George Best Match Worn Football Shirt – LA Aztecs 1977

George Best, LA Aztecs 1977

George Best, LA Aztecs 1977

This is a wonderful iconic game-used, and well used at that, jersey belonging to the legend that is Northern Irelands George Best. It was worn in his second season in the NASL which was probably his best during his US stint. He tied the league on assists that year, the majority being for his team mate and top goalscorer Steve David.

The jersey was made by Sokka and has had plenty of use, seemingly he was only issued a couple for the season due to the financial pressures within the club, and was warned against swapping it with opposition players! To read more about the Los Angeles legacy of the NASL league, have a read here.

Daryl Horgan Football Shirt – Dundalk FC, 2014

Daryl Horgan, Dundalk FC, 2014

Daryl Horgan, Dundalk FC, 2014

This is the away match worn shirt of Daryl Horgan of Dundalk FC, from their title winning tilt in 2014. Having moved to another Lilywhites in 2017, Preston North End, this was when he was terrorising League Of Ireland defences playing 46 times and scoring 9 goals in the process. This nicely designed away shirt was made by Umbro and was an unusual colour scheme for Dundalk and was well received by the fans.

Photo (c) Sportsfile

Thomas Ravelli Sweden vs Scotland 1981

Thomas Ravelli, Sweden vs Scotland, 1981

Thomas Ravelli, Sweden vs Scotland, 1981

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.

09/09/81 WORLD CUP QUALIFIER SCOTLAND V SWEDEN (2-0) HAMPDEN – GLASGOW Scotland’s Asa Hartford (left) is dispossessed by goalkeeper Thomas Ravelli

League Of Ireland Football Shirt vs Lega Nazionale 1972

Tony Marsden, League Of Ireland XI vs Italian League B XI, Dalymount Park, Dublin 03/02/1972

Tony Marsden, League Of Ireland XI vs Italian League B XI, Dalymount Park, Dublin03/02/1972

This shirt, which was made by Umbro in Ireland, was worn by Tony Marsden (Cork Hibernians) in the League Of Ireland representative XI match at Dalymount Park, Dublin on the 3rd of February against the Lega Nazionale (Italian League B) team. The game ended a one all draw. Incidently, Giorgio Chinaglia, who went on to play with Pele in the NASL for the New York Cosmos, was in the team that day.

League Of Ireland XI vs Football League XI, 1971, captained by Gordon Banks

Here is the same style, worn against the Football League XI in 1971.

Northern Ireland Match Worn Football Shirts – World Cup 1986

Philip Hughes, Northern Ireland, World Cup 1986

Philip Hughes, Northern Ireland, World Cup 1986

Gerry Armstrong, Northern Ireland, World Cup 1986

Gerry Armstrong, Northern Ireland, World Cup 1986

Alan McDonald, Northern Ireland, World Cup 1986, Mexico

Alan McDonald, Northern Ireland, World Cup 1986, Mexico

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.

 

Derby County 1971 Match Worn – Championship Year

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Roy McFarland, Derby County, 1971-72

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.

Derby County, 1972

Derby County, 1972