And Van Gogh scores! What happens when art, football and fashion collide

Vincent in a trackie top, Lowry’s £8m fans and Matt Hancock-mocking scarves … as the World Cup heats up, we look at how culture has tackled the beautiful game

Yellow card … Square Gogh by Ross Muir.
Yellow card … Square Gogh by Ross Muir. Photograph: Robin Clewley

It’s not what you’d expect to see housed within the neoclassical architecture of Liverpool’s Walker Art Gallery. Ascend its curving staircase, the walls of which are adorned with gold-framed works of art from across the centuries, and at the summit you will see … erm, a zip-up Fila tracksuit top paired with some Lee jeans circa 1983.

This blue trackie sits alongside other prize pieces: Aquascutum scarves, Stone Island jackets, the odd hooded mannequin that looks like it might steal your dinner money. These treasures occupy the opening room of Art of the Terraces which, as you may have guessed, is not the Walker’s usual fare. Timed for the World Cup, it’s an exhibition that aims to tell the story of football casuals – the name given to a generation of fans who, inspired by the rival followers they encountered on European away days, ditched their flared cords and parkas and began dressing in the latest foreign labels.

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