Condition: 9/10 Superb
Size: Adults Small
Chest Measurement: 36-38 Inches / 95-101 CM
Manufacturer: Cotton Traders
Colour: Red, navy & white trim
Seasons: 2005/2006 & 2006/2007
Official Cotton Traders Gloucester home long sleeve rugby shirt from the 2005/2006 season.
Condition of this vintage rugby shirt is 9/10 – Superb (see photos).
All size and manufacturers labels present (see photos). Material is bright, vivid and smooth. Fantastic looking shirt, ideal for a collector or for framing.
At the start of the 2005 season, the club chairman Tom Walkinshaw began several changes to modernise the club in order to keep up with rugby's rapidly advancing professionalism, whilst the majority of fans supported the need to modernise, some fans were concerned that the club was losing touch with its heritage and traditions. 'Gloucester Rugby Football Club' has been renamed 'Gloucester Rugby' and, due to copyright issues, no longer use Gloucester City's Coat of Arms as the club's crest (as the crest didn't belong to the club, and with no copyright, unofficial merchandise was freely available).
The 2005–06 season saw an improvement in the club's fortunes, although they did not qualify for the playoffs, they were strong contenders and lost out on the last day of the regular season. They also won silverware in the European Challenge Cup, defeating London Irish in a tense final that went into extra time. This season was also the last we saw of many Academy graduates such as James Forrester, who was forced to retire through injury the following season.
Gloucester Rugby finished 1st in the 2006/2007 Guinness Premiership table. Both Leicester and Gloucester Rugby tied with 71 points, but Gloucester Rugby gained first place with more games won. Gloucester Rugby defeated Saracens in the semi-final at Kingsholm, 50–9, to move into the Twickenham final where they faced Leicester Tigers. However, Gloucester Rugby were beaten heavily by the Tigers with the final score being 44–16, Gloucester Rugby again being defeated by a better prepared team. Despite tehir strength in the League system, they failed to progess beyond the group stage of the Heineken Cup.