All are used to play Australian RulesÂ Football in.
The early design was wool with a button up front , peak collar and often sleevelessÂ .
They were called jumpers because thats what they were a jumper in team colours to play sport in , in this case afl football.
Embellishments such as numbers , team logo , league playing in eg; VFL were sewn onto jumper .
Later the jumpers became a wool acrylic mix often now with long sleeves and all of the above embellishments .
Sponsors logo’s came along to boost clubs often ailing funds and wool had by now been totally replaced by acrylic.
Today it is hightech dri fit polyester that breathes . Manufactured fabric has replaced any natural fibres and the peak collar is gone along with any buttons . The long sleeve style is still available but with a few notable exceptions like Saints Stephen Milne and previous decade carlton player Steve Silvagni players wear the sleeveless style. These have ribbed armholes and v neckbands .
They areÂ brightly coloured with futuristic mascots , have sewn on makers logo tag to authenticate item and are plastered with sponsors logo’s front and back . A big difference is these are all printed on and not sewn on as in yesteryear .Even the back number is imprinted withÂ an afl logo across bottom of the numbers. A modern work of art to differentiate it from the opposition and to attract as much sponsorship as is allowable these items are signed by players and auctioned by the clubs for vast sums of moneyÂ . Bearing litte resemblance to the older style jumper the old timers are still popular with historians ,collectors , traditionalists ,die hard fans and people who just want to have their own slice of the good old days .
The high tech polyester treatment has also extended to football shorts and socks again printed with team ,afl and sponsors logos . Todays football kit bears little resemblance to the old monoliths of the past .
Mums everywhere are grateful that no longer do they a mass of muddy wet wool to wash on a saturday afternooon after the saturday morning game .