JEEpers Keep­ers

Late Tackle Football Magazine - - GOALIE TOPS -

IN THE now an­nual sum­mer rit­ual of new kit re­leases it is not un­usual to see a full range of emo­tions on dis­play; from ea­ger ex­pec­ta­tion to full-blown anx­i­ety.

Fans queu­ing out­side the club shop on the ap­pointed re­lease day may do so with a sense of Christ­mas-morn­ing ex­cite­ment, or with a sense of res­ig­na­tion that, like a bad hair­cut, it will only be a short time un­til it’s time for a new one.

Any fail­ure to re­spect es­tab­lished club tra­di­tions is also likely to re­sult in much con­tro­versy – Southamp­ton fans are still re­cov­er­ing from the trauma im­posed by the brief hia­tus of the club’s red and white stripes.

By con­trast, even in an at­mos­phere as highly charged as this, the un­veil­ing of the de­sign for the goal­keeper’s kit is highly un­likely to stir any­thing more than fleet­ing in­ter­est.

Maybe this is be­cause few fans will ever pur­chase one – aside from the sort of as­pir­ing goal­keeper types usu­ally seen milling around lo­cal 5-a-side cen­tres – but per­haps it is be­cause goal­keep­ers’ kits these days have be­come so bland, so bor­ing even, as to be vir­tu­ally un­no­tice­able.

To­day’s range of con­ser­va­tive keep­ers’ kits are a far cry from the flam­boy­ant jer­seys which pre­dom­i­nated in the 1990s.

This was the time when new print­ing tech­nolo­gies pro­vided de­sign­ers with greater pos­si­bil­i­ties and although there was an ex­ist­ing tra­di­tional gram­mar for goal­keep­ers’ kit – mainly of muted greens, blacks, greys and the oc­ca­sional yel­low – few clubs or fans had any real pref­er­ence, or in­vest­ment, in one colour com­bi­na­tion or pat­tern over another.

With looser rules, there was there­fore greater free­dom to in­no­vate. Along with third kits, which also pro­vided de­sign­ers with a blank slate unimpinged by a need to heed tra­di­tion, goal­keep­ers’ jer­seys were in the vanguard of a head­long rush to­wards gar­ish­ness.

The most fa­mous expo-

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