La Liga new-boys Huesca caught our eye at the weekend as they faced Barcelona in a fine set of St George cross away shirts by old-favourites Kelme.
The city of Huesca is famous for its place in Homage to Catalonia, where George Orwell and his fellow militia have a running joke about breaking through the impasse and their enemies’ columns.
“Tomorrow we will have coffee in Huesca,” they optimistically jest.
This summer, the city was placed on the football map as SD Huesca, with a stadium capacity of just 5,500 were promoted to Spain’s top-flight for the first time in their history.
On Sunday, they were given a rude La Liga awakening on Sunday as Barcelona handed them an 8-2 thumping at the Camp Nou.
Having taken an early lead, the side from the Aragon region of northern Spain entered the half-time break 3-2 down, before a Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez inspired onslaught left Huesca on the receiving end of a heavy defeat.
Huesca were originally founded by Barcelona fans and their home kits maintain the Blaugrana colours, so they may be forgiven for being a little starstruck by the occasion.
Although on the ropes for much of their visit to the Camp Nou, Huesca’s St George cross away shirts by Kelme made sure they looked the part at Spanish football’s top table.
Kelme themselves have been relatively quiet since the days when they supplied kits to the likes of Real Madrid, but their footprint logo still holds a place in football kit folklore.
Coincidentally, St George is revered in both Catalonia and Aragon and Kelme’s design remains true to Huesca’s traditional change colours whilst being reminiscent of classic Inter Milan away shirts of the recent past.
Huesca may have been well beaten in Barcelona but the club and their shirts attained an international audience, marking the city and the club’s place on football’s map.
Should SD Huesca maintain their La Liga place, the St George shirts seen on Sunday may become a regular favourite in football shirt circles.
All images courtesy of SD Huesca on Facebook and through their club shop.
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