The first Olympiad that I can properly remember is 1992 in Barcelona and, being a lover of adidas and sports outfits that combined blue, white and red, the Great Britain offerings quickly earned favour with me. The pattern was made up of repeated distorted Union Flags – I would have liked to have illustrated everything but Linford Christie’s singlet in winning the men’s 100m will have to do for now.
Someone else for whom those Team GB 1992 kits remain memorable is Jay from Design Football and he posed a typically fascinating question – what if there had been a football team back then rather than just the 2012 one-off?
Our suggestion is both logical and a bit of a cheat (but then it’s the Olympics lol, so cheating is welcomed) – while Team GB had the three stripes, albeit with the adidas wordmark rather than trefoil – in football this was a time where the adidas Equipment era was in full flow and so not to do the infamous bars-over-the-shoulder design would be negligent.
The striping is exactly the same on both kits and we’ve gone with a white logo on the shorts, which was the least illegible of the three main colours – black would probably be best but it’s not included anywhere else. Obviously, there will be comparisons with what the USA were wearing at the time, but there is still noticeable differentiation.
As always, feedback is welcome along with future FKF requests – comment below or tweet @museumofjerseys.