I grew up with Admiral and have recently re-ignited my interest in the brand and its history.
As an eight year old, my club West Ham United appeared in a fantastical new kit, which I successfully pestered my parents for, first the home kit and then the tracksuit. I understand that you were nicknamed 'The Admiral'.
I purchased your much anticipated book, Kit Man and devoured it in a couple of days. I found it a really good read and produced some previously unknown (to me) stories, anecdotes and facts. I can claim a small part of the compilation of your book as I provided several design references and pointers to John Devlin for several of the kits that he subsequently illustrated your book.
I am much anticipating the Admiral documentary which I believe is being filmed or in production at the moment.
If you don't mind my saying, I would have loved to have discovered how the design team produced their incredible range of kits in your book. Who they design team were, are they still around and what gave them their inspiration? I have undertaken some detailed researched on Admiral kits, and their roster of English and Scottish league sides during that golden era, starting with Leeds United in 1973 and 1980. This primarily consisted of painstaking ordering and perusal of old newspapers at the British Library Newspaper reading rooms in Colindale, now sadly closed down in the past year or so.
I wondered if you would be prepared to agree to either an interview or alternatively for me to send you some questions, especially around the design and marketing of the kits?
I am sure you are aware that Admiral were the first football kit manufacturer to provide a club badge on shorts - now ubiquitous throughout the league. The first company to introduce their manufacturer logo as an integral part of the design of the shirt.
Sadly, I no longer have my West Ham Admiral items long since recycled at some jumble sale or other. However, I do have a lovely blue tracksuit top with red and white dynamic stripes, as well as the Wales away kit, both procured from ebay.
by Steve Browne