Have any of these classic Umbro strips ever been bettered by any of the clubs featured on the vintage ads shown here – by Liverpool, Rangers, Wolves, Sunderland, Arsenal or Everton?
Manchester City have rarely had a cleaner, cooler look – and the all-sky-blue kit certainly wasn’t trumped by two shirts we recently featured in a Treasure Trove slot in the City programme…
Hmm, not so keen on the mock-Victorian jobbie, but then to be fair it’s just a prototype that never went into production (except in Villa, Napoli and Parma colours)! Weird to think how City would have looked – or fared – in the inaugural Premier League season if the powers that be had gone for that round neckline and lace-up collar. The other kit produced, again by Umbro, for demonstration purposes only was a darker shade of blue than the eventual 1985-87 shirt, and lacks the Philips logo.
Loads more what-ifs, if-onlies and what-might-have-beens in Got, Not Got: The A-Z of Lost Football Culture, Treasures & Pleasures. It’s in the shake-up for Football Book of the Year nominations. 224 pages, 1,000 pics, 80,000 words, check the reviews here. Yours for the price of a round of drinks.