The Mysterious Patrick Sportswear…

French company Patrick Sportswear produced a limited range of football kits through the 1980′s which seem to be fondly remembered by the fans of the handful of clubs they kitted out…

Not much is known about them, other than the kits were designed by French designer Patrick Kagoule…
And we even had to make that fact up.

Formerly a football boot manufacturer, for the start of the 1981-82 season Patrick made kits for Southampton (introduced in 1980), Derby County, Swansea and Wrexham…  and the following season they added Birmingham City, Newport County and Rotherham United to their roster – all in their standard template.

(Click image to visit Historical Football Kits)

After introducing a couple of less popular designs for Blues and Saints they seemed to disappear from the scene in around 1987…

Did you have a Patrick shirt? Did you like it? Let us know…

If you adore this sort of kitology beyond what would be considered reasonable for an early-middle-aged man then you really should own a copy of retro-footy-grumble-fest ‘Got, Not Got’ … you can get it from branches of WH Smith and Waterstones or online here

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12 Responses to The Mysterious Patrick Sportswear…

  1. futoomph says:

    The famous Danefield United copied the Saints Patrick outfit when they foolishly moved away from their Ajax kit. While it was the beginning of the end for The Hard Man, it was the best Southampton team and kit combo ever.

  2. Steve says:

    Produced some great kits that Reading got promoted in, not to mention winning the Simod Cup

  3. Chris Worrall says:

    Sunderland 86 to 88 was an absolute beauty, as was their sky and navy away with pin hoops. Lovely. The Saints kit was the best they ever had, again, sky and navy away but what a combination!

  4. Paul Garrity says:

    Hull City had a Patrick kit about 10 years ago. The silver away shirt was a beast.

    • thefoxfanzine says:

      Looks like had a bit of a revival. We’ll look into it and do a follow up piece.

      • Chris Worrall says:

        Cambridge and Peterborough also had them in mid to late 90′s and Plymouth for about 4 years early this century.

      • Chris Worrall says:

        Oh yeah and West Brom and Northern Ireland, Wigan and Tranmere and how could I ever forget considering I am from there, Doncaster Rovers wore Patrick, with a Brazil style away kit!

  5. Andy says:

    Still got my 1983 Derby shirt. Unfortunately I’ll never fit in it again. The best shirt Derby ever had despite never having success with it!

  6. Andy T says:

    Much like Derby Andy above, the Patrick kits Birmingham City wore from 1982-85 (we had the above standard template in four different colours) are still my favourite of all time. I won’t fit in mine again either but I got it signed a couple of years ago by Mick Harford so it now sits in a frame in my office! I also paid through the nose for a match-worn yellow one a while ago.

  7. Arthur Nibble says:

    In 2002, Brentford wore Patrick shirts with 1 cm thick black pinstripe between the red and white stripes. Not really my cup of tea, but at least, the shirts had stripes on the back, unlike the last two appalling efforts supplied by Adidas.

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