Tearing off a strip
There’s been many a sadistic sort over the years who has compiled a list of the most hideous football strips in history, but when Nathan Abbott got in touch last week with a link to sbo.net/worlds-ugliest-football-kits, there were a few we had the good fortune to have avoided seeing until then.
Our all-time worst of the worst, Arsenal’s 1991 away jersey (expertly described by Nathan as “yellow and black with nauseating jagged lines that sting the retinas, the football equivalent of an angry wasp”) is in there, but it now has plenty of equally unforgivable rivals.
We asked Nathan to nominate his most offensive offering and he opted for the Colorado Caribous’ strip from 1978 which featured, yes, leather tassels.
“The 70s contributed a lot to culture in terms of fashion, but I’m almost certain that a beige, frilled kit accompanied by short shorts should be hidden from the world for all eternity,” he said. He noted too that Colorado Caribous lost 22 of their 30 games wearing the kit in the year they were formed, 1978. Mercifully, it was short-lived. The year the club was dissolved? Eh, 1978.