The house of Bukta - by Andy Bird

Bukta Sportswear was formed in 1878 by a Manc called Edward Buck(and his sons), Nottm Forest were the first team to take the plunge and wear their kit in 1884 and throughout the 1930’s they supplied kits to the majority of Division 1 sides, and, shit a brick…. Ajax even wore Bukta winning those European Cups in 1971/72/73. But that seems like another universe to the Bukta I know and love/hate.

 Christmas Day of 1977 will be indelibly burned on my memory for ever, for one reason and one reason only. Me big present that day came in a stark unbranded sky blue cardboard box, I had a hunch what it was as soon as I saw it, and the shiver of excitement that run through my body as I opened it and I clocked that bright yellow and green Bukta Newcastle away shirt, like me Farmer Giles, and the dark haired bird out of Tight Fit, will stay with me forever, (although I later learned to my disappointment that this was just static electricity off the nylon/Poly, cos I lit up lamp posts as I ran past them in the front street), and as I ate me Sugar Puffs that morning, strangely, they seemed to be snap, crackling and popping more than usual, but again that was just the shirt reacting badly with the cereal.

For over 125 years, Bukta has been worn by FA Cup and Rugby Union teams. The brand’s heritage dates back to 1879, when it was established by Edward Buck and Sons.

Nottingham Forest were the first team to take the plunge and wear their kit in 1884 and throughout the 1930’s they supplied kits to the majority of Division 1 sidesBukta has been proudly worn by sport icons including George Best, Bobby Charlton, and Jimmy Greaves. It has also dressed top UK football clubs including Manchester United. Bukta is moving away from its functional sports roots and is now focused on becoming a fashion brand. Due to famous football legends wearing the brand, Bukta was popular in the 1970's and 80's.Ajax even wore Bukta winning those European Cups in 1971/72/73.

CELTIC'S players all wore the mark of their club's magnificent No 7 at the CIS Insurance Cup final in a poignant tribute to Jimmy Johnstone.

The former Scotland winger, who died at the age of 61 after a long battle against motor neurone disease, will be remembered in unique fashion when every member of the Celtic team facing Dunfermline at Hampden will wear his famous No 7 on their shorts.

It had initially been suggested that the Celtic players should all wear a No 7 jersey, but this was understandably dismissed because of the confusion it could cause for the match officials in identifying individuals.


Carlos Tevez has joked he would rather forfeit his Premiership salary than wear the Brazil shirt that his West Ham team-mates have lined up as a punishment for his recent indiscretions.

The Argentinian international was forced into a humbling apology after walking out of Saturday's 1-0 win over Sheffield United after being substituted, and is now paying the price at the training ground.

Hammers boss Alan Pardew left Tevez's punishment up to his team-mates at Upton Park, and, as well as making a charitable donation to Great Ormond Street Hospital, the London side asked the deadline day signing to don the shirt of his country's greatest rivals.

Despite playing in Brazil with Corinthians before moving to England, the forward remains a died-in-the-wool Argentinian and would much rather forfeit his substantial earnings that open himself up to ridicule in his home country.

The Diadora story is largely a part of Italian history. Diadora is one of the only Italian athletic footwear and apparel manufacturers to still make product in Italy-a tradition that began in 1948 when the company's founder Marcello Danieli, first began working in the trade as a young boy.

It all began in the center of the Trevigiani hills in an area known as Montello. Nestled on the western slope of the Montebulluna hills in the town of Caerano San Marco, birthplace of Marcello Danieli.

During W.W.I, many divisions of the Italian army were stationed in Montello and the surrounding areas, requiring constant supplies of both food and clothing. The local citizens were more than happy to provide the soldiers with whatever was needed to help put an end to the war. Although this area is now famous for the production of athletic footwear and apparel, its history began with the manufacturing of an all-important army supply: mountain climbing boots.


Joma Sport is a Spanish sports apparel company.Fructuoso López, the founder of Joma Sport, started the company manufacturing Sport Shoes, football textiles, accessories and leisure wear.

Adidas, the world’s number one football brand, has returned to Anfield and is once again proud to supply the new kit for Liverpool Football Club.

adidas becomes the official kit and sportswear supplier in a sponsorship agreement that takes effect from July 2006.

The new adidas strips hark back to the glory days when adidas first supplied Liverpool FC. The home kit is of course traditional red, the away kit is yellow and the UEFA Champions League away kit is white and green.

Precisely hundred year ago the origin of the legendary Quick-shoe began. In 1905 Herman Jansen began in the city Hengelo(Holland) with its shoe business that would grow into the known Quick-factory.,. A small one-man company evolved into a factory, that self acquired an important place on the domestic and foreign market, especially between 1930 and 1980. The factory was very important to Hengelo. Many Hengeloërs found in this enterprise their working environment, until in 1992 definitively the doors of the factory closed . Since a few years the Quick-shoe is back again, but it has little bond with Hengelo these days.

The beginning (1905)

Herman Jansen (1873-1961) moved with its family from Voorst to Hengelo. He was registered as a shoemaker. It was a time,in which money was very sparingly and the small town of Hengelo had enough shoemakers to repair the worn out shoes of the towns inhabitants. In the winter they especially carried Holland famous wooden shoes . So many inhabitants had their doubts about the store that Jansen at the Spalstraat began, in which he a showed six pair of shoes and 150 empty shoe boxes, that were used as window material. He experienced much support of the firm Wijs from Dieren, for which he had served in Voorst.

The company was founded in 1920, in Wilmslow,Manchester, as Humphrey Brothers Clothing; in 1924, the company changed its name to Umbro, a contraction of its previous name, Humphrey Brothers.

As one of the earliest kit suppliers to professional clubs, Umbro's early successes included the kitting out of the Manchester City team which won the FA Cup in 1934 and from the 1950's, Umbro were official kit suppliers to a growing number of national and club sides including the Brazil World Cup winning teams or 1958, 62 and 1970.

In 1966, all but one of the 16 teams wore Umbro, with England lifting the trophy in their famous red Umbro kit! In 1985, in Brazil, Umbro introduced its first football boot, which went into production two years later.

Umbro also manufactured a popular style of shorts, which reached its peak in the late 1980s and early 1990s. They were made of nylon, had a drawstring waistband, and often came in bright colors

In light of terrible instance of fan racism in Serbia this past weekend and considering the fact that it Football Against Racism in Europe Action Week, you would think that UEFA would be pleased with the French club AS Nancy’s decision to wear shirts that read “No to racism” during UEFA Cup matches. Think again.

Europe’s football ruling body has banned AS Nancy from wearing the shirts in the competition because they do not comply with the competition’s rules because the slogan is on the neck, where the only writing allowed is the name of the sponsor.

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