PRETTY POLY LAUNCH AT CLASSIC FOOTBALL SHIRTS
Interested in classic football shirts and replica kits? Then make sure you’re at the book launch for Pretty Poly: The History of the Football Shirt on Friday 11 August at Classic Football Shirts London.
In a Q&A with the audience, author Alex Ireland will discuss the process of writing the book, the stories he unearthed and the characters he met along the way. An expert panel will then discuss the recent booms in shirt collecting and the replica kit industry, and the future of kits, with input from attendees. The event will close with a football-shirt quiz and prizes for the winners.
About Pretty Poly
Pretty Poly tells the fascinating story of the football shirt, charting its dramatic evolution over a 150-year period, from modest beginnings to a product at the centre of a billion-dollar industry.
An emblem of everything it means to be a fan, the football shirt evokes memories of triumph and disaster and acts as a symbol of belonging to a chosen footballing tribe.
Packed with facts, figures and anecdotes, Pretty Poly explores the history embedded in every feature of modern-day strips. It covers their ever-changing shape, the emergence of dedicated club and national colours and the often surprising reasons behind them. It also looks at the companies and designers behind some of our favourite strips, and explores the birth and exponential growth of the replica-kit industry.
Along the way, we learn the histories of the iconic sponsors, names, numbers, patches and badges, and meet the kit collectors with a burning lifelong passion as we delve into the burgeoning vintage kit market that feeds their interest.
About the Author
Alex Ireland is a university academic, football writer and kit collector. He has written about football kits and football history for a number of publications including World Soccer, Halb Vier and United We Stand. Alex supports his local side, Manchester United, and collects 1990s long-sleeve club football shirts.