Want to peruse retro Man United shirts? Read on…
Team: Manchester United Football Club
Nickname: The Red Devils
Team Colours: Red and White
Year Founded: 1878
Stadium: Old Trafford
Location: Manchester, England
If you want to relive the days of Charlton, Law, Best, Giggs, Scholes, Edwards and Cantona and get your own retro Manchester United shirt there are plenty of options available to you:
When i was growing up United hadn’t won the League in 25 years when they eventually won it in 1993, that United team rolls off the tongue Schmeichel, Pallister, Bruce, Irwin, etc, etc etc. I knew whenever Everton played them we would get nothing – they were unbeatable. The 9-0 demolition of Ipswich sticks in my mind as of course does the incredible comeback in the 1999 Champions League Final. Steve
Favourite player: Ryan Giggs – possibly the great player in the history of the Premier League?
Favourite kit: The 1968 European Cup Final Shirt. The colour is unusual but the kit is classic. Available from TOFFs (see below for links)
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 1500 classic Manchester United shirts and pieces of kit from 1980 to the present day. These include an extremely rare 1980 to 82 home shirt (above) with a great vintage design as worn by Lou Macari, Sammy McIlroy and Kevin Moran when Ron Atkinson took over as manager and the side finished eighth and then third in the league.
In the first season, 1980-81, manager Dave Sexton paid a club record fee of over £1million to buy Garry Birtles from Nottingham Forest. The move turned out to be a disaster though with Birtles not scoring a league goal in 25 appearances.
Sexton was sacked and his replacement, Ron Atkinson immediately broke the British transfer record buying England midfielder Bryan Robson from West Bromwich Albion for £1.5million and his influence played a big part in United’s third place finish.
Or there is the 1992-94 third shirt, that is instantly recognisable for it its green and gold lace-neck and was based on a version worn 100 years earlier when Manchester United were known as Newton Heath.
The period brought two successive titles, the emergence of Ryan Giggs and the arrivals of Eric Cantona and Roy Keane. In fact from 1992 to 2001, a period of nine seasons, they won seven league titles and finished as runners-up on the other seasons.
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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 500 Manchester United shirts ranging from 1982 to the present day – their selection is huge.
Amongst the masses of options available is the 1990-92 away shirt. This rather jazzy blue and white was worn as United’s upturn under Sir Alex Ferguson really took shape with the club finishing sixth and then second as well as winning the 1992 League Cup.
They also won the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1991 – United’s first trophy since winning the European Cup in 1968.
Players such as Denis Irwin, Peter Schmeichel, Paul Parker and Andrei Kanchelskis all arrived in these two years as United built the foundations of a team that would dominate English football for years to come.
You can also get one of the most famous, and most shortlived, United’s shirts of recent years – the grey 1995-96 away shirt (above).
United wore the shirt when they took on Southampton at the Dell, however upon finding themselves 3-0 down at half-time, they players blamed their performance on not being able to pick each other out due to the grey kit.
Sir Alex told them to change to their blue and white striped kit, which they did and signalled a slight improvement in the second half with Ryan Giggs grabbing a late consolation. This grey kit became truly invisible – it was never seen again…
No United fan will ever forget the last three minutes of the 1999 European Cup Final – up there with the most amazing turnarounds ever in the competition.
Amazon have a great selection of retro Manchester United shirts including the 1977 home shirt (above) that was worn during what would be the last season under the stewardship of Tommy Docherty, who had been in charge of the club for four and a half years and had revived the club following years of decline.
He was sacked by the club after revealing his love affair with the wife of the club’s physiotherapist!
They also have several fantastic signed and framed retro shirts – including Bryan Robson’s 1985 FA Cup Winners shirt – worn in their 1-0 win over Everton, courtesy of a great Norman Whiteside goal.
United finished the season fourth in the First Division, although if they had won their last game of the season rather than lose it 5-1 they would have been runners-up.
Their Cup Final victory was all the more remarkable as they beat runaway champions Everton with ten men – Kevin Moran being the first player ever to be sent off in a Cup Final.
The Kitbag range of Manchester United shirts is unusually limited, in fact they only have one retro United top and that isn’t a shirt – it is a 1977 away tracksuit jacket.
They do have a large number of more recent replica United shirts though if you fancy picking up something more recent.
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 some top notch retro Manchester United shirts here including 1968 European Cup Final Shirt (above).
This blue shirt is not a colour associated with the Red Devils, but it will forever hold a place in English footballing history as United, thanks to the fifth Beatle George Best and Bobby Charlton, Denis Law, et al, became the first English team to win the European Cup with a 4-1 win after extra-time over Benfica.
If you want to step back even further you can pick up a 1920s home shirt – another unusual colour, white with a red v. This kit was introduced by John Chapman, when he took over the Managers job at United after arriving from Airdrieonians. The colours match those worn by his former Scottish club.
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 Manchester United shirts you can pick up to revel in the nostalgia of days gone by!