On this page you can take a nostalgic trip back to your younger days and rediscover the sports bag you used for school or college in the 70s and 80s, or even further back!

There are now hundreds of sports and gym bags available that are reminiscent of the bags everyone was using several decades ago. Some are authentic replicas, while others have a funky modern twist, and we've hand-picked all the best ones just for you!  

Retro red and white Adidas messenger shoulder bag

Adidas Bags

Back in my childhood, the most popular sports bag that was used for carrying just about everything we needed for a long day at school was an adidas messenger style bag. The most popular colour was, not surprisingly, red and white which reflected the amount of support for the big teams such as Man Utd, Liverpool and Arsenal. I am an Aston Villa supporter, so it has always been much more difficult to find bags in claret and blue!

It's amusing to see that retro style sports bags are now considered "cool" by today's school kids, and as old as it makes me feel, it's still very satisfying to know that I had several of the original bags during my school days back in the 70s and 80s. 

adidas Trefoil Backpack - Black, 30 x 44 x 17 cm, 17 lAdidas Trefoil Gym Drawtring BagAdidas Originals Unisex White SackpackAdidas Classic Backpack, Night MarineAdidas Trefoil Unisex Shoulder Bag, RedBlue Adidas Originals Lunch Bag. Also available in grey and redAdida Retro Red, White and Blue Logo BackpackAdidas Waist Pack (Bum Bag) with red, white and blue trefoil logoAdidas Classic Logo Sports Backback, Black


Dunlop Messenger and Flight Bags

With a trendy leather look exterior, these retro-style bags will ensure that you really stand out from the crowd. We've picked out some favourites here, but you can see oodles more designs by selecting the links below.

Dunlop Faux Leather Unisex Sports Messenger BagOfficial Dunlop Headphones Blue Retro Messenger BagDunlop Wimbledon Tennis Racket Bag with Strawberries GraphicDunlop Retro Canvas Shoulder Bag with Green TrimRetro Dunlop Logo Sweatshirt, UnisexDunlop GREEN FLASH Double Zip Shoulder Bag White & GreenDunlop Retro Music Themed Bag with Hip Hop and Cassette GraphicsDunlop Multi-Coloured Retro Pop Art Warhol Sports BagUnisex Stylish Messenger Bags Flash Flight Bag H29xW38xD12.5 cm (N, Black/Gold)


Dunlop Vintage Gym Holdalls

Dunlop Sport are a British company that have been making tennis and golfing equipment since 1910. These trendy Dunlop sports bags have a wonderful vintage style. They're made from a leather-look PU (which helps to keep the cost down) but they still look very authentic.

If you want to be ultra-fashionable, then turn up to your training session with a Dunlop gym bag and it will certainly be a conversation starter!

Dunlop Unisex-Adult Weekender Top-Handle Bags 20177 Black (Black/Beige), 46x25x25 cm (B x H x T)Dunlop Retro Gym Holdall Sports Weekend Barrel Shoulder Bag BlackBack to School Dunlop Navy Blue Retro Distressed leather look Holdall Shoulder Gym bag with Ecru trim


Gola Sports Bags

The Gola bag was an iconic success back in the 70s, and the Redford is the style to go for for true retro coolness. There are oodles of fun colours and designs to choose from. Many of the designs look just like the originals from back in the day, with others having a modern twist, such as the Kolmio below.


Gola Redford Retro Inspired Sports Bag - Red/WhiteGolad redford Blue and White Retro Style Messenger BagGola Classics Redford Messenger Bag, BlackGola Finney retro Sports Holdall Bag, Khaki and Tan with Union Flag BadgeGola Hicks Chevron Gym/Beach Bag, Red, whiteand blueGola Redford Messenger Bag, Red, White and BlueLadies Pink and White Retro Gola Messenger BagGola Classic Redford Purple Floral BackpackClassics Redford Team Gola Swimming Retro Messenger BagGola Redford Runner Pink and Blue Sports BagGola Redford Track Runner Sports BagUnisex Gola American Flag Shoulder Bag


More Retro Bags that caught our eye...

Scooby Doo Where Are You Retro Messenger Bag1980s Drawstring Gym Bag, Pink. Other colours availableLonsdale Cabin Flight Bag Lightweight Suitcase Accessories Blue/White One SizeDoctor WHo TARDIS Police Box Insulated Cooler BagNintendo Gameboy Insulated Lunch bagAtari Japanese Logo Messenger BagWalls Starship 4 Lolly Messenger BagSpace Invader Red Rucksack Backpack BagOfficial Doctor Who Comic Messenger BagAX Spectrum Keyboard Retro Sports BagSonic The Hedgehog Class of 1991 Retro Backpack BagRetro Style Messenger Bag, Green