Liverpool FC Home players kits 1980 - 1981      
         
 
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Terry McDermott 14.03.1981
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 1980-81 Home player shirt long sleeve № 8 Sammy Lee (small UMBRO logo & without HITACHI logo, worn, unknown season use)  -  image with site The Liverpool Shirts Museum www.liverpoolkits.com



1976-78 Home player shirt long sleeve № 14 (big UMBRO logo, unknown season used)  -  image with site The Liverpool Shirts Museum www.liverpoolkits.com



1980-81 Home player shirt long sleeve № 7 Kenny Dalglish (small UMBRO logo & big HITACHI logo, unknown season use)  -  



1980-81 Home player shirt long sleeve № 16 (small UMBRO logo & small HITACHI logo, unknown season use)  -  image with site Anfield Relics www.facebook.com/anfield.relics



1980-81 Home player shirt long sleeve № 7 (big UMBRO logo & small HITACHI logo, unknown season use)  -  image with site The Liverpool Shirts Museum www.liverpoolkits.com

    1980-81 Home players shirt


  Manufacturer: Umbro

  Club sponsor: Hitachi

  Years worn: 1978-82

  In this home shirt (big UMBRO logo) Liverpool first played in

  In this home shirt (small UMBRO logo) Liverpool first played in

  In this home shirt (small UMBRO logo & big HITACHI logo) Liverpool first played in away Friendly match versus Borussia (Moenchengladbach, F R G), 01.08. 1979, 4-2, at Bokelberg, F R G.

  In this home shirt (small UMBRO logo & small HITACHI logo) Liverpool first played in

  In this home shirt (big UMBRO logo & small HITACHI logo) Liverpool first played in
 
  Replica shirt short sleeve price: J (the price is specified in a year of made and sale of this shirt, 1980)

  Liverpool used home shirt how in all home, as and in more away matches.

  This standard design of a home shirt, Liverpool used its five seasons with 1978 on 1982. How to define for what of five seasons this shirt made, I not know. Can, is any distinction on a label? In season 1980-81, Liverpool playing in home different designs, different in some details:
  Home shirt with small UMBRO logo
  Home shirt with big UMBRO logo
  Home shirt with small UMBRO logo & small HITACHI logo
  Home shirt with small UMBRO logo & big HITACHI logo
  Home shirt with big UMBRO logo & small HITACHI logo

  In how in last season, Liverpool players in one match, can play in different home shirt, with small or big UMBRO logo (look in right image). Here you can to see image with match versus Norwich C, 17.01.1081, Terry McDermott (small UMBRO logo & small HITACHI logo) and Alan Kennedy (big UMBRO logo & small HITACHI logo).
  This image with home match Division One versus Tottenham Hotspur (02.09.1978), show Steve Heighway (small UMBRO logo) and Graeme Souness (big UMBRO logo) in different shirts in one match. Why Graeme Souness has put on this shirt, success or for other season, can be and in some other matches, shirts of old design - with big UMBRO logo have been used. This was and in seasons 1978-79, 1979-80 & 1980-81, may be & 1981-82.

  In Charity Shield (09.08.1980) match was used simple home shirt (photo in top left page, Ray Kennedy H 1.0), in shirt not was special embroidery to this match. The special embroidery as was absent in matches Charity Shield 1971, 1974, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992 & 1994. Liverpool also played in 60's Charity Shield matches, but and this matches used simple shirt, without special embroidery.

  In League Cup Final (14.03.1981) match was used simple home shirt (photo in top left page, Graeme Souness H 1.3), in shirt not was special embroidery to this match. The special embroidery as was absent in matches League Cup Final 1981, 1982, 1983 & 1984. Main other, was made home shirt with special embroidery for League Cup Final 1981, but not used.

  In season 1980-81, Liverpool used home shirt with special embroidery, this was for match European Cup Final  (27.05.1981).

  In first in history Liverpool, in match European Cup Final, notice how the 'UMBRO' written logo is covered in white tape due to TV advertising laws at the time which would not allow the shirt manufacturer to be prominent on the shirts and shorts.

  I now not know in season 1979-80, Liverpool used home shirt with small UMBRO logo & small HITACHI logo or big UMBRO logo & small HITACHI logo. May be I mistake and you have other information and photo with season 1979-80. In Liverpool programmes have player photo in home shirt with small UMBRO logo & small HITACHI logo, this was image Colin Irwin (Liverpool home programme with match versus Bristol City, 06.10.1979).

  The name of the electrical company Hitachi was added to the current kit without any further change. However, as sponsorship was not allowed in several competitions, including Europe, or in televised matches the shirts did not display the word 'HITACHI' for many games and the unsponsored shirt continued to be used.

  
                                

  Big Hitachi letters, used Liverpool in seasons 1979-81, small Hitachi letters, used Liverpool in seasons 1980-82.

  Indeed, UEFA even insisted on the Umbro badge being covered in European matches, hence photographs showing Liverpool in a kit with a white rectangle on the righthand side of the shirt where the Umbro logo had been covered, usually with something as crude as sticky tape, The days of having different shirts produced specifically for different tournaments was years ahead in the future, It has been said recently that Liverpool now use between 500 and 700 shirts a year from Reebok, Yet during the late 70s they probably used no more than around 200 from Umbro per season and shirts were adapted from tournament to tournament.

  This Hitachi sponsored shirt is a favourite with Liverpool shirt collectors including myself and sells for probably more than any other standard season shirt, Although this is also due to the fact that it is one of the oldest and becoming hard to find.

  The telling factors that make this an authentic match worn players shirt are the size label in the collar of the shirt, This is shown in the images below, Although the label is slightly creased the size of this shirt can still be clearly seen as 'Large', The replica shirts were sized in inches, for example, 34"/36" and only the players shirts were sized in words, Medium, Large etc...

  Also the Umbro badge on the shirt is fully embroidered into the shirt as is found on the players shirts of this era, Replica Hitachi shirt's sometimes had embroidered Liver-bird badges, but never for the Umbro logo also, The players shirts also had the numbers fully stitched onto the back of the shirt in a separate piece of white material, This can also be seen in one of the images below.

  The height of the Hitachi letters are 6cm, the width of the logo is 29cm.

  These shirts would have been worn for more than one game, Sponsorship and kit manufacturing was very basic in the late 70s, This shirt would have been used in many games during the season, This can be seen from the shirt label showing it has been laundered, This would not have happened once the signatures were put onto the shirt , Thus proving the shirt was washed a used a few times by Kenny Dalglish prior to him having it signed and passing this onto a friend of the club.

  The small Hitachi letter is 20 cm wide, and the letters are 5 cm high. This type of smaller Hitachi logo was used for some televised games where allowed, as the full sized logo was used for the standard un-televised home and away games.


  Home shirt (small UMBRO logo & without a HITACHI logo) with home shorts & home socks was worn in matches, which I know, it:

09.08.1980   neutral   West Ham United   Charity Shield
16.08.1980   home   Crystal Palace   Division One
23.08.1980   away   Leicester City   Division One
30.08.1980   home   Norwich City   Division One
13.09.1980   home   West Bromwich Albion   Division One
17.09.1980   away   Oulu Palloseura   European Cup
01.10.1980   home   Oulu Palloseura   European Cup
04.10.1980   away   Manchester City   Division One
11.10.1980   home   Ipswich Town   Division One
05.11.1980   home   Aberdeen   European Cup
22.11.1980   home   Aston Villa   Division One
25.11.1980   away   Wolverhampton Wanderers   Division One
06.12.1980   home   Tottenham Hotspur   Division One
13.12.1980   away   Ipswich Town   Division One
03.01.1981   home   Altrincham   FA Cup
14.01.1981   away   Manchester City   League Cup
24.01.1981   away   Everton   FA Cup
07.02.1981   away   West Bromwich Albion   Division One
14.02.1981   home   Birmingham City   Division One
21.02.1981   away   Brighton & Hove Albion   Division One
04.03.1981   home   C S K A Sofia   European Cup
14.03.1981   neutral   West Ham United   League Cup Final
21.03.1981   home   Everton   Division One
08.04.1981   home   Bayern Munich   European Cup
25.04.1981   away   Tottenham Hotspur   Division One
27.05.1981   neutral   Real Madrid   European Cup Final

  Home shirt (small UMBRO logo & small HITACHI logo) with home shorts & home socks was worn in matches, which I know, it:

19.08.1980   away   Coventry City   Division One
27.08.1980   away   Bradford City   League Cup
02.09.1980   home   Bradford City   League Cup
06.09.1980   away   Birmingham City   Division One
27.09.1980   home   Brighton & Hove Albion   Division One
07.10.1980   home   Middlesboroug   Division One
18.10.1980   away   Everton   Division One
25.10.1980   home   Arsenal   Division One
11.11.1980   home   Coventry City   Division One
15.11.1980   away   Crystal Palace   Division One
02.12.1980   home   Birmingham City   League Cup
17.01.1981   away   Norwich City   Division One
31.01.1981   home   Leicester City   Division One
10.02.1981   home   Manchester City   League Cup
03.04.1981   home   Stoke City   Division One
14.04.1981   home   Manchester United   Division One
18.04.1981   away   Leeds United   Division One
11.05.1981   home   Everton   Testimonial
19.05.1981   home   Manchester City   Division One

  Home shirt (small UMBRO logo & big HITACHI logo) with home shorts & home socks was worn in matches, which I know, it:

28.10.1980   home   Portsmouth   League Cup

  Home shirt (small UMBRO logo & unknown wih or without HITACHI logo) with home shorts & home socks was worn in matches, which I know, it:

30.07.1980   away   Dundalk   Friendly
01.08.1980   away   Anderlecht   Friendly
03.08.1980   away   Hvidovre   Friendly
05.08.1980   away   Vf B Stuttgart   Friendly
23.09.1980   home   Swindon Town   League Cup
08.11.1980   home   Nottingham Forest   Division One
20.12.1980   home   Wolverhampton Wanderers   Division One
27.12.1980   home   Leeds United   Division One
14.01.1981   away   Manchester City   League Cup
28.02.1981   home   Southampton   Division One
02.05.1981   home   Sunderland   Division One
07.05.1981   away   Swansea City   Testimonial

                         

  Left to right: 1st image, embroidered club emblem. 2nd image, player number use on Liverpool shirt for matches in different tournament. 3rd image, special embroidery for match League Cup Final (in this match was used home shirt without a special embroidery to this match). 4th image, special embroidery for match European Cup Final.

  BEWARE: Despite the common misunderstanding, long sleeve versions of this shirt were released as both player issue AND standard club shop replicas. Many replicas from this season also contained embroidered badges, or a combination of one embroidered badge and one embossed badge, so please do not be fooled by ebay sellers claiming there shirt is match worn simply because of long sleeves and embroidered badges.

  Difference between a player shirt and a replica shirt, and as other features of a player shirt to look here

Home League Cup Final shirt Home European Cup Fina shirt Home Testimonial Steve Heighway shirt
Home replica shirt (small UMBRO logo & small HITACHI logo) Home shorts Home socks
With the description of the shirt, shorts, socks and features. Difference between a player shirt and a replica shirt.

  "HITACHI" - logo on Liverpool F C shirts (1979-82)

  HITACHI logo on Liverpool away shirts (1979-81)

  Initials on Liverpool F.C. training kits

  Show images of Liverpool FC players wearing the kits in season 1980-81

  If you have any further information on any of the kits featured or omitted please contact us. I are currently researching the kits worn by Liverpool FC in individual games and would appreciate any information you may have for this season's games.

 
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