Merry Christmas!

Posted by John Devlin

Just a quick note to wish all visitors to my site a very merry Christmas and best wishes for 2013.

I really appreciate all your comments and debate on the site along with the many complimentary emails I receive. Its always great to hear from you and know that you’re still enjoying the site and books.

It’s been a very hectic year for me on the work front as many of you know but I’m plannig to get plenty of new stuff on the site along with a couple of other kits projects that I hope will bear fruit in the forthcoming year.

Here’s a little sample of the sort of stuff I hope to get on the site soon:

Wishing you all the best this Christmas and a happy and healthy new year!

Thanks again

An Insight into Admiral

Posted by John Devlin

Rob Stokes from the fantastic goalkeeping site The Glove Bag was kind enough to send me these scanned articles from an old early 70s football mag called ‘Football News’ concerning the emergence of a then new football apparel brand, Admiral, and their involvement with England boss Don Revie. The pages (in JPEG) format are a fascinating interview with Revie and give a real insight into Admiral and their innovative business model that was to change the face of football kits forever. Essential reading for anyone interested in the history of replica kits and football strip design in general.

Thanks again Rob!

Click on the pages to download/read.


Here’s a poser for you

Posted by John Devlin

I know all football kit fans like a challenge! This photo has got me stumped and I’d be really interested to hear what people think is going on here.

As you may know I am currently researching 1970s kits and on investigating Charlton Athletic I came across this pic of them playing away at Cardiff City in the 1970-71 season (click to enlarge).


Charlton have a tradition of blue and black striped away shirts, so it is a fair assumption they are wearing them in this match. But…Cardiff play in blue! So, would blue and black stripes ‘clash’ with blue? And why would Charlton change from their regular red?

Any ideas as to what the circumstances of this match are? Could it be a green and black Charlton shirt? Or a strange red and black ensemble? Or did Cardiff test run a batch of red shirts 40 years prior to their recent colour switch?

Answers on a postcard please or failing that just type them below…