Want to get a Ajax Retro Shirt? Read on…
Team: Amsterdamsche Football Club Ajax
Nickname: de Godenzonen (Sons of the Gods)
Team Colours: White and Red
Year Founded: 1900
Stadium: Amsterdam Arena
Location: Amsterdam, Holland
World greats such as Neeskens, Rep, Van Basten, Suarez, Kluivert, Bergkamp and Cruyff have graced the famous red and white of Ajax. Get a retro Ajax Shirt to emulate these fantastic players.
When I think of Ajax I think of total football, the Dutch philosophy that was so successful in the 70s. Perenially in the Champions League the last truly great Ajax team was that which won the Champions League in 1995. The list of great players they have produced is amazing – Cruyff, van Basten, Bergkamp, Davids, Kluivert, Rijkaard, etc, etc, plus they have had some great retro style kits. Steve
Favourite player: Marco van Basten – I am too young to appreciate Cruyff, but van Basten was one of the first world class strikers I remember.
Favourite kit: The 1989-91 home kit. Classic retro look! Available from TOFFS (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 250 classic Ajax shirts from 1985 to choose from including a lovely vintage 1985 home shirt (above). What makes this shirt extra special is that it is a match worn shirt as worn by Arnold Muhren between 1985 and 1987.
The 1985 season was a remarkable one for Ajax as Johan Cruyff returned to the club as manager and in 34 games they scored 120 goals (including 37 from the legendary Marco Van Basten) but still finished second to PSV Eindhoven by 8 points!
You can also pick up a 1991 home shirt worn when Louis Van Gaal became manager.
In Van Gaal first season in charge the club finished second and won the UEFA Cup. They then finished third before dominating Dutch football for the following three seasons – winning three successive titles, a Champions League against AC Milan, a UEFA Super Cup, three Dutch Supercups and the Intercontinental Cup.
Academy graduates such as Frank and Ronald De Boer, Edwin van der Sar, Edgar Davids and Clarence Seerdorf were the backbone of the team.
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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).
Vintage Football Shirts have more than 30 classic Ajax shirts from 1989 to the present day. Including a 1989 away shirt (above) worn as Ajax reclaimed the Eredivisie title after four successive second place finishes.
This was in no small part due to the emergence of Dennis Bergkamp. The then 20 year old had made his debut three years previously but began to establish himself a proven goalscorer at the turn of the decade scoring 25, 24 and then 26 league goals in the first three seasons of the 1990s.
You can also pick up a 1997 home shirt worn during a fantastic season that saw the Amsterdam club finish 17 points clear of second place PSV to win the League, also beating PSV 5-0 in the Dutch Cup Final.
They won 29 of 34 league games, scoring 112 goals and conceding only 22, ending the season with a mammoth goal difference of plus 90!
Ajax win their third consecutive European Cup to cap a historic season that saw them also win the Eredivisie, UEFA Super Cup and Intercontinental Cup.
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 get four lovely replicas of Ajax shirts including a great 1950s home shirt.
Despite the club being founded in 1900 – the club being named after the mythological hero Ajax, who fought in the Trojan War against Troy – professional football was not permitted in the Netherlands until 1956. Ajax duly claimed the first Eredivisie title.
You can also get a 1970-73 home shirt (above) – a golden period in Ajax’s history and one in which they began to establish themselves as a true force on the world stage. They won three successive European Cups in 1971, 1972 and 1973 – inspired by the genius of Johan Cruyff.
They also won the Eredivisie in 1971/72 and 1972/73 – winning 60 out of 68 league games over the two seasons, losing just five and scoring 224 goals!
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 Ajax shirts you can pick up to revel in the nostalgia of days gone by!