Some People Are On The Pitch – Shirt Vote

Posted by John Devlin

I’m not sure how many of you are familiar with the truly excellent ‘Some People Are On The Pitch’ website (www.spaotp.com)…but its a great football blog site with just stacks of content and comments and is always well worth a visit.

They have a particular interest in football shirts over there and are currently running a ‘Shirt Legend’ poll on the best Liverpool jersey over the past 40 or so years. They’ve previously run votes on the England and Scotland shirts which have been hugely entertaining. So if you want to recap on the various shirts the Reds have worn and register your vote on the best Liverpool jersey then get over to:

http://www.spaotp.com/2008/11/shirt-legend-liverpool-home.html

I’ll be getting my thinking cap on and putting in my two pennorth as well…


14 Responses to “Some People Are On The Pitch – Shirt Vote”

  1. Andrew Rockall Says:

    I just voted for Shirt b, possible the best and most iconic kit from any era, was it 2 or 3 european cups won in this strip?

  2. Rich Johnson Says:

    Definitely D for me…Twas what they wore when I first fell in love with football. I love the subtleties about it…the shortened Adidas stripes, the simple V neck with yellow pinstripe and the sniny material seldom seen on kits these days. Not forgetting the last kit to ever feature the Liver Bird in its full unadorned glory.

  3. Rich Johnson Says:

    Wonder if anyone will choose G or H? Possibly the worst liverpool kits in recent history.

  4. John Devlin Says:

    I was not fond of G at the time but in retrospect I quite like it – I reckon it would be a big seller if they made a repro version of it today. I loathed H when it came out and and still do. When shirt I was launched it was such a breath of fresh air although I know many supporters found the huge V neck quite uncomfortable.

  5. Rich Johnson Says:

    I remember when that came out…I couldn’t work out if the neck was supposed to be like that or the designers had confused mm with inches. And it looked even more ridiculous on my 7 year old cousin! I still think the worst feature of any liverpool kit these days is the smallness of the Liver Bird on the badge. It should stand proud. While I understand the wish to incorporate the Hillsborough memorial, they should scrap the ‘Liverpool FC’ wording and make the bird bigger. They shouldn’t need to say who they are!

  6. Graeme Says:

    I’m going to go against the flow and state that I actually loved kit G – Rangers had home and away kits in a similar style around about that time, except the Adidas (type? Can’t remember if they actually manufactured the kit) flashes were slightly shorter, and on both shoulders rather than on just the one. I also remember a few European away kits of that time that drew upon the same style – PSV wore a natty all-blue affair away from home, while IFK Gothenburg’s away kit was (like Spartak Moscow’s home kit) almost the same as Liverpool’s!

    Still, the style didn’t work in some colours – I hated the dark green Liverpool away kit. It was vile.

  7. Rich Johnson Says:

    Agree with you on the green away kit Graeme. Awful. I think I dislike G so much because it seemed to lack any inspiration and just followed Adidas’ lazy template approach to kits it seems to have developed in the last decade or so. A variation of it was sported by all and sundry at the 94 world cup.

  8. Denis Hurley Says:

    Not all and sundry Rich!

    Ireland didn’t sport template kits at WC94 – Sweden, Romania and Bulgaria all had that design. Spain had three lines of diamonds, a design that was only worn by France and them.

    Ireland’s away kit was white with three green stripes fading to white – a design that Stockport had two years later, interestingly Ireland only had three stripes on their socks in America.

  9. Rich Johnson Says:

    Bizarre…only 3 teams…maybe it felt like more as I disliked the kit so much! Argentina’s away kit also sported the 3 diamond stripe design (though France doesn’t technically count as they weren’t there). Ireland’s away kit was great. Especially when worn by an expletive hurling John Aldridge!

  10. Ned Says:

    John – glad you’re coming round to my way of thinking about G! However, H remains a monstrosity. I think I is probably my favourite, even though they didn’t get that collar right (the clever v-neck on G is another plus point for me), as it represents a resurgence on the pitch and just looked so smart, especially with long sleeves.

    I found Reebok’s efforts rather uninspiring, although the ‘treble’ kit still looks good. It was let down for me by the red being a very washed out shade. This year’s adidas effort works well, although it’s spoilt for me by another slightly clumsy collar. I’m a little surprised that the pinstripes haven’t made a reappearance yet, perhaps on an away kit.

  11. Denis Hurley Says:

    I know France didn’t count Rich, I can still remember as a nine-year-old seeing the highlights of Bulgaria beating them in the qualifier and Houllier blaming GInola for the winner, meaning he never played for France again!

    Forgot to mention Germany’s kit at WC94, a unique design with diamonds in black red and yellow at the top of the shirt

  12. Rich Johnson Says:

    Nine? You’re making me feel old now ;o) I’d just finished my first yeat at Uni when I first saw that German shirt (in the opener against Bolivia). Unique is definitely the word…can’t quite decide if it was better or worse than their 92 version, which after the brilliant shirt they had at Euro 88 / Italia 90, seemed such a let down.

  13. Jon Says:

    Growing up as a Liverpool fan in the 80’s and 90’s I had many of these shirts, some were good and some were, let’s say, rather awful!

    Shirt B had to be the winner, an absolute classic which was worn when the great team of the late 70’s/early 80’s won numerous domestic honours and three European cups – so good that Reebok even paid homage to it in 2001 when they returned to the Champions League. Shirt C was a classic too, though I doubt pinstripes would ever make a reappearance on a Liverpool shirt again.

    Worst by far, comfort-wise was shirt I and that hideous oversized collar – it wasn’t helped by what I thought was a strange feel to the fabric of the shirt. Shirt H was another one which felt odd and the collar was uncomfortable – and the inclusion of green on it made it look like a shirt my country would have looked just at home in if they’d stayed with Adidas!

    This season’s shirt is their best in a while, nice combination of modern day and classic old style.

  14. John Devlin Says:

    I still think D was the best for me – the first adidas kit. It was such a major event for Liverpool to leave Umbro that the whole kit was given extra oomph in my view. Such a departure to leave the yellow logos on the shirt as well. I loved the truncated 3-stripe trim and the shadow pattern which I remember admiring on the tube the way home after purchasing my own replica. I also had a great poster of all three kits cut out from Match shortly after the kits were launched.

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