THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

Notable kits of yesteryear

Sochaux30022 OctoberIn July, Sochaux FC and Peugeot – two entities that have been so intrinsically linked since the inception of Les Lionceaux (the Lion Cubs) – finally cut all ties after the company announced that they would be selling the club.

Sochaux is the spiritual home of the car manufacturer, and it was Jean-Pierre Peugeot (the one-time president of the company) who established the club in 1928, before playing an instrumental role in them becoming the first professional side in France. 

The relationship between the two is encapsulated by the home kit of 1983-84. This Adidas yellow shirt with blue pinstripes and bars running horizontally, complete with collar is a smart effort, but the most prominent feature is the roaring lion in the centre – the famous badge shared by Sochaux and Peugeot. This style was implemented for several home shirts that the club produced in the 1980s.

Sochaux enjoyed a relatively successful season sporting this emblematic strip, in what proved to be manager Pierre Mosca's final campaign at the club. In previous years, they had finished near the summit of the top tier, even competing in a UEFA Cup semi-final in 1981, but their seventh-place finish was by no means a failure as the side featured several young, inexperienced players. In the middle of that season, they narrowly overcame Lille at the Stade Grimonprez-Joris despite a horrendous fumble from Sochaux's longstanding goalkeeper, Albert Rust. Nick Roberts

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