While scarves have always been part of football culture and thus matchday attire, they have, in recent years, fallen behind replica shirts in the league of football fashion before recently making a bit of a comeback as retro chic accessories.
If you’re going to wear one when football eventually returns, or even if you’re watching old videos of Sunderland games, you’ll need to know how to wear it, and therefore it’s about time that folk were shown the correct and acceptable modes of scarf-based dress
This is the way that the scarf was worn in the early days of football, when its purpose was solely to keep the wearer warm. Simply wrap around the neck and cross the two ends at the front, in recent years this mode has won favour with the female fan due to its ability to keep warm those parts of the anatomy that male fans don’t have.
Except on Tyneside, obviously.
Evolved from the Muffler, when the winds at Roker got even colder, necessitating more protection for the neck. Simply begin with a Muffler, loop one end up and over the other, and Bob’s yer fatha’s fatha. The all-time classic style of football scarf wearing.
The next step in knot evolution arrived in the mid 1970s and it probably the rarest of all, being the same sort of knot used to fasten a necktie. Difficult to pull off, in more ways than one, it offered protection against removal by bigger opposition fans in the bad old days of scarf theft. Today only used by Peter Dunn from Bish.
THE DISPLAY PURPOSES ONLY
Does exactly what it says on the tin, just hang the thing around your neck for maximum exposure of your club colours. Useful for scarf-wearers in the early, warmer part of the season, but useless in the winter unless your dead hard, like. Also quite handy for those fans who are absolutely useless at even the most simple of things and let's face it we all know someone who fits into this category.
BAY CITY ROLLERS
Because they hijacked the look, this one is named after the popular early ‘70s beat combo. Simply looped over the belt, this one was seen in vast numbers at the ’73 FA Cup Final but has since faded from the scene. Thankfully. In short this is probably the worst way to display your scarf ever and if you discover anyone wearing theirs like this feel free to punch them in the face, or simply tell them that they'll never be cool, especially if it's your dad, or granda...
Another throwback to the past, it involves tying the scarf around your wrist, and was often coupled with Number 5. This allowed the scarf to be twirled in the air at every opportunity without having to remove from your neck, but had, until recently, been out of vogue for a few decades. Until those fools up the road stole a wagon load of scarves and gave them away, therefore to be avoided.
THE STUDENT. OR FRENCH KNOT
The most recent of scarf knots, this style is often seen on youths with fancy haircuts, T-Shirts or sleeveless jackets, and worn indoors. Basically, fold the scarf in the middle, and pass the loop thus formed around your neck, then thread the two loose ends through the loop, resulting in an apparently very short scarf. Wearing one in the gym was probably the reason Matt Dawson didn’t win Strictly Come Dancing, so use with discretion.
For ease of wearing, while still displaying a fair amount of style, start with a Muffler and hoy one end over your shoulder. Simple but effective, but easily dislodged during goal celebrations, so use with care, and no using a safety pin to keep it in place.
Stay safe, stay warm.