THIS IS THE VERY FIRSY TEST MATCH WORN JERSEY I EVER HAD. IT WAS GIVEN TO ME BY MY FATHERS FRIENDS. THEY GOT IT FROM JAN, THEIR BROTHER-IN-LAWS BEST FRIEND, AFTER A GAME AGAINST WALES IN THE 1970'S.
THE COLOURING AND EMBROIDERY ON THE BADGE AND NUMBER ARE TYPICAL OF THE ERA.
I BOUGHT THIS AT AN AUCTION IN LONDON AND ITS A WONDERFUL EXAMPLE OF THE CLASSIC STYLE JERSEYS THAT I LIKE. THE BADGE ESPECIALLY IS TYPICAL OF THE ERA. (SEE ALSO FRANCE SECTION)
AS WAS USUAL UNTIL THE 1980'S, THE NUMBER IS STITCHED INTO THE JERSEY.
A GREAT LITTLE EBAY BUY, BUT NOTE THE CHANGE IN THE BADGE, ITS DARKER WITH LESS TONES. A SIGN IN THE LOWERING LEVEL OF CRAFTMANSHIP THAT WENT INTO THESE INTERNATIONAL PLAYERS JERSEYS AS THE 1980'S BECAME THE 1990'S. WITH MORE GAMES BEING PLAYED BY INCREASING NUMBERS OF REPRESENTATIVE AGE GROUPS, SAVINGS HAD TO BE MADE.
NOTE ALSO THAT THE NUMBER IS NOW SCREEN PRINTED PLASTIC NOT A SEWN IN INDIVIDUAL NUMBER. INDICATING THAT THIS JERSEY IS VERY LATE 1980'S OR MORE LIKELY EARLY 1990'S IN ORIGIN.
One of Englands most succesful Captains Carling wore the No13 jersey for all 6 matches of the 1991 RWC. Will gave this to a fellow Harlequin player after the tournament If anyone has any footage of Englands games and can help me calculate which game this comes from i'd be most grateful.
The design of the jersey was unique to this tournament and Englands first departure from the traditional all white jersey. They returned to type for the 1992 5N's.