Want to browse some vintage Leeds United shirts? Read on…
Team: Leeds United Football Club
Nickname: The Whites
Team Colours: All White
Year Founded: 1919
Stadium: Elland Road
Location: Leeds, England
If you want to relive the days of Bremner, Lorimer, Gray, Charles, Giles and Cantona and get your own vintage Leeds United shirt there are plenty of options available to you:
When I was at Uni in Sheffield I had a flatmate who was a mad Leeds United fan and it coincided with their regular top 5 finish in the league and strong European runs. I remember their midfield of Strachan, McAllister and a young Gary Speed, which was as good as any and then big signings like Jonathan Woodgate, Rio Ferdinand and Seth Johnson (?!). They had some real attacking talents from the thunderbolt footed Tony Yeboah to Mark Viduka, Michael Bridges and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. Steve
Favourite player: Gordon Strachan – such infectious enthusiasm despite being almost 40!
Favourite kit: 1978 home shirt. Simple, retro and with the typical 70s collar. Available from Kitbag (see below for link)
Classic Football Shirts set themselves apart from many other companies by the fact that their shirts are all original shirts from the dates listed, not reproductions trying to replicate a classic shirt. All shirts come with condition details – ie whether they are in Mint Condition, As New, etc, etc. The prices are slightly higher but you are really getting a piece of history.
They have over 200 classic Leeds United shirts and pieces of kit from 1980 to the present day.
These include the 1990-91 home shirt worn by Chapman, Batty, Speed and Strachan as the club return to the top flight of British football.
It is notable for its Top Man sponsor too! Leeds first season back was a good one as they finished fourth and reached the semi-final of the League Cup.
Or there is the classic blue and yellow halves 1997-99 away shirt (above), worn at the end of George Graham’s reign and as David O’Leary began to mount some serious European challenges and the club began to splash the cash on big money signings.
After two mid-table finishes Leeds promised much in 1997-98 and finished fifth, boosted by the goals of Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink who signed for £2million from Boavista. The following seasons Leeds went one better and finished fourth.
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Vintage Football Shirts also offer original shirts rather than reproductions with each shirt marked for its condition – from BNIB (brand new in bag) to Excellent (may have tiny defect, may not be noticeable).
With over 70 Leeds United shirts ranging from 1976 to the present day – you are sure to find something you like.
Amongst the options available is the 1976-81 home shirt.
This vintage Admiral kit features the old Leeds badge and was worn by Leeds legends such as Billy Bremner, Norman Hunter and Joe Jordan.
This period saw the slow decline of a team that just a couple of years previously had been dominating English football, between 1976 and 81 they finished 5th once, 9th twice, 10th and 11th before being relegated from the top flight in 1982.
You can also get the 1992-93 home shirt (above), worn as Leeds were reigning champions, the season they lost to Rangers in the Champions League in a clash billed as the Battle of Britain.
Leeds actually failed to win an away game all season and finished just three places clear of relegation in 17th. To compound matters star striker Eric Cantona left to join Manchester United.
Leeds started the 1973-74 season in scintillating form winning their first seven games, including this demolition of Birmingham. They didn’t lose their first league game of the season until February as they won their second ever league title
Amazon have a great selection of retro Leeds United shirts including a 1950s home shirt.
This shirt was worn during a decade that saw the emergence of the great ‘Gentle Giant’ John Charles and the future World Cup winner Jack Charlton.
Between 1949 and 1957 Charles scored 157 goals in 297 games for Leeds, although he actually made his debut for the club at centre-back in a friendly against Queen of the South where he marked Billy Houliston, a well known Scotland international.
After the game Houliston called 17 year old Charles ‘the best centre half I’ve ever played against’.
Or you can get a great replica of the 1982 home shirt (above).
This classic shirt looks great but doesn’t hold many happy memories for Leeds fans as it signalled the culmination of the club’s downward spiral since Don Revie’s departure in 1974 with them finishing 20th in the top flight and getting relegated after 18 years in the top flight.
The Kitbag range of Leeds United shirts is slightly more limited but owing to the fact that the shirts are reproductions of classic kit they are more affordable.
You can get the classic 1972 FA Cup Final shirt, which saw the club win the Centenary FA Cup Final thanks to Allan Clarke’s diving header against Arsenal.
Clarke was the British transfer record holder when he was signed from Leicester City in 1969 costing £165,000. Leeds also finished well in the league that season – being runners up just a point behind Derby County.
The 1978 home shirt (above) is also available, which was worn as Jimmy Armfield set about rebuilding Don Revie’s now aging side.
At the end of the 1978 season Armfield was replaced by Jock Stein, who was in post for just 44 days before jumping ship to manage Scotland. He was replaced by Jimmy Adamson.
TOFFS (which stands for The Old Fashioned Football Shirt) specialise in handcrafted, vintage football shirts made to the highest quality in the North of England – with each shirt as close to the real thing as possible.
You can pick up three top notch retro Leeds United shirts here including a replica of the 1914-15 home shirt (right).
This blue shirt with a yellow v marked a dark time in the club’s history – during the First World War there were a number of financial irregularities.
This included breaking the ban on paying players during the war. The club were expelled from the Football League and disolved, reforming the following year to enter the League again.
So there you have it. If, like me, you are a lover of football and all things retro there are a huge selection of classic Leeds United shirts you can pick up to revel in the nostalgia of days gone by!