Football isn’t what it used to be, is it?
Today, you’re asked to pay through the nose, turn up to the ground at a different hour every week to suit the whims of satellite television and watch millionaire players fall on the floor at the slightest push. It’s a long way away from the days of Best, Matthews, Bremner, Dean, Basten and the rest, when men were men. If only there was a way to go back to the good old days of football.
Well, thanks to Very.co.uk, you can get closer to those glory years. The range of retro football shirts and leisure wear from Score Draw offers a fantastic step back into some of your club’s glory years, with a great range of shirts from some of British football’s defining moments.
We’ve picked out a few classic pieces of memorabilia and we’ll start off with the Arsenal 1988-1989 away shirt.
This shirt was made famous as goals from Alan Smith and Michael Thomas secured a crucial 2-0 victory for the Gunners at Anfield to earn the 1989 title, with the iconic picture of a delighted David O’Leary clutching the league championship trophy still fresh in the memory. The classic yellow shirt features a tonal vertical stripe and crest design, embroidered logo and flock print sponsorship logo.
Sticking with Arsenal, and we’ll take a look at the Arsenal Track Top worn in the famous 1979 ‘Five Minute’ FA Cup final against Manchester United.
The 1979 final went down in history as one of Wembley’s greatest ever games, as goals from Gordon McQueen and Sammy McIlroy in the 86th and 88th minutes looked to have secured a replay for United but just one minute later, Alan Sunderland scored a last-minute winner to secure a 3-2 win for the Gunners.
The track top is a replica of that worn by Pat Rice and the FA Cup winning 1979 Arsenal side and features zip fastening, contrast rib to collar, hem and cuffs, embroidered Arsenal chest badge and large Arsenal appliqué to back.
Next up, we leave the old Highbury ground and head up the M6 to Aston Villa, to celebrate their 1982 European Cup success.
This was the shirt worn by Villa captain Dennis Mortimer as he lifting the European Cup, thanks to a Peter Withe goal that saw Villa defeat German giants Bayern Munich 1-0 Rotterdam. Villa even overcame the loss of goalkeeper Jimmy Rimmer after just ten minutes, with substitute Nigel Spink standing in superbly on only his second appearance for the club.
This classic white shirt with the claret pin stripes comes with the special European Cup final embroidery and is fully machine washable.
We head to Liverpool for our next shirt but to the blue side, rather than the red side, with this tribute to Everton’s 1985 Cup Winners Cup victory.
Goals from Andy Gray, Trevor Steven and Kevin Sheedy secured a 3-1 win for Everton against Rapid Wien in Rotterdam and this classic blue shirt commemorates the occasion perfectly, with special embroidery and a classic retro look.
Like all retro shirts at Very, this Everton shirt is also fully licensed.
Finally, fans north of the border are also catered for at Very.co.uk, thanks in no small part to this 1967 Scotland Retro Mens Shirt.
This shirt commemorates when Scotland beat England 3-2 at Wembley in a European Championship qualifier, with Denis Law, Bobby Lennox & Jim McCalliog scoring to dethrone the reigning World Champions.
These are just some of the great retro shirts at Very.co.uk and, with stocks limited, now is the time to get your hands on a piece of classic football memorabilia.