Tuktuk Day 64

Well, it’s Sunday so I would normally be sharing Darren’s vlogs but his trip to Flackwell Heath ….

It gives me the opportunity to spotlight this interesting new book, “Admiral 50 Years Of The Replica Shirt”
In the 1973-74 season, pioneering sportswear brand Admiral changed the British football landscape forever with the introduction and sale of the first ever replica shirt. The move sparked an explosion in football design, manufacturing and culture from the early 1970s through to the present day, a journey that in 2024 has been chronicled in a commemorative, limited edition coffee table-style book, which goes on sale today.

Blending newly commissioned photography with archive images, original design sketches and contributions from collectors, presented with Glory’s hallmark approach to design, the book also features:

  • Longer-form essays on notable kits and their context from some of football’s best writers, including Harry Pearson, Rob Bagchi, Daniel Gray, Andi Thomas, Ian King and Ian Plenderleith;
  • Contributions from famous fans including Maisie Adam, Mark & Paul Watson, James Brown and Guy Mowbray;
  • Academic insight into the design, manufacturing and socially pioneering nature of shirts from Professors Jean Williams and Andrew Groves;
  • Recollections from players and managers who have worn them, including Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer, Sue Smith, Peter Shilton, Roy Hodgson, Viv Anderson, Mark Hateley, and many more; and
  • A comprehensive illustrated Admiral kit directory by designer John Devlin

Marking the first year of replica shirt sales, an initial 1,974 individually numbered, hardback books are now on sale on a pre-order basis, These will be the only books of this type produced, before a softback version is released for retail later in 2024.

John Devlin wrote, “This book by Admiral commemorating 50 Years of the Replica Shirt and their crucial role in it is going to be something REALLY special! I was thrilled to be asked to contribute illustrations for the shirt directory at the back of the book – which will all be in my new style.” Follow John on Twitter


My Favourite Retro Brentford Shirt

Obviously a lot of clubs now look to the retro market as another source of income/as another way to fleece fans. QPR have had spectacular success with theirs and Copa have brought out some absolute class shirts for many sides. I have a fantastic Brentford retro shirt I got in Amsterdam recently and they have done great work for AS Roma, Juve, Porto and Portsmouth among others.


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