Item 2019.114 - Umbro Arsenal Style Teamwear Shirt

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Umbro Arsenal Style Teamwear Shirt


  • 1960-1969 (Creation)

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Umbro was established as a sportswear company in a workshop in Wilmslow, Greater Manchester by Harold and Wallace Humphreys in 1924. Originally using the name Humphreys Brothers, they took the 'UM' from Humphreys and the 'BRO' from Brothers to create the new company name. Particularly known for supplying football kits (notably the England team) they have also made specialist kit for other sports including tennis, athletics and basketball. They introduced the first children's replica football kits in 1959 and started making football boots in 1985. The Humphrey family sold in 1992 and since then Umbro has had a number of different owners including Nike between 2007-2012.

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Long sleeved football shirt in woven fabric. The body of the shirt is red and it has a white turn down collar, white sleeves and cuffs that button. It has a placket at the neck which fastens with three white plastic buttons. Large white '4' appliqued on to the centre back (appears to have been added later). Label on the inside of the back of the neck with 'UMBRO' inside a diamond shape.

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Label: THE UMBRO [inside a diamond shape] / "DRAGON" JERSEY

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Though not official club merchandise, this Umbro long-sleeved football shirt is in the colourway of the 1960-1962 Arsenal Football Club home kit. It has button fastening on the neck and cuffs and carries the Umbro Dragon Jersey label. The white number four on the back is a later addition.

Archive no. 2019.114


Umbro first supplied Arsenal Football Club with kit in 1965.

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