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True Colours: Volumes I & II (Slipcased) Hardcover – 31 Oct 2006

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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd (31 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713679891
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713679892
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.6 x 15.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,192,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A very attractive boxed set.' Programme Monthly

About the Author

John Devlin is a designer, illustrator and huge football fan. He has made it his life's work to document the changing kit fashions of the major football clubs.


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Format: Hardcover
Fantastic book and surely the most indepth look at football kits ever. Every club in the 2005-06 Premiership is featured as this book analyses every home, away and third kit that they have sported since 1980. The classic kits are all here from Arsenal's infamous yellow "bruised banana shirt" to such unique kits as Blackburn's seldom seen purple away kit in 1999-00 and Bolton's centenary shirt worn for just the one match in 2002. Each kit is lovingly represented in full colour complete with sponsor, designer and year that the kit was worn. Also present for each kit is a list of some of the more memorable players and matches to have been associated with each kit. Its a football fans dream and 256 pages of pure magic. The only downside is that more teams arent present (fans of top flight mainstays such as Leeds, Southampton and Coventry ,who have been relegated in recent seasons, may feel hard done by at their team's abscence) but the book is hefty and comprehensive enough as it is to compensate for this small discrepency.
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I loved volume 1. I wanted more. I wanted John Devlin to cover more teams. I wanted more football kit history and illustrations. But I didn't think it would happen. I thought I'd have to make do with that one fascinating, memory-jiggling book. Then I spotted volume 2!!! More teams. More kits and the stories behind them in the same beautifully depicted, page-turning format. Come on, John! Get volume 3 written and don't stop till you've completely covered every single team, domestic AND international. I'd buy them all. And if your publisher won't risk the 'lower' teams, then make a website. But really, I'd prefer more volumes on my bookshelf. Excellent. Both books brought back so many memories and it was great to see how the kits evolved through the years.
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Format: 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!
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Format: Hardcover
This book is brilliant - quite simply. From the painstaking research, the beautiful, easy to read layouts and of course the past twenty years kits of all the current Premiership big boys (to do a book on all 92 league clubs in this detail would make the thing about a foot thick!) I'm sure you all have a favourite replica from the past somewhere in your memory bank. With this you can relive the best (and worst) kit designs that your clubs' players have sported. Being a Man Utd fan It'd be remiss of me not to mention a certain Grey effort in the mid nineties, not only did it look awful, but United never won a single game whilst wearing it! (And yes that's the one that Sir Alex scrapped during the 6-3 pummeling against Southampton - (and did you know that United still shipped 3 goals in the second half without it!) But for every "eeeeurrrrrgggghhhhh!" there's a kit that may evoke sweet memories of glory, or just a design that you feel is really smart. Again the Treble winning kit of 1999 comes to mind there :) Oh and you can answer the long standing argument with this book - just how many kit changes have the clubs' fans forked out for over the past 20 years? And who is the worst culprit (It's NOT Man Utd!!) Actually according to the book, Liverpool have had more strip changes than anyone. Also in a nice touch, alternate versions and once off kits are featured too - such as Bolton Wanderers Centenery shirt that aired in only one Premiership game, and Charlton's centenery shirt from last year as well. My only gripe is that Keepers' kits are not shown - shame remembering the eye catching paint factory explosions our custodians have had to wear in the past (Ian Walker's lovely orange and blue deckchair outfit from Spurs' 96-97 season?)
Overall barring that, there is nothing negative about this book - though I do hope the author does at least attempt a follow up with other clubs included.
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