An In-Depth Review of the Flyers’ 50th Anniversary Jerseys

The Flyers’ 50th Anniversary Jersey landed with a thud. They got buried online (by Kyle, the “online uniform community,” and many, many people on Twitter). Let’s take a look at why the Flyers have a swing and a miss on their hands.

* I won’t call it a “sweater” the same way that I won’t call a soccer field a “pitch.” We’re 2-0 against the Commonwealth and Kingdom, and I’m not going to give up now.

First, it’s lazy. It’s kind of their current white jersey with gold swapped in strategically. The orange yoke stops at the shoulder instead of continuing to the sleeve. Outline the logo and fill the numbers and Captain’s “C” with gold, and that’s about it. I actually don’t hate the use of gold, but it’s being wasted on accents on what amounts to the current uniform.

Second, the addition of gold makes it look just like a hypothetical white Anaheim Ducks jersey. (for reference, the Ducks actual orange alternate jersey):

Third, they didn’t win the World Series.

2009 home opener uniforms via Bill Henderson’s awesome Game Worn Guide to MLB Jerseys – 7th Edition –

Fourththat hype video… alchemy (WE’RE TURNING BLACK INTO GOLD AT A MOLECULAR LEVEL!) is so pre-Renaissance, and they obviously didn’t want to spring for the rights to Disparate Youth so they used the stock music equivalent. And Santigold is even from Philadelphia! (Hey, Jim, enough dirty hipster street cred for you with this take?)

Fifth, why is the patch in the shape of a keystone (again)? Pennsylvania has two hockey teams, and we shouldn’t have to share this with Pittsburgh. This should be the Liberty Bell, cheesesteak, or a blue collar.

Sixth, even though you said the gold was fine, it’s little gaudy, right? Actually, yeah, it is. Especially on the gigantic rear numbers. Wouldn’t gold stroke around black or orange numbers be better? (gold stroke on the white letters of the nameplate works quite well, though…)


What would be better? Maybe this is too far outside the box, but what if they wore throwbacks to the actual 1967 jersey? We love that retro stuff. Look at the number typeface. It’s just thin enough compared to the current uniform to look legitimately old. And, hey, what’s that? The orange yoke continues to the sleeves… just like the current white jersey. The current alternate, which traces back to 2011, was a designer’s interpretation of the Flyers generally consistent identity imagined as a 1930s/40s old-timey uniform, with a non-white shade of white and a drawstring collar because, again, old-timey. Note that none of these elements were present in 1967. That doesn’t make the current throwback bad/ugly/worth replacing, just that the Flyers still have a throwback angle to play… and they aren’t.

1967 Uniform from

It’s not that bad is it? Actually, no. Thankfully, gold and orange are similar-ish colors, so everything still “goes together.” There are obvious worse alternate jerseys in the NHL as of today (Islanders and Lightning, namely). And, come on, it still looks like a Flyers jersey. It’s not like it’s this… thing.

Anything else that would work instead? Yes! A season-wide throwback “event” for the 50th anniversary. Instead of one throwback design that actually isn’t a throwback, cycle various actual throwback designs in and out throughout the year for, let’s say, Saturday home games. The Canadiens, Cubs, and even Astros have done it. The Flyers have a remarkably consistent uniform design, but even if it’s been uneventful, there have been changes as years have gone on that the fans remember. I can’t be the only fan who watched in the late 90s who wouldn’t mind seeing the black jerseys again (though I might be the only person looking for the 2002-07 orange+silver alternates to make an appearance).

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33 Responses

  1. All the white trash fans from Delco will buy these the first day they “hit the racks” The gold is kind of fey, and it really does look like an Anaheim jersey.

    1. Hey Fuller – Why don’t you do us all a favor and make this your last post. I know you are nothing more than a Pabst guzzling, grilled cheese eating, hipster from Northern Liberties but you really need to take a long hard look at yourself and consider becoming a woman.

      Thanks for listening.
      www . joeconklin . com

        1. Ah, the true hipster prerequisites. I’m guessing software engineer for Microsoft or M.E. for Boeing, 20% of his comp is or will be RSUs or straight out stock options. He’ll stay hipster left until his job is exported to southeast Asia.

    2. A thud ? Shut up tool bag. Those jerseys are sweet. 50 is the golden anniversary, hence the gold you moron. Why don’t you go shower with Spuds and take a big ole johnson up your booty.

      1. I mean really, everything about him was awful. No true Flyers fan misses him. Megadeth is for guys who have figurines on their bookshelves. John LeClair was overrated.

        Right, Delco?

  2. Is that all you got crossing broad ? You guys not mam enough to make comments to my face! You bunch of little sissy bad at sex 22 35 year old guys ! Oh you boys wanna see bad…..ill show you bad. Mhmm hmm

    1. I felt left out of the crybaby’s rant.
      Based on the Stern related names in the comment section, a lot of us fall into the 35-44 demographic.

  3. Do we not remember that Anaheim stole OUR colors?? We are the orange and the black and then all of a sudden they’re wearing orange and black. Ducks jerseys look like Flyers jerseys, not the other way around. And the gold is awesome, it literally represents 50. Throwbacks are played out – this is good. Only thing better would’ve been a black jersey.

    1. Agreed. WTF is wrong w/ the NHL…they are just replicating the flyers jerseys for the ducks, so fucking stupid. Can’t think of anything else I guess…what a fucking joke

    2. Just because Anaheim now has orange on their uniforms doesn’t mean that the Flyers’ can design in a vacuum. Sure, it’s stupid that the NHL let them use/take orange as a primary color, but it’s still on the Flyers if they design a jersey that looks just like a color-inverted version of another team’s design.

      (again, I know the Flyers were first, and I agree the Ducks shouldn’t have orange, but the Flyers just designed a jersey that looks just like another team’s)

  4. No matter what the jersey was, Crossing Broad would complain about it. This jersey is “lazy” because they didn’t do enough to change it – another jersey would be “too complicated” with too much going on. Your “proposed” throwback jersey would be even more “lazy” because it was already designed. What about something new?

    As far as the similarities to the Ducks, I blame Anaheim and the NHL for even allowing the Ducks to break into the Flyers’ color scheme years ago. The Ducks should have kept their original colors, or some variation thereof. They keep pushing the boundaries essentially stealing the orange and black scheme bc. I find it ridiculous they can’t think of anything else with all the money they pour into uniform design.

    1. I complained about the jersey because it is boring and lazy, not just because it’s fashionable to hate everything. In fact, I’ve given lots of uniforms positive reviews: the new Phillies red alternates, the Sixers most recent uniform design, heck even the Marlins 2012 re-design got a positive review, and that’s one of the busiest, most complicated designs in the MLB. Oh, yeah, we also gave a positive review to the Winter Classic jersey which became the alternate jersey in the years since. Sure, each review has included “it would have been even better if…” component, but that doesn’t negate the rest of the positive review. (I’ll also say that Kyle has written positively about the blackout Eagles uniforms, but I’ll also say that Kyle is known for having horrible taste.)

      I do realize that many of the uniform articles end up being negative, but that’s because the Philadelphia teams are pretty conservative in that area, so the only items which come up for discussion are things like the 4th of July, Memorial Day, etc. hats and jerseys which have gone from “meh” to bad to worse as the years have gone on. There’s nothing positive to say about that stuff because, well, on the whole, there isn’t anything positive to say. That’s not “blogger snark” when pointing out that the camouflage hats and jerseys look like hot garbage. Maybe some “keyboard muscles in mom’s basement,” but definitely not negativity for negativity’s sake.

      The finer point of “lazy” versus “complicated” versus “maybe an actual throwback would be better” comes down to the fact that the team didn’t really go any of those routes. It’s a “new” jersey that’s barely different from what they’re already wearing, and they lazily added some gold to it. Either go all-throwback (90s black design, actual 1967 design…) or go all-new. This one is *kind of* new when they had the chance to literally do whatever they wanted when they chose to not just use 1967 throwbacks.

      Yeah, it is the Ducks’ and the NHL’s fault that orange is now the Ducks AND the Flyers color, but the Flyers don’t get to design in a vacuum just because they were there with orange first.

  5. Ryan Howard is acting like an ass face. Why no copy and pasting of someone elses report?

  6. any stern douches remember me…thats right…I set off a firecracker under my nuts just to be a dick…..mikey miss licked the powder burns too

  7. What’s the most annoying event that happened this summer that brought out the idiotic local population to call up sports radio and waste time:

    Buddy Ryan’s death

    Mohammad Ali’s death

    Ryan Lochte destroying a bathroom in Brazil

    Colin Kaepernick protesting the national anthem

  8. I would suggest that given time, this jersey will grow on lots of flyers fans. I believe the club was correct in incorporating gold as a tertiary add-on for this 50th season. Also, this may be the awaited flipping of the bird to Anaheim for going to an orange and black colored jersey (gold accents of course). That was a violation the way this flyers fan sees it.

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