There are many things that go into creating the perfect football shirt.

Colour, patterns and detailing are all important of course, but the very best jerseys also possess an iconic sponsor. Think about it. R9’s Inter jersey had Pirelli, Maradona’s Napoli strip had Mars and who can forget when Nintendo sponsored one of the best Fiorentina kits of all time.

These sponsors are all iconic, but they pale in comparison to when the name of your favourite band is emblazoned on the front of a shirt. It may seem like a pipedream, but this has happened more often than you might realise. Here are 12 examples of when the worlds of football and music have collided to create some incredible jerseys.

We’re extremely proud to be a part of the new Bohs kit in conjunction with Focus Ireland as they are two organisations that we hold very close to our hearts. @bfcdublin @FocusIreland

— Fontaines D.C. (@fontainesdublin) March 13, 2021

2. Enter Shikari – St Albans City

4. Jake Bugg – Notts County

Swansea City v Notts County - The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round
Bugg is a big County fan | Catherine Ivill/Getty Images
Gruff Rhys
Surely that’s cheating | Stu Forster/Getty Images

6. Goldie Lookin’ Chain – Newport County

Remember when Newport County were sponsored by Goldie Lookin Chain in 2004?

— Classic Football Shirts (@classicshirts) January 2, 2019

Kerry Mayo
A fitting sponsor because at the time Brighton were quite skint | Pete Norton/Getty Images

8. Bad Manners – Margate FC

Bad Manners were the shirt sponsor for Margate FC in 1996

— Bands FC (@_Bands_FC) August 6, 2019

We sponsored The Seven Sisters AFC U9’s from South Wales. Thanks to @Phyllisdoris1 for getting in touch.

— Sleaford Mods (@sleafordmods) September 16, 2017

10. Wet Wet Wet – Clydebank

Hall of Fame or Hall of Shame?

Remember when Scottish band Wet Wet Wet sponsored Clydebank?

The band took over their hometown club’s sponsorship back in 1993 and ended in 1997. This was the away shirt from ’95-97.

We’d put the kits in Hall of Fame but their outfits in Shame!

— Classic Football Shirts (@classicshirts) August 8, 2019

Unsere @dietotenhosen-Sondertrikots vom letzten Duell mit den Bayern! ☠️?#f95 | ?⚪️ | #FCBF95 | #F95xDTH

— Fortuna Düsseldorf (@f95) May 29, 2020

12. Mogwai – Saint Roch’s Primary School

Mr McDonald and The Young Team of St Roch’s Primary would like to thank @mogwaiband for sponsoring their new football strips! They look amazing! We can’t thank you enough ?

— Saint Roch’s Primary & Deaf School (@SaintRochsPS) January 22, 2018

Music acts that have sponsored football shirts
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