

- Where the colours of the two competing clubs are similar, both clubs must change unless alternative arrangements are mutually agreed by the competing clubs. – 

Liverpool were tails and won the toss. As a result they will play in their normal red colours and Arsenal must change to their reserve strip of yellow and blue.”

So there you have it – the rule in those days was that if their was a clash both clubs must change strips!

Backpass Magazine

Posted by John Devlin

I was very flattered to be asked to contribute to the retro football magazine Backpass recently. I was vaguely aware of the publication but now I’ve been sent a couple of copies I have to say I’m absolutely hooked. I really recommend it.

Its an essential read for anyone interested in football history and who misses the intelligent and informative editorial approach of the likes of Shoot magazine in the 70s and 80s.

The magazine focusses on the 60s, 70s and 80s and is packed with really good articles and photos. Its not a comic – its a serious football publication aimed at football supporting gentlemen (and women) of a certain age, something which I think the football world needs at the moment.

To find out more visit: and look out for future issues which should feature more on the iconic kits of the 60s, 70s and 80s. As well as being available online, I believe the magazine is also sold in newsagents and certain WH Smiths.

Coventry City Away Kit 08-09

Posted by John Devlin

I would be really grateful if anyone could send me any pics of the back of the 08-09 Coventry City away kit. Can’t find anything online and I need to update the illustration for the 08-09 kits page elsewhere on the site.

Drop me a line if you can help out – I’d really appreciate it. Thanks!