Ater the glory of February, March has not let me down. Another iconic shirt added to my collection, as well as some unusual shirts, and a couple you may have come to expect.
To start with, I need to give you a little bit of background. On Saturday May 3rd, 1997, my team, Brighton and Hove Albion, were the 92nd team in the entire English football league, bottom of Nationwide Third Division, and staring relegation from the football league. We went the the last game of the season, away at Hereford United, with some trepidation. All Brighton had to do was not lose and we would be safe, but there was a twist, Hereford had to win otherwise they would drop out of the league instead of Brighton. The atmosphere was electric, the football was scrappy, the fans were nervous. Brighton managed to score an own goal in the first half, and things looked bleak, then in the 62nd minute Brighton scored an equaliser, and held on for the draw, and a memorable great escape.
This was my first acquisition of March, this is the actual shirt worn by Brighton number 6, Mark Morris, in that game against Hereford.
Made by Admiral, and used between 1994 - 1997, it has always been a favourite of mine, and of many Brighton fans for it's classic design, and I guess for those memories.
Next up came a special edition home shirt of Newport County, this shirt was produced to commemorate County's quarter final appearance in the European Cup Winners Cup in 1981 when they narrowly lost to Carl Zeiss Jena, from what was then known as East Germany.
This special shirt was used on 9th March 2021 in a league game against Bradford City which they won 2-1. I bought this one from the club shop.
And now the one you've all been waiting for, a Brighton goalies shirt!
This was used between 2004-2006 and originally had a Skint sponsors logo which has sadly peeled off, it's my mission to get a replacement and heat press it into place.
Next up is a shirt from the USA, this was this last home shirt worn by Carolina Railhawks in 2106 before they changed their name to North Carolina FC.
And another shirt from the USA, this time from Rhode Island’s Providence City FC, their 2020 away shirt, not used particularly often in the year of COVID regulations, but a stunner all the same.
This one is a little different, this is a collaboration shirt between CFB Football and The Terrace , it’s not an actual team shirt, but the proceeds from the sale of the shirts is donated to Man on Inverclyde which is a peer support network whose aim is to prevent suicide in men in their community, and beyond.
It’s for a great cause, and it’s a cracking shirt, follow the link the The Terrace and you can order one.
Having discovered The Terrace brand I managed to get my hands on a couple more of their shirts, this is the 2020-2021 away shirt of Southern League Premier Division Central side Banbury United.
And they make licensed retro shirts too, Here is a cracking retro replica of Exeter City’s 1989-1990 title winning home shirt made by The Terrace.
And another great retro replica of the Exeter City’s 1995-1996 away shirt.
And lastly from the guys at The Terrace here is their take on a Retro Replica Scarborough Athletic home shirt from 1992.
So all in all a slightly different months collecting, I think I’ll try a different format next month. To see many more football shirts from my collection please take a look at my other blog posts here and to see even more shirts from all over the world please take a look at my website www.oldfootballshirt.com.