True Colours: Volumes I & II (Slipcased) Hardcover – 31 Oct 2006
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brought back a lot of memories from growing up , Liverpool supporter and going over all the old kits was great never knew how many of them i had , great for a 40 something.Published 1 month ago by James Calderwood
I liked reading this book on football kits ranging from the 1980's to the present day. This would be ideal reference for someone who collects football strips or other football... Read morePublished on 12 Sept. 2012 by Bernie2111
Fantastic book,not only football kits but also snippets of history and information about the clubs and players.First class!Published on 7 Jun. 2009 by Mr. Paul Robinson
I bought this book, as I have always liked football replica kits. I only wished that kits from the lates 70's could have been included. Read morePublished on 30 Jan. 2009 by Mr. D. J. Reid
Just received this book and contrary to the synopsis on the Amazon website there is no Rangers or Celtic kits. Read morePublished on 4 April 2007 by Colin McGhee