New Zealand football touring shirt

This shirt was worn by Leo Hope-Ede, who started as an inside forward for the Metro College Club before he represented New Zealand on the Association Football Pacific Tour in 1951 and again in 1952, playing a total of 12 games. This number 12 shirt was worn by Leo on the 1951 tour. They were not then called the All Whites because like most New Zealand teams, their uniform was a black shirt. It had a white collar, with a silver fern on the left breast, white shorts and black socks with white tops. The All Whites now play in an all-white strip, rather than the traditional Kiwi sporting black. This is because FIFA regulations reserve the black strip for international referees. The All Whites nickname is also a play on the All Blacks. Read more about wearing the colour black in the New Zealand Fashion Museum publication Black: The history of black in fashion, society and culture in New Zealand.

Details

Credit: Loan courtesy of the Hope-Ede family.
Garment type: Shirt
Colour: Black
Label: Unknown
Date: 1951