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Phils Football Shirts, Brighton, Admiral, 1994

I’m Phil, www.oldfootballshirts.com was my idea, it allows fans to display their football shirt collections for all to see. In this blog I am going to catalogue my own collection in more detail.

1. Brighton & Hove Albion Home Shirt, 1994 – 1997

This shirt was the second Admiral home shirt used by Brighton, this was my first Brighton shirt which I bought in the Autumn of 1994. I have four versions of this shirt, my original replica, 2 further signed replicas and a match worn shirt.

    

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So let’s have a look at this shirt in detail. The fabric is pretty standard football shirt material of the time, 100% polyester. There is a repeating Admiral logo pattern running through the fabric, it seems embossed into the weave.

The sponsors name, and other graphical detail are all printed into the fabric. This is a standard football shirt layout, badge on the left chest, manufacturers logo on the right, and the sponsors logo across the middle. This is the classic Brighton format, blue and white stripes, and in this instance the shirt has unbroken stripes on the back of the shirt.
Press stud fastening at the collar, and the label shows something rarely seen on modern football shirts, “Made in UK”.

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This shirt is signed by Kerry Mayo and Robbie Reinault, the villain and hero of the final game of the 1996/7 season. Brighton had to get a minimum of a draw at Edgar Street to stay in the football league, Hereford needed to win to stay in the football league. Kerry scored an own goal, but Robbie got the equaliser a few minutes before time, without a doubt the most astonishing game of football I’ve ever seen. This is actually my wife’s shirt, she took it along to a testimonial event for Kerry where both Kerry and Robbie signed the shirt.

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This is another replica shirt I was given. It is signed by the then captain of the Albion, Dean Wilkins. Dean stayed with the Albion for many years after he finished playing, he coached the youth team for a number of years and then the first team too. He is now a coach at Southampton.

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This is a match worn shirt, it has no football league patches on the sleeves so I expect this is a reserve team shirt. The shirt is identical to the replica version with the addition of a heat pressed white patch on the back with a red felt number
The collar has been torn and lightly repaired and you can see a bit of match damage to the number patch.
 

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So there you have it, my first Albion shirt, in all it’s glory. Sadly the seasons this shirt was worn were the darkest of times for the Albion, the unscrupulous chairman at the time sold the clubs Goldstone Ground, and made no provision for a new stadium. Thankfully he is now long gone and the Albion play at the fantastic Amex Community Stadium, thanks to Dick Knight, Martin Perry and Tony Bloom.

I’m always interested adding to my collection, so if you If you have any more versions of this shirt, especially a first team match worn version, let me know. Of course, either way, we’d love to see photos of them added to www.oldfootballshirts.com.

Thanks for reading, next up, my oldest Albion shirt.