MUNDIAL x Percival
A LIMITED EDITION COLLECTION
You may have noticed us popping up on football and culture geniuses MUNDIAL’s socials a fair bit recently. We love them deeply, and we’re pretty sure they like us as a friend at the very least. It seems deranged, then, that we’d never worked on a collection together.
You noticed it, didn’t you? Use of the past perfect tense, there. Course you did, you clever, keen-eyed bird of prey. You kestrel. Well, we’ve done it now. MUNDIAL x Percival is here, and it’s massive.
It’s inspired by a photograph. A famous photograph taken by the great Gerry Cranham at the 1965 FA Cup Final at Wembley. It was the final that started everything for the red half of Liverpool. Gerry Byrne broke his collarbone early doors, but played the whole game plus extra-time since there were no subs, and because he was absolutely rock hard. The Reds overcame a very strong Leeds side managed by Don Revie and starring the notorious Billy Bremner, winning 2–1 after extra-time. Rattles and rosettes all over the gaff, and a banner held high above the bouncing heads reading, “LIVERPOOL. THE CREAM OF EUROPE.”
It was Liverpool’s first FA Cup, and Bill Shankly always referred to it as his greatest ever achievement, which is saying something. There’s photographic evidence of captain Ron Yeats celebrating with a pint of milk straight from the bottle. It was a different time.
The Reds lost an extremely controversial European Semi-final to Inter Milan shortly after lifting the FA Cup, and it took them another twelve years to finally become kings of Europe, but this was the moment in which it all began. The day that Liverpool truly started to believe they could take on the continent and win. Cranham’s photograph is a picture of a prophecy.
MUNDIAL and Percival have joined forces to create a short film to sum up what that day meant to the city of Liverpool, and what it means now. The film features fans who were there to witness it first hand, and younger fans who’ve had the story handed down to them from generation to generation like a family heirloom. To top it all off, we’ve created an Overshirt to mark the occasion, and if you check the lining, you might find a very nice little surprise.