Minna Long Sleeve by Lack of Guidance

Minna Long Sleeve by Lack of Guidance

Lack of Guidance release the Minna Long Sleeve in honour of Humphrey Mijnals, the first black player to play for the Dutch national football team.

The year 1956 was a special year when it comes to football in the Netherlands. For the first time in history, a Dutch football club decided to attract players from Surinam, a country that used to be a colony of the Netherlands. One thing was for sure, Dutch football would never be the same again.

One of those players was Humphrey Mijnals. Four years after his arrival in the Netherlands, Humphrey Mijnals received a letter from the Dutch football association, inviting him to play for the Dutch national football team. Humphrey Mijnals would become the first - but definitely not the last - football player with Surinamese roots to play for Holland.

 

 

Back in 1960 it was considered a controversial move to select a black player for the Dutch national football team. Many people were under the impression that coach Elek Schwartz selected Humphrey Mijnals because of affirmative action. Humphrey Mijnals only played 3 matches for Holland.

Remarkably, his last match for the Dutch national football team was in and against his home country Surinam. Unfortunately Humphrey Mijnals passed away this year. LoG are commemorating the player that paved the way for some of the greatest football players in the history of the Netherlands. The great man would have turned 89 this Saturday.

The Minna Long Sleeve and is available now, retailing for €80 on their website www.lackofguidance.com.

Photography by Eva Roefs (@evaroefs)

 

 

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