Notable kits of yesteryear
15 May ~ As the 1981-82 French season got underway, Lille fans were thoroughly miserable. They had finished the previous campaign a lowly 17th, were favourites for relegation – and had arguably the worst kit in the club's history. The Puma shirt was classic early 1980s, the pearly white sheen of its synthetic material offset by the bright red, V-shaped neck and trim, extending all the way along the sleeves down to the matching cuffs. What really caught the eye, however, was the name of the club's sponsor, emblazoned across both the chest and the back: Peaudouce, a locally based firm making disposable nappies.
The 1981-82 season did not quite live up to Lille fans' worst expectations and they began the league campaign strongly, climbing to third after a 6-1 drubbing of Montpellier in mid-September. They ended the season a disappointing 14th, however, having won only three of their away games. Local rival Lens did the double over them, while they were knocked out of the French Cup at the first hurdle by third-tier minnows Lisieux. The shirt is currently on sale in the official club shop, although personally I've never seen anybody buy one. Graham Roberts