A recent auction house sale has seen a 1971 shirt match-worn by Stoke City’s John Mahoney fetch £2600.

Estimated to make between £700 and £1000, the vintage item apparently benefitted from its iconic nature, featuring as it did in a controversial FA Cup semi-final draw with Arsenal - the Gunners went on to win the replay on their march to their first League and Cup Double.

From a European point of view, it’s good to see how football design - or soccer design - was being viewed in North America towards the end of the last century.

The Major League Soccer - MLS - examples on show in these catalogue pages aren’t for everyone, and weren’t even in the 1990s, but what a snapshot of history.

For many a football kit geek, Umbro is the daddy. However, for some reason their teamwear, even for the double diamond devotee, doesn’t hold the same clout and cachet as that of the likes of Nike and adidas.

These catalogue pages displaying the 1982-83 range may have us questioning the historical element to that stance.

The design released by adidas for West Germany’s Euro 88 campaign on home soil - and worn as Lothar Matthäus and co conquered the world at Italia ’90 - is the greatest football shirt ever.

Whether decided by poll or committee - certainly by an aggregation of all the polls and decisions by committee - the iconic creation wins out.

On This Day 1978: The Risk Business looked at how replica football strips were becoming more popular.

"Parents with children who support Liverpool are relatively lucky."

"No self-respecting fan would be seen dead in last year's kit."

This “Foot Center” football apparel advert from a 1994 edition of France Football is quite the curio.

Featuring the style of adidas France kit that Zinedine Zidane made his international debut in - and what a debut - along with the Bordeaux design he was togging out in at the time, the great and the good of French, European and international football are well represented.

Recently shared by football memorabilia collector John Daniels, these antique “Athletic Manufacturer” catalogue pages give an insight into the football outfitting scene of 1904.

The Frank Sugg brochure features striking shirts in wonderful fabrics such as merino and flannelette, with countless combination options on designs, cuts and necks - button and lace-up, of course, and “Shakespeare” collars. If anything, it could be said that - sublimation of graphics aside - a truly bespoke kit was easier to come by 117 years ago than it is today!

One mode of escapism from all 2020 has brought - and much 2021 will bring - is to immerse ourselves in another football kit era. The beginning of Admiral’s heyday is as good as any.

These 1974-75 season catalogue images provided by The Glove Bag on Twitter contain some wonderful treats. A cheerful Peter Shilton goalkeeping range on the eve of a status quo-maintaining European Common Market membership referendum might raise a wry smile, and there are plenty of iconic kit designs replicated the Bert Patrick (RIP) way, but it is the tracksuits which really draw the eye.

The history of German brand Erima is complex and intertwined with that of adidas. At the very least, Erima should be as respected for its football kit manufacturing pedigree as the Brand with the Three Stripes is, certainly over the 1970s.

These catalogue pages show that Erima is so much more than the reputational cheap alternative to Trefoil-carrying equivalents.

adidas catalogue pages from the late 1970s and early 1980s really are something special. There’ll be filler, of course, but enough gems to carry the rest.

Highlights here include fetching teamwear shirts with side panels that continue up into what look like the straps of a rucksack - rucksack not included - and and array of footwear that’s black with green adidas stripes.

Classic Football Shirts