By Dave S. Clark
Every sports fan loves a retro jersey. Hockey teams, like the Oilers for example, have recently brought back colours and logos from days of old and made them new again. Now FC Edmonton, a team that is still in its inaugural season, is doing the same.
How is the rookie team doing that? They’re going back to 1982 and borrowing the jersey design of the Edmonton Drillers, the city’s pro soccer team at the time.
FCE has actually worn the retro Drillers jerseys once already this season, against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, who also went retro this year, wearing jerseys from their original 1982 NASL team.
“FC Edmonton is just one piece of Edmonton’s soccer fabric dating back to the Black Gold in 1978,” said FCE GM Tom Leip in a statement. “The NASL was in town from 1979 to 1982 and the Drillers became a major part of Edmonton’s professional sports history. We just wanted to pay homage to that.”
Leip said it was important to acknowledge the professional soccer teams that paved the way for Edmonton’s new soccer team.
The retro jerseys will make their only home appearance this Sunday against Fort Lauderdale. Kick off is at 4 p.m. at Foote Field.
Leip has to be hoping the jerseys can help his team turn things around. After spending much of the season in second place, FCE has dropped their last five games and has only picked up two points in their last seven games. They now sit in sixth place, the league’s final playoff spot. However, a win on Sunday would move FCE back in front of the Strikers in fifth place.