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AFL Vintage and Retro Football Guernseys

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017
AFL Carlton Blues Football Jumper

AFL Carlton Blues Football Jumper

AFL Football Jumpers, Jerseys, Guernseys do change. Whilst the style and colours remain a constant part of the design, team sponsors,  and fabric of manufacture vary.

 

North Melbourne Kangaroos

North Melbourne Kangaroos

AFL Essendon Football Club

AFL Essendon Football Club

AFL North Melbourne Kangaroos

AFL North Melbourne Kangaroos

Initially the original  football jumpers, jerseys, guernseys were knitted from wool. The team colours and club insignia was constant. Players wore a long sleeved version of the football jumper, jersey, guernsey with a collar and button up front.  Manufacturing processes changed and the guernsey was still knitted but from acrylic wool. Long sleeves, v necks with collars, favourite players numbers sewn on the back and sewn on AFL logo patches proliferated.

 

AFL Melbourne Demons Football Guernsey

AFL Melbourne Demons Football Guernsey

Fitzroy Football Club were the first football club that began displaying sponsors logos on guernseys for a commercial fee. Ironic that the club was deemed to be economically unviable by the AFL, and ceased to exist . An amalgamation of sorts was attempted with the establishment of a new team the Brisbane Bears in Queensland, who bore the FFC initials on the back of their guernsey . A later incarnation saw the Brisbane Lions adopt the Fitzroy team mascot of a lion on their guernsey.

Today, collectors, football fans, club historians, lovers of AFL, and curators collect the older style vintage, and retro football jumpers, guernseys, and jerseys. Irreplaceable and markers of a pivotal point in an AFL Club's history they are highly coveted items.

AFL Sydney Swans Football Guernsey

AFL Sydney Swans Football Guernsey

Changes

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Its round 18 , in the AFL 2014 Home and Away Season . By now , beleaguered fans will know if their club will be in the Finals . Many have endured a season of winter chills , highlights , and disappointments . It is at this stage of the season that retirements are announced , players struggle to find form to retain their place in the team , and coaches are under pressure to deliver a finals appearance .

Vintage Tigers Footy Jumper

Vintage Tigers Footy Jumper

 

The ever evolving , football jumper , jersey , guernsey has changed too . What was once a humble piece of apparel , used to brand and identify players and supporters alike ,it has morphed into a slick , aerodynamic ,piece with colourful , graphic designs , and sponsors logos sublimated on them .

 

Hawks footy Jumper

Hawks footy jumper

End of Season

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

The end of 2013 AFL season is imminent . This weekend is round 23 and sees the final games of the home and away rounds for all teams . Some teams will go onto finals , some will retrain over summer with the hope of greater success in 2014 ,  and some will persevere , hoping to put a season of controversy behind them . Retirements will be celebrated , new deals will be struck and teams will persist .

Hawks footy Jumper

Hawks footy jumper

. Many lucky fans will spectate the Finals wearing their football jumpers , jerseys , guernseys .

Every Footy Jumper tells a Story

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Every Footy Jumper has a story to tell .

Footy Jumpers are Memories

Footy Jumpers are Memories

 

Stories like , it was Uncle Berts which he wore during the tussle for the 1939 premiers flag . This old woollen jumper , has been in the family since the 20's , and has been passed down to the oldest boy in the family ever since . My second cousin , twice removed , bought this for me at Ball and Welch Emporium in Swan st , Richmond , in the 60's . See this dark mark , Royce Hart  bled on it  . A damp patch where Ben Cousins cried . More poignantly , a Fitzroy jumper was used to bind the Kelpie dog's leg , after he was run over in busy st georges rd , and  had to be rushed to the Lort Smith animal Hospital . We found this Saints jumper in the bottom of my grandfathers wardrobe , its a beaut vintage number , free of moth holes . Bruce Doull played in this , I'm sure John Coleman had one like this and Paul Roos led the last Fitzroy team in this .

Most recently the jumpers stories run along the lines off , see this signature , its Buckley 's on the day he retired . This is the Bombers guernsey that Hirdy touched as he ran off the field when we beat Collingwood , ten  Anzac Day Games ago  . This colourful jersey is the one depicting the Dreamtime theme of the AFL indigenous round . A jumper has the special Grand Final Logo , or the commemorative insignia worn to celebrate the Melbourne Football Clubs 150 years of playing footy . Lenny Hayes cried in a jumper just like this when we lost the Grannie to the Pies !

Little kids love their footy jumpers so much they want to sleep in them ! Proudly worn on match day , and any old time , they are cherished , loved and prized . Often passed on from generation to generation , or shared with others . Remarked upon , criticised , joked about  ,but never ignored . Part of Aussie folklore , you bet !

Anzac Experiment in NZ

Friday, April 26th, 2013
Bombers Jumper

Bombers Jumper

The AFL staged two matches on Anzac Day . The traditional blockbuster at the MCG between Collingwood and

Magpies Jumper

Magpies Jumper

Essendon attracted a crowd of 97, 000 people . The Bombers are playing well , assuaging rumours of drug taking , and easing beseiged Bombers coach James Hird 's worries .In a game of fast paced action and spectacular aerial feats , the two combatants were very closely matched in all contests. Essendon won this time around , and Bomber Zakaharis won theAnzac Day medal for best on the ground .

 

 

Saints Retro Jumper

Saints Retro Jumper

Swans in NZ

Swans in NZ

 

 

Across the Tasman another game of AFL football was being played , honouring the great Australian , New Zealand , Anzac Day connection  . In an historical first AFL game overseas , played for points , as part of the AFL fixture , the Saints played the Swans .  St Kilda  , wearing a maori inspired design football jumper , jersey , guernsey played well against Sydney , who were just too strong at the finish and overpowered the young Saints  side . Swan Dan Hannebery won the Anzac Day medal in this inaugral NZ Game . Fans on both sides of the Tasman were wearing  their football jumpers , jerseys, guernseys , to support their teams.

 

 

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