This early 1980s adidas Ipswich Town strip, rendered by True Colours author John Devlin, is fondly remembered by fans of the East Anglia-based English side and kit aficionados alike.
Classic in design, the pinstriped shirt with substantial v-neck began life in 1981 with the recognisable Pioneer logo and wordmark, before this was soon dispensed with and replaced with a stretched wordmark-only variant, with even this missing from some versions.
The changes to the shirt didn’t end there, with the adidas branding - beyond the iconic neck to cuff stripes - going through comparable upheaval to that of Pioneer. The wordmark element came and went and came again, though the Trefoil was always present and correct.
Embroidery celebrating the Tractor Boys’ 1981 Uefa Cup win also featured in the shirt’s early years, and a white contrast neck later on. White (and occasionally blue) shorts and blue socks completed the kit’s look as it was carried through to 1984.
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