Addendum to the post below

It reminded me of the much lamented Book of Football Lists ‘Fashion Disasters’ List in which Very Bad Strips were considered in order of de-merit. There was never any doubt that the winner would be the ‘Hull Tiger’ circa 92/93 season.

That List in Full:

Twelve Fashion Disasters

Are they designed by living designers with a big flouncy qualification in designing garments, or do alien football Gods highjack a first year graphic design student and beam his creations into club shops in the dead of night?

1. Hull’s 1992/3 ‘tiger’ kit. Inspired by car seat covers for a Ford Granada.
2. AEK Athens: in the 1998/99 season the Greek side dispensed with their yellow and black stripes in place of a monstrosity featuring a huge black doubled-headed eagle – the club’s logo – splashed across the front. Very Goth.
3. Everton’s mid 90s salmon pink. Juventus made this mistake too. FACT: pink is not a colour to wear while playing football.
4. Wales’ new millennium skin tight red. Whereas six-packed Italian demi-gods can get away with this style, John Hartson cannot.
5. Stoke City’s 1980s pin stripe ‘Ricoh.’ Was supposed to be red, but the dye used was so cheap it turned out orange: one wash and it bled to pink.
6. Norwich City’s mid 90’s yellow & green ‘broccoli and parsley sauce vomit’ design.
7. Sheffield Wednesday’s ‘Chupa Chups.’ It doesn’t matter how nice a shirt is, you’ll always ruin it by plastering a yellow & red logo for a Spanish lollipop on the front, especially one designed by Salvador Dali (true fact: in 1969 the surrealist took time out from painting melting watches and burning giraffes to create the lollipop logo.)
8. Derby County’s inaugural kit replicated the colours of the county cricket club (who founded DCFC), and who saw it as a way of cashing in on the game’s popularity to boost their own finances; the 1884 side therefore turned out in a chocolate, amber and pale blue strip. Derby, who seem to be specialists in this category, tried out a Third Division away kit in the mid 80s which was described by a local radio commentator as their ‘Moulin Rouge tarts’ outfit.’
9. Coventry’s 1978 chocolate brown away strip with cream ‘piping.’ Winner of an internet poll for worst shirt of all time. Looked good with a mullet.
10. Man United’s 1995/6 hide-and-seek grey. *
11. Bristol Rovers enjoyed five minutes of fame as they alarmed the country by decking themselves out in blinding tangerine and lemon quarters in the 1987/88 season.
12. The self-designed goalkeeper shirts of Jorge Campos. What’s the Mexican for ‘You’re looking sharp, Jorge?’ Think class six claimer’s jockey silks and you’re still nowhere near the awful reality.

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5 Responses to Addendum to the post below

  1. Ovookla says:

    What staggers me is your surprise. This nonsense started with Kevin Keegan’s perm, Chris Waddle’s highlights, Beckham’s mohican, showing that left to their own devices footballers are truly victims of emperor’s new clothing. Why would they be any different as a team? The unicef shirt is designed to make the ubiquitous spray tan look like a feature wall isn’t it?

  2. Rory says:

    I thought Newcastle’s Lemon on Lemon Marangue look last year was bad, as was Celtic’s ultra bright yellos-green hoop thing.

    Is it cheating to use national team kits? USA’s denim colored thing from the 90’s http://a.espncdn.com/photo/2010/0303/soc_g_us94_400.jpg

    The Seattle Sounders this year are going with puke green with bra straps
    http://kitkross.com/storage/ss2.jpeg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1286460297101

    Houston dynamo’s new kit is supposed to look like some Dutch jersey but instead reminds me of the mildew-proof shower curtains we had in the dorm back in college.

  3. Stephen Foster says:

    I am not really surprised, I am simply commentating upon it ; )

  4. markelt says:

    I’ve tried linking to the Getafe Burger King nightmare but it won’t let me.

    Hold on

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