AFL - Round 18 Heritage Round Launch
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 27: Players from twelve of the sixteen AFL clubs pose at the launch of the AFL Heritage Round which is Round 18 of the AFL Premierhip Season at Yarra Park on July 27, 2004 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Earlier this month, 7AFL piqued the interest of footballing fanatics by raising the idea of a ‘Heritage Round’ reprisal.

Through several seasons of the 2000s, each AFL team was once a season given the opportunity to resurrect one of their guernseys from days gone by and pay homage to their past.

One eyed fans and rose tinted nostalgists welcomed the chance to see their current champions clad in the same garb as the heroes of yesteryear.

Cynics of the concept saw it as just another opportunity to stuff overflowing club coffers.

However, with so many teams cash strapped from the rigours of this ‘Covid Cup’ season, one Twitter user suggested that not only should the notion of the themed round be returned, but that each team should deliberately crash through their crepe banners in jumpers better left at the back of the closet.

Mere minutes later, this theory was seconded with the additional thought that should replicas of these garish garments be made available for purchase, the public would snap them up and in turn boost their club’s bottom line.

Sporting supporters the world over have no qualms in parting with their hard earned for merchandise adorned with their team’s logo.

Many are even willing to spend ludicrous amounts on player issue, one off and limited edition jerseys at online auctions.

But would anyone buy any of these unattractive uniforms?

With the help of the meticulous archiver, we set about testing this hypothesis.



Since entering the league in 1991, the Adelaide Crows’ home jumper has remained virtually unchanged, apart from some minor tailoring alterations.

On the other hand, their clash/away jumpers have included few hits and many misses such as this effort from early in the 2015 season.