80s Watford Jackets....

Discussion in 'The Golden Years' started by Mazzereth, Aug 31, 2021.

  1. Mazzereth

    Mazzereth Academy Graduate

    So I went out for lunch for dad's birthday today, he's 79 and suffering from dementia. So we went back to the olde family house and blasted out some 50s rock and roll, so he (and myself) could sing along. Anyways.....look what I found whilst I was on 'poo' watch, it caused much piss taking when I was at school... watford.jpg
  2. Mazzereth

    Mazzereth Academy Graduate

    It might be early 90s, 1991?
  3. EnjoytheGame

    EnjoytheGame First Year Pro

    Think it is early 1990s. By the looks of it, it's got the Football League badge on the sleeve and I think they were first used on player shirts for the 1989-90 season.
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  4. GoingDown

    GoingDown Pizza & Figs

    It's glorious.
  5. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    Yes - endsleigh insurance

    I remember watching the late night goals highlights on ITV!
  6. K9 Hornet

    K9 Hornet Border Collie Dog

    I think it's great. I suspect it would burst into flames if you rubbed the sleeves together though
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  7. Relegation Certs

    Relegation Certs Squad Player

    Would look better without the hornets text.

    It's still absolutely abhorrent either way, like.
  8. Jumbolina

    Jumbolina First Team

    Absolutely fantastic. Imagine striding into the bedroom only wearing that.
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  9. WillisWasTheWorst

    WillisWasTheWorst Its making less grammar mistake's thats important

    Enduring image, isn't it?
  10. hornmeister

    hornmeister Club Legend

    Never seen such a thing of beauty before and likely never will again. Thanks for sharing.

    My vote would be FA Cup final year 1984 as it looks like the shirt I had as a kid.
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  11. Diamond

    Diamond First Team

    I had one. Used to wear it on my paper round in the 70's so it's much older than thought.

    One dreary morning I was cycling along Northolt Road in South Harrow with that very jacket on and a huge sack of papers over my shoulder. The roads were dead so it must have been a Sunday morning and a very large / expensive car came alongside me, wound down the rear window and shouted out something along the lines of "Up the Hornets". I swear to god it was Elton, but I only really heard the voice.
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  12. LondonOrn

    LondonOrn Reservist

    That would explain it, I was expecting something a lot more garish like so much 1980s stuff, I like it actually.
  13. zztop

    zztop Eurovision Winner 2015

    It's an early example of a classic, circa 1980's, possible early 90's?

    In perfect condition, and in it's original packaging and with Mazzareths name written inside the collar, at auction it could fetch a fortune. But this one, is part of a small faulty batch that was two inches too long on one side, and has an extra press stud at the bottom - well, it could be priceless.
  14. HenryHooter

    HenryHooter Reservist

    That is the optional dew drop extention in case you had a slight accident when rushing back for the second half. Top of the range had a strip of gusset on the inside with L*ton woven into it, to absorb any spillage.
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  15. Irishorn

    Irishorn Gael Force

    As I said before, the best 80’s one was Kenny.
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  16. WillisWasTheWorst

    WillisWasTheWorst Its making less grammar mistake's thats important

    Great player of that era for us. Equally comfortable at full-back or centre-back as midfield.
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  17. Harefield Yellow

    Harefield Yellow Academy Graduate

    This showed up at a car boot around somewhere around fifteen, maybe twenty years ago. In a random bundle of clothes, the shoulder trim shouted out to me, and couldn't believe my luck to see it was player issue/matchworn. Paid the grand total of £1 for it too ! IMG_20201109_152701.jpg IMG_20201109_152805.jpg

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  18. SkylaRose

    SkylaRose Administrator Staff Member

    £1.00? What a bargin! I do hope you keep/have kept hold of it. Heck, I would frame it and keep it in as good condition as you can. Vintage shirts are incredibly rare. Nice find though! ;)
  19. Harefield Yellow

    Harefield Yellow Academy Graduate

    It generally lives neatly folded up in one of those self-seal bags, I certainly have no intention of parting company with it. I have approaching 100 matchworn/player issue shirts from various clubs up & down the country, League, Non-League, Scottish (also have a late 1980's Scotland matchworn shirt), have some absolute beauties. Did go through a phase in the early 2000's where you could pick gems up on ebay for around £25-£30 before people sussed they are worth decent sums. This was an ebay find yonks ago too. aWFC1.jpg aWFC2.jpg
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  20. WillisWasTheWorst

    WillisWasTheWorst Its making less grammar mistake's thats important

    Great memories associated with that kit, but what a truly horrible un-Watfordy shirt it was.
  21. LondonOrn

    LondonOrn Reservist

    After you mentioned other clubs, I thought at first that was a Brighton shirt! I’m not a fan of any of the away kits apart from the black one, but that looks quite nice with a good trim. So was the other one you posted from the era between our two short stints in the Prem?
  22. Harefield Yellow

    Harefield Yellow Academy Graduate

    The home is 1995-96 (specifically that, the same shirt used in '96-97 but then had the CTX logo), while the away is that late 90's double promotion away. (I DO have a Brighton shirt in the collection, it's a red/black striped away shirt made by Errea from 1999-2000).

    I picked this one up about five years when the shop was having one of their clearance weekends. Have pinpointed it to Gilmartin being on the bench away at Ipswich from November 2014. IMG_20201109_144453.jpg IMG_20201109_144628.jpg
  23. Harefield Yellow

    Harefield Yellow Academy Graduate

    And issued for same match..... IMG_20201110_163242.jpg IMG_20201110_163351.jpg
  24. Harefield Yellow

    Harefield Yellow Academy Graduate

    Match shirts these days are sized to suit the individual player requirements. Unlike 1999-2000 when Mr. Mooney was lumbered with a size 50-52" Le Coq shirt. And that's it - five WFC player/matchworn shirts in my collection. (Apologies for hijacking the thread !) 20201215_122738.jpg 20201215_122807.jpg
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  25. SkylaRose

    SkylaRose Administrator Staff Member

    Whoever thought gray, dark blue and red would be ideal for an away kit was just mad. It was horrid. Anyone remember Man Utd's version of a gray kit? They lost 6-3 at Southampton that season and Alex Ferguson changed
    their kit at half time because he thought that was the problem. You could not make this up. Great images btw. I still have my PHONES 4U kit knocking about somewhere myself (yes i bought the entire kit) and fully expected
    to get so good I would apply for Watford Ladies. Then after months of trying, I found out I suck at football and left it to the professionals. :D
  26. GoingDown

    GoingDown Pizza & Figs

    Just wonderful. This is what our shirt should be. Yellow. No stupid stripes or any other nonsense.
  27. Harefield Yellow

    Harefield Yellow Academy Graduate

    Thanks for you kind words about the shirts. Oh, and more thing. If you have a scout around ebay, you can find a few sellers doing iron-on logos to suit retro shirts. Hence, I've managed to add finishing touches to these. (In fact I had was wearing the white away shirt on Sat and had a guy ask if it was an orgin 20170826_010429.jpg 20170826_010529.jpg al).
  28. Harefield Yellow

    Harefield Yellow Academy Graduate

  29. Harefield Yellow

    Harefield Yellow Academy Graduate

    These books are well worth a look if you can find them. The author of these John Devlin (who I have the pleasure of knowing) featured in 'Get Shirty', the documentary about Admiral Sportswear which was made a few years ago and still gets the occasional showing on ITV. The first issue (red) covered the PL for 2005-06, while the second one came out a couple of years later and included some of the country's other bigger 20210915_155516.jpg 20210915_155614.jpg clubs. There's a section for us in Vol. 2.
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  30. Jumbolina

    Jumbolina First Team

    Thanks for this - have found some used copies and ordered.
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  31. Harefield Yellow

    Harefield Yellow Academy Graduate

    Glad to have been of assistance, they're cracking little books.
  32. Smudger

    Smudger Messi's Mad Coach Staff Member

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