London non-league club’s shirt salutes International Brigades who fought in Spanish civil war

A London non-league football club’s away kit has become a surprise hit in Spain, because of the anti-fascist message embroidered into it. Clapton Community FC has taken more than 5,400 pre-orders for its shirts, after pictures of the kit gained media attention on the continent.

The red, purple and yellow shirt was worn for the first time last Saturday, and the colour scheme is inspired by the International Brigades who fought in the Spanish civil war. The back of the shirt features the slogan “no pasarán”, meaning “they shall not pass”, which was used by anti-fascist fighters in the 1930s. It also features the three-pointed star of the International Brigades, and was released to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the end of the conflict.

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