The original jersey. This would be the Warriors inaugural jersey.
- Jersey Name:
- 1995 Home Jersey
- Year/s Jersey Active:
- Jersey Type:
- First Grade Home
- Jersey Debut:
- 10th March 1995
- Jersey Supplier:
- Canterbury of NZ CCC
- Main Jersey Sponsor:
- DB Bitter
- Sleeve Sponsor:
- Ansett NZ
The original logo was designed by Francis Allan from the Advertising company Colenso and was released in August 1992. The first tekoteko featured a straight tongue however Warriors CEO at the time, Ian Robson, and Marketing Manager ,Liz Dawson, decided that a curved tongue looked more striking. Unbeknown to both the curved tongue was actually a sign of femininity and showed a lack of courage.
The colours of bluetiful, white, green and red were a cross of the Auckland Rugby Leagues traditional colours and the colours of major sponsor DB Bitter. DB Breweries paying close to $1.5 million a year for the rights (some early reports suggested $4 million!).
In May 1993 Ansett was announced as the official Airline to the Warriors and the sleeve sponsor on the jersey. Although at the time they weren't yet flying Trans-Tasman the offer they bid far surpassed that of Air NZ.
The main difference between the 1995 jersey and the ones preceding it was the use of the Australian Rugby League (ARL) badge. The ARL having been established that very year.
CHECK THROUGH THE IMAGE GALLERY OF THIS POST TO VIEW THE DIFFERENT TYPES AVAILABLE
OFFICIAL REPLICA - Official supplier was CCC. Not sure why but these werent produced in nearly the same amount of numbers as the Lenco version.
This jersey isnt all that common and a one in good condition is very good to find.
REPLICA VARIATIONS - Up until 1999 the ARL/NRL owned the manufacturing rights to teams jerseys and would sell licences to producers.
By far the most common version of the original jersey that was made was produced by Lenco. Some 97% of all 1995 jerseys that come up for sale on online auction sites will be of this variety.
Other makers included Sport M, Peerless, Peerless New Zealand, Oddfellows, etc.
These jerseys are always coming up for sale and arent particularly rare.
PLAYERS JERSEY - The Warriors used a couple different jerseys and its really hard to tell the real from the fake. Some were exactly like the replicas but with shorter sleeves while the main type had the CCC logo in bluetiful and on the white area around the neck.
Numbers were sometimes just plain white, had the CCC logo at the base or a mixture of both.
As stated its hard to tell the real from the fake but my best advice would be to buy from someone you trust...