Umbro were forced to create an alternative away shirt (commonly referred to as a
'third' shirt) to avoid colour clashes for when Liverpool faced opponents with both red
and white coloured home shirts. This particular shirt was famously used in a 1979 FA
Cup Semi Final verses Manchester United. Incredibly, Liverpool and Manchester BOTH
wore away jerseys for the game on the 4th April 1979.
When Umbro created this shirt, it was the first time in the history of Liverpool Football
Club, that the players wore bright yellow. The colour would later be utilised again
between 1982 and 1986, then in 1993, 1998, 2001, and between 2004 and 2007.
This shirt was worn by Alan Hansen verses Manchester United in the Semi-Final repay
of the 1979 FA Cup. Hansen played for Liverpool 620 times, scoring 14 goals, and
winning countless trophies. Hansen signed for Liverpool at the start of the 1977/78
season, and remained at the club for fourteen years, departing in 1991 after a glittering
career. Perhaps Bob Paisley summed-up Hansen most accurately when he described
him as “quite simply the most skilful centre-half I have ever seen in the British game”.
(above) Both Liverpool AND Manchester wearing their alternative strips.
(above) A close up Stevie Heighway in this style of shirt.
Excluding shirts made for one-off cup final and testimonial matches, the 1979 third
jersey is one of the hardest-to-find Liverpool match shirts in circulation. It was never
released as a replica, and due to the infrequency of its use, there were only ever
around 25 pieces produced. With most of these pieces having either been destroyed, or
in the hands of serious collectors, it is highly unlikely that such shirts will appear
frequently on sites such as eBay. Genuine player shirts were produced in both long
sleeve and short sleeve formats with embroidered Umbro logo and Liverbird badges.
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