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I see your true colours, shining through...,
This review is from: True Colours: Football Kits from 1980 to the Present Day (Hardcover)
Considering the importance football jersies in terms of its identity and its importance as a source of income for clubs, I'm surprised that this is the first comprehensive book there is covering the history of football shirts.
Authour John Devlin has done an awesome job covering the histories of each of the 2005/06 Premier League Clubs' home, away 3rd and European shirts since 1980.
We follow the simple beginnings of shirts which consisted of basic club colours, club badge and manufacturer's logo, witness the introduction of third party sponsors (go Commondore!), cringe at the "busy" designs of the early to mid 90's (where Umbro was the main culprit) to the current period with its uniform but technologically assisted designs.
Simple but effective computer images illustrate the shirts in question, which feature the names and logos of the clubs, manufacturers and sponsors, adding to the sense of authenticity and officialness. Little tidbits of knowledge (rumour was Umbro kept its large collar design in the 90's to appease Eric Cantona's fondness for turning up the collar!) and brief historical background (the key matches that the shirts were worn and which players wore it) round off the comprehensive effort of the book.
As a "designer, illustrator and huge football fan", Devlin successfully presents the importance of football shirts in terms of the identity for the club and its supporters, and its place in fashion and pop culture. One complaint that can be made is the absence of goalkeeper kits. Such an absence feels like a big chunk of football kit designs have been totally ignored.
Overall, this is a fantastic book for all football fans who have shed blood, sweat, tears and ridiculous amounts of money for their favourite club's football shirt. Put on your favourite kit and kiss your club's badge with pride!