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Notable kits of yesteryear

verona959619 August ~ After wearing blue-and-yellow stripes for the previous three seasons, Hellas Verona president Alberto Mazzi designed this unique shirt for 1995-96 and presented the idea to Italian sports manufacturer Errea on A4 graph paper. The badge in the centre of the shirt was used for the first time that season, featuring a ladder and two mastiff dogs (symbols of the city) and Verona's coat of arms, a yellow cross on a blue background. The club was sponsored by famous Veronese chef Giovanni Rana, a fan of the club since birth and main shirt sponsor of Verona from 1989 to 1996.

On the pitch Verona secured promotion back to Serie A after four years in Serie B, finishing second behind Bologna, with club legend Antonio De Vitis leading the way with 13 goals. Promotion was secured in Tuscany at Lucchese, and the following home game saw Carlo Ancelotti join Verona in the top division with his Reggiana winning 1-0 at Stadio Bentegodi.

The club used an incredible five different shirts during the season, with yellow, grey and red versions in the same design as the home shirt, and a celebratory shirt worn in the Reggiana game, commemorating the clubs first shirt back in 1903, blue-and-yellow halves. Charles Ducksbury

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