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Cliftonville FC launched the new 08/09 home and away kits made by Puma. Following the unveiling at Half Time of the Pre Season Friendly with Ipswich Town, supporters were able to pre-order the Home and Away replica shirts at The Reds Shop. The new Adult Puma shirts are £39.99 and Children's shirts £29.99

Founded on 20th September 1879 by John McCredy McAlery in the north Belfast district of Cliftonville, it is the oldest football club in Ireland and celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2004.

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A trio of football-freak scientists has come up with football shirts and football boots that change their colours as soon as a player commits a foul or strays offside. Austrians Christoph Doettelmayer and Joachim Kornauth, and German Svenja Schulz say that their "digital football pitch" technology can also provide goalposts and balls that change colour whenever the ball passes into the net.

The “Digital Football Pitch” will help to avoid crucial problems of the referees’ decision-making in professional football played by FIFA rules. Published in time for the UEFA Euro 2008 in Austria and Switzerland, it quickly gained international media attention, which was additionally raised by very controversial calls by some referees during the championship tournament. The “Digital Football Pitch” applies and uses advanced yet available technology to assess breach of the “FIFA Laws of the Game” by especially taking care of some key issues such as offside, ball over the goal line and out-of-bounds, as well as foul play by pulling opponent’s jerseys.

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This is the new Bury FC 08/09 Home football shirt made by Surridge. Formed in 1885 at a public meeting in the White Horse Hotel in the centre of the town, the club rose to local prominence very quickly. Passed over when the Football League was formed, Bury became founder members of the Lancashire League in 1889.

Before a Lancashire Senior Cup match against Everton, the club chairman JT Ingham announced, "We'll give 'em a shakin'. In fact, we are the Shakers." This has remained the club's nickname to this day. They started out wearing chocolate and light blue shirts but by the time Bury joined the League, plain white shirts had been adopted.

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Airdrie United revealed the new kit and new sponsor Logo for season 2008/09 at a Press conference this morning at St Andrew's Hospice. As part of the ongoing and increased support of Airdrie United, the Gillespie Investment Group have this year, in a groundbreaking move, donated the Shirt Sponsorship to St Andrew's Hospice.

The Hospice provides unrivalled support to the whole of Lanarkshire but has a massive fundraising requirement each year to cover it's costs. As a result of this initiative it will help promote awareness of the sterling service St Andrew's Hospice provides to the whole of Lanarkshire and will ultimately assist in their fundraising and the Club will be working closely with them going forward.

This sponsorship is entirely free to the Hospice as Gillespie Investment Group has donated the whole package as part of their ongoing commitment to the community.

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We already showed you a leaked picture a while ago, but today Celtic officially unveiled their new home kit. The new Hoops will go on sale officially from Thursday, August 21, 2008, but supporters can pre-order the kit today.

The kit uses Nike Sphere Dry fabric technology, first used by Nike in national team kits worn in the 2006 World Cup. This technology is designed to enhance player performance by wicking sweat through the material and away from the skin.

The fabric has a three-dimensional design with raised nodes on the underside that lift it away from the players’ bodies to reduce ‘cling’ and allow air to circulate, assisting the body’s own natural evaporation process.

On the inside collar of the shirt, similar to the new gold away kit, are the words: “It’s not the creed nor nationality that counts. It’s the man himself,” a quote from Willie Maley, one of the most iconic figures in the club’s history and words which proudly demonstrate Celtic as a club open to all.

Available in the FSC Shop

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The Auld Enemy, a new exhibition which tells the story of the immense football rivalry between Scotland and England over the years, has been unveiled in Scotland. Scotland versus England, the oldest international football rivalry in the world! 

This exciting new exhibition celebrates the history of this unique and very passionate rivalry. From the world’s first international in 1872 (pictured below) to the European Championship Qualifying play-offs in 1999, 127 years of action packed history are covered.

Great teams and star players through the years feature within the exhibition and the stories of Hampden Park and Wembley Stadium are retold.

Prized Scotland and England shirts from football legends like Jim Baxter, Jimmy Johnstone and Tommy Lawton feature alongside the British International Championship trophy and the Rous Cup.

Frontline Football

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These are the new 08/09 Genoa football kits made by their new kit manufacturer Asics. As Genoa was founded by Englishmen in 1893 the first ever colours of the club resembled that of the England national football team.

Not long into the club's footballing history, the kit was changed to white and blue stripes in 1899; the blue was chosen to represent the sea as Genoa is a port city. (The 08/09 third kit is a restyling of kits used by Genoa CFC between 1893 and 1899, before starting to use the red and blue strip.) Finally the club settled for their most famous red and blue halves shirt, this gained them the nickname of rossoblu.

One of the nicknames of Genoa is Il Grifone which means "the griffin"; this is derived from the coat of arms belonging to the city of Genoa. The coat of arms features two golden griffins, either side of the St George's Cross. The actual club badge of Genoa Cricket and Football Club is heavily derived from the city coat of arms, but also incorporated the club's red and blue colours.

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Portsmouth launched the new 08/09 blue kit, with gold trim, which will be worn for one season only to mark the club’s 110th anniversary in the club shop.

Blues chief operating officer Bruce Vandenberg said:

“The all-blue strip will commemorate the 110th anniversary of Portsmouth Football Club.

“When the club reached 100 years, difficult financial circumstances meant it was not possible to mark such a historic date significantly.

“But the huge advances the club has made in the last two-and-half years mean we can now do that for our 110th year.

“The all-blue strip already has fantastic connotations. We won our FA Cup semi-final against West Brom – played on the exact 110th anniversary of the club – wearing all blue.

“And then, back at Wembley, we won the FA Cup final against Cardiff wearing all blue.

“The club understands the importance of colours to fans. That’s why we consulted with supporter groups before the decision to wear all blue for one season was made.

“For the 2009/10 season, we will go back to our traditional home colours of blue shirts, white shorts and red socks.”

The new all-blue strip is now available in the FSC shop

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The new Barnet 08/09 Vandanel home and away kits to be worn during the 2008/2009 season were unveiled at the successful Community Open Day at Barnet Cricket Club.
 
Pictured is Danny Hart modelling the new kits, which went down well with fans who attended the event. The kit will be on sale from next Saturday (July19) when the Bees meet Arsenal at Underhill in the sold-out traditional pre-season friendly.

Thanks to Jim

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Cagliari launched the new Home, away and Goalkeeper kits for the 2008/09 season made by Macron. The official red and blue colours of Cagliari mirror those featured on the stemma of Cagliari.

The red parts of the stemma are a reference to the coat of arms of the House of Savoy, a family which was previously the monarchy of Italy and more relevantly to Cagliari in particular, the Kingdom of Sardinia.

The blue part of the stemma features the sky and the sea, also a castle; this is because the old historic center of Cagliari is walled and called the Castello. Due to the use of these colours on their shirt in halves, the club is commonly nicknamed rossoblu.