Background. We launched www.oldfootballshirts.com in October 2006 and we're creating the ultimate history of football shirts (soccer jerseys), using photos of fans shirts, from the UK and from around the World. On 11 April the Liverpool Echo reported, "A real bolt from the blue has happened in regard to the FA Cup final....Now the FA has ruled that both clubs shall leave blue entirely out of the picture.". Senior Scottish Elf, Alick Milne has submitted new evidence about the colours of the four clubs that amalgamated to form the modern Aberdeen FC in 1903. 2020-21 Update: Dumbarton and East Fife shirt sponsorship added. This is the first photographic evidence I have seen that confirms the design of the unusual yellow and green chevron worn by Norwich at the time. We can now confirm that the black shorts worn in the team photograph posted yesterday were therefore not part of their regular playing strip. This nicely fills a gap in the record for the early 20th century. This strip, worn by Stockport County in 1968-69, has always been one of my favourites. Port Vale (1909-10, 1912-14 trim altered, 1929-30, 1934-36, December 1979 added, 1965-66 shirt trim added, 1981-82, 1982-83 sponsor altered). England kit history. The winning design, produced by Admiral, featured a large flappy collar with claret and white stripes. (Photograph FIFA. These included two sets of their familiar red shirts with white sleeves, two dozen red and white striped shirts (considered too narrow for their liking), two dozen borrowed from Sheffield United (with broader stripes) and two sets of shirts with broad red and white hoops. Scottish Premiership: Hibernian, Kilmarnock, Livingston, Motherwell, Rangers, Ross County, St Johnstone, St Mirren. As the senior club, Everton thought they were entitled to retain a blue motif but they reckoned without the disdainful approach of the FA to the professional game. This is the first photographic evidence I have seen that confirms the design of the unusual yellow and green chevron worn by Norwich at the time. (Photograph Aberdeen FC Official Website.). Scottish Championship: Ayr United, Dundee. Scottish Premiership: Hibernian, Kilmarnock, Livingston, Motherwell, Rangers, Ross County, St Johnstone, St Mirren. They changed to navy and white stripes shortly afterwards. I originally found this in The A-Z of West Bromwich Albion (Tony Matthews 1996). Incidentally, the staunchly amateur FA insisted that players provide their own dark knickers and socks up until 1932. The latter were selected for the game as can be seen in the poor quality image above and were subsequently worn at Anfield. I am still looking for corroboration for the period 1932-1936. Curiously there are 18 players in the picture and several of them are wearing reversed jerseys. Wigan Athletic applied for membership: competition was fierce and it took three ballots before the issue was decided - Shrewsbury and Scunthorpe were elected and Wigan would have to wait. Our kit history now extends back to the formation of the original Harrogate AFC in 1919, pictured left. Here is another odd variant, worn by Morton in a few matches during the 1983-84 season. The home of original rare football shirts sourced from all over the world. My conclusion is that quarters were worn for at least part of the 1892-93 season and a couple of these resurfaced when the team was assembled a year later, kitted out in mismatched tops. Premier League: Southampton (new sponsor added), Tottenham Hotspur (socks updated), Fulham. are the intellectual property of their respective owners. Workington 1974-75 crest corrected. Club crests and sponsors' logos Scottish Championship: Ayr United, Dundee. Thanks to their efforts I've been to update the Tottenham Hotspur Change Kit section with six previously unrecorded strips, such as these red and white rugby shirts worn in November 1925, as well as a number of corrections and adjustments to dates. I'm grateful to Martin Johnston, General Manager of Peterhead FC, who has submitted a photograph of the team's 1946-47 strip which provides us with details about the design of the crest worn around this time. Elgin City (1933-1914 knickers corrected, hooped 1909-10 kit removed - this was a change kit in yellow and black - gaps in the record 1969-76 now filled): Gillingham (2013-14 correct manufacturer's logo applied): Bradford City (1962-63): Accrington Stanley (1990-91, 1991-92 shorts & socks now confirmed). These have now been removed and I think the record for 1900-1939 is now pretty sound. Dundee (2019-20 shorts corrected): Stockport County (1991-92, 1992-93, 1998-99 detailing added/altered): Crawley Town (1996-97 added): Bury (1956-58 crest added): Nottingham Forest (1947-48 added): New Brighton (1924-28 corrected, 1927-38 socks amended): Bolton Wanderers (2002 anniversary kit stripes amended): Millwall (1975-77 warm & cold weather shirts now presented, authentic 1994 crest added): Cheltenham Town (1993-95 added): Gillingham (1980-81 collar corrected): Crawley Town (1998-99 shorts/socks confirmed): Salford City (1997-98 added): Burnley (2000-01, 2001-02 drop-sleeve detail added): Week Ending 26 September - 2020-21 Update. Stockport County (1964-65 crest added). The latest additions: Everton, Leicester City, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Middlesbrough, Millwall, Newcastle United, Northampton Town. It is not clear why they are wearing hooped jerseys in this game as there was no reason for them to change their normal maroon tops but it is possible that as clothing was rationed, they could not get hold of these and wore hoops as a temporary alternative. The world's largest database of English football. Port Vale (1909-10, 1912-14 trim altered, 1929-30, 1934-36, December 1979 added, 1965-66 shirt trim added, 1981-82, 1982-83 sponsor altered). Exclusive discounts are available from several of our retail partners using these codes at checkout: Premier/English Football League | Scottish Professional Football League. Early football teams played in kit that was not dissimilar to that of cricket, and generally considered of shirt, flannel trousers, strong boots and a cap. A good mix of kits this year with new arrivals to Division 1 Luton, Norwich and Watford all bringing with them some fine looking outfits. Scottish Premiership: Aberdeen, Celtic, Dundee United, Hamilton Academical. Rangers (1st, 2nd, 3rd), St Mirren, Kilmarnock, Hamilton Academical, St Johnstone, Hibernian, Motherwell. League One: Doncaster Rovers, Plymouth Argyle. (Photograph may be subject to copyright. Nik Yeomans has now provided me with a match programme that has a photograph of the Manchester United - Everton tie in question which shows the Toffees in an all-blue strip. Telephone:+44(0)161 2760828 Deep links are provided throughout the site to help visitors purchase replica shirts from leading online retailers. Premier League: Wolverhampton Wanderers, Sheffield United, West Bromwich Albion, Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton. Former Members: Berwick Rangers, East Stirlingshire. Four years later Wales met Scotland and in 1879 the Welsh team played England for the first time. Championship: Wycombe Wanderers, Norwich City, Watford. These included two sets of their familiar red shirts with white sleeves, two dozen red and white striped shirts (considered too narrow for their liking), two dozen borrowed from Sheffield United (with broader stripes) and two sets of shirts with broad red and white hoops. From the simplicity of the earliest kits of the late 19th/early 20th Century to the slick, sponsor laden, brand name kits of today, each club’s page on this website gives you an instant visceral history of your team. After going through my own source material I realised that there were numerous errors, which, in my defence, arose because many of the photographs I was working from were of poor quality. Our very good chums Tony Sealey and Richard Essen have been burrowing in the British Newspaper Archives looking through pre-war copies of the Daily and Sunday Mirrors that were added to the archive over the summer. The royal blue shorts worn at Preston North End (reported in the Athletic News 3 March 1890) are therefore an anomoly. Check out the evolution of England's soccer jerseys on Football Kit Archive. (Material and photograph sourced from onevalefan.co.uk). USA Football Kits. The photograph, the earliest to have emerged of the team, is captioned on Wikipedia as dating from 1887 but the trophy on display appears to be the Durham Senior Cup, which they won in 1884-85. Last month I was taken to task by Sam Clarke over my Darlington section where I stated that the club was effectively wound up when it was expelled from the Conference in 2012, relegated to the ninth tier and made to change its name to Darlington 1883. Week Ending 29 August - More on the New Boys. Scottish League Two: Stranraer, Elgin City, Cowdenbeath, Albion Rovers, Queen's Park, Stirling Albion*. In September 2008 David France and Steve Flanagan confirmed that this was the team's official third shirt between 1986 and 1989 but it was never worn in a competitive match. EFL Former Members: Aldershot Town (shorts/socks confirmed), Barnet*, Yeovil Town, Boston United, Hartlepool United, Kidderminster Harriers, Torquay United, York City. Football history. Taken in April 1933 when Villa visited the Arsenal, this image shows the same jerseys that were worn in 1930-31. Welcome to FootballHistory.org, a website about football history including competitions, teams and players. Unravelling the complex history of Aston Villa's kits in the Victorian period has been both challenging and rewarding and, although we have made a great deal of progress over the last two years, there are still some surprises to be found. HFK is delighted to provide graphics for a variety of publications ranging from unofficial fanzines to official club histories. Meanwhile Tony Sealey has scanned the British Newspaper Archive and confirmed that Swansea Town wore white knickers throughout the 1930s and Nik Yeomans has submiited photographic evidence to corroborate this for 1934-35 and 1935-36 as well as provide evidence of the socks worn in these two seasons. Press cutting the British Newspaper Archive. (j) Classic Kits (l) Old Football Shirts (m) SNSpix (n) Alick Milne (o) St Johnstone FC - Images of Sport (Alastair Blair 2003) (p) Ralph Pomeroy (q) Scottish Football History (r) Sean Bangs (s) Donald Gellatly (t) The Vision Book of Football Records by Clive Batty … Read the essential details about the history of football kits. Should have checked their Rothman's. Taken in April 1933 when Villa visited the Arsenal, this image shows the same jerseys that were worn in 1930-31. Furthermore the player in an all-dark strip seated next to the trophy is Arthur Wharton, who made a single appearance for the Quakers in 1885-86 before joining Preston North End where he became the world's first black professional footballer. I've added England's new strips to the archive. Last month I was taken to task by Sam Clarke over my Darlington section where I stated that the club was effectively wound up when it was expelled from the Conference in 2012, relegated to the ninth tier and made to change its name to Darlington 1883. League Two: Bolton Wanderers, Oldham Athletic, Scunthorpe United, Walsall. 30 October - More Scottish Post-War Updates. Earlier this month Macclesfield Town were wound up in the Insolvency & Companies Court. An unnamed sportswear manufacturer wrote, "As showing the superior quality of our football jerseys, we have again been favoured with instructions from the Scottish Football Association to supply jerseys for the great international matches - Scotland v England (primrose and pink), Scotland v Ireland (marone [sic]), Scotland v Wales (royal blue)." Presumably they did not have enough blue/yellow tops to go round the squad so some players had to wear their change tops. A photographic history of over 150 different Roma shirts from 1946 right up to 2021. Championship: Bristol City, Blackburn Rovers, Brentford, Swansea City, Queen's Parek Rangers. For more details visit Copyright Information. Championship: Wycombe Wanderers, Norwich City, Watford. Club crests and sponsors' logos The photograph shows the Silkmen in happier times, 1969-70, when the team went on to win the FA Trophy. At the time my work took me around the country so I contrived to have time to call in on libraries and book shops around the UK. See more ideas about historical, bristol rovers, football kits. Kit History of the Home Nations. (Photograph Aberdeen FC Official Website.). Each season hundreds of new kits are launched but woe betide a club that gets it wrong, as was proved by Cardiff’s radical shift to red from the traditional blue back in 2012. Former SPFL Members: Berwick Rangers (sponsorship added). As the senior club, Everton thought they were entitled to retain a blue motif but they reckoned without the disdainful approach of the FA to the professional game. My congratulations go to Harrogate Town who recently won promotion to League Two via the play-offs and whose recent kit record is now available on HFK. It appears that a week before their FA Cup tie with Liverpool in January 1936, Arsenal decided to try out the alternative shirts they would wear in that match (both teams were required to wear change shirts). The action is from a Scottish Victory Cup match against Rangers in April 1946 ('Gers won 8-2 on aggregate). (Photograph FIFA. The photograph shows the Silkmen in happier times, 1969-70, when the team went on to win the FA Trophy. Visit the official website of the Premier League. Week Ending 22 August - Harrogate Town Update. Since it continues to turn up like the proverbial bad penny I've now added it to the archive. The photograph is of the Brentford team from 1914-15 and shows them wearing the yoked tops that were popular at the time. Berwick Rangers (1990-91, 1991-92, 1992-94 dates and detailing amended). Here we have Harry Kane expressing a degree of disappointment as his team lost 1-0 to Denmark and had two players sent off last month. While I now have strong evidence that the Swans wore black shorts in the early 1950s, there is a gap between 1929 and 1937 so I have not been able to corroborate this entry. This includes contemporary press cuttings and photographs from the Aberdeen FC Official Website, including this one of the original Aberdeen club from 1885. I have just one thing to say to the people at Nike and the FA who decided to introduce a blue change strip - Belo Horizonte 29 June 1950. I remember studying Tony Matthews' book in the Birmingham branch of Waterstones when a young shop assistant approached me and politely but firmly explained that I was welcome to browse the stock but sitting down with books and making notes was not allowed and perhaps I would like to leave. This prompted me to look again at my photograph archive where I found this 1893-94 group showing the team posing with the committee and some impressive trophies. Earlier this month Macclesfield Town were wound up in the Insolvency & Companies Court. I am still looking for corroboration for the period 1932-1936. Welcome to Classic Football Shirts home of classic rare retro vintage football shirts from your soccer teams history. The club's owner, Amar Alkadi had asked for a further eight-week adjournment but Judge Sebastian Prentis declined, noting that the case had already been adjourned 12 times since it was started in January 2019. Press cutting the British Newspaper Archive. The players are wearing black shorts but as it was not taken on a match day we cannot be certain that this was their regular strip. It is not clear why they are wearing hooped jerseys in this game as there was no reason for them to change their normal maroon tops but it is possible that as clothing was rationed, they could not get hold of these and wore hoops as a temporary alternative. Because the quality of both images is poor, it is very hard to make out the light blue bands but after enhancing both pictures with my graphics software I was just able to make them out. We can now confirm that the black shorts worn in the team photograph posted yesterday were therefore not part of their regular playing strip. Since it continues to turn up like the proverbial bad penny I've now added it to the archive. Premier League: Everton (socks corrected). While we're on the subject of Aston Villa, Richard Henman recalls watching them in a League Cup match at Exeter City in August 1977 wearing a mash up of blue shirts with yellow trim, light blue shorts and socks. Sunday League Football Kits from Toga Sports. Harrogate Town (1964-65, 1998-99 added, 1977-78 socks corrected). Scottish Championship: Raith Rovers, Dunfermline Athletic, Heart of Midlothian, Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Queen of the South. Here we have Harry Kane expressing a degree of disappointment as his team lost 1-0 to Denmark and had two players sent off last month. It is a scandal that the EFL and the FA continue allow incompetant, greedy and predatory owners to drive clubs into the ground. League One: Doncaster Rovers, Plymouth Argyle. Former Members: Stockport County, Wrexham (socks confirmed). Football kits come and go with rapid frequency. The players are wearing black shorts but as it was not taken on a match day we cannot be certain that this was their regular strip. My conclusion is that quarters were worn for at least part of the 1892-93 season and a couple of these resurfaced when the team was assembled a year later, kitted out in mismatched tops. Our kit history now extends back to the formation of the original Harrogate AFC in 1919, pictured left. are the intellectual property of their respective owners. League One: Hull City, Fleetwood Town, AFC Wimbledon (socks confirmed), Lincoln City, Bristol Rovers (socks updated), Charlton Athletic, Doncaster Rovers (socks confirmed), Gillingham*, Wigan Athletic. Stenhousemuir had been inactive during the war but did participate in the Scottish Southern League B Division in 1945-46. At the time strips were remarkably unifom and plain so teams that adopted more unconventional styles like this one really stood out. In the interim, the club was penalised 17 points by the EFL for repeated late payment of their players and failing to fulfill two of their fixtures. Week Ending 29 August - More on the New Boys. This strip, worn by Stockport County in 1968-69, has always been one of my favourites. That wraps it up for the Premier League and EFL apart from some former members. Rangers (1st, 2nd, 3rd), St Mirren, Kilmarnock, Hamilton Academical, St Johnstone, Hibernian, Motherwell. St Mirren (1945-46 collar and stripes corrected), Dundee (Feb-April 1946 added), Alloa Athletic (1945-46 added). This nicely fills a gap in the record for the early 20th century. It's an Adidas shirt similar to those worn by Queens Park Rangers at the time but not identical. Exclusive discounts are available from several of our retail partners using these codes at checkout: Premier/English Football League | Scottish Professional Football League. Historical Material. ), Week Ending 19 September - 2020-21 Update. Championship: Luton Town, Preston North End, Cardiff City, Coventry City. At first glance the players are wearing two different shirt styles, but when I examined it more closely I noticed two players are in quartered tops. On a trip to HMP Reading, for example, I was able to track down a copy of the Official History of Reading FC 1871-2003 in WH Smith. Check out the evolution of Paris Saint-Germain's soccer jerseys on Football Kit Archive. The photograph shows the match against England. There was no reason for County to change their colours (Preston wore white by this time) so I can only speculate that the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway mislaid their kit hamper en route forcing the team to borrow a set of kit on arrival. Read More 50 Years of Top Flight Kits Posted on 23rd May 2020 Scottish Premiership: Aberdeen, Celtic, Dundee United, Hamilton Academical. Included in the material Tony and Rich sent me was this cutting of Norwich City v Southend United from September 1925. Port Vale(1926-27, 1928, 1944-45 added): Elgin City(1949-54, 1954-57,1957-58, 1958-61 warm weather kit added): Halifax Town(March-April 1973 added): Tony Sealeyspotted this on ITV recently. Previous Updates: 2020 | 2019 | 2018 |2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006, Shrewsbury Town Football Shirts 1974 to Present. This did not improve their fortunes and 'Well went down at the end of the season. I've added England's new strips to the archive. We've been buying them for years, now it's time to record them for everyone to see. Fire destroyed the club's dilapidated wooden grandstand, purchased from the Southport Flower Show in the early years of the century, on the evening of Boxing Day 1966. It's my opinion that these jerseys were worn throughout 1930-33 and that the journalist quoted above just missed out (or his sub-editor removed) a reference to the claret band. League One: Peterborough United, Swindon Town, Shrewsbury Town, Rochdale. Scottish Championship: Raith Rovers, Dunfermline Athletic, Heart of Midlothian, Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Queen of the South. ), Week Ending 19 September - 2020-21 Update. Thanks to Graham Burton, I've added a passage in the Barnsley section explaining the origin of the name of their ground, Oakwell. Ian McConnel has been scouring through his collection of Rangers match programmes and come up with some amendments for the late 1940s. And that, aside from one or two sponsorship details still to be announced, wraps it up for the 2020-21 season. Prior to the game, in accordance with FA Cup rules, the clubs agreed their colours for the match. Ian McConnel has submitted another batch of minor amendments for Scottish clubs, this time for 2018-19. The winning design, produced by Admiral, featured a large flappy collar with claret and white stripes. Meanwhile Tony Sealey has scanned the British Newspaper Archive and confirmed that Swansea Town wore white knickers throughout the 1930s and Nik Yeomans has submiited photographic evidence to corroborate this for 1934-35 and 1935-36 as well as provide evidence of the socks worn in these two seasons.