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80’s Casuals Tee-Shirts Reviewed

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As the legend goes in the world of Terrace Culture that the Casual movement was spawned by the travelling Liverpool supporters in the late 70s and early 80s. Who, in between watching Liverpool FC win four European cups in those decades, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1980–81 and 1983–84, partying, fighting and sightseeing,
the away fans raided the fashion and sports boutiques of chic cities like Rome, Paris, Madrid and such like. Returning to Merseyside draped in Lacoste’s polo shirts, Fila’s track suit tops, Lois Jeans and Adidas trainers. As the story goes, Liverpool’s rivals be it Chelsea, West Ham, Manchester United or such like, were inspired by Liverpool’s new European look, so the adversaries ditched the bovver boy attire and the casual was born, which has now become part of the legacy of British youth culture.

Like all counter cultures, the casuals across the UK became competitive and innovative in terms of fashion, bringing many traditional British labels into the fold, like Lyle and Scott and Burberry. The violence between fans escalated, frequently making headlines in the newspapers with the football results coming third in terms of importance between the fans.

To go into detail about the casual’s origin, fashion, anecdotes and ideology, requires much more than two paragraphs. The above is a summary of a fashion movement that, today, is held in high regard due to their smart and sporting look, hence the term casual. Furthermore, it is a look, such as Mod that has not dated, in fact, it has evolved, with a mixture of retro and current fashion trends.

80's Casuals, an independent company based in Liverpool and formed in 2003 by original casuals during its heyday, who attended both home and away matches. 80's Casuals have produced eight specific football tee-shirts to commemorate over 30 years of this movement, with a huge emphasis on the away aspect of the game and the rivalries encountered during their travels, Manchester United, Manchester City, Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday, Glasgow Rangers, Celtic, Stoke City and Cardiff City. The tee-shirts have two casuals at their local train station, either planning their route or maybe arranging an ambush.

80's Casuals Football Shirts have been creating a buzz on social media, and are available from Scotts Menswear.

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