An insert football catalogue in a football magazine in the 1990s was often pored over more than the publication itself. This, from Bourne Sports in 1992, is a great example of exactly that.
With Euro 92 on the horizon, there was the opportunity to dress like one (or both) of “Dahlin...Brolin….Dahlin...BROLIN!” via the heavily-branded Sweden design, or eventual losing finalists Germany, or France… In fact, several adidas teams were covered, but not quite accurate to how they appeared - see the USSR shirt which became the CIS, and the Arsenal-esque Yugoslavia shirt which became, um, eventual winners Denmark. (Check your history books for how that came about.)
Of course, there were Umbro England and Scotland replicas available too. And for those not on a Euros tip, Brazil, and in the club game, the releases for the first Premier League season - notably Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool. ’Twas ever thus!
Beyond replica kits, could Bourne Sports interest amateur goalkeepers in an iconic adidas Taifun top for Sunday mornings? With adidas gloves to boot? If not, who could decline an adidas Tango football? Especially in underappreciated Rastafari colouring form via the Coerver Coaching venture!
Thanks to Jimmy from The Glove Bag - tgbjimmy on Twitter - for bringing this to our attention.