Antique, replica, retro or basic?

If it’s not about goals, then football is about words. So many words are spouted about the beautiful game from commentators and pundits on the telly; to the excellent gentlemen of the press; through to the recreational pundits over the pub and of course the players themselves. Since this article is about football tops, I’d like to give attention to just six words: soccer, shirts, vintage, replica, vintage and classic. Áo Bóng Đá

Vintage Soccer T-shirts

A vintage soccer shirt is any clothing from a non-contemporary period. So last year’s Shrewsbury Town shirt may be considered as vintage. Simply by the same token, a Preston North End tee shirt from the 1888 to 89 season may also be considered as a vintage football shirt. Thus the description ‘vintage’ presents no indication regarding the value of a particular sports shirt. We need, therefore, for growing some additional definitions. 

Classic Football T shirts

A classic number would include that Preston clothing from 1888-89, but would not our beloved Shrewsbury Town one from a few years back. By the initiatives and performances of that Preston North End team in winning the first ever League Championship, a shirt worn in that season is a traditional shirt. Since the game was in its childhood at that stage, obviously, there would have recently been no football industry as such, including replica t-shirts – any shirt proclaiming to be a genuine PNE from 1888-89 should be treated with care. However, modern manufacturers such as Toffs do make replicas.

My definition (of ‘classic’) can include replications . of shirts worn by particularly memorable or successful teams, so an The united kingdom shirt from 1966, or a Manchester United from Wembley 1968 or a Liverpool one from Ancient rome 1977 are but 3 examples of classic tshirts.

Replica Football T-shirts

A replica shirt is any (official) copy of a kit. Therefore our Britain 1966 could be defined as replica or match worn, classic and classic – as I alluded to above, the additional distinction between replica and match worn is vital as big bucks could be at stake. Of course, the distinction ‘replica’ may include unofficial replications, so caution must be exercised when considering these. A replica shirt may be vintage / current; classic or retro. Endure in mind that there was no such thing as a reproduction clothing before 1975, so any replica of an Britain 66 shirt has occurred since.

Retro Football Tee shirt

It seems that the term retro would time an item from the 80’s to the middle 90’s. I don’t quite know where this completely arbitrary definition has jumped up from in the sense of football tshirts, but Let me bet that the birthday of shirt sponsorship (Liverpool FC’s deal with Hitachi in 1979) would define the beginning of the ‘retro’ period and maybe the need for things to be at least 10 or 15 years old would define the finish of the period.

So those are my definitions of the conditions ‘vintage’; ‘classic’; ‘replica’ and ‘retro’ so far as they apply to football tee shirts. Of course we can see various shirts appropriate into all or some of these categories. An Everton clothing from the UEFA Glass Winners’ Cup Final in 1985 would fit into all whereas an Hereford United shirt from this season is a replica t-shirt only – one from their 1972 cup run would be a different matter altogether mind.