The 20 Strangest AFL Pre-Season Jumpers: 5-1

Brace yourself, here are the 5 strangest AFL Pre-season jumpers. You have been warned.

5. Hawthorn hawk and scratch

Daniel Harford points out the obvious after the 1998 Ansett Cup
Daniel Harford points out the obvious after the 1998 Ansett Cup

Ah another Hawthorn jumper and with a bird in profile and another old favourite, the stylised claw marks presumably from the hawks talons. It looks like something that should have been in the colouring book of a Hawthorn kids membership pack.Was this the first lot of scratch marks on an AFL jumper? Perhaps, certainly there have been plenty since. The Hawks really were the best part of a decade before their time when they ran out in this in the late 1990s for pre-season. After winning the Ansett Cup in the new jumper they liked it so much they gave it a run in the season proper as an away jumper.

4. Richmond yellow

Yellow!
Yellow! Who is this?

My eyes, my eyes! in 2007 Richmond inverted their colours but forgot to include very much black, let the floating tiger head wander over to the side of the jumper and some stylised tiger claw marks  and yellow every where. I can feel my retinas complaining. Enough.

Kind of like a Coldplay lyrics, "It was all yellow"
Kind of like Coldplay lyrics, “It was all yellow” but who is the Richmond player?

3. Richmond Silver Top taxi

Richmond recruit Mark Graham in silver. Well played Terry Wallace
Richmond recruit Mark Graham in silver. Well played Terry Wallace.

Richmond sold out their pre-season jumper as a giant add for silver top taxis in 2005. What colour did they choose – silver of course in fact all silver with the obligatory floating tigers head which by this stage was hovering around the middle of the jumper. That must have taken months to design.

2. Hawthorn t-shirts

Joel Smith and Daniel Chick. T-shirts everywhere!
Joel Smith and Daniel Chick. T-shirts everywhere!

How could you make an AFL jumper not like an AFL jumper? Add t-shirt length sleeves, well played Hawthorn in pre-season 2000. In the final game the t-shirt jumper was used the players complained of being too hot and returned to the field after halftime in traditional sleeveless jumpers.  Brilliant.

Flying high in a t-shirt
Nathan Thompson flying high in a t-shirt as Anthony Rock looks on.

1. Hawthorn diamonds

Johnny Platten models the  worst footy jumper ever.
Johnny Platten models the worst footy jumper ever as Steve Lawrence jogs away.

Everyone knows it, so here it is. Clearly the worst AFL jumper ever constructed –  the Hawthorn diamond jumper worn for one game in the 1995 pre-season. Where did the blue come from? Where did the diamonds come from? Why does it look like bad jockey silks? Who thought this was a good idea? Some many questions still remain, so few answers all these years later. The jumper looks particularly good teamed with the brown shorts and all yellow socks the Hawks were wearing at the time.

Paul Hudson reminds himself that diamonds are not a footballers best friend
Paul Hudson reminds himself that diamonds are not a footballers best friend

And just when you thought you’d seen it all in all, here is Dennis Pagan and associated assistants in coaches pre-season attire from the North Melbourne days. Note the three quarter pants.

Righto boys I want you to play for longer than my pants
Righto boys I want you to play for longer than my pants
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