Want to get a retro Arsenal shirt? Read on…
Team: Arsenal Football Club
Nickname: The Gunners
Team Colours: Red and White
Year Founded: 1886
Stadium: The Emirates Stadium
Location: London, England
If you want to relive the days of Bergkamp, Henry, Adams, George, Brady, Jennings, Rocastle or Wright and get your own retro Arsenal shirt there are plenty of options available to you:
As a kid growing up Arsenal were the team that finally began to challenge Liverpool’s domination on the league. I will never forget watching the last game of the 1988-89 season with my Arsenal mad friend and his dad and the goal by Michael Thomas to give them the most unlikely of titles in the last minute of the last game of the season. Then of course there was the era of Wenger dominance. Steve
Favourite player: Ian Wright – you have to love the story of non-league footballer turned world class striker!
Favourite kit: The 1979 Cup Final Shirt – love this yellow shirt, with blue trim and classic 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 a huge range of classic Arsenal shirts from 1972 to the present day. Amongst hundreds of shirts you can get the 1984-85 home shirt (above) as worn by Charlie Nicholas, Kenny Sansom and Graham Rix when Don Howe was manager and the side finished 7th in Division One.
That season Arsenal also unveiled a state-of-the-art videos screen for extra match day entertainment – the first club to introduce such a piece of kit in English football
Or there is the famous ‘bruised banana’ design 1992-93 away kit.
This was worn the season Arsenal, under George Graham, finished 10th in the League but won both the FA Cup and League Cup, beating Sheffield Wednesday in both finals.
The League Cup Final will be equally remembered for skipper Tony Adams dropping Steve Morrow, who scored the winning goal, in the after match celebrations which saw Morrow break his arm.
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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 more than 150 Arsenal shirts ranging from 1988 to the present day – their selection is huge. They include the home shirt worn from 1996 to 1998, when the club completed a Premier League and FA Cup double in Arsene Wenger’s first full season in charge.
Despite being 12 points behind Manchester United at the end of February Arsenal won nine successive matches and clinched the title with a 4-0 defeat of Everton on 3 May 1998, a performance crowned with a glorious goal from Tony Adams who strode forward from the back to volley in a team passing move for the final goal.
There is also the 2011-12 125th Anniversary Away shirt (above) worn when club legend Thierry Henry returned to the club in the January transfer window on a two-month loan deal.
The season ended trophyless for Arsenal though, they finished third in the League, a full 19 points behind the top two and only a point ahead of Tottenham.
They were elimated from all three cup competitions by the quarter-final stage, the only success they had was skipper Robin Van Persie scoring 30 goals to take home the Premier League Golden Boot award.
Who (over the age of 35) can ever forget this moment? The most dramatic end to a Football League season ever…
Amazon have a great selection of retro Arsenal shirts from the 1971 home shirt (above) they wore the season they did the double for first time – beating Tottenham at White Hart Lane to secure the title by just a point from Leeds United and defeating Liverpool 2-1, after extra time, in the FA Cup Final.
Charlie George scoring the winner and then lying on his back on the Wembley turf waiting for his teammates to life him up.
There is the 1988 away shirt that will forever be synonymous with Michael Thomas’ last gasp goal in the last minute of the last game of the season against Liverpool to give Arsenal the title for the first time in 18 years.
This was the closest title race ever and by the final game of the season Liverpool were 3 points ahead of Arsenal with a goal difference four better than Arsenal’s. The Gunners needed to win by two goals to claim the title on goals scored.
Alan Smith put them 1-0 ahead in the second half, and then it was down to practically the last kick of the last game of the season to secure the title for Arsenal.
The Kitbag range of Arsenal shirts is slightly more limited but owing to the fact that the shirts are reproductions of classic kit they are more affordable.
You can pick up a number of shirts including the 1979 FA Cup Final shirt (above) that saw one of the most exciting finishes to a Cup Final ever. With Arsenal coasting at 2-0 up against Manchester United with five minutes to go the game seemed over, but then United scored twice in quick succession to level the match.
But the goals were not finished yet as Alan Sunderland converted a Graham Rix cross in injury time to seal a famous 3-2 win for the Gunners.
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 Arsenal shirts here from the 1970s (above), as well as many more Arsenal products.
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 Arsenal shirts you can pick up to revel in the nostalgia of days gone by!