The late 80s, early 90s was a golden era for Manchester City shirts made by Umbro but by far and away the rarest is this 1989 Manchester City 3rd shirt that was only worn once. Andy from MCFC_shirts managed to get his hands on it so we asked him about it.
What is the shirt?
It’s a match issued 1989 Manchester City yellow 3rd shirt.
Why is it so special?
It was worn once away at Arsenal in 1989 in a 4-0 defeat. It’s seen as the Holy Grail to Manchester City collectors as it was never clear where they ended up after the game.
I heard stories about Peter Swailes ordering them to be destroyed because he was outraged at the colour, or they were given to a local school.
When i tried to contact the school it was no longer there. There are also a lot of 40 something year old blokes who remember wearing it for their five-a-side kit which Manchester City loaned them.
How did you get your hands on it?
I was contacted privately by Manchester City fan who had been given the shirt and shorts from the first team coach driver! It was totally out of the blue and a deal was quickly agreed and I was delighted to add it.
How many City shirts do you have in your collection?
I collect Manchester City and England match worn shirts and combined I have around 100 shirts. I’m always looking to add anything match worn pre 2000 to my collection.