As the narrative strands of the 2022/23 season merge into resolution, Denis, Gavin and Les ask each other what they’ve liked and disliked about kits this campaign.
Episode Seventeen – Thirty years of J.League kits
As the J. League celebrates its 30th anniversary, Denis, Gavin and Les are joined by the estimable Ben Mabley, co-commentator/analyst for DAZN Japan, J-Sports, The Guardian and other outlets, to consider some of the stand-out kits in a league with a distinct visual language.
A longer episode than normal! フットボールキットポッドキャストでのJリーグトーク
Episode Sixteen – The kits of the Tricky Trees
Denis, Gavin and Les take a look at another specific club’s kit offerings, this time Nottingham Forest.
Tricky Trees fan Jim Hearson selects three good (“Barking up the right tree”)and three bad (“Can’t see the good for the trees”) kits from Forest’s polyester pantheon.
Episode Fifteen – The World Cup of underrated World Cup kits
Denis, Gav and Les are joined by the estimable John Devlin of True Colours books and Admiral documentary fame to discuss underrated World Cup kits. Four kitgeeks will nominate six under the radar kits each in a bid to decide the final octet of FIFA tournament underratedness.
Episode Fourteen – Wearing the skin of your enemy…
Denis, Gav and Les are joined by Design Football’s Jay Handley to discuss teams who ‘wear the skin of their enemy’, or at least colours associated with rival sides. WARNING: Contains Star Trek references.
Episode Thirteen – UEFA rules OK
As the group stages of UEFA’s three main competitions begin, Denis, Gavin and Les take a look at UEFA kit regulations past and present, deciding which rules are good (“Nyon to something good!”) or bad (“UEFA the game or what?”).
Episode Twelve – The life of Kit & Caboodle author Matt Riley
The kit book shelves will have a new tome soon, when Matt Riley’s Kit & Caboodle is released. Ahead of that Matt joins Gav, Denis and Les to discuss the inspiration behind the book, which does not sit on the fence about topics such as gambling and Crypto/NFT sponsorships, using shirts to oppose wars and bigotry, and attempts to put football on a more sustainable footing, which naturally includes the kits made from a petroleum by-product.
Episode Eleven – Canny Kits Of The Magpies
Having looked at change kits, goalkeeper jerseys and notable templates (twice!), Denis, Gavin and Les take a look at a specific club’s kit offerings as chosen by a guest.
That club is Newcastle United, and the guest is renowned Toon matchworn shirt collector Gavin Haigh, who selects three good (“Canny kit that pet!”) and three bad (“Nah way the lads!”) kits from the Magpie’s polyester pantheon.
Episode Ten – Templates Revisited
Having established that templates are no bad thing in Episode Seven of The Football Kit Podcast… Denis, Gav and Les revisit the subject in Episode Ten to choose more ‘Templates of Worship’ and ‘Templates of Doom’.
Episode Nine – The garb of the goalkeeper
Goalkeepers are a different breed they say, and their attire certainly sets them apart from their team mates.
In this episode of The Football Kit Podcast that attire is considered by Denis, Gav and Les, who each choose a “you’re a keeper” entry of something they like as well as a “No saving that” choice, something far from number one.