Strip! How Football Got Shirty

What makes a great football shirt?

The National Football Museum’s Strip! How Football Got Shirty exhibition examines the very fibres of football kit fashion, design and technology through the ages, from the heavy woollen jerseys of the Victorian era to the heavily branded polyester of today.

Although the Museum is temporarily closed at the moment, we are continuing to populate these pages with videos, articles and activities about this phenomenal exhibition.

Strip! captures the growth of the football shirt phenomenon, charting the replica boom and the bold designs that followed, right through to the high-tech advancements and retro reappraisals.

The accounts of designers, manufacturers, artists and experts are woven throughout the exhibition, but nothing tells the story better than the shirts themselves. Over 200 jerseys are on display in the Score Gallery, featuring bona fide classics, unexpected game-changers and some spectacular own goals.

Have your say in our Icons display, showcasing the top 20 shirts ever created, and pass judgement on the disasters which have made it into our Hall of Shame.

This is kit culture like you’ve never seen it before. This is how football got shirty.

Strip! is the latest of the National Football Museum’s regular temporary exhibitions programme, making extensive use of the Score Gallery on the third floor of the Museum. Our Score Gallery exhibitions focus on key themes that span football, how the game has connected to popular culture, the wider sporting world and the lives of the people who play the game, those who watch it and those who are swept along in its wake. Through our temporary exhibitions as well as our permanent displays and public programmes, we explore how football has truly become The Game of Our Lives.

Visit the museum homepage to find out how to visit.

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