The Canberra Raiders are calling on fans to vote on the club’s best jersey of all-time, as part of the 40th anniversary celebrations.
The Raiders have teamed up with avid Raiders memorabilia guru, Canberra Raiders Jersey Nerd to select 40 of the clubs most iconic and unique jerseys, so fans can vote on their all-time favourite Raiders jersey.
The Raiders will have four rounds of voting to select the top 10, with each round showcasing a mix of eras and jerseys over the clubs 40-year history. The top 10 jerseys will then be selected from the fan vote, with one final vote to see which jersey is voted the best in club history.
Below is some information on the history of the club’s jersey and our fourth and final round of 10 jerseys, which you can vote on to make it through to the final!
Raiders 40 -Year Jersey Competition Round 4
The 1989 home jersey holds a special place in Canberra Raiders history, as it’s the first ever jersey the club wore in a premiership winning season. In what has been described as the greatest Grand Final of all-time, the Raiders defeated the Balmain Tigers 19-14 in extra time to secure the first premiership for the club.
The jersey itself is in the traditional style of lime green with a white collar and sleeve trim which includes the white, yellow and blue hoops on the sleeves.
The major sponsor in 1989 was Woodger’s, which features on the front and back of the jersey. This jersey would also feature the 1989 grand final badge, which was added to the jerseys of the teams who played in the grand finals during the Winfield Cup era.
Manufactured by Peerless, it’s one of the clubs most iconic jerseys.
The 1992 Raiders Away jersey is another classic and another memorable Raiders jersey. The predominantly white strip carries the blue collar worn on the 1992 home jersey and features the green, blue, and yellow hoops around the sleeves and chest of the main jersey.
Manufactured by Canterbury, the major sponsor on the front and back on this jersey for the final time in the 90’s was Video Ezy, with Bega Cheese represented on the sleeves. The NSWRL and Canberra Raiders logos are also on the front.
After three seasons carrying the famous Canberra Milk sponsorship on the front of the Raiders jersey, the Raiders started the 1996 season without a major sponsor on the front of their jersey. News Limited Company, News Classifieds took the spot halfway through the season and into the finals in a deal that was similar to other teams that had joined Super League such as Perth and Penrith.
The jersey itself carries the same design elements as the 1994 and 1995 home jerseys, with the green jersey with the blue winged collar. It also has the white, blue, and yellow hoops on the sleeves. Ansett Airlines became the sleeve sponsor not long before News Classifieds.
The jersey manufactured by Peerless carries the Optus Cup ARL badge and the traditional Canberra Raiders logo.
The 1998 home jersey is the first jersey the Raiders wore in the unified NRL competition following on from the Super League War and split competitions in 1997.
The design is the same as the Raiders 1997 Super League jersey, with the Green and white jersey featuring the blue arrows on the front, with blue and yellow collar and blue sleeve trim.
The front of the jersey carries the NRL logo (which some jerseys were even re-badged with the NRL logo placed over what was the new look Super League Telstra Cup competition logo for 1998 given how late the two comps unified) and traditional Canberra Raiders logos. The jersey was produced by Nike and carries the Major Sponsor logo of Oracle on both the front of jersey and sleeves.
In 2004 the Raiders produced a commemorative jersey as part of 80s week. The Raiders wore the jersey in their round 21 match against Manly at Brookvale Oval, with Manly also wearing a commemorative strip to mark the 1987 grand final between the two teams.
The traditional strip of lime green with white collar and white sleeve trim also has the blue, yellow and white hoops of the 1987 Raiders jersey.
Manufactured by ISC, the major sponsor logo of Fone Zone is on the front of the jersey and the Compuware logo in on the sleeve. The jersey also carries the NRL Telstra Premiership badge and Raiders traditional logo.
There is text underneath the Raiders logo to mark the match with the wording “80’s Week Grand Final replay, Raiders v Manly 1st August 2004.
2011 Women in League
The Raiders used their round 16 match against the Parramatta eels in 2011 to celebrate the Women in League round and pay tribute to all the contribution’s women make to the game. As part of the celebration the Raiders wore their first ever Women in League jersey.
The Pink jersey with white stripes, white side panels and yellow trim on the end of the sleeves was worn in the team’s 25-12 win over the Eels at GIO Stadium. The design was based on the Brain Injury jersey that was used in 2010.
Manufactured by ISC, the jersey carries the major sponsor logo of The Tradies Club on the front and back with Local Liquor as the sleeve and lower back sponsor. The NRL Telstra Premiership logo features as does the Raiders 30-year logo which was worn in season 2011.
The Raiders and major sponsor Huawei embarked on their first charity jersey partnership in 2014, when they teamed up to support Tour de Cure. The Raiders wore a mainly yellow strip for the match (Tour de Cure’s main colour) which included the 2012 chevron design but with white, blue and green colours, with the jersey auctioned off post-match to raise money for Tour de Cure.
Huawei’s logo also incorporated branding for the Ascend G6 smart phone on the front and back, which was a new product on the market at the time. These jerseys were not produced for retail, so they are very sought out amongst Raider’s jersey collectors.
Manufactured by ISC, the jersey carries the NRL Telstra Premiership logo, Raiders logo, sleeve/back sponsor DHA and Abode hotels on the neckline.
The Canberra Raiders wore a specially designed ANZAC jersey in 2015, when they took on the South Sydney Rabbitohs in Cairns to commemorate ANZAC troops landing in Gallipoli 100 years prior. The Raiders played the Rabbitohs at Barlow park on April 26, the day after the traditional ANZAC Day commemorations.
The Army green two-toned jersey featured the silhouette of an Australian digger sitting above a map of Gallipoli.
Manufactured by ISC, the jersey carried the major sponsor Huawei Logo, sleeve sponsor DHA, Abode Hotels on the neckline with the NRL Telstra Premiership and Raiders logos.
The jerseys were auctioned off post-match to raise money for three aligned ex-service charities – Soldier On, Woden Valley RSL Sub-Branch and Canberra Legacy.
The 2019 home jersey is another that carries special significance to Raiders fans, as it’s the jersey the Raiders have played their most recent grand final in. The 2019 season saw the Raiders finish the season on a remarkable run, which culminated in their first grand final appearance since 1994.
Unfortunately, the Raiders went down 14-8 to the Roosters, but the jersey is a reminder of what was a successful season for the Green Machine.
The jersey itself is in the traditional style of predominantly green with the blue, yellow and white hoops on the sleeves and white collar.
Manufactured by ISC, the jersey carries the NRL Telstra Premiership and Canberra Raiders logos, with major sponsor Huawei on the front of the jersey, Dare iced Coffee on the sleeves, ITP Australia on the neckline and Austbrokers Canberra on the back.
In 2021 the Raiders had a taste of nostalgia with their heritage jersey, with Canberra Milk returning to the front of the club’s jersey as they resumed as major sponsor for the season.
The traditional green jersey featured the white, blue and yellow hoops on the sleeves, with a blue collar and jersey trim.
There were also blue, white and yellow vertical stripes at the back of the neck of the jersey.
Toyota Forklifts featured on the on-field jersey as sleeve sponsor, ITP Australia on the neckline, Huawei and Austbrokers on the back, with the ISC produced jersey featuring the NRL Telstra Premiership and Raiders logos.