The Best (and Worst) Footy Jumpers From the ’90s

It’s the ’90s Retro Round in the AFL this weekend and Freo has gone all-out bringing back their iconic Green/Purple anchor jumper worn in the Dockers first ever match back in 1995.

To celebrate, we’re doing yet another blog ranking footy jumpers.

From the team that brought you “The AFL’s Long-Sleeved Fashion Icons“, “The Best and Worst of Pre-Season Footy Jumpers” along with other fashion blogs including “Euro 2020 Kit Rankings” and “2021 NRL Jersey Rankings” comes the best (and worst) footy jumpers from the 1990s.

ADELAIDE

BEST:

Original Crows jumper 1991 – 1993, Camry sponsor, acrylic wool.

As modeled here by Andrew Jarman, in the long sleeve version.

WORST:

Red away jumper circa 1999, modeled by Jarman of the Darren variety.

It wasn’t that bad, it just wasn’t needed.

Darren Jarman shoots for goal in 1999. | Football club, Afl, Teams

BRISBANE BEARS

BEST

The Bears jumper from 1992 – 1996 before merging with Fitzroy was one of the best footy jumpers going round.

WORST:

Perhaps a bit harsh, but before it became cool and ironic the original BB number was considered a Barry Crocker.

Warwick Capper's life with bad-news Bears

CARLTON

BEST

For any Bluebagger, the Carlton jumper worn in the 1995 Grand Final complete with special patch/Hyundai sponsor is the ultimate of the clubs (most recent) glory days.

As modeled here by Glenn Manton.

WORST:

The once-off/infamous M&M jumper was worn in Round 3, 1997 to launch the blue colour of the chocolate.

COLLINGWOOD

BEST:

The Magpies with the black stripes on white (now currently the away jumper) and SPICERS PAPER as the sponsor was a magnificent combination.

WORST:

The cartoon Magpie jumper worn for the 1996 and 1997 Ansett Cup

ESSENDON

BEST:

Don’t fool yourself, Speed Kills.

Or the Nubrik variety – circa 1993

WORST:

You gotta hand it to the Dons, they didn’t opt for any pre-season or away jumpers during the 1990s

FREMANTLE:

BEST:

The old away jumper is back this weekend, however, the Dockers original purple number had a lot going on but is still a beauty.

Ben Allan leads the Dockers onto East Fremantle Oval for their first match against an AFL side, Essendon.

WORST:

Who thought a 3D anchor was a good idea?

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FOOTSCRAY/WESTERN BULLDOGS

BEST:

Before they rebranded to the “Western Bulldogs”, Scott Wynd in the Footscray jumper in his Brownlow Medal-winning year of 1992 is truly a thing of beauty.

Adding robo-dog on the jumper in 1997 wasn’t needed.

WORST

The Dogs away jumper worn around 1995-96 was a bit much.

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FITZROY

BEST

RIP Roy Boys.

The Fitzroy jumper was always a thing of beauty.

…Even the pre-season jumper was alright.

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GEELONG

BEST

The Cats jumper has always been great, but the sight of Ablett Snr in the blue and white hoops with 90s AFL/Ford logo does the job for us.

WORST

In 1998, the Cats got on the 3D trend with this away jumper that looked more like a Cartlon one.

It lasted one season.

HAWTHORN

BEST

The Hawks brown and gold is unique, but the Household finance sponsored jumper feat. the club logo worn in the 1991 Grand Final is easily Hawthorn’s best of the decade.

WORST

This jumper needs no introduction.

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MELBOURNE
BEST:

With the mix of Tooheys Blue as the sponsor and the late Jim Stynes wearing a cap during a match, this takes the cake.

WORST:

The proposed “Melbourne Hawks” jumper. Thank goodness Don Scott ripped off the velcro Hawk

Hawthorn v Melbourne semi-final, 1996 merger, David Neitz

NORTH MELBOURNE
BEST

Both of the Roos home and away jumpers were rippers.

The best North home one was NZI Insurance

With the bouncing roo away jumper just as iconic as the Kangaroos from the 1990s

PORT ADELAIDE

BEST

Gavin Wanganeen in the long-sleeved spikes

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WORST

The SBS jumper. Thank goodness they scrapped it. I know the Power won a flag wearing it in 2004, but it was a shocker.

RICHMOND

BEST

In 1995, the Tigers removed the sash from the back of the jumper adopted the yellow numbers, had TAC as a sponsor and it was a bloody ripper of a footy jumper.

They also made the Preliminary Final that year.

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WORST:

The Tigers claw scratch jumper worn in the 1998-2003 pre-seasons

This is Richo wearing it in 2002, not the 1990s but you get the idea.

ST KILDA
BEST

We’d argue that the Saints didn’t have one bad jumper in the 1990s.

Be it Plugger in the traditional

Or the cross jumper which was the Saints home kit from 1997-2001.

Had they gone all the way in ’97 it would still be the St Kilda jumper today.

St.Kilda v Carlton Ansett Cup Grand Final 1996 - YouTube

SYDNEY
BEST

The sight of Paul Kelly and Plugger in a 1996 Centenary/QBE Swans outfit is peak Sydney of the 1990s

WORST

This Ansett Cup outfit worn in 1997-98. WHAT ON EARTH IS GOING ON HERE???

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WEST COAST
BEST

Any Eagles supporter will tell you that this jumper worn in the club’s 1992 and 1994 flags is the GOAT of West Coast jumpers complete with the big bold EAGLES and Hungry Jacks sponsorship.

WORST

Technically not worn in the 1990s, but it was designed and launched in 1999, the Eagles orange sun away jumper worn from 2000-2002 is an all-time Barry Crocker.

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STATE OF ORIGIN

BEST

All of the state jumpers are things of beauty.

WORST

Except for the Allies…