Friday, January 4, 2013
For the eight of you regulars who visit the site (the old six, please make the new two feel welcome), we try to convey that we are football nerds first, kit and crest nerds second. And sometimes, it's the other way around (had anyone here actually HEARD of the Kansas City Comets before they came here?).
Recently, I have become engaged and part of the preliminary wedding planning talks has involved a heavy 'footy' theme. Scarves, songs, colours, the whole bit (honey... is there room in the budget for a tifo?). Part of that included customized soccer jerseys. I began my research by looking into a few companies and decided that they only way to know what kind of quality we're getting is to order a few 'tests'.
The first test was to recreate a jersey of my first football love : my local beloved perpetual silver medallists, the Hamilton Steelers. Below is a kit from 1986, when they won the national amateur championship.
After rebuilding the old logo into something modern and artistically balanced, I laid out the jersey and sent it off to the manufacturer. The cost of this shirt from the manufacturer was $85, $30 of it was shipping. So if we were to do more than one, the costs should come down I suspect.
Upon receipt of the kit, I showed @theyorkies1812 and his wheels started spinning : We should make a TFC retro kit!
The first thing we agreed on was that it wasn't or couldn't be the Blizzard because it's already been done. Or Metros-Croatia. Or City, or Falcons or any of the old ECPSL clubs. It had to be a re-imagining. Obviously, if anyone wanted a true 'TFC retro kit' and you looked around discount warehouses, you'd find the first kit issued in 2007. But we were thinking more of a period piece. A bygone era.
Pre-1960s wouldn't work for what we had in mind. Everything was simple. Designs didn't exist, but rather "you wore this because this is what the manufacturer made" types of shirts...
Check back tomorrow where we show the results of our retro-inspired TFC crests in The TFC Retro-Fit, Part 2.