My Prize GAA Possession

My Prize GAA Possession

08/09/2014


Down Heaven

In a previous life I had this great idea that grew from my GAA passion.

I would recreate some of the classic county jerseys that I grew up watching on TV and at county games. We would also research and recreate the jerseys of some of the great teams of yester year.

From this passion I eventually started a company – retrogaa, selling the classic jerseys via my website and to numerous shops across the country. It was very heartening to see the passion and the knowledge of supporters who remembered and loved the old teams.

I started with 7 different county jerseys and within 3 years had built the business to over 50 different jerseys, the earliest being the 1901 London All Ireland Champions jersey (not many of them out there). A great business and a real buzz to be a part of –  retrogaa no longer with us unfortunately but then that’s another story!!

Anyway during this time I was contacted by the BBC who wanted to create a documentary on the 50th anniversary of the great Down team of 1960. The idea was to take the team to see the new Croke Park and in the changing rooms have a 1960 Down jersey hanging up for each of the players.

Well just imagine, there I am a Down supporter who grew up with the stories of this team that changed the way Gaelic Football is played with a chance to have my jerseys presented to each of those heroes – awesome!!!

Well to cut a long story short the editor and producer agreed to get 2 jerseys signed for me by the team on the day if I could get the jerseys in time!

Needless to say they got the jerseys in plenty of time.

The documentary was brilliant, the interviews and insights from some of the greatest players to ever play – fascinating, and then my jerseys presented on TV to each player!!

As promised, I received both jerseys and auctioned one of these for a local charity which raised over £3000!

The second jersey though is not for sale, it is stored away safely only coming out to show a lucky few Down Gaels.

It brings back so many great memories of my time running retrogaa and to have this memento of one of the greatest teams to ever grace our playing fields is both an honour and a privilege.


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Down 1960 All Ireland Champions




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