All I want for Christmas is a Dukla Prague away kit

In 1986, Birkenhead band Half Man Half Biscuit - punk ethic purveyors of satire, social commentary, parody and angst - released their debut single, "The Trumpton Riots". On the B-side was the now legendary track, "All I want for Christmas is a Dukla Prague away kit": the finest study of adolescent obsession, frustration, rivalry, violence and Subbuteo ever to grace the wrong side of a bit of vinyl.

At the time of the song (1986) the away shirt was gold with maroon arms and trim and a large Dukla Praha badge in the middle. The home shirt was the reverse - maroon with gold arms.

There was one in the gang who had Scalextric
And because of that he thought he was better than you
Everyday after school you would go round there to play it
Hoping to compete for some kind of championship
But it always took about fifteen billion hours to set the track up
And even when you did the thing never seemed to work

It was a dodgy transformer again and again
A dodgy transformer again and again
It was a dodgy transformer again and again
A dodgy transformer that cost three pound ten

So he'd send his doting mother up the stairs with the stepladders
To get the Subbuteo out of the loft
He had all the accessories required for that big match atmosphere
The crowd and the dugout and the floodlights too
You'd always get palmed off with a headless centre forward
And a goalkeeper with no arms and a face like his

And he'd managed to get hold of a Dukla Prague away kit
'cause his uncle owned a sports shop and he'd kept it to one side
And after only five minutes you'd be down to ten men
'cause he'd sent off your right back for taking the base from under his left winger
And come to half time you were losing four-nil
Each and every goal a hotly disputed penalty
So you'd smash up the floodlights and the match was abandoned
And the dog would bark and you'd be banned from his house
And your travelling army of synthetic supporters
Would be taken away from you and thrown in the bin

Now he's working in a job with a future
He hands me my giro every two weeks
And me I'm on the lookout for a proper transformer .....

strange case

strange case



Comments (5)

  1. Guest

Bring back Wimbledon!

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  1. Matthew Wilkinson

Love the shirt. They should force the MK dons to wear this.<br /><br />If youve got the time, i think a kit with an even more fitting name and badge, such as the MK Weasels, MK Red Sox or the MK Mercenaries would be even better

  1. Matthew Wilkinson

Nice, but its not as good as my design for Franchise FC

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