They also play in red and yellow

Tapiray no. 93 - Bassano Virtus 55 Soccer Team (Italy)

2009/10 kit

From the northern Italian town of Bassano del Grappa is Italian fourth division (Lega Pro Seconda Divisione) side Bassano Virtus. Nicknamed the Giallorossi (yellow-reds), they were founded in 1903 and merged with another local side in 1968 before settling on their current name in 1996 when Renzo Rosso, entrepreneur and founder of fashion label Diesel, took over the club - the 55 in their name is the year of his birth.

Up until 1996 Bassano Virtus had been strictly an amateur side playing either in either Serie D or in the lower regional leagues, but in taking over in '96, Rosso's aim was to build the club and turn it into an ambitious side that would join the ranks of professional clubs in Italy. It took him almost ten years to turn that into reality on the field, but in 2005 they eventually won promotion to Serie C2, and after surviving their first season in the professional ranks, they have reached the play-offs for the last three years - although as yet without any further success.

Links: Official site (Italian)

Tapiray no. 94 - Club Renato Cesarini (Argentina)

Photo from competition in Mexico in 1999

Club Renato Cesarini is a pretty obscure club from Argentina that we stumbled upon while searching for something else. It's actually a football academy and amateur club that was set up in the late 1970's and named in honour of the Argentine/Italian footballer Renato Cesarini. The academy is a well-regarded school of football in Argentina and it's the largest amateur club in the country. There have roughly 400 players in 25 teams, of which, an average of 30 players per year go on to play with professional clubs.

Links: None

Tapiray no. 95 - West Bromwich Albion (England)*

West Brom's away kit from 1992

West Brom? The English club that play in blue and white stripes? Yes, that West Brom, and featured here, as they (like Ayr & Cheltenham in previous TAPIRAY's) once had a rather natty red and yellow *away kit! The kit pictured here is from 1992, and was exactly the same design as their home top that season, just with a better colour scheme. I've no idea why they chose red and yellow (why did we once play in purple, or pink & grey), perhaps just a variation of their more common yellow and green away colours.

Links: Official site, Wikipedia club colours

Suggested by: John Frew.

Tapiray no. 96 - Gryffindor (Quidditch)

The Gryffindor uniform

As we edge towards the end of TAPIRAY, we'll take a look at a few non-football teams that play in red and yellow, and it's been asked that if we've allowed Roy Race and his ficticious Melchester Rovers, why shouldn't Harry Potter's quidditch team Gryffindor be included? Why not indeed, so here it is. Quidditch is a fictional sport developed by JK Rowling for the Harry Potter book series and is played by wizards and witches on broomsticks. Gryffindor is one of the four Houses of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and the house colours are red and gold, therefore that's also the colours their quidditch team plays in.

Links: Harry Potter Wiki

Suggested by: Davie Brown & Simon Dell.