Classic Football Shirts

Classic Football Shirts Review

Replica football shirts are a multi-million pound business, however some people don’t necessarily want to buy the latest slim-fit match shirt with the latest dry cell or dri fit technology.

Instead, many of today’s older football fans prefer classic football shirts from yesteryear which bring back memories of their youth, (like this classic England World Cup 1982 shirt) or remind them of a time when their team was faring better on the pitch.

Some of the best football shirts are the old football shirts – cool looking, historical football shirts with big collars, elaborate stitching and retro sponsors adorning the front.

We take a look at some of the best vintage football shirts currently available on the market below.

Retro Manchester United Shirts

This classic Manchester United shirt is a replica of the one the team wore from 1984 to 1986 and was made famous in their 1985 FA Cup Final win over Division One title winners Everton.

With the iconic Man United club crest in the middle of the shirt above the SHARP printed sponsor logo, this shirt is short-sleeved with a V-neck which was the fashion with football kits at the time.

Players who wore this shirt include Manchester United legends Bryan Robson, Mark Hughes, Gordon Strachan and Paul McGrath.


No football fan is likely to forget the epic Manchester United’s 1999 Champions League victory, and this retro shirt commemorates this remarkable game which completed the club’s historic treble season.

This retro replica Man United shirt is made from 100% polyester and features the club crest on the right of the shirt with embroidered writing on the left ‘CAMP NOU, CHAMPIONS LEAGUE, THE FINAL 1999’.

The shirt also features the SHARP sponsor’s logo which was present on all the club’s shirts from 1982 to 2000.

Manchester United legends who played in this shirt include David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and Peter Schmeichel.

Retro Liverpool FC Shirts

Liverpool fans will never forget their club’s return to European glory when they won the 2001 UEFA Cup Final.

This was the club’s first European trophy since they were excluded from participated in Europe competitions in 1985 after the Heysel Stadium disaster.

This commemorative shirt features a special club crest with the words “UEFA Cup Final Dortmund 2001” around the iconic liver bird logo.

This Liverpool FC replica shirt is in traditional red and white colours with the “Carlsberg” sponsor logo underneath the club crest.

Legendary Liverpool players who featured in the game and wore this shirt include Michael Owen, Sami Hyypia and Jamie Carragher.

This historical shirt from arguably Liverpool’s most successful period in the club’s history is a replica of the shirt the team wore in the 1982-83 season.

This particular season was legendary Liverpool manager Bob Paisley’s last and he went out in style winning the First Division title, League Cup and Charity Shield.

Made from 100% polyester, this retro Liverpool FC shirt has an embroidered club crest in yellow and features the Crown Paints sponsor – the first year of six that the company sponsored the club.

Legendary Liverpool players that would have worn this shirt include Ian Rush, Steve Nicol and Kenny Dalglish.

Retro Chelsea FC Shirts

Chelsea fans had to endure a 27-year-wait for a European trophy and this fantastic commemorative replica shirt celebrates their European Cup Winners Cup victory in 1998.

Made from 100% polyester, this Chelsea FC replica shirt features the old club crest which was used between 1986 and 2004.

Above the crest the words “European Cup Winners Cup FINAL 1998” are embroidered into the fabric.

Gianfranco Zola scored in the final of this game in a team which included Chelsea FC legends such as Dennis Wise, Gianluca Vialli and Gus Poyet.

In the club’s traditional blue and white colours, this classic football shirt will bring back some great memories to any Chelsea fan.

Originally made by Le Coq Sportif, this replica retro Chelsea kit from the 1984-85 season has been reproduced in homage to the club’s first season back in the top flight where they finished in a respectable sixth place.

Made from 100% polyester this historical Chelsea kit features two shades of blue striping seperated by thin white and red colouring.

This retro Chelsea shirt also features the old Chelsea FC badge which is embroidered on the left side of the shirt.

With it’s round colllar and elasticated sleeves this shirt will always be fondly remembered by Chelsea fans who followed their team in the 1980’s.

Retro Everton FC Shirts

Ask most Everton fans over the age of 35 what their most memorable Everton shirt would be and most would choose the shirt from the 1985-86 season.

Although this season didn’t pan out quite as they wanted finishing 2nd in the league and runners up in the FA Cup Final, the Everton team of the mid-eighties was the most successful since the 1960’s.

This iconic Everton replica shirt is in the traditional club colours with the old EFC embroidered club crest.

It also features the NEC sponsor logo which was the first year of a 10-year long sponsorship of the club which ended when Everton won the 1995 FA Cup Final.

Everton legends who featured in this final include Gary Lineker, Paul Bracewell and Kevin Ratcliffe.

Retro West Ham United Shirts

A great gift for a West Ham United fan, this replica shirt commemorates the Bobby Moore Memorial Match which was played in 1994 on the one year anniversary of his death.

Made from polyester, this retro West Ham United shirt is in the club’s traditional claret and blue colours and features the Dagenham Motors sponsor logo.

With a round neck and elasticated sleeves, this West Ham shirt has the words Bobby Moore, 7th March 1994 on top of the iconic West Ham United badge and then v. FA Premier League XI underneath it.

Legendary West Ham United players who featured in this match include Ludek Miklosko, Steve Potts and Ian Bishop.

Retro Tottenham Hotspur Shirts

Who will ever forget the epic 1991 FA Cup semi final between London giants Spurs and Arsenal featuring one of the greatest free kicks scored at Wembley by the legend that is Paul Gascoigne.

Made from polyester, this replica Spurs shirt commemorates this special day in the club’s history.

Features of this historical Tottenham Hotspur shirt include an embroidered club crest which was the one Spurs used from 1983 to 1995 as well as the famous HOLSTEN logo who were the club’s sponsor from 1983 to 1995 and again from 1999 to 2002.

Tottenham Hotspur legends that played in that match include Gary Lineker, David Howells and Gary Mabbutt.

Retro Leeds United Shirts

Leeds United fans had to wait 17 years before bringing home the League Championship in 1991-92 and this shirt has been reproduced to celebrate the occasion.

Made from 100% polyester, this retro Leeds United shirt has the popper fastener collar which was the fashion at the time (and which has fortunately never made a comeback).

The shirt also features the old Leeds United club crest on the left of the shirt and the sponsor’s logo at the time which was the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Leeds United were the last team to win the old First Division title before the Premier League was introduced in 1992 and this shirt is a fantastic reminder of that time.

Leeds United legends which wore this shirt include Lee Chapman, Eric Cantona and Gary Speed.