Mystery West Ham Shirt

Posted by John Devlin

I picked up today a second hand copy of a great book published by The National Football Museum entitled ‘The Football Hall of Fame’. It includes pics of numerous matchworn shirts but this one really caught my eye.

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Judging by the short sleeves, V-neck and badge it looks like a Bukta-produced 1957-60 home shirt but with a big difference – the sleeves appear to be white and not the usual light blue.

Whether the colour appears much paler due to the photograph (unlikely) or the blue has faded through the years (again unlikely going by the colour of the badge) is up for debate, but to me it looks like it definitely has white sleeves. Could it be a rare third strip perhaps? I’ve not heard of the Hammers donning this particular style in the past, and can’t really imagine a situation where such a strip could be called for. Its a real mystery.

Just wondering if any West Ham experts could cast any light on the subject? I’d be really interested to find out more…


Leeds United Away Kit 1989–92: True Colours Hall of Fame

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leeds-a-89-92This season sees Leeds run out away from home in all black but for many of the club’s supporters (and most probably neutrals) yellow is the only change colour the club should wear.

This classic outfit was launched in 1989 just before things got, well, a bit lairy on the kits front and is an absolute gem. Stylish and elegant the shirt combines a rich yellow with a standard Umbro blue collar and button-up neck and two levels of shadow pattern on the shirt; a regular triangular motif alongside a wavy line design.

The kit, including yellow shorts adorned with large blue and white side panels ticked all the right boxes for Leeds fans – it even also included the, now iconic, Top Man sponsor for the first two years of its life. Yes, unusually the kit lasted for three seasons and very memorable they were indeed for the club. In 1989-90 they clinched the old Division 2 title before two years later repeating the achievement at the very top of the English league – Division 1. That season (91-92) the jersey was sponsored by local paper the Yorkshire Evening Post.

As well as its strong and solid design, there’s no doubt the period of success the club enjoyed during its lifespan has contributed to this kit still being fondly remembered by the Elland Road faithful.

Worn by: Mel Sterland, Gary McAllister, Gordon Strachan.
Worn in: The stunning 3-2 victory at Sheffield United that sealed the 91-92 Division 1 crown.

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Arsenal Away Kit 1997-99: True Colours Hall of Fame

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arsenal-a-97-99The late 90s isn’t always regarded as a golden era for kit design but it did throw up some absolute classics such as this fine Arsenal away strip.

Crafted in the average Gunners’ fan’s favourite change colour of yellow/amber, paired with navy blue and an elegant red trim, the shirt incorporated a neat new collar design and a bold horizontal band running across the chest and arms that housed the familiar JVC logo of the era. In fact this was the last Arsenal away kit to feature the branding of their original shirt sponsor before the Sega/Dreamcast deal commenced in 1999. A nice touch was the use of the ‘cannon’ logo on the shorts rather than the full Arsenal crest.

Nike’s late 90s Arsenal kits were always something special but for me this design, which was produced for the first time using Nike’s Dri-Fit fabric, was exceptional. Bold and brave and forever associated with a great Arsenal side.

Worn by: Marc Overmars, Nicolas Anelka, Dennis Bergkamp
Worn in: The 1997-98 Premier League winning season including a vital 1–0 triumph over Manchester United. Also worn in a 3–0 win over the Red Devils in the following season’s Charity Shield.

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