An in-depth look: Ipswich Town 1981–84 Home Kit

An in-depth look: Ipswich Town 1981–84 Home Kit

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.

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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.

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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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An in-depth look: Ipswich Town 1981–84 Home Kit


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