The Vintage Football Jumper Company, in conjunction with Woolmark and the AFL, is proud to release a series of retrospective vintage jumpers 'The Heritage Collection'. The 1987 VFL season was the Brisbane Bears' inaugural season in the Victorian Football League (VFL).
The club was introduced to the competition as part of the VFL's expansion. Peter Knights was appointed coach of the team and Mark Mickan was appointed captain as coach, the Brisbane Bears unveiled a playing strip consisting of a gold with a maroon yoke and a triangular "BB" logo intended to represent a stylised map of the club's home state, Queensland, with the outline of a koala head. Upon its admission, the Bears did not have a large reserve of local players from which to compile a VFL-standard playing list. To assist with its inaugural playing list, the VFL arranged for every other club to provide at least two players; understandably, other clubs were opposed to providing top-line players and few of the players provided were of a high quality. The club pursued a number of stars aggressively and did manage a few key signings, including Collingwood 's captain Mark Williams, and 1985 Brownlow Medallist Brad Hardie. A significant proportion of the player list was recruited from the South Australia National Football League and West Australian Football League. Mark Mickan recruited from West Adelaide, was appointed captain of the Bears in its inaugural season.
This famous retrospective reproduction Brisbane Bears merino woollen jumper commemorates the club’s 1st year in the VFL, as worn by household Bears names such as Hardie, Williams, Mickan, Mike Richardson, Mark Roberts and Phil Walsh.
This rare jumper features the VFL patch as worn in period and the merino wool in this Guernsey was grown by sheep grazing the Australian landscape, cared for by Australian farmers, and shorn and manufactured here in Australia under official license from the AFL. The jumper features a traditional v-neck design with woven VFL is a must-have for any Bears diehard.
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