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John Devlin/True Colours

true colours cover

John Devlin/True Colours

John Devlin, author of True Colours: Football Kits from 1980 to the Present Day, Volumes 1 and 2, came on the SoccerNomad podcast to talk kit history and design. His wealth of knowledge is remarkable and I learned a lot. After a great conversation, we finished with some listener questions.

Learn more about kits and get in touch with John.



Sample page from True Colours

true colours sample page

Early kits

England 1872-1879


Aston Villa 1878-1879


Woolwich Arsenal 1894-1899


(images courtesy of Historical Football Kits)

Sample jersey styles from Picking Up the Threads

picking up the threads

Kit Design Elements

Tramline kit

coventry city


Sublimated dye


Collar Styles






50 Greatest Football Shirts Ever

Additional resources


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SoccerNomad Podcast: Chris Oakley


Chris Oakley

Chris Oakley came on the SoccerNomad podcast to talk kit design and West Ham United. Chris was one of the creators and contributors of the fabulous Football Attic blog, which can be found at Check out his other projects at Kitbliss, Beyond the Last Man and his alternakits at the twohundredpercent website.

Additional Resources:

  • Chris’ video blog at the Football Attic with some of the kits he has owned over the years.
  • The Football Attic podcast on badges.
  • Check out Historical Football Kits for a good look at West Ham home shirts through the years.

Follow Chris and his projects on twitter

Some of the shirts we referenced:

Favorite of Chris’ alternakits:


Portugal away

Goal from Paolo Di Canio against Wimbeldon from 99/00 season.

Here are some of the West Ham shirts we discussed:

whu 79 80Admiral 76-80

whu 80 81adidas 80-83

whu away 60s

Away shirt 1960s

whu away 16 17

Away Shirt 2016/17

We also discussed the West Ham badge redesign:








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Rich Johnson


Rich Johnson

Rich Johnson came on the SoccerNomad podcast to discuss his contributions to the Football Attic blog as well as his love for Coventry City. We also made mention of the 50 Greatest Football Shirts Ever, touched on England kits both past and present, and Rich shared his thoughts on Coventry City kits.

You can find Rich via the following media:

Consider buying one of his Kit Collection books.

Below are images of the some shirts we discussed:

England 1980-82 Home


England 1984-87 Home


Current England Kits


england home 2016


england away 2016

England 1987 Home


Coventry City 1986-87 Home


Coventry City 1987-89 Home


Coventry City 2013-15 Home


Coventry City Talbot kit (1981-83)


Coventry City Tram Lines Kit (1975-81)


Coventry City 1999-00


Coventry City Chocolate kit


Sampling of Coventry City Away kits


Thanks to Historical Kits for the renderings of the kits. See all of the Coventry City home kits here.


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Strip Club–BYOB Edition

When I heard the Michigan Bucks were hosting the Chicago Fire in a US Open Cup game in the spring of 2012, I thought, I missed the Carlos Valderrama experience in 1999, so I didn’t want to make the same mistake again.  I immediately got online and picked up two tickets for the game at the Ultimate Soccer Arena in Pontiac, MI.

After having a few beverages with the Motor City Supporters, we headed into the arena and were immediately confronted with a merch table.  $12 for a jersey.  It wasn’t official or match worn but it was a souvenir from what turned out to be a memorable night.  I won’t try to recap the game as Tavio at Motor City Supporters did a great job. The opening goal of the match was scored right in front of us just minutes into the match and from there it was 120 minutes of tension and excitement and disappointment and joy.  The Bucks won 3-2 in extra time and moved on to the round of 16, where they lost to the Dayton Dutch Lions.  The Supporters Section had about 30-50 people standing it, banging drums, singing songs, chanting, making a nuisance of ourselves, while a group from Chicago was doing the same thing on the opposite end of the field.


Two months before the match, the club signed with Admiral to supply their kits in a six year deal.   The cotton top I picked up is very simple, adorned with an embroidered logo of the manufacturer and screened team crest.  I like the green of the kit I found at the Admiral website and may have to pick one those up in the future.