The 1990s – an increasingly blue decade for Bayern Munich and adidas

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As we touched on in the recent piece on Cork City, we like the fact that Bayern Munich like to mix things up with their home kits.

A quick perusal here (it hasn’t been updated since 2013, unfortunately – we would love to a Bayern version of CorkCityKits.com but tracking all of the variations could prove debilitating to our mental health) shows just how varied they have been. However, while they dabbled with striped shirts in the 1970s, for most of the 80s the look was solid.

As Spinal Tap might put it, the kit was ‘none more red’, apart from the necessary adidas trimmings in white and the club crest and sponsor. That was to change utterly during the 90s, however.

The main kit worn in the 1990-91 season (we say main as there were quite a few derivatives) was a classic in this regard:

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As we mentioned in our 1990-91 Serie A kits series, 1991 was a significant year in terms of kit design. Bolder and brasher was the order of the day, with adidas punishing the boundaries on whether kit elements were designs or trademarks. As well as issuing Bayern with their new aggressive template, they introduced blue to the kit (a more ‘traditional’ version was worn by Bayern’s amateur team). Austin Long of Soccer Nomad has a fairly sound theory that the blue was from the Bavarian flag, which is represented on the Bayern crest.

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Two years later, and the design evolved, bringing with it more stripes and a further sprinkling of blue, this time on the sleeves as well. Incidentally, the same shorts were used, despite not being a perfect match for the newer stripe configuration.

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Blue and red stripes was not a completely unknown look for Bayern as it has been seen in the 70s (and was revitalised in 2014 again), but the decision to pair the look with blue shorts and white socks in 1995 made for a very unusual visual. Pretty much exactly the same shirt, apart from a slight different in collar trim, would be given to Crystal Palace in 1996.

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While a return to something more traditional might have been expected when another new kit was due in 1997, adidas instead continued to push the blue envelope, darkening it in the process. First seen on the final day of the 1996-97 season as Bayern celebrated winning another Bundesliga, one could have been forgiven for assuming that it was a change kit, so reversed were the colours from what would have been expected.

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When the time came for another change in the summer of 1999, the logical step – following the pattern of recent offerings – would have been to ditch the red completely and have a blue and white kit, but instead Bayern were outfitted in what, in our view, became an instant classic, right down to the hooped socks.

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The shirt following that in 2001 was a similar design but in a darker red and, apart from the 2014-15 kit and the red-and-white striped 2010-11 anniversary kit, red has remained dominant. We’ll always the 90s, though.

Umbro’s first-ever Ireland alternate rugby jersey, 1992

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Today – September 28 – Leinster Rugby revealed their new European kit, harking back to classic Canterbury designs of the early 2000s.

The horizontal lines called to mind another shirt launched on exactly the same date, 24 years previously – the first-ever Ireland alternate, or change, shirt, produced by Umbro in 1992:

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(Incidentally, it’s a damn sight better than the newest iteration, launched recently).

Given how big an industry the sportswear market has become, it’s easy to forget just how far things have come in a relatively short space of time. In early 2014, the Irish Rugby Football Union signed a six-year deal to return to Canterbury after a spell with Puma, with conservative estimates pegging it at around €3.5m annually.

When Umbro took over the IRFU contract from adidas’s Irish agent Three-Stripe International, things were a lot different – the game was still amateur, remember. In The Irish Press, Karl Johnston tried to sum up how new a departure it was:

Just imagine it – a fashion show in the hallowed precincts of Lansdowne Road, the oldest rugby stadium in the world. That humming sound you may have heard yesterday surely was caused by the founding fathers of the Irish Rugby Football Union spinning in their graves!

Well, it wasn’t really a fashion show just the official unveiling of Ireland’s new-look playing and leisure kit, designed (with some help from the players themselves) and supplied by Umbro. Umbro International, the giant sports gear firm which started from humble beginnings in Manchester, was represented by Peter Draper, marketing director. The firm’s Irish licensee if Topline [sic – the company is Toplion, and still holds the licence today], the company set up by Paul Deane, who introduced the new creations with the aplomb of a practiced compere.

The jerseys, tracksuits, leisurewear and what have you were modelled by two lithe young men, who looked suitably athletic. And the purists will be relieved to hear that the new national jersey has not been changed beyond recognition, is a big improvement on that which went before and been re-designed with impressive restraint.

There is also another jersey, more white than green, for use whenever Ireland is involved in a match in which there is a clash of colours. Whisper it, but it’s actually more attractive than the number one jersey, and don’t be surprised if you see the number two job being worn as casual gear by fashion-conscious young men and women.

All the items shown yesterday – and the range includes wind-cheaters, all-weather overcoat, a variety of tracksuits, kit and medicine bags – will be on general sale. Each member of the senior national squad will be kitted out, while underage and other squads will be partially taken care of.

IRFU president Charlie Quaid welcomed the deal made with Umbro and praised the quality products which are being supplied to the national squad. He expressed the hope that this quality will be reflected by the players’ on-field performances, and we can all say amen to that. The contract is effective immediately, and is for three years. Umbro are also suppliers of kit and leisure wear to the Scottish national squad.

Johnston’s colleague Seán Diffley, writing in the Irish Independent managed to get a steer on what the deal was worth to the IRFU, under the heading ‘Shirt deal collared’, but he focused more on the establishment of a trust fund for players.

The IRFU yesterday ushered in a new equipment deal with Umbro, believed worth IR£75,000 [approximately €95,000], and also announced the setting up of a Players’ Trust Fund.

Whatever about the torrent of magnificent gear, which, whatever else, will make the Irish team the best-dressed in history, the Trust Fund project will be minutely examined by the player in this season’s squad.

Later in the article, he focused on the commercial considerations:

Before Umbro won the deal to supply the gear to the Irish squad there was a bid by Cotton Traders but this was turned down by the IRFU. Fran Cotton, the former England forward, a principal in Cotton Traders, has been quoted as saying that his company never even got a reply from the IRFU to their overture.

That has been hotly denied by the IRFU, who say that they told Cotton, very politely, by letter last March that his offer was not acceptable.

A somewhat acrimonious situation seems to be developing in the background. An alleged attempt to whip up support for a certain brand among members of the squad seems to provide the perfect climate for a first-class row between the IRFU and the players in the wake of the Umbro deal.

On the other hand, that situation may just be part of the normal commercial tactics in the highly competitive sports equipment business. The players last night were not prepared to comment. One, who preferred not to be named, did say: “How can there be a controversy or a row when we only got together for the first time this weekend and the London Irish players did not stay overnight on Saturday? We just did not have time to digest what was going on.”

What does seem clear from the IRFU statements yesterday is that, while they will not hider the players in making arrangements, they will take a firmer hand to the tiller than heretofore.

Will the players gain anything from the Umbro deal? Paul Dean, the former Irish outhalf, who is the licensee for Umbro, introduced an array of jerseys, sweaters, boots of the highest quality with models showing the kit to good effect at Lansdowne Road.

The kit will be available in retail shops, the jerseys probably selling at the same price as the England jerseys supplied by Cotton Traders, IR£29.50 (€37). The IRFU will be entitled to royalties on sales above a certain threshold but I understand the threshold is so high that not much will accrue to rugby – or the players – from that activity.

So there the story rest for the moment, a strange tale of magnificent gear and dark tales of sharp goings-on behind the scenes.

As it transpired, Umbro’s foray into rugby didn’t last for much longer, and by the time of the 1995 Rugby World Cup, Ireland were playing in Nike kit. That World Cup also saw the return to the world stage of South Africa – the only other major nation to play in green – so the white Umbro jersey was never worn in a game.

It would be 1998 before Ireland  hosted South Africa, necessitating a change – the first time since 1970 that the country took to the field in white jerseys.

Arsenal in their away kit at home? It’s not uncommon

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Ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Basel, Arsenal revealed that, despite being at home, they would have to wear their yellow change kit.

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It’s a bit ironic that a club that often changes for no reason (as at Leicester City in the above picture, or when they wore their navy and yellow third at Watford) are having to do so in an unusual situation. Despite UEFA being left with an unsatisfactory kit match-up when Atletico Madrid played Barcelona last season, they allowed Basel not to submit a third kit, so this is something which could cause more trouble against other teams with red-and-white or blue-and-white kits.

As mentioned in the piece above – and then slavishly copied by plenty of other outlets, with no further research – Arsenal have changed at home in the past against Benfica in 1991 and Lens in 1998, but there have been other instances too.

Going way back, when a colour-clash occurred in the FA Cup both teams would change, so understandably there are plenty of examples from before the 1970s. In the first year of that decade, Arsenal would win the Fairs (later UEFA) Cup, beating Anderlecht of Belgium. Due to their success in the 1930s, Arsenal still carried quite a cachet abroad and so Anderlecht opted to change their kit for the leg in Brussels so that their fans could see the famous red and white of Arsenal.

The home side still won 3-1, but Arsenal – not returning the favour at Highbury – triumphed 3-0 to take the cup. However, in reaching that decider, Arsenal got past Ajax, wearing yellow at home (two years later, Arsenal’s first European Cup campaign would end against Ajax in N5, the Dutch wearing white shirts and blue shorts).

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Twelve years later, against Spartak Moscow in the UEFA Cup, they again turned out in unfamiliar garb at home, this time green and navy. Given that the visitors were in all-white rather than red, perhaps the referee had a problem with the sleeves and shorts, as is the case with Basel?

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Before the 1991 meeting with Benfica – the 4-2 aggregate loss prevented them from entering the first-ever group stage of what was still the European Cup – Arsenal were drawn against Austria Vienna, and wore the ‘bruised banana’ when winning 6-1 at Highbury as Alan Smith scored four.

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In the successful 1993-94 Cup Winners’ Cup run, ties with Standard Liege and Paris St-Germain saw the away sides changing but against Torino, Arsenal wore yellow at Highbury while the Italians wore white in Turin.

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The return to the Champions League in 1998, and the clashing of Lens’ kit with both the red and the yellow, meant a one-off navy kit as Arsenal lost 1-0, eliminating them from the competition. The following season, the teams met again, this time in the UEFA Cup, and, with Lens’ home shirt only having yellow pinstripes on red, Arsenal’s change strip was deemed acceptable.

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The ‘overall clash’ led to Arsenal asking at half-time if they could change shirts, but the request was turned down. However, later in 2000, against Sparta Prague in the 2000-01 Champions League, that’s exactly what happened as Arsenal’s navy third didn’t provide enough differentiation against the Czech side’s maroon.

In the second group stage (remember that?), Arsenal wore the navy away to Spartak Moscow and Spartak changed in London, but the home sides switched when Arsenal clashed with Bayern Munich.

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After that, UEFA reverted to mandating the visiting sides to change, but there was one more instance of Arsenal in an alternative kit in a competitive game at Highbury. Having been drawn away to Farnborough Town in the 2003 FA Cup, the game was switched to North London to allow Farnborough a bigger payday, but still technically the ‘away’ side, Arsenal wore blue.

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Bonus track: We won’t list every example of the phenomenon happening in a friendly, but thanks to @TopPitch for reminding us of the game at home to France in 1989:

 

Books review – Roma and Samporia kits, cycling jerseys

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We love books and we love kits. Unlike Eoin McLove’s jumper-cake, these two things do go together and we really love books about kits.

Three recent purchases come under the heading, though just two of those are about football and both are in Italian. We probably should start to learn it though, as there is quite the bibliography of clubs’ kit histories – though, of course, the visuals are universally understandable. Roma and Sampdoria are two teams we’ve always had a soft spot for and they are two of the best examples of the genre.

La maglia che ci unisce (The shirt that unites us) is the Roma effort, and it’s wonderful from the off, with a composite dream team, each player wearing the shirt from his era – though, perhaps oddly, Francesco Totti isn’t included.

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Inside, every single variation worn by i giallorossi, including goalkeepers, is featured (click for larger):

In the interests of fairness with regard to copyright, we won’t show everything, but we had to include this third kit from the early 90s, it just looks wonderful:

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La maglia più bella del mondo (The most beautiful shirt in the world) is a brave title for the Sampdoria book, but there are more than a few who would stand over the assertion.

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The Roma book uses visually pleasing graphics throughout and while the Samp one, written by Luca Ghiglione, does for the early years, matchworn examples are used where available (again, click for larger):

A nice inclusion is that of prototype shirts, like this one mocked up by Hummel when they were bidding for the bluerchiati contract.

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Cycling is not a sport in which we’ve ever had a huge interest, but exposure to the wonderful works of Richard Moore has given us a certain apprecation. In any case, sporting outfits of all kinds appeal to us.

In addition to working for Prendas, Andy Storey has an incredible collection of cycling jerseys and has published them in his book, The Art of The Jersey.

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Benefiting from not having to include every single jersey of a particular team, Storey is able to pick and choose and presents the content in a nice, spacious style with little nuggets of info accompanying each one (once more, images can be enlarged).

All of the books are available in the places you’d expect, but we don’t want to invite accusations of favouring any online seller over another. We’d highly recommend all three.

Cork City put kit style in the hands of the fans

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Competitions to design teams’ strips are nothing new among what you might call ‘smaller’ teams – and adidas have got in on the act now too. At most clubs, the first-choice colours and style are constant and so don’t need to be set, but Cork City are different to most.

We’ll get the plug for our Cork City Kits site out of the way early for those who want to see every single combination (up to the start of the 2015 season, an update is overdue), but here is just a flavour of what the ‘home’ strips have been since 1984:

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Quite a few varieties as you can see. For us, it’s something we enjoy – once green, white and red are included, you know it’s City as no other league team in Ireland has those three colours. It’s like Bayern Munich or Glentoran or the Oregon Ducks – no matter the layout, the identity still shines through. To be fair, since 2002 – barring the 2006/07 shirt – it has generally been accepted that the home is green, with varying amounts of white and green.

Gerry Desmond is a former editor of the City programme and a font of knowledge on all aspects of the club, is of the view that a constant look for the club would be better and so he proposed a vote of members of Foras (the supporters’ trust which owns the club) on what it should be. While the original motion was made in 2014, the vote ended up taking place on September 23 and the options – created by Kobe Designs – are below.

Of the votes cast, just under 50 percent were in favour of ‘plain’ (as in body, as the example in the picture obviously has contrasting sleeves), with the sash style coming second.

One quibble we would have, though, is that the vote took a green base as the starting point. The club have recently released a retro version of the shirt worn when drawing with Bayern Munich in the UEFA Cup in 1991, which has proven very popular. White was worn in winning the club’s first league title in 1992-93 as well as in the two successful FAI Cup finals, 1998 and 2007, so it leaves us wondering how the vote might have gone if the main colour was also up for debate (to our minds, red should always be the tertiary colour on the home shirt).

It was agreed almost unanimously that any future home shirts should have green, white and red where possible, so it will be interesting to see how this is reconciled with teamwear options which often only have two colours.

The evolution of adidas goalkeeper shirt designs – part 3

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For those just joining us – feel free to read Part 1 and Part 2.

As mentioned previously, the timeline of changes isn’t all that clean. France’s Joel Bats wore the horizontal pinstripes of Part 2 as they won Euro 84, but that tournament saw adidas’s newest goalkeeper look unveiled, and it would last for the guts of four years.

A common theme through these articles so far has been West Germany goalkeeper Harald ‘Toni’ Schumacher and he was again to the fore with this new look. As usual available in a number of colours, it featured diagonal stripes on the torso, tonal to the main colour. Whereas dark shorts were generally the order of the day with past designs, now there was an option to match the shirts.

In the spring of ’84, Germany played France in a friendly and Schumacher appeared in yellow shirt and shorts, with white socks. He would don the blue look more at the European Championships, though, while a red variation was available but not used.

Also utilising the new look at the Euros were Belgium, Romania and Yugoslavia. For some reason, Belgium goalkeeper Jean-Marie Pfaff had black stripes on his shorts and socks.

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Pfaff would later be seen – for his country and his club, Bayern Munich – with extra padding, creating a ‘quilted’ effect. As we have no evidence of anybody else with this variation, we must assume that it was an after-market addition that he arranged himself.

Whereas the previous two styles covered weren’t seen in England, the diagonal type was, with Manchester United’s netminders, Garry Bailey and Chris Turner, using it in 1985-86. In the same season, Steaua Bucharest reached the European Cup final, beating Barcelona on penalties. Their keeper Helmuth Duckadam was the hero and he too wore green.

By the 1986 World Cup, it had become fairly ubiquitous, though also on the verge of being superseded. The most interesting variation was that worn by Canada goalkeeper Paul Dolan.

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Two unusual variations were used by Argentinian goalkeeper Nery Pumpido with his club, River Plate. The green version was of a different shade to the Manchester United/Steaua Bucharest shirts, and later in the 80s he wore purple – we haven’t found anybody else wearing it, and the sleeves were cut slightly differently.

As mentioned above, France didn’t use the design, but the distinctive white-blue-white-red-white striping tape used by them was also seen on Yugoslavia shirts – in fact, the Yugoslavia shirt of 1987 was pretty much exactly the same as that used by France in 1982. The accompanying GK shirt was in this style and used the striping.

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The last documented usage we have is from October 1988. While Hans van Breukelen had helped the Netherlands to Euro 88 victory wearing the new design which succeeded this – featuring a geometric pattern, which we’ll see in Part 4 – for a World Cup qualifier with West Germany he was back in the diagonals, in a rarely-seen grey.

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As always,  a huge debt of gratitude is owed to the users on the forum at The Glove Bag, who provided a wealth of information, including little-known variations of the blue shirt with black stripes and an orange edition mainly sold in the US.

 

Manchester United maintain a not-so-fine tradition

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Thursday night’s 1-0 Europa League loss to Feyenoord was just the seventh game of this still-nascent season for Manchester United, yet incredibly it saw them wear a third distinct style of white shorts.

Obviously, the home kit’s regular shorts are white with red adidas stripes:

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The white third kit is supposed to be paired with dark-grey shorts, but, to give United credit, they do tend to be among the best at avoiding any sort of a clash (as well as wearing red unless it is avoidable), so they wore all-white away to Bournemouth.

As there is no red on the third kit – unlike last season, when the home and away could be mixed and matched – white shorts to match the shirt were employed:

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The new away kit is a darkish blue, and the Feyenoord game was its first outing. Whether it was a UEFA directive or just United erring on the side of caution, the blue shorts and socks weren’t used, to be replaced by white. While the socks were what we imagine to be the home alternative set, the shorts were devoid of stripes (when one might argue that the red stripes on the home shorts would have matched up nicely with the shirt). The crest was monochrome, which is probably the reason why.

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United do have quite a bit of form when it comes to have more than one set of shorts or socks in the same colour. Nearly seven years ago, we wrote this piece for John Devlin’s True Colours site, while in the 1993-94 season, United’s home, away and third socks were all black.

On returning to adidas in 2015, it occurred again. While the shorts were mixed and matched across the home and away kits, the home alternative socks were different to the away pair, while the third kit had orange as a trim colour and so they differed again:

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It’s not a new problem, by any means, though – as far back as 1980, they had different pairs of black shorts in the one season;

Fantasy Kit Friday, 9-9-16

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Those of you who follow MOJ on Twitter will hopefully be aware of the #fantasykitfriday hashtag.

Basically, each Friday we re-colour a notable design in the colours of another team, creating a counter-factual history with a (hopefully) pleasing visual. One team we wanted to do was Tottenham Hotspur, and, following discussions with Spurs fan Andrew Rockall, we decided to go the whole hog and give them a mid-1980s adidas makeover.

Andrew had suggested either the France 1984 or Brighton 1985 styles, so we decided to do one for the home and one for the away:

Spurs won the UEFA Cup in 1984, and since the 1960s have played in all-white kits in European competition. Back then, sponsors’ logos had to be reduced in size, and we also took the liberty of creating a third kit/European away, taking cues from the 1982 Nottingham Forest shirt. Navy shirts were problematic as referees all wore black, but it is *Fantasy* Kit Friday.

And, just for good measure, goalkeeper kits too:

1991 Roy Of The Rovers competition to design Melchester Rovers’ kits

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We’ve already looked at the competition held to design the Melchester Rovers away kit when Roy Of The Rovers re-tooled itself as a monthly comic in 1993, but this wasn’t the first time that such a contest was held.

After we published the other piece, Seb Patrick – writer, fellow ROTR nerd, When Saturday Comes contributor, all-round good guy and the curator of the excellent Branch of Science site – got in touch. He had scans from 1991, when the comic was still a weekly, of a similar competition, though to find home and away kits.

The results were staggered, with the new away kit, and those which just fell short of the top prizes, revealed a week before the home. It’s interesting to note how many of the away entries were yellow – despite it being the home secondary colour, Rovers didn’t often use it on their change kits.

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Bottom left above is an entry by Matthew Pemberton, who you might recall was also shortlisted in the 1993 competition. He is now a professional designer.

It would probably take a lot of time to spot, but if you look closely enough at the home strips, and also at Melchester’s kit history, there is one fairly common style which is absent. It gave an ever-so-subtle indication as to what the winner might be.

Wonderfully, the writers worked it into the story. The Melchester Gazette was about 25 years ahead of its time as mock-ups are all the rage now, while the Roy Of The Rovers comic became a magazine, presumably an official club publication. Meanwhile, Carford City’s players had a gruff ‘You won’t shake us’ attitude.

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Winner Robert Moore (as he is described in the strip, with the previous week’s announcement having said that he was Robert Lee) also got to see himself rendered in pen and ink, and the in-universe reaction was very positive – well, from those Melchester fans who were always able to heard over the other 40,000 or so.

Sega must have been ponying up enough cash to insist on their logo appearing in white and blue (that deal would end in 1992, with TSB taking over) and, oddly, the club crest didn’t appear at all. Numbers on shorts were another area in which the club were ahead of the rest of England.

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The stripes would remain in place during the run of the monthly comic, though the return of the strip in Match Of The Day magazine would see things being mixed up once more. We may return to that later.

The evolution of adidas goalkeeper shirt designs – Part 2

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It’s a little later than planned, but we’re ready to crack on with the newest instalment of our series on adidas goalkeeper shirt designs. Part 1 can be read here.

As mentioned in that piece, the ‘dip-dye’ style lasted from 1977 until 1984, but its prime period of usage was from around 1980-82. Unfortunately, adidas didn’t have a clean progression from design to design, so research hasn’t been easy.

While the previous look reminded us most of Jim Leighton, the horizontal-prinstripe look which came into vogue in 1982 is one we would most associate with Harald ‘Toni’ Schumacher, so imagine the pleasant surprise of discovering that adidas named it after him.

At club level with 1. FC Köln/FC Cologne, Schumacher generally wore a grey version of this kit (left) though the more common blue (right) was what he donned when on international duty.

At the 1982 World Cup, he varied it up, however. The official squad picture showed blue, red and yellow versions (note the yellow has black sleeves), and Schumacher favoured the blue in the first group stage, albeit with white shorts:

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Oddly, in the games in the second group stage, against England and Spain, he opted for a plain blue shirt, but for the semi-final against France and subsequent final defeat to Italy, he was back in his eponymous design, though the red rather than the blue.

He retained the mismatching (un-numbered) shorts of the blue version and, at the other end of the field for the semi, France goalkeeper Jean-Luc Ettori had what appeared to be an indentical design. Almost, but not quite, as the gap between the ‘pinhoops’ was wider on Ettori’s shirt (proof here). Presumably, this had something to do with the growing influence of adidas France, under Horst Dassler, son founder Adolf (‘Adi’).

Errori also indulged in some mismatching, with his sleeves dark navy and his shorts black – both with the famous French white-blue-white-red-white striping – and the green shirt he wore earlier in the World Cup the same. It leads us to believe that the yellow, with black sleeves, was the first choice:

While the ‘dip-dye’ style had been worn by the USSR goalkeeper Rinat Dasayev, it was an unbadged edition devoid of the classic ‘CCCP’ on the front, but the accoutrements were present in his new kit. Spain netminder Luis Arconada also used it, albeit with the striping on the sleeves the opposite of that on the shorts and again with a more ’70s’ collar.

For Spain 82, Belgium wore Admiral kits as they were on a hiatus from adidas, but the Red Devils returned in time for the 1984 European Championship in France. Though their goalkeepers would wear the brand-new diagonal tonal-striped look (see Part 3) in the tournament, before that there was a brief appearance for the pinstripes. Like France and Spain, bespoke sleeve striping – yellow-black-yellow-red-yellow – made an appearance.

Oddly, France persisted with the older jersey for the Euros, though to be fair it didn’t stop them winning. Both the French and Belgian shirts had adidas written alongside a smaller trefoil rather than under a larger one.

While the dip-dye was only worn by English clubs in European competition this one wasn’t seen at all, with the opportunities for that perhaps lessened. Likewise, Aberdeen, Northern Ireland and Wales stayed with the dip-dye, so this was exclusively a continental look.

Given the amount of contracts adidas had in Germany, it was most common there. Quite what Bayern Munich goalkeeper Jean-Marie Pfaff was thinking by wearing these aqua shorts and socks, we do not know, however.

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