10 Strangest Shirt Sponsors in Football History

Ryan Bailey@ryanjaybaileyFeatured ColumnistOctober 31, 2014

10 Strangest Shirt Sponsors in Football History

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    An amateur side in Kent made headlines this week when they jokingly added the name of an adult-interest video website to the front of their shirts in lieu of a sponsor, according to the Mirror. When said video site heard about it, they decided to offer full sponsorship.

    Sadly, however, the killjoys in charge of the team's league have put the kibosh on the financially beneficial arrangement. 

    In tribute to this bizarre and short-lived deal, here are 10 of the weirdest and most wonderful kit sponsorships in football history...

FC Nurnberg: Mister Lady

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    DIETHER ENDLICHER/Associated Press

    Between 2005 and 2008, FC Nurnberg proudly wore the phrase "Mister Lady" across their chests.

    It wasn't an advertisement for some kind of salacious business in Thailand but rather the name of a local unisex fashion brand

Atletico Madrid: Columbia Pictures

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    In the 2003-04 season, Atletico Madrid were sponsored by Columbia Pictures. They put the name of a different movie on the shirts every few weeks depending on what was showing at the flicks.

    The films ranged from Gothika, Closer, and, er, White Chicks, to this brilliant design for Spider-Man 2

AC Milan: Pooh Jeans

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    AC Milan encouraged titters from the English-speaking world in the 1981-82 season when they advertised Pooh jeans on the front of their shirts.

    That season, the promoted Rossoneri were relegated to Serie B, so perhaps the sponsor was appropriate. 

Cardiff City: Super Furry Animals

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    In September 1999, Welsh indie rockers Super Furry Animals were at the height of their psychedelic powers. In order to promote their new album Guerilla (which is brilliant, by the way), they sponsored their beloved Cardiff City during their FAW Cup run.  

    They ended up finishing runners-up to Wrexham in the competition, but at least they were endorsed by rock stars. 

Clydebank FC: Wet Wet Wet

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    During their 1990s Four Weddings and a Funeral-inspired peak, Wet Wet Wet gave a helping hand to their local side Clydebank FC by sponsoring their shirts.

    Suffice to say, Clydebank fans probably didn't turn out at the club shop in their droves to wear the name of the soppy band on their chests.   

West Brom: No Smoking

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    In the 1980s it was very common for fans to smoke on the terraces. However, West Brom outlawed the practise at the Hawthornes in 1984 and decided it was appropriate to put a no-smoking sign on their shirts for two seasons to keep fans in line. 

    Perhaps Jack Wilshere should be made to wear a similar design. 

Voukefala: Soula Brothel

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    Times have been tough in Greece over the past few years, so football teams have been forced to take advantage of any possible revenue stream in a struggling economy.

    In 2012, a side named Voukefala from the city of Larissa took the unusual step of being sponsored by Soula, a local brothel

    "When we announced to the players that our sponsor would be a brothel, they wanted to know about bonuses," the club's president was reported to have said by the Mirror. Perhaps jokingly, perhaps not. 

Paleopyrgo: A Funeral Home

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    In the same season that Voukefala made ends meet by hawking a brothel, fellow Greek side Paleopyrgo took the slightly morbid route of being sponsored by a funeral home. 

    "It was a matter of survival. The owner of the funeral home is a friend and we agreed," general manager Giannis Batziolas told NovaSport FM (h/t Tapei Times)

    They even played in black shirts with white crosses on the front. 

Scarborough FC: Black Death Vodka

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    The now-defunct Scarborough FC promoted a wonderfully enticing spirit named Black Death Vodka during the 1990-91 season.

    The shirt was eventually banned by the FA, and the drink itself was banned for sale in the United States due to "the misleading impression of poison." 

Oxford United: Wang

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    In 1985-86, Oxford United survived in the top flight by the skin of their teeth but made history by winning their first piece of silverware: The League Cup. 

    The Us lifted the trophy with their Wangs on display. By that I mean their affiliation with Wang Computers, of course. 

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