In the modern age of sponsorship and squad numbers, shirts are in and out of fashion faster than something from Lady Gaga’s wardrobe. Many of us look to turn to the classic kits of yesteryear for our terrace attire, and it is only the truly classic kits, made iconic by a special player, tournament or even design, that get us excited. We’ve done the retro kit shopping for you, as we scour the best in old shirts that are available to buy today (without the need for making an eBay purchase and getting a free half-time pie stain).
1966 World Cup Final Shirt
Where else is there to start? If you’re an Englishman, you will probably have to look to the past for your glories, and what better way than with a replica kit? This beauty comes with the iconic long sleeves and, of course, number 6 printed on the back (yes, you do have to sing “God Save The Queen” when it gets delivered).
Arsenal 1991 Home Kit
We could have picked any of the ‘JVC’ era Arsenal kits, as it is the long-standing sponsor that makes these shirts what they are, and brings us back to the realms of late “Division 1″ and early Premier League.
George Best 1973 Manchester United Kit
The original poster boy, and still United Legend to this day. What better way to pay homage to Georgie than by wearing a replica of the iconic shirt he donned for United for all those years. This kit comes complete with the number 7 print on the back.
Manchester United European Cup Shirt 1999
I can see it now, Solskjaer wheels away in disbelief in that stunning finale back in 1999. An incredible list of players donned the 1999 shirt for United, and it serves as a reminder of happier times for the Red half of Manchester. This shirt even comes with the text “camp nou, champions league final 1999″ printed on it, taking us all right back to that fateful night…
1970 Retro Brazil Shirt
Finally, a shirt for the neutrals. Nobody is going to judge you for wearing the shirt so closely associated with all the greats of Brazil’s past. This is based on the amazing 1970 team’s kit, Rivelinho, Jairzinho, Pele and numerous other greats that we all wish we were as good as…well, the illusion is one step closer with this historic shirt. Definitely has more cred than wearing a current Brazil shirt…
1998 Newcastle Shirt
The year when the Newcastle shirt was as it should be, Newcastle Brown Ale were the sponsors, the badge was at the centre of the kit, and Alan Shearer was banging them in for fun. This is a shirt from a time of great characters playing at St James’ Park, and now you can pretend to be one of them. Makes a great alternative to some of the slightly more…payday loanish sponsors of Newcastle’s modern kits.
Bayern Munich 1960s
As Englishmen, there is something that feels a little…dirty about wearing this kit here at the IRZ HQ, but that is just how a kit should look! Bayern got their hands on the Cup Winners’ Cup for the first time in 1967, and won their first Bundesliga in 1968–69. This kit was their noble accomplice, and now can be yours…
We have stuck to the shirts that we know you can get your hands on with relative ease (and even provided some links for you). There are loads of other kits out there that will be conversation starters, that famous Borussia Dortmund team, Celtic’s centenary shirt, Forest in the era of European glory.