The latest in the ‘Grey Suit’ saga
FourFourSeconds ago, we brought you an article detailing the latest in this saga of the ‘strong suit’.
Now, FourFourEight has a look back at the last time that a grey suit was worn by the man who would become one of the greatest ever footballers to wear the shirt.
The first ever black-and-white picture of the man that we saw in the summer of 1970 was of him in the black suit with the white shirt underneath.
When the story was first told, the man was wearing a pair of grey suits.
His surname was also spelled with a “s” and he was a member of the English Football Association, the most prestigious organisation in the world.
“When I first saw it I was shocked,” the football fan told FourFour.
“It was a bit of a shock.
But, once I looked it over, it really looked like a black suit.
I’d seen that the first time, so I thought it looked like that.”
The man who wore the suit was Alan Ball, a player for Nottingham Forest who went on to play for the English national team.
At the time, the suit’s popularity was due to its unique shape and the fact that it allowed the wearer to look as though he were wearing it.
A photo of the first ever picture of Alan Ball as a black-white footballer wearing the ‘grey suit’ is available here.
As for the history of the suit, the first black-black match ever took place in June 1919.
This was a match between West Bromwich Albion and Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.
Alan Ball scored the first goal of the match with a strike from outside the box, before his team scored another.
In total, 10 goals had been scored by West Brom at the time.
After the game, the match was played in the ground where Ball’s first goal was scored.
It was during this match that Alan Ball was spotted wearing the suit in the match.
While the suit didn’t appear to have much effect on the match, the players were quick to comment on it, describing it as a “very elegant piece of kit”.
It has since been claimed that the suit wasn’t as well received by the public as it had been by the press, with fans calling it “unprofessional” and accusing it of being “disgusting”.
In 1977, a photograph of Alan ball was released that showed him wearing a white suit.
That was five years before the first video of Alan in a suit was released.
Although the suits popularity continued to grow, the popularity of the grey suit continued to decline.
By 1981, it was considered too much of a gimmick and was banned from most games in the English Premier League, the Football League and the Football Association.
Today, Alan Ball is still remembered for his famous goal against Manchester United in 1986.
However, even though the suit has been retired, it is still popular in football circles, with many claiming that it is one of those rare pieces of kit that still gives the wearer a sense of belonging.
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