Condition: 9/10 Superb
Size: Adult’s Extra Large
Chest Measurement: 44-46 Inches / 111-117 CM
Manufacturer: Cotton Traders
Colour: Navy blue, white trim
Seasons: 1998/1999 & 1999/2000
Official Cotton Traders Sale Sharks leisure rugby shirt from the 1998/99 season.
Condition of this original rugby shirt is 9/10 – Superb (see photos).
All size and manufacturers labels present. Material is bright, vivid and smooth. Fantastic looking shirt, ideal for a collector or for framing.
During the nineties, despite thrilling displays under Paul Turner, and his successor John Mitchell, both club and ground struggled to keep a grip on the demanding commercial and financial realities of running a professional rugby club.
Sale took 20,000 fans to Twickenham for the 1997 Pilkington Cup Final but Leicester won a mistake-ridden match 9–3. This interest quickly faded and the anticipated increased crowds never materialised and relegation from the Premier Division loomed until rugby union-playing local businessman Brian Kennedy came to the rescue late in the 1999–2000 season. Since then, the club has been on a sound financial footing.
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