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‘A mottled mess’: Telegraph criticise Wales’ football shirts while praising England’s ‘snazzy’ look

01 Jul 2021 3 minutes Read
Wales’ shirt. Picture by John Smith/FAW (CC BY-SA 4.0).

The Telegraph newspaper has taken aim at Wales’ football shirts, criticising their appearance while ranking the “snazzy” and “classic” designs worn by England as among the best in the Euro 2020 competition.

In an article ranking every shirt in the competition from best to worst, the paper lodged both England’s home and away shirts in the top ten while ranking Wales as low as 36th.

Wales’ away shirt drew particular ire, with the newspaper suggesting that the yellow colour did not suit the nation, despite being associated with Wales through its patron saint, St. David, for centuries.

“A meeting of Welsh and Antipodean not seen since the Manic Street Preachers single Australia,” the Telegraph said. “They’ve rebadged it, you fool!

“Wales do have a proud(ish) yellow and green away tradition, before eschewing it for their wonderful summer of 2016, playing England in Lens wearing a grim grey/neon thing.

“The mottled mess of a Condivo 20 pattern again, slightly less upsetting in this context than others but still adding little. A shrug of a shirt.”

The newspaper rated their red home kit only slightly better, in 20th palace, calling it a “bit of leisurewear”.

“This is the rarest of things – a shirt which looks better on the fans than the professionals,” the article said. “Having seen it in the wild it’s lots of fun. On the players – not so much.

“Perhaps it’s those cheeky sleeve cuffs, a lively addition to your afternoon of socialising, a needless bit of frippery on the serious arms of Joe Allen.”

‘Up to date’

Scotland’s away kit was also criticised as “toilet wall in the third-best restaurant you go to all year.”

The England home kit meanwhile had the Telegraph swooning.

“Yes we’ve seen it before already, yes it’s a word from several decades ago, but there’s no two ways about it – that side line is snazzy,” they said.

“England mix it up with red and navy and it turns a templated feature into something with character. Another rarity here – a kit elevated by its numbers.

“There’s an unusual quasi-gothic font which brings the shirt up to date, offsetting the centralised emblem and logo throwing back to ’96. If football pulls its finger out and comes home this summer, this has the makings of a classic.”

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Charles Evans
Charles Evans
3 months ago

Yawn. Does anyone really care what the Telegraph thinks about anything?

Dai Rob
Dai Rob
3 months ago

Surprised………. :S

Chris
Chris
3 months ago

How desperate are the Telegraph blackshirts to s**g off our nation THIS week? It’s pathetic! We seem to be living rent free in their heads. Even when their footieball team win their latest home game, all they can think to do is snarl at us.
Still, good news that the fading embers of empire is on the back foot and lashing out. It’s like being savaged by a goldfish

Last edited 3 months ago by Chris
hdavies15
hdavies15
3 months ago
Reply to  Chris

If it is a “blackshirt” writing I suspect he’s also borrowed his mum/sister’s underwear and spikey boots. Sounds like a real disgruntled effeminate who has strong view about kit in general. Probably happier if all 24 sides had turned out in pink and pale blue !

Bruce
Bruce
3 months ago

So not biased at all then.

Huw Davies
Huw Davies
3 months ago

Just looked in the mirror. My face doesn’t look at all bothered, which is a bit unusual for me. Either I’m chilled or I realise The Telegraph is no longer a paper to take seriously!
papur swmpus, we used to call it. papur ty bach, now.

Mick Tems
Mick Tems
3 months ago

The Torygraph is one big lie factory. I won’t bother to read their hateful bile.

Ieuan Evans
Ieuan Evans
3 months ago

Just pathetic

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
3 months ago

Gain independence and we can create our own media and stop reading this right wing crap.

ANDREW MORRIS
3 months ago

Nobody care about England football they most likely lose to SPAIN

David Gareth Owen
David Gareth Owen
3 months ago

Anyone would think that the narrow-minded opinion of a home counties sycophant were worth reading or listening to. I’m sure the people in the office enjoyed a session of mutually condescending people different to them in overly nasal false posh cockney accents.
Let’s not pretend that these views don’t fuel the bitter hatred and outdated vile nationalism that promotes a tirade of Nazi themed abuse and incitement against a teenage fan just because she isn’t English.

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