As the owner of Stylo Matchmakers, I take immense pride in reminiscing about one of the greatest Irish footballers of all time, Liam Brady, whose impact has left an indelible mark on the football world. Brady’s remarkable career, marked by excellence on the pitch with clubs like Arsenal, Juventus, and West Ham United, is intertwined with the legacy of Stylo Matchmakers, a pioneering football boot label that defied traditional boundaries through innovation and style.
In 1975, Liam Brady joined the esteemed ranks of Stylo Matchmakers, a boutique football boot label that had already signed iconic figures such as Pele and George Best. Brady’s association with Stylo Matchmakers spanned from 1975 to 1979, a period during which he garnered accolades, including the prestigious PFA Player of the Year award in 1979 while showcasing his exceptional skills at Arsenal.
To commemorate Brady’s impactful tenure, Stylo Matchmakers introduced the Heirship Seventy Four Model—a contemporary reinterpretation of the boots he once wore. Crafted with super-soft premium real leather, reinforced heel protection, and a molded metatarsal sole shield, the Heirship Seventy Four paid homage to the original boots adorned by football legends like Billy Bremner, Kevin Keegan, Viv Anderson, Brian Clough, and Bill Shankly.
Stylo Matchmakers, often recognized as the pioneer of designer football labels, transcended the realm of mere footwear. Rooted deeply in football, the brand graced the feet of iconic players, from George Best to Trevor Francis. Its influence extended beyond players, reaching legendary coaches like Bill Shankly, Brian Clough, Don Revie, Jimmy Armfield, and Jock Stein.
Beyond his association with Stylo Matchmakers, Liam Brady’s prowess as a midfielder was unparalleled. Renowned for his exceptional technical skills, vision, and passing ability, Brady dictated the tempo of the game and created scoring opportunities for teammates. A set-piece specialist with a knack for scoring long-range shots, Brady played a pivotal role in leading Arsenal to FA Cup glory in 1979 and the Football League Cup in 1987.
Liam Brady’s enduring impact is reflected in his Serie A title triumph with Juventus in 1985, coupled with being named the Italian Footballer of the Year. His legacy was further solidified when he was welcomed into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2005.
Liam Brady stands not only as a football maestro but also as an emblem of Stylo Matchmakers’ innovative spirit. His technical brilliance, leadership, and professionalism have left an enduring mark on the beautiful game. The Heirship Seventy Four Model, a contemporary tribute to the boots he once wore, serves as a testament to a player whose influence continues to shape football’s legacy long after the final whistle.