Piet Schrijvers match worn Ajax FC of Holland / Netherlands football shirt worn against Juventus in the UEFA Cup in November 1974. Interesting that the team were wearing Le Coq Sportif but the keeper wore an unnumbered Adidas template shirt.
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.
Here are a selection of Shamrock Rovers home match worn shirts currently in the collection. First up is a classic early 1980s Glenmalure Park era jersey made by O’Neills Sportswear and featuring the sponsorship of Lifestyle Sports. A extremely simple design that veered from the norm with the introduction of white sleeves as opposed to the regular hoops that had been used for many seasons.
This Adidas jersey was swapped with a BP Honved player and used in the away leg of their match in 1985. This jersey was used during one of the clubs golden period where they couldn’t stop winning the title! This jersey was made in Ireland and features a simple hoops design with classic numbering and trefoil on the front, and again featuring the Lifestyle logo.
The jersey worn in 1992-94 was made by UK firm Matchwinner and is very much a product of it’s time. Much bigger, baggier and busier in terms of design. This involved the watermarking of rovers and shamrocks into the classic hoops. Sponsorship was Whirlpool with the addition of logos on the sleeves. In 1994 the National League patches were added.
This 1998 shirts was produced by Umbro and again is a large fitting top, and featured design flourishes in the hoops, collar and neckline. Sponsorship was by hardware chain Woodies DIY and this was a fixture on the front for many seasons. Often used with and without the Harp Lager National League patches.
This shirt was worn in the 2010 FAI Cup Final vs Sligo Rovers, which unfortunately they lost on penalties. A very effective design by Umbro, simplified designed working well and coinciding with a period where they excelled in Europe and in the league. Features match embroidery, FAI Cup patches on the sleeve and champions scroll under the club crest.
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.
A rather unusual goalkeeper shirt that research reveals was worn by Swedish legendary net minder Thomas Ravelli in the World Cup Qualifier vs Scotland in Hampden Park, Glasgow 09/09/81 (see match photo below). Even though it was badged Adidas, it also has the Cup Star label, and featured a rather fetching one piece design incorporating an under carriage. This was introduced to stop the shirt slipping out of his shorts while he performed his customary acrobatic leaps. This innovation was offered to various goalies in that period, including Peter Shilton, but safe to say it never really took off.
The home, away and goalkeeper shirts made by Adidas for the Northern Ireland team for use during World Cup 1986 in Mexico. Here is a great article about the whole tournament from Culture Northern Ireland.