Formed in 1889 as Wimbledon Old Centrals, the original Dons played on Wimbledon Common in navy jerseys to which their initials were added in 1890. Southampton (2018-19 3rd & 2019-20 4th corrected), Burnley (2019-20 4th kit added). At first clubs used a variety of different designs. Prior to the game, in accordance with FA Cup rules, the clubs agreed their colours for the match. The latest additions: Everton, Leicester City, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Middlesbrough, Millwall, Newcastle United, Northampton Town. In 1935 Charlton were promoted to Division Two once again and began a march that would take them to the pinnacle of English football. 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. The process of developing a photographic plate and preparing it for reproduction in a newspaper could not have been completed in just a few hours. League One: Peterborough United, Swindon Town, Shrewsbury Town, Rochdale. It's an Adidas shirt similar to those worn by Queens Park Rangers at the time but not identical. The action is from a Scottish Victory Cup match against Rangers in April 1946 ('Gers won 8-2 on aggregate). I'll tackle those once the SPFL section is complete. 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. 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. Some time ago Gordon Hulmes sent me this photograph of Swansea Town taken in 1931-32 when his grandfather played for the team. I've added England's new strips to the archive. The photograph shows the Silkmen in happier times, 1969-70, when the team went on to win the FA Trophy. 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. In September these were replaced by shirts with plain collars but with the team heading towards relegation, the new design was dropped and the shirts from the previous season were reintroduced in February. 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. Such was the furore unleashed that the decision was reversed within a year; the â¦ Read Article Read More 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. 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. Each season hundreds of new kits are launched but woe betide a club that gets it wrong, as was proved by Cardiffâs radical shift to red from the traditional blue back in 2012. Ian McConnel has been scouring through his collection of Rangers match programmes and come up with some amendments for the late 1940s. According to the official match programme they wore scarlet shirts. Lee Gauntlett has discovered that Aston Villa wore blue shirts in the FA Cup against Arsenal in January 1931 who wore white, while Roger Pashby has found this photograph from 1933 that definitively shows the light blue bands on Villa's heavy, woollen change jersey. Scottish Championship: Raith Rovers, Dunfermline Athletic, Heart of Midlothian, Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Queen of the South. Premier League: Aston Villa, Crystal Palace. I originally found this in The A-Z of West Bromwich Albion (Tony Matthews 1996). While the shirts look plain white, this is an illusion caused by our old nemesis, orthographic film stock. Vintage and retro Serie A football shirts and training kit, featuring home, away and original match worn player editions from all the clubs from the 1970s to present day. Pictured here is the Sulphurites team from 1956-57, currently the only confirmed strip we have prior to 1985 but I hope to rectify this shortly. 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. The dark shade of City's tops in contemporary photographs led me to believe they were maroon but this is our old nemesis, orthographic film stock at work. 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. Such is the increasingly popularity of the game in the United States, the USA soccer jerseys are now one of the bestselling international football shirts and their sales numbers are increasing every single year. Historical Material. Ian McConnel has submitted another batch of minor amendments for Scottish clubs, this time for 2018-19. With the help of Sam Walsh and Phil Harrison I have been able to add no fewer than 27 new graphics to the Harrogate Town section and added detailing to several more. Premier League: Wolverhampton Wanderers, Sheffield United, West Bromwich Albion, Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton. The dark shade of City's tops in contemporary photographs led me to believe they were maroon but this is our old nemesis, orthographic film stock at work. (Photographs and background provided by Willie Kay.). It looks like that white shirt was never worn in a competitive game. Browse Kitbag for official La Liga kits, shirts, and football kits! Best Selling Products. Sam, who was involved in the efforts to save the club, provided me with a detailed account of the events that followed their expulsion and argued that the club was not wound up and that the team now once again playing as Darlington FC, is the direct descendant of the club formed in 1883 and not, as I had stated, a phoenix club. HFK is delighted to provide graphics for a variety of publications ranging from unofficial fanzines to official club histories. 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. ), Week Ending 19 September - 2020-21 Update. Taken in April 1933 when Villa visited the Arsenal, this image shows the same jerseys that were worn in 1930-31. 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. Acknowledgement:- Many of the kit designs have been researched using the following: 'Club Colours' by Bob Bickerton published by Hamlyn in 1998. Background. ), Steve Flanagan has found some interesting background to the strips worn in the 1933 FA Cup final between Everton and Manchester City. On the left is the unfortunate Stenhousemuir goalkeeper, "supported" by one of his defenders, failng to stop a corner flying directly into his goal in high winds. I am still looking for corroboration for the period 1932-1936. are the intellectual property of their respective owners. Shop the best home, away and third La Liga kits & shirts. All our football shirts are original and official dating from the seasons in which they were worn Welcome to Classic Football Shirts home of classic rare retro vintage football shirts from your soccer teams history. 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. That was in the early days of HFK, before we had an army of research elves and when I could not afford to buy many books. What makes this even more appalling is that the EFL has been sitting on proposals to tighten up their Owners' and Directors' Test since July 2018. This nicely fills a gap in the record for the early 20th century. The home of original rare football shirts sourced from all over the world. Clyde (Aug-Sept 1946, October 1946 added), Greenock Morton (1948-49 added - see left), Heart of Midlothian (March 1949-1950 added), Stirling Albion (1949-50 added), Queen of the South (1947-52 socks modified), Raith Rovers (1949-50 socks modified). Our St Petersburg Elf, Pavel Shalaev, recently sent me a link to the Football & the First World War website which has a fine collection of team photographs dating from the years immediately before and after the war. The photograph is of the Brentford team from 1914-15 and shows them wearing the yoked tops that were popular 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. The winning design, produced by Admiral, featured a large flappy collar with claret and white stripes. I would really appreciate help from the HFK Elves on this one! The winning design, produced by Admiral, featured a large flappy collar with claret and white stripes. Former Members: Berwick Rangers, East Stirlingshire. Should have checked their Rothman's. A photographic history of over 150 different Roma shirts from 1946 right up to 2021. are the intellectual property of their respective owners. I have finally got round to reviewing Paul Brett's personal collection of Shrewsbury Town shirts, photographs of which he recently posted on his website, Shrewsbury Town Football Shirts 1974 to Present. 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. The world's largest database of English football. Former SPFL Members: Berwick Rangers (sponsorship added). In 1950 the Football League was extended with the addition of two clubs to each of the regional Third Divisions. Week Ending 29 August - More on the New Boys. (Photograph Phil Harrison Official Club Historian.). Former Members: Berwick Rangers, East Stirlingshire. Prior to the game, in accordance with FA Cup rules, the clubs agreed their colours for the match. The photograph shows the match against England. 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). Apparently Villa had brought their white and blue away strip not realising that the Grecians had changed to all white that season. Our St Petersburg Elf, Pavel Shalaev, recently sent me a link to the Football & the First World War website which has a fine collection of team photographs dating from the years immediately before and after the war. For more details visit Copyright Information. Harrogate Town (1964-65, 1998-99 added, 1977-78 socks corrected). Read More 50 Years of Top Flight Kits Posted on 23rd May 2020 The photograph of the corresponding match in January 1931 (a 5-5 thriller) shows Villa in similar tops but with a claret band. 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. 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. League One: Portsmouth, Milton Keynes, AFC Wimbledon, Oxford United. Premier League: Aston Villa, Crystal Palace. 2020-21 Update: Dumbarton and East Fife shirt sponsorship added. That was in the early days of HFK, before we had an army of research elves and when I could not afford to buy many books. St Mirren (1945-46 collar and stripes corrected), Dundee (Feb-April 1946 added), Alloa Athletic (1945-46 added). 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). Incidentally, the staunchly amateur FA insisted that players provide their own dark knickers and socks up until 1932. Harrogate Town (1964-65, 1998-99 added, 1977-78 socks corrected). (c) Football Focus (d) Football Cards (e) Aldershot Has It (f) Crewe Alexandra FC (Images of Sport) Harold Finch 2001 (g) Classic Kits (h) This is the North East Website (i) Premier Shirts (j) The Football Encyclopaedia (Associated Sporting Press 1934) Information provided by Arthur Fergus Their kit manager seems to have been a belt, braces, safety pins and another belt sort of chap as he laid on no fewer than four alternatives for the team to choose from. 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. 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. We have known for some time that Hearts wore maroon shirts with white sleeves in floodlit matches in the late 50s but we now have evidence that these smart tops appeared in 1952-53 on at least four occasions and again the following season. From these I've been able to make the following updates: Bradford City (socks corrected on graphics 1909-1920), Derby County (1912-13 collar added), Huddersfield Town (1914-15 added), Leeds United (1920-21 added), Leicester Fosse (1914-15 added), Middlesbrough (epaulettes enlarged on 1913-1936 graphics), Newcastle United (1914-15 added). While the shirts look plain white, this is an illusion caused by our old nemesis, orthographic film stock. The latter were selected for the game as can be seen in the poor quality image above and were subsequently worn at Anfield. Week Ending 12 September - 2020-21 Update. Football Miscellany Series (Vision Sports Publishing 2007). This did not improve their fortunes and 'Well went down at the end of the season. (Credits: claretandblue.blog, Penny Illustrated 18 March 1893, Aston Villa From the Archive.). Playing Squad; Contact Us; The Wee Rovers Lotto! Deep links are provided throughout the site to help visitors purchase replica shirts from leading online retailers. 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. 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. Armed with this material I have been able to update a lot od detailing on shirts between 1982 and 1999. 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. (Photograph may be subject to copyright. Club crests and sponsors' logos Paris Saint-Germain kit history. In 1978 Motherwell organised a competition for younger supporters to design their strip for the 1978-79 season. 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. What makes this even more appalling is that the EFL has been sitting on proposals to tighten up their Owners' and Directors' Test since July 2018. 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. Kit History of the Home Nations. In fact it is an archive photograph dating from 5 September 1885 when Albion still wore cardinal red and light blue jerseys. Sponsorship Opportunites; ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF SPONSORS; Squad. (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 â¦ Curiously there are 18 players in the picture and several of them are wearing reversed jerseys. The Barrow section has had a major update with with eight new graphics, stockings 1920-31 altered and missing detailing added to numerous graphics. Premier League: Everton (socks corrected). 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. 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. Incidentally, while researching the background to this match I discovered that the Warriors were wound up in May 1919 and reconstituted as a new club to avoid paying their debts. League One: Peterborough United, Swindon Town, Shrewsbury Town, Rochdale. In association football, kit (also referred to as a strip or uniform) is the standard equipment and attire worn by players.The sport's rules specify the minimum kit which a player must use, and also prohibit the use of anything that is dangerous to either the player or another participant.