OSMFC Kit Launch 21/22
Bexley’s premium footballing institution Old St Mary’s Football Club release their new home shirt for the upcoming season inspired by the club’s rooted history in Dutch totaalvoetbal
Bexley, 1st September 2021 – The mighty Old St Mary’s Football Club unveil their new 1st and 2nd team home shirt for the 2020/21 season.
From the mercurial team of the 1970s that saw the likes Johan Neeskens and Johan Cruyff reimagine the beautiful game with their revolutionary totaalvoetbal to the elegant combination of Marco Van Basten, Ruud Gullit and Frank Rijkaard in the 1980s, het Oranje has shaped the game we know and love to day for half a century. However, despite being blessed with complete footballers and inspired tactics, the Dutch team are also world famous for their lack of success, the 1988 European Championships the nation’s only major silverware.
Like the damned Dutch teams of the past, south-east London’s elite footballing establishment, OSMFC, have helped to mould the Amatuer Football Combination with a graceful footballing culture for 35 years while so often falling short of the success they have deserved.
Manufactured by Spanish performance wear partner Joma, the 2020/21 home kit is heavily inspired by the iconic tangerine shirts worn by the Dutch throughout those heady days of the 1970s and 1980s.
Subtle vertical striping on the body offers a slimming look for the club’s more rotund members and takes direct inspiration from the 1982 Dutch home shirt. An embroidered white Dancing Brave on the shirt’s breast is complemented by stylish white shorts sleeve cuffs and neat v-neck collar and offers a tip of the hat to previous Mary’s home shirts of the mid-1990s while also drawing upon the infamous geometric kit worn to success by the Oranje in 1988.
This year’s home kit has also borrowed the idea of legendary Dutch designer Wim Crouwel with its bespoke striped typeface similar to that worn by the likes of Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben at the 2014 World Cup.
The team’s emerald shorts have also been given a white finish including an embroidered badge, new for the upcoming season.
Club President of Old St Mary’s Football Club Tony Linnett said: ‘As a boy, many years ago, I watched Cruyff’s 1974 World Cup team and thought “one day, I will be part of an amateur football team based just off of the A2 motorway just like this Dutch team”’.
‘Granted, our ethos of pumping the ball long and hoping the likes of Collins or Callum Hamill can nick a goal is quite removed from that of the graceful Dutch but we do both play in orange!’
1st team captain Kane Cooke added: ‘It’s a nice shirt, I like it.’