When you think of brown on football kits, what comes to mind? FC St. Pauli? Italy, perhaps? Special lederhosen-styled German club kits? Coventry City? Coventry City.

The Sky Blues became known for a slightly different coloration in the late 1970s, as that decade rubbed off on the club in certain matches away from Highfield Road. Admiral’s tramlines would be seen on plenty of kits, but this example focussed on by John Devlin was one of the most shocking, and now appears in plenty of “Worst Kits Ever” lists.

Which does the design worn in the 1978-79 season through to 1980-81 - complete with Talbot logo sponsor - a huge disservice. Some variations in shorts and socks jarred, but the first choice versions were classy. In fact, it’s a pity those Away shorts were never, as far as we’re aware, paired with the Home shirt to replicate the aforementioned Italy look!

This rendering is the work of True Colours author John Devlin - truecoloursfootballkits.com. Keep up to date with True Colours by following @TrueColoursKits on Twitter.

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coventry city 1978 81 away kit

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  1. Ken

Amazing kit. Gobsmacked by the comments above.
Tramlines in sky blue? An all-time classic.
Brown? Equal so, maybe to be fair, even better.
Have got seven of these back home, so I always have a 'brown-trams' ready each morning.

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