Playing well is the main aim when you step on to a football pitch - but looking good while you do it is a bonus.

Liphook United’s under-ten Spiders have already performed brilliantly, winning a cup in their first season with a 4-2 victory over Liphook’s other under-ten team in the same division, Liphook Stingrays.

Goals from William and Coen, plus a brace from Edi, clinched the Spiders’ win on May 19. Amber and Stanley replied for the Stingrays.

A spokesperson said: “There was much excitement from the sidelines. Both teams deserved to be in the final, showing great determination and progression throughout the season. Huge congratulations to both teams.”

Now the Spiders will stride out in smart new strips thanks to sponsorship from Liphook firms GH Landscapes and One Six Events, whose names adorn their blue home and yellow away kits respectively.

Calling them home and away kits is a modern invention. Traditionally teams wore their home colours, described as their ‘first choice’ strip, whenever possible. Their ‘change’ or ‘alternative’ outfit only came out for away games if their first choice clashed with that of the home side.

But for the 1973-74 season Leeds United manager Don Revie asked Admiral to design a new Leeds change kit that could be copyrighted so the club could sell replicas to its fans. Leeds’ old colours were yellow and blue, so Admiral created an all-yellow kit with white and blue trim.

As the only other top-flight club wearing yellow was Norwich City, they wore it for virtually every away game - maximising its exposure - and the concept of the ‘away’ kit was born.

GH Landscapes offers garden services including turfing, fencing, and patio laying. For details call George on 07470 173984.

One Six Events offers bespoke marquee hire for weddings, parties and corporate functions. For details visit The spokesperson added: “The team and the club would like to extend their sincere thanks to both GH Landscapes and One Six Events as sponsorships are a crucial element of funding the club.”

To sponsor a Liphook United team email [email protected]

Liphook United Spiders, June 2024.
A quick change for Liphook United Spiders as they show off their yellow away strip (Liphook United FC)