First Team Sub
Dec 8, 2011, 10:27 AM
Team(s): Kidlington, Abingdon Town.
Post #11 of 36
I can remember vaguely in the late 1970's or early 80's and it was only the odd one or two at home games only and nothing like it is today. I can't recall anyone wearing their club shirt at an away game which probably at the time may not have been advisable.
My first proper replica Portsmouth shirt as a kid would have been about 1980-81 season, but even then I didn't wear it to matches (my mum would have regarded it as nowhere near warm enough clothing). Certainly it was only children under the age of about 13 among the rare wearers. The first match I can remember a large number of people turning up in replica shirts was the 1992 FA Cup semi-final v. Liverpool at Highbury, after which it seemed to become the norm at Pompey matches.
Televised matches I watched where a huge number of replica shirts seemed to first be noticable would probably have to include the Wednesday v. United semi-final at Wembley in 1993 when most of Sheffield turned up. And the other that sticks in the mind is the 1997 FA Cup final, by which time Premiership commercialism had fully taken hold: I remember Ruud Gullit commenting on the fact that almost every Middlesbro fan was in a team shirt, and how such a thing simply would never happen in the Netherlands.
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(This post was edited by oxpete on Dec 9, 2011, 9:18 AM)