by James Bailey
Recently I was invited by City Talk 105.9 radio station to discuss this topic, so I thought I would present an article on it.
Wearing your team’s shirt is a must for any self-respecting fan. It is almost an obligation for those visits you pay to the team’s stadium. Mixing in with numerous other like minded people, it is your shirt that declares your allegiance. Without the assortment of colours inside a ground, football would not remain the spectacle it is today.
Apart from just illustrating your passion and loyalty, the shirt also has other benefits. Not just does a certain team gain support but wearing the kit also pledges your commitment to the "Beautiful Game" in general. The purchase may be costly but it is this expense that helps the football industry and economy. Many will argue that the money only goes to paying extortionate salaries. However if the smaller clubs did not receive this income from replica shirts then many more would be facing financial difficulties.
The football shirt is also designed to reflect the latest fashion trends and this stylishness is often vacant in other male clothes products. Wearing a shirt may seem to display a lack of effort but on the other hand at least is a great talking point. A shirt can be used as an immediate ice-breaker. There are so many football fans each with an opinion that a conversation regarding your team is a common occurrence. Additionally the shirt makes great sportswear and with the country’s fitness push people need something to wear.
Furthermore apart from the obvious reasons, many view the typical shirt as something much more than just casual wear. Countless fans appreciate the historic and aesthetic relevance of the shirt. The usual Sunday league shirt has dramatically transformed into a globally worn outfit. The history of the growth and the varying designs appeal to some.
It is observable that the football shirt doesn’t flatter every wearer but with any and every fashion trend there is no age limit on those allowed to be dressed in it. This is why the motion falls down; despite the apparent unattractiveness the shirt remains the only real way for a fan to show their support. Now the football shirt has changed into a world wide brand and a part of society. Some will still argue they should only be for children who can re-enact their heroes by sporting a name and number upon their back. But I ask why should adults not have heroes as well?