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Phils Football Shirts, Brighton, Bukta, the first Seagulls Replica Shirts

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.

2. Brighton & Hove Albion Home Shirt, 1978 – 1980

The Brighton Bukta relationship began at the end of the 1976-1997 season, for whatever reasons the club stopped wearing their unbranded Umbro shirts in April 1977 and began with unbranded Bukta shirts for the final few games of the season. To the fans the shirts are infamous, loved for their styling, loathed for the harsh fabrics, but the Bukta shirts from 1977-1980 were the first ever shirts made available to the fans as real replicas. For this reason this shirt remains firmly in the hearts of Brighton fans, mostly for those who were of an age in the late 70s when they experienced their first ever (proper) football shirt. Of course, for the ardent collector, they are the Holy Grail. Football shirts of this age are extremely hard to come by, because of their age there are simply fewer about, and they were a luxury item for the (younger) fan, so far far fewer were bought in the first place. I have four original Bukta shirts, and 2 ‘official’ retro versions, I’ll explain.

Brighton 1977 Home Replica Brighton 1978 Home Replica #2 Brighton 1978 Home Replica #1 Brighton 1978 Home Matchworn (1) Brighton 1978 Home Retro (1) Brighton 1977 Home Retro (1)

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 Looking at the first shirt, it’s fairly unremarkable, a standard template shirt with a floppy collar and infilled ‘V’. More to the point we see the introduction of the Bukta Centa product range, undoubtedly the worlds most itchiest and uncomfortable football shirt fabric!

 Brighton 1977 Home Replica P1130589

There’s no bagde or marking on the outside of the shirt, as I said before, this really was a stopgap shirt for the Albion.

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So, moving to the classic shirt (or shirts). In the 1977/78 season the Club launched the famous Bukta shirt, the club badge on the chest, the makers mark, and the distinctive “Buk” logo repeating down the sleeve, far classier than the three stripes in my opinion. The shirt went on sale to the fans, mostly in kids sizes, and is now steeped in Albion folklore. In the first season the shirt had an infilled ‘V’, this is a shirt missing from my collection, so if you have one you want to sell, let me know!

The following two seasons live long in Albion fans memories, and the open ‘V’ shirt was the one worn in the 1978/79 season when the Seagulls were promoted to Division One for the first time in their history.

I have three versions of the home shirt for these seasons, 2 replicas, and a player shirt. The replicas are both long sleeved, the badge and Butka logos are heat pressed. There is a subtle difference between the two replica shirts, the one on the left has woven Buks down the sleeves and the label reads Centa, the one on the right has printed Buks and the label reads Sportwear.

side by sode

 

match (Custom)

On the player shirt the badge is embroidered, and it has short sleeves, with woven Buks down the sleeves.

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As I said before, this shirt is well loved by Albion fans, so much that two different Retro versions have been produced, the top one by the club, with rather smart Seagull emblems in place of the Buks down the sleeves, and another official Bukta reproduction, albeit in a rather more comfy cotton fabric!

retros (Custom)

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Lastly, worth an honourable mention, the 1977/1980 Bukta away shirt, all yellow, and as worn in the famous 3-1 away victory on 5th May 1979 at Newcastle, the game that clinched promotion to Division One.

Brighton 1978 Away Replica (1) (Custom) Brighton 1978 Away Replica (2) (Custom)

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So, what next? Well, at the time of writing Brighton are looking forward to the 2012/12 Championship play offs, 2 games against Crystal Palace, if they pass that test, then it’s the final at Wembley, the winner goes to the Premier League!

So there you go, the Albion Bukta shirts, thanks for reading. I’m always interested adding to my collection, so if you If you have the infilled ‘V’ version of this shirt, or any other Brighton Bukta shirts, 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, the Prototype shirts, the ones that never were.