50 Years of Inventing Replica - The Admiral Book
50 Years of Inventing Replica - The Admiral Book
50 Years of Inventing Replica - The Admiral Book
50 Years of Inventing Replica - The Admiral Book
50 Years of Inventing Replica - The Admiral Book
50 Years of Inventing Replica - The Admiral Book
50 Years of Inventing Replica - The Admiral Book

Admiral 50 Years of the Replica Shirt - Book

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In the 1973/74 season, Admiral invented the replica kit market with Leeds United, kick-starting a footballing revolution that would create a new industry. This limited edition, numbered hardback book celebrates five decades of pioneering, innovation and rebellious streak that is woven into the fabric of the Admiral brand. The long-term impact of Admiral on sporting culture is undeniable. This is a must-have book for football fans, shirt collectors and designers alike. Read more
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In the 1973-74 season, pioneering sportswear brand Admiral changed the British football landscape forever with the introduction and sale of the first ever replica shirt. The move sparked an explosion in football design, manufacturing and culture from the early 1970s through to the present day, a journey that in 2024 has been chronicled in a commemorative, limited edition coffee table-style book, which goes on sale today.

Blending newly commissioned photography with archive images, original design sketches and contributions from collectors, presented with Glory's hallmark approach to design, the book also features:

  • Longer-form essays on notable kits and their context from some of football's best writers, including Harry Pearson, Rob Bagchi, Daniel Gray, Andi Thomas, Ian King and Ian Plenderleith;
  • Contributions from famous fans including Maisie Adam, Mark & Paul Watson, James Brown and Guy Mowbray;
  • Academic insight into the design, manufacturing and socially pioneering nature of shirts from Professors Jean Williams and Andrew Groves;
  • Recollections from players and managers who have worn them, including Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer, Sue Smith, Peter Shilton, Roy Hodgson, Viv Anderson, Mark Hateley, and many more; and
  • A comprehensive illustrated Admiral kit directory by designer John Devlin

Marking the first year of replica shirt sales, an initial 1,974 individually numbered, hardback books are now on sale on a pre-order basis, These will be the only books of this type produced, before a softback version is released for retail later in 2024.

Admiral 50 Years of the Replica Shirt - Book

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In 1973/74 Admiral invented the replica football kit market, kick started an evolution in football that would irreversibly change it. This limited edition hard back book celebrates 5 decades of pioneering, innovation and rebellious spirit that is woven into the fabric of the cult status brand. The long term impact of Admiral on sporting culture is undeniable. A book for football fans, shirt collectors and designers a like.

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