Condition: 7/10 Good. Light surface wear and bobbling. Faint mark on one shoulder. Little damage to the rear #0
Size: Adult’s Small
Chest Measurement: 36-38 Inches / 92-97 CM
Colour: Dark green, white & blue trim
Official Astore Real Sociedad away football shirt from the 1996/97 season Complete with #10 on the back of the shirt in official flock numbering.
Condition of this vintage football jersey is 7/10 – Good. Light surface wear and bobbling. Faint mark on one shoulder. Little damage to the rear #0 (see photos).
For many years, Real Sociedad followed the practice of its Basque rivals Athletic Bilbao of signing only Basque players. It abandoned the policy in 1989 when it signed Irish international John Aldridge from Liverpool. Aldridge scored 16 goals in his first season to be the club's top scorer, and fourth-highest scorer of the entire league as La Real finished fifth.
In 1990, La Real signed an English striker, Dalian Atkinson of Sheffield Wednesday, who therefore became the club's first black player. He scored 12 goals in his first season, second at the club only to Aldridge's 17. That was Aldridge's final season at La Real, and he left to play in the lower English leagues at Tranmere Rovers, while Atkinson left to top-flight Aston Villa.
In 1997–98, Real Sociedad finished third, its best finish since being runners-up for the first time since 1988. Its total of 63 points was 11 less than champions Barcelona but just two less than runners-up Athletic Bilbao. The club finished higher in the table than Real Madrid due to a superior goal differential. Yugoslav striker Darko Kovačević scored 17 times that season, making him the fourth-highest scorer in the league. The third-place finish qualified La Real for the 1998–99 UEFA Cup, where it beat Sparta Prague and Dynamo Moscow before being knocked out in the third round by Atlético Madrid.
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