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Great Albion kits: 1985/86 Away


Worn in the famous snowy away tie in the FA Cup against Peterborough in February 1986, this striking kit is fondly remembered by Brighton fans of that time.

It had three large bold horizontal stripes on the side of the collar, a design that was unique to us despite all the other clubs that adidas manufactured shirts for at the time.

At the Peterborough game, the freezing Albion fans were given free red scarves. Brighton fan and North Stand Chat user Stat Brother has kept his in very good nick:


… although with Stat Brother’s six month old golden retriever Lionel around, it may not last forever!


A season later, NOBO replaced Phoenix Brewery as the sponsor for the Albion shirt.

As for Steve Gatting, he continued to serve well in whatever shirt he was asked to play in, red, blue, or even the green goalkeepers’ top:


A retrospective piece in the Albion programme in 1994/95 stated:

It has not been often in modern times that a player has served Albion continuously for ten years – Steve did so in defence or midfield and battled back from a bad pelvic injury to play again when many might have thrown in the towel. He was, indeed, a versatile player but he never scored an FA Cup goal for Albion – in fact, he once played for much of a League Cup match in goal when, at the City Ground, he replaced the injured Perry Digweed between the posts for Albion and he didn’t do at all badly.

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League of Blogs 2013 – The Goldstone Wrap’s entry

It’s here!

The Football Attic’s ‘League of Blogs 2013’ has kicked off. “What is that?!’, you may be asking.

Well, the Football Attic is a marvellous retro football blog started by Rich J and Chris O in November 2011. They have a podcast and an occasional video blog as well. With a love of retro and a sense of humour, they explore and unpick match programmes, football kit design, stickers and other bits and bobs from yesteryear. I particularly enjoyed their entry on Daily Mirror sticker albums of the 1980s, my gateway drug into football memorabilia as a child. Last year, they created a Subbuteo-style wall chart for football bloggers, encouraging blog writers everywhere to design a kit on a Subbuteo player to represent their site and join forces in a gigantian project of high creativity and fun.

This year, Rich and Chris are asking for submissions in the form of club crests and Subbuteo kits which they’ll turn into Panini-style stickers, with the chance of real foil stickers being produced.

Fast off the mark, The Goldstone Wrap has an entry which looks like this:


OK, cards on the table time. For the crest, I filched and changed colour of the Union flag-style circle from the Football League’s crest circa 1988 before placing The Goldstone Wrap’s Albion shirt graphic (originally from this lovely Adidas advert from 1984/85) inside.

Then, for the home kit, I went with blue-Ajax as a variation on the Albion kit of the 1960s which had a blue-Arsenal design. The away kit used the same template. I tried red with a white band in the middle, and black shorts, but it was too overwhelmingly ’80s Southampton for me. My eventual choice of red with a black band echoes the red and black stripes that Brighton have worn in the 1970s and 2000s. A third kit (which I’m not allowed!) would probably be needed against teams in red and white stripes. What do you think? Feel free to leave comments.

In the meantime, you can join in the fun. Please have a look at ‘League of Blogs 2013’ to see some of the other designs, discover and read other football sites and, if you write a blog, get cracking with your own submission.

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