I tried to understand the mentality: did these men – these grown men – think wearing the kit made them a little bit like the players? Did they think that it made them look athletic? (Note: it doesn´t. Football kits are designed for rugged, chiselled, athletic men; athletes, in other words.
And sports fans are many things but rugged and chiselled are not generally among them.) Were they playing dress-up, like little children? Was it a talisman for luck? But then I started working on the fashion desk of this very newspaper and this gave me an unexpected insight into the mind of the football supporter.



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