Away/clash jumpers (AFL)
Adelaide unveiled its first away jumper early in the 1999 premiership season after a lengthy process of considering a range of design options and then seeking AFL approval. The Crows had worn the one jumper style for premiership season home and away games, and finals, in the first eight seasons. The new away jumper featured more red on the front chest, thinner hoops covered by a version of the Crows logo, and red numbers on a shield. Sleeve edges on the away guernsey were thick, blue with gold trim.
The new jumper was first worn against Hawthorn in round two, breaking a run of 186 premiership games for Adelaide’s main jumper. It was not worn in the 1999 pre-season series, with the Club seeking maximum exposure for its release before its debut. Adelaide defeated Hawthorn by four points at Waverley Park the first time the side wore the away guernsey. Usually worn with white shorts, the away jumper was paired with blue shorts in the round 20 clash with the Sydney Swans. The basic style of this away jumper lasted seven seasons.
The number on the away/clash guernsey was switched from red to gold and gold also replaced red on the shield edging. There was also a change to the collar. White or blue shorts were worn with this jumper in 2000.
Fila took over as the new apparel supplier in 2001 with both the home and clash jumpers featuring a new neckline. The thin edging on the away sleeve and collar changed from gold to red.
The numbers on the away guernsey were changed to solid, with no outline.
The arrival of Russell Athletic led to another change of neckline style in 2003.
There was another collar change in 2004 with the Russell Athletic logo moving to below the collar block. Adelaide had used its main guernsey in every final it played until it wore the away jumper in the 2005 preliminary final against West Coast in Perth. A different typeface on the front Camry logo differentiates the 2004 and 2005 versions.
Adidas returned to partner the Crows in 2006 and there were some major changes to the jumpers. Blue replaced red on the top panel of the away jumper, the front bands were thicker, the Crow was bigger, the number was gold with a white outline and the shield was removed from the back. It was first worn in round one of the 2006 season against Collingwood. Adelaide also launched a new predominantly red “clash” guernsey for use when required. It made its first appearance in round three against Melbourne on the Gold Coast and again in round eight against Richmond.
A small Crow was added above the number on the red clash guernsey but faced the opposite way to the normal club style. The red jumper was worn in the elimination final against Hawthorn. This was the first year the AFL logo appeared on each number.
Adelaide introduced a new away jumper in 2008, based on the design used for the Club’s first pre-season guernsey in 1996. A key factor behind the change was that the AFL deemed the previous main away guernsey clashed with seven AFL clubs. The new away jumper was first worn in the opening round of the season against the Western Bulldogs. The back was red with blue numbers outlined in white. The Crows also kept the red clash jumper for three away games.
The numbers on the main away guernsey were changed from blue to gold, with white outline. The gold side panels no longer continued down the lower front of the jumper. The red clash was only worn once during the 2009 season, versus Brisbane.
The launch of a new Adelaide Football Club logo and the Club’s desire to have only one away jumper – and advice from the AFL – led to Adelaide using its first white-based jumper in 2010. It featured the new Crows logo style on the front, Toyota Hybrid Camry logo on the front, and was worn in five away games when the main guernsey clashed with the opposition. It was first worn in round three at the MCG, against Melbourne. The Toyota logo returned to the back back of the guernsey in 2011.
Adelaide wore the white away guernsey in the 2012 preliminary final loss to Hawthorn at the MCG. The front sponsor badge changed to Toyota.
Puma was the new supplier, with a new template. There was also a new away/clash jumper, with the “Murder of Crows” design on the front representing flocks of Crows members and supporters flying together to support the team. It was first worn in round two against Brisbane, at the Gabba.
There was a slight change to the collar and template, with the stripes on the back not as prominent.
BLK took over as the supplier for the 2015 season and there was a new away guernsey featuring blue, red and yellow claw marks on the front and back. These marks on the front and back had different shades of the three main colours, plus grey lines and edging. The Club’s 25th season was also celebrated with a special logo and the Toyota logo on the front was red. The jumper was first worn in round two against Collingwood. After the death of senior coach Phil Walsh in July 2015, the initials PW were embroidered into the back of the collar in his memory. The white away jumper was worn in both finals but lasted just the one season.
The Crows introduced new gold and white-based away/clash jumpers with bands of red, yellow and blue across the middle of the front. The white jumper made its debut in round three against Richmond and the gold version was used for the first time against the Western Bulldogs in round seven.
Another change of supplier (to ISC) and another different collar template, with blue added to the shoulders of the white and gold away/clash jumpers. The back logo changed to Camry.
The gold guernsey was removed from the jumper set, leaving the white-based jumper as the only clash option in 2018. There was a new blue collar and Hybrid was Toyota’s sponsor badge on the back.
For the first time since a sponsor name appeared on the back of the jumpers in 1995, major partner Toyota allowed the Crows to offer the position to another sponsor, Optus.
A new white-based clash guernsey was launched after a fan vote, using the ‘We Fly as One’ Crow on a new chevron shape blue, red and gold panel. Red was added to the inside of the blue cuff. The Crows logo above the number was replaced with a sponsor logo when the competition resumed from the COVID break. The new jumper was first worn in round three against Gold Coast.
The Crows introduced new yellow and red away/clash jumpers for the 2021 season. They were similar to the 2006-07 versions but with bands and hoops all the way down the front, in the same style as the home guernsey. The bands were in different order though – blue, red, gold on the gold, but blue, yellow, red on the red. The gold jumper had blue numbers, collar and sleeve cuffs and the and the red had gold collar, sleeve cuffs and numbers. The 238 Crows AFL players of the first 30 seasons were embedded on the jumpers. The gold jumper was first worn against North Melbourne in round four and the red jumper made its debut in round six against Hawthorn.
Adelaide dropped the yellow away jumper and made some minor adjustments to the red guernsey, which the Crows wore three times during the season.