By Jason McKeown
Bradford City’s Wembley date with Swansea has prompted all manner of talk about kits. The club’s shirt suppliers, Nike, are unable to produce any new stock of this season’s kits, meaning fans looking to ensure they are suitably decked in claret and amber for the big day are having to look for alternatives.
One such option is to go retro, with a handful of websites selling classic football shirts from all manner of clubs. However, City supporter and Steeton FC manager Roy Mason was less than inspired by the limited range of Bradford City retro kits available to buy, and is looking to rectify this in time for the final.
“I have been in contact with Toffs.com, to suggest they look at extending their current range to include classic Bradford City shirts of the 80s, because I’m sure there are many supporters like me who would love to wear one at Wembley,” Roy explained to Width of a Post. “Toffs have responded to me saying they are interested in investigating the feasibility of bringing out some new retro City shirts in time for the final, and have asked me to submit suggests shirts to produce.”
Roy has put forward the following five classic City shirts for them to consider, which you can find details of below, and Toffs are keen to gauge whether other City supporters would be interested in buying one of the new range. So, if you are keen to buy a classic City shirt, please email Widthofapost@gmail.com, or leave a reader comment below, and we will pass them to Roy, to pass on to Toffs. You can also tweet Toffs directly - @toffsretro.
There are no guarantees these shirts would be produced in time, but as Roy says, “the more emails of interest I can pass on to Toffs, the more chance there is this will come off.”
City’s 80s classic shirts for Toffs to consider, by Roy Mason
(Images borrowed from the superb historicalkits.co.uk)
1982 shirt wore when we won promotion from 4th Division under Roy McFarland. This kit was the first sponsored shirt we had and TOY CITY was a local toy shop – they no longer exist. The shirt maker was a local firm Litesome and it was it was the first ‘modern shinny’ polyester shirt we had.
1980 shirt we wore as a 4th division side when we beat Liverpool 1-0 in the league cup in August 1980 – Bobby Campbell scored the winner. The kit was made by Admiral from the same ‘rougher’ polyester as the England 1978 kit.
This kit was worn in 1983/84 and was made by Patrick – we wore this kit when we had our record 10 consecutive wins. The maker was Patrick and the kit sponsor was the Council at the time and it was ‘Bradford Mythbreakers’. The shirt was made from the shiny polyester of the time. It was also the away shirt in 1984/85.
This was the 1984/85 shirt we wore when we won the third division title. It was also the kit we wore on May 11th 1985 when 56 supporters lost their lives in the Bradford Fire. The maker was Patrick and the sponsor was Bradford Mythbreakers.
The ‘nearly season’ – 1987/88 – where under Terry Dolan we just missed out on promotion to the old first division. Made by Admiral the kit is again sponsored by the council.