The Complete History of the Football Kit by Tifo Football

The Complete History of the Football Kit

This sub-eight-minute video from Tifo Football crams in a lot of information on the evolution of, largely, the football shirt.

Produced under The Athletic’s high-quality umbrella, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that David Goldblatt’s accessible outlining of kit development dovetails perfectly with Henry Cooke’s beautiful illustrations.

There’s not too much that will be news to football kit aficionados - though unlikely to be nothing either - but it’s of added value in expertly keeping a long, undulating tale concise.

It’s not perfect - we’re not aware of any “1953 World Cup” and can’t imagine why Bolton Wanderers would be involved - but to comprehensively plot the course of playing wear through to the commercial behemoth of the modern industry in seven minutes and 39 seconds is very impressive.

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