We thought Bukta had a good reputation among the nation’s football fans and we were right…
Edward Buck & Sons was founded in 1879, and produced clothing for soldiers in the Boer and Great Wars… they also kitted out the Boy Scouts and produced tents, back in the days when they used to be tent-shaped.
(Picture found on the The Serendipity Project blog.)
Proper, stand-up, no-nonsense sports clothing… as Phil Redmond described it: “Bukta the choice of school sports teachers in the late 70’s early 80’s…”
The sort of brand your pipe-smoking old Dad would have approved of.
We also discovered that those good people at TOFFS now have a full Bukta retro range, which includes Blyth Spartans, the wonderful Airdrieonians shirt and the bizarre purple and yellow Hibs strips.
John Ewan @LondonHibee on Twitter told us this was to do with Hibs being the first Scottish club to carry shirt advertising ‘Bukta’ as it happens, and the television companies refusing to allow it on screen.
Also on Twitter rob stokes @JossiesDad has fond memories of his green Bukta goalie top: “We had to sew our own Solent United badge on mind…”
We are loving the half-time orange in the background. We’re not doing the joke though.
Blades fan unitedite@unitedite told us: “Bukta made a comeback in Scotland a couple of years back – Forfar, Arbroath, Brechin inc FAFC anniversary kit but hit problems. Clubs cancelled contracts and switched to other suppliers like Pendle. Through the Bukta website I ordered the short lived anniversary shirt for my Loons supporting father in law. Cost a tenner and they sent two!”
No wonder they had financial problems!
So here’s to Bukta, a solid, likeable second division sort of brand. If that sounds harsh we would point you towards Panini’s Football 79 album which has Bukta wearing: Brighton & Hove Albion, Bristol Rovers, Charlton Athletic, Millwall and Newcastle United in the second division, but not one representative in the top flight.
We leave you with a question… njmacleod of bootroomblog sent us this photo of the victorious Cambridge City Primary Schoolboy squad from 1982/83 season resplendent in their Bukta kit and asks: “Who are the two lads who went on to play for Leicester City?”
The original ‘Got, Not Got’ Bukta article.
More of this sort of thing can be found in retro-footy-grumble-fest ‘Got, Not Got’… runner-up in this year’s Footy Book of the Year, and this Xmas’s must-have stocking filler. Available from branches of WH Smith and Waterstones or online here…