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Tapiray no. 65 - Cheltenham Town (England)*

2008/09 away kit

Like previous entrants Ayr United (#20), English League One side Cheltenham Town's appearance here is a bit of a cheat, as their traditional colours are red and white and it's only down to their current *away kit of yellow with red trim that they've been included. Still, any excuse to celebrate another club playing in red and yellow even if it is only for a season or two!

Nicknamed The Robins, they were founded in 1887 and it took them almost a century to rise from the depths of the regional English league system to reach Conference level, but since then their progression has been fairly rapid. After winning promotion to the Football League for the first time in their history in 1999, seven years later they went one better and secured a place in League One via the play-offs, and they are now in their third season of playing at the third-highest level in English football.

Links: Official site

Suggested by: Bryan McCoo.

Tapiray no. 66 - Polisportiva Alghero (Italy)

Alghero in action in 2008

Polisportiva Alghero are an Italian lower league team from the Sardinian town of Alghero. Founded in 1945 they play in the 3500 capacity Stadio Mariotti and their red and yellow colours are a legacy of the town's Catalan roots.

While top flight side Cagliari are Sardinia's most well-known team, Alghero have only just entered the professional ranks for the first time in their 63 years of existance after being invited to fill one of the vacancies in the 'Lega Pro Seconda Divisione' (formerly Serie C2) due to a couple of teams failing to meet the regulatory or financial requirements to remain in the league. So despite being knocked out in the semi-finals of the play-offs after finishing fourth in Serie D last year, they will step up into the professional ranks and play in the fourth tier of Italian football for season 2008/09.

Links: None

Suggested by: Scott Canning.

Tapiray no. 67 - KSK Maldegem (Belgium)

Maldegem player in action in 2008

KSK Maldegem (Koninklijke Sportkring Maldegem) are a Belgian lower league side from the small town of Maldegem in the Dutch-speaking region of East Flanders, just a few miles from the border with Holland. Founded in 1920, they play in the 1700 capacity Maurice De Waele Stadion.

They've spent the vast majority of their history playing in the regional divisions. However, back in 1998 they were promoted twice in succesion to the Promotion (4th tier of Belgian football) and then the Third Division. They had a few years of mid-table finishes before scrapping to avoid relegation, but in 2007 they suffered consecutive relegations and are now back playing in the provincial leagues.

Links: Official site (Dutch)

Suggested by: Stéphane Lievens, Adam Lockyer & Martin De Cecco.

Tapiray no. 68 - Karlsruher SC (Germany)*

2008/09 yellow away top

Following swiftly on from Cheltenham (#65), we've another side who only merit inclusion due to their *away kit (even worse, it's actually their third kit!). Although German top flight side Karlsruher SC do at least have good reason to use red and yellow, as they are the colours of their city's coat of arms.

That city is Karlsruhe in south west Germany, and the football team (their full name is Karlsruher Sport-Club Mühlburg-Phönix e.V.) were formed from the 1952 merger of Karlsruher FC Phoenix and VfB Mühlburg. They play in the 32,000 capacity Wildparkstadion and generally spend their time going between the top two divisions. Although in fairly recent times they have gone from reaching the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup (1994) to being relegated to the Regionalliga Süd (2000), and it was just a couple of years ago that they made it back intto the top flight after winning the 2. Bundesliga in 2007.

Links: Official site (German)

Suggested by: Muir Smith.