The football shirt started from humble beginnings, from a knitted wool material taking it’s plain and traditional styling from Cricket uniforms. By the end of 1800’s, panelling began to appear and clubs would distinguish themselves not only by colour but by quarters, stripes and sashes. Umbro we’re the early pioneers in the 50’s with regards to the synthetic materials utilised, whilst Admiral dominated the 70’s and we’re the new kids on the block with some innovate designs.
The 80’s and 90’s saw the expansion of kit manufacturers from across the globe utilising the latest technology to drastically improve the variety of options available in terms of design and production with the likes of Adidas and Hummel. The noughties saw the disappearance of the baggy football shirt which was replaced by the more advanced reverse seem, anti-perspiration, fitted shirts we see today.
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