Tear­ing off a strip

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Soccer -

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.

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