This classic Adidas jersey was worn in Nottingham Forest’s title winning season of 1977-78. Peter Withe was the gentleman wearing number 9, and this spec was used in the match against Derby County. There were many variations used throughout, with this particular type in use early on. This craker of a shirt is signed by a whole host of legends, including Brian Clough, Martin O’Neill, John Robertson and many more from that famous team. Footage of the game is here.
This classic design was the Portsmouth FC away shirt from 1985-87, worn by regular number 7 Kevin O’Callaghan. This particular version was used in the 1985-86 seasons, difference being the logo was centrally placed, whereas the following campaign it was located on the right hand side.
This is a Liverpool FC players away match worn shirt from the 1991-2 season. Its got all the differences from the replica, and more info here on this great site documenting the history of Liverpool jersies. What’s interesting about this is that the 13 in this era was more than likely worn by a member of the backroom team. There is a lot of use and stains so probably used in friendlies as well.
Graeme Souness wearing the same style shirt (note Football League badges) during a pre-season friendly in 1991.
Before the mega money flowed into Stamford Bridge, Chelsea FC weren’t quite at the same level as they are now. In the 1991-92 season they finished 14th, with their record signing that year being Tommy Boyd for a modest 875,000, pocket change compared to the Abramovich era. That season the number 12 was worn by a selection of players, mainly Joe Allon, Graham Stuart, Damien Matthew, Kevin Wilson & Craig Burley as there were no squad numbers issued. The match shirt is quite different from the replica and was produced to be used game after game. Again something they probably don’t have to worry about now…
This Aston Villa shirt is one of my favourites from the 1980s. Designed by Hummel, who produced a few iconic shirts then, namely the Spurs and Denmark jersies from that time. This differs from the replica with an embroidered makers logo and club crest, with a sewn on number on the back. Added bonus that David has signed it at some point. Here are some great photos from Aston Villa vs Blackburn in the FA Cup 3rd Round replay on January 10th 1990. I am publishing these courtesy of photographer (c) Clive Lawrence, check out his brilliant website here.
These two photos are copyright Clive Lawrence and must not be reproduced without his express permission.
This beautiful umbro shirt comes from the 1971-72 Derby County first division championship year. It was worn by club legend Roy McFarland and features his signature on the front. In true fashion of the era, it has been well-used and features many battle scars. A classic design, believed to have been modeled on the England jersey of that year, at the behest of one Mr Brian Clough who was their legendary manager. For more on the full history of Derby County football shirts, I wholeheartedly point you in the direction of the wonderful Derby County Kit History web page which has loads of great pics and info.