Originally seen on Wolves from 1990-92 as the club competed in the Second Division, this popular and very collectable shirt recently got a new lease of life with a re-issued version made by Score Draw under license from Bukta.
After looking at the home version of the 1990 shirt recently, let’s look at the away version and see if Wolves and Score Draw have pulled off a blinder (spoiler – they have).
Seasons: 1990-91, 1991-92
Finished: Football League Second Division, 12th and 11th.
Honours: I wish
Popularity: 10/10 (sold out immediately
Estimated price: Original repro: £85, match issued: £400+, new Score Draw version: £35 retail, now selling for £80.
So this is a vintage reproduction. Great tesselating Wolves heads and iconic Goodyear sponsorship. Of course ‘tessellating’ refers to the better known Bukta version. As with the home version there was a few months of the checked Scoreline version as follows:
This is the Bukta one. Classic version of the badge although no longer on a two-tone backdrop per the 1988 Scoreline version.
Bukta logo is smaller than the player issue and new retro version. Talking of which…
The Score Draw re-issue
Per the blog I did on the home version I wasn’t previously mad about reproduction or retro shirts as I prefer the authenticity of the original shirts. Previous ‘recreations’ have always come up short for me) BUT…
Hey that is actually nice. Colour looks spot on – ‘waterloo blue’ as they dubbed it at the time. Let’s see how faithful it is and how it compares with a replica shirt from the same period:
Yes, the colour is spot on – the original is slightly more luminescent in sunshine as shown…
…and the sponsors logo is slightly higher… but what cannot be denied is again, the attention to detail on the shadow stitching/embroidered Wolves badge. As they MUST have gained access to the original pattern and machinery and it shows. The 40mm tessellating Wolves badges are woven into the fabric and are spot-on size wise, the only slight variations being within the eyes and the narrowest points of the top and bottom of each badge as with the home shirt:
You actually need to get up to this level of detail to see a difference from the outside. Different labels and means of construction:
Actually stop – I take it back. the top of the press stud (they even sourced the exact same size!) isn’t textured like the original:
Gold is slightly deeper (per home shirt) but who am I kidding – this is fantastic. Again, a big selling point on this shirt is the licensing of the original Bukta brand name. These shirts always had small Bukta logo for replica shirts in the shops and larger ones for the player issued one. Or to be more precise (yes I am this sad):
…and again we are talking 52mm for original replica, 90mm for the match issued and these new ones again curiously sit in-between at 78mm as shown. By this point who cares?
Let’s cut to the chase – this is easily the best repro or replica shirt that I have seen, I am told they will be re-stocked and when that happens would unequivocally recommend you purchase one.
Do you have one? Do you want one? Let us know below…