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23 April

Our good chums at 3Retro.com are offering 10% off everything in their online store until the end of the World Cup. You can use the Buy From links throughout the site to access individual shirts or click on the banner on this page to visit their store. Enter the code 3RETRO10 at the check out to claim your discount.

West Ham United wore their new Adidas shirts for the first three months of the 1983-84 season without sponsorship. The deal with the club's first ever shirt sponsor, AVCO Trust, was launched in November 1983.

19 April

Grimsby Town (1906-08 socks corrected): Shrewsbury Town (1989-90 corrected): Burnley (1993-95, 1995-96 redrawn).

18 April

2017-18 Update: I've added Southampton's one-off strip worn last month at St James' Park, slightly amended Tottenham Hotspur's third kit, added the Cyrille Regis memorial shirt worn by West Bromwich Albion in February and added Port Vale's third strip.

17 April - International Update

Thanks to Aled Williams I've been able to add all the variant strips worn by Wales between 1982 and the present.

france v scotland paris may 1930Graham Brack has confirmed that Scotland wore navy shirts when they met Italy in May 1931 and France in 1932. I have also established that they wore traditional navy tops in Paris against France in May 1930 (left). This means that Scotland did not need a change kit after Ireland changed from blue to green shirts in 1931 until international football was suspended in 1939. (Updated 18 April.)

(Photograph courtesy of soccernostalgia.blogsport.)

1934 World Cup: Thanks to the persistance of André Conceição e Silva an article has turned up on the Portuguese version of the Vavel International Sports Website about the history of the Netherlands' national team. This includes the following descripton of the Dutch colours for the match against netherlands 1934 world cupSwitzerland in this tournament.

Fato curioso é que, apesar de se consagrar como a Laranja Mecânica em 1974, nesse jogo a Holanda vestia um uniforme primordialmente azul (camisas e calções. 

It is a curious fact that, although (the team) was consecrated (sic) as The Clockwork Orange in 1974, in this game the Netherlands wore a mainly blue uniform (shirts and shorts).

No contemporary source is given and the photographic evidence indicates a contrast between the colour of the shrts and the knickers so I have assumed deep blue shirts and navy shorts. This matter remans open.

1978 World Cup: Italy wore small numbers on their shorts in several slightly different styles.

1986 World Cup: Canada's stockings corrected.

16 April

2018 World Cup Update: Panama (1st, 2nd added) and several other kit graphics updated with additional details and fonts.

11 April

2018 World Cup Update: Egypt (2nd added), Serbia (1st added), Australia (1st, 2nd added), Croatia (2nd corrected).

27 March - International Update

I've added the new Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales change strips.

2018 World Cup additions: Korea Republic (1st, 2nd), Serbia (2nd), Saudi Arabia (1st, 2nd), Switzerland (2nd), Uruguay (2nd), Senegal (1st), Costa Rica (1st), France (1st updated).

charlie thompson 1907 jerseyThis intriguing item was tweeted by @HeartsMuseum recently and at first I thought it might have been an unrecorded Scotland change strip. The jersey belonged to Charlie Thomson of Heart of Midlothian and the crest indicates it is from Scotland's game against Ireland in 1907. However, Scotland wore the pink and yellow colours of Earl Roseberry at this time and there would have been no need for them to change against Ireland, who wore blue. My conclusion is that Thomson removed the crest from his international jersey and had it sewn onto his maroon club top.

I have now established that Scotland needed a change kit just once between 1960 and 1962 (possibly 1965). This was worn against Hungary in June 1960. The uncurroborated white strip I had posted has been removed.

15 March

MLS 2018: Chicago Fire (1st), Houston Dynamo (1st), New York City FC (2nd), Toronto FC (2nd), San Jose Earthquakes (2nd) kits are all now confirmed. Our retail partner has taken delivery of new stock and all the latest MLS replica and authentic shirts are now available through the Buy Now links on our MLS page or by visiting the Kitbag Store.

Albion Rovers (1983-85 detaiing added), Hereford United (1994-96, 1996-98 detailing added), Partick Thistle (1974-75 added), Huddersfield Town (1990-91 added), Wrexham (1893-94 added).

13 March - 2018 World Cup Update

I've added Tunisia and Poland's kits and Japan's change kit to the World Cup 2018 section. The Germany, Spain, Argentina, Mexico second kit graphics have been updated with new details now confirmed.

9 March - World Cup Update

2018: Russia, Peru, Brazil, Sweden, Belgium change kits added.

2010: Argentina wore long sleeves in two matches in the knock out stage.

1994: USA's change kit socks have been corrected.

1986: The font on the front of Canada's shirts is now correct.

dutch east indies 1938 world cup1982: The Brazil kit now has the manufacturer's logo correctly placed on the leftsleeve.

1974: Sweden wore long sleeved shirts against Yugoslavia.

1938: Azmie Mie (Switch Image Project) has found evidence that the Dutch East Indies wore light blue socks. (Photograph courtesy of pesmitidelcalcio.com).

1934: Shahan Petrossian (Soccer Nostalgia Blogspot) has uncovered contemporary evidence that the Netherlands changed into dark blue shirts against Switzerland.

8 March - MLS Update

MLS kicks off this weekend and the last few remaining jerseys have been released, although some detailing remains to be confirmed for shorts and socks. Houston Dynamo (2nd), Los Angeles FC (1st, 2nd) and Orlando City (2nd) have been added.

I'm very pleased to announce that we have a new retail partner in 3Retro whose range of replica shirts may be familiar to enthusiasts under the Score Draw brand. Their range is now available for visitors by clicking on the small "Buy Now" buttons throughout the site.

19 February

Bristol Rovers (1964-65, 1965-66 stripes adjusted), Carlisle United (1982-84 corrected), Swansea Town (1969-70 added), Aston Villa (in the 1983-84 season the team wore unsponsored shirts until February 1984).

16 February - Current Season Update

MLS 2018 - Atlanta United (2nd confirmed), Colorado Rapids (1st added), Montreal Impact (1st added), San Jose Earthquakes (2nd added).

Liverpool (charity kit added), Scunthorpe United (special kit added), Queen's Park Rangers (special edition added).

9 February - 2018 World Cup Update

Nigeria (1st & 2nd added), Croatia (2nd corrected), Iceland (1st added), Argentina (2nd added).

7 February

mls logoThe 2018 Major League Soccer section is now open.

31 January

west brom 1963-64I've spent some more time examining Grandad's Football Blog and discovered that West Bromwich Albion wore two different shirts in the 1964-65 and 1965-66 seasons. On the wba 1965-66left is their 1963-64 strip with short, striped sleeves. This made several appearances over the following two seasons, after the iconic long sleeved version, with white sleeves (right), was introduced in 1964-65. The most likely explanation is that the short sleeved tops were worn in warm weather. Between 15 September and 10 November 1965, however, the short sleeved shirt made at least five appearances while walsall fc 1965-66the long sleeve version was worn three times, which rather undermines this theory.

This fine Walsall strip was worn in 1965-66 and was replaced the following season with a version featuring a crest on the shirt rather than the lettering. These are now presented in the correct order. The Saddlers' 1958-59, 1961-62 and oldham athletic 1958-591962-63 strips have been added.

In 2008 Robin Hardman reported watching his team, Oldham Athletic, wearing blue shirts with white sleeves back in 1958-59. This is the first photographic evidence I have found of this outfit.

Everton (September 1965 change strip added), Shrewsbury Town (1958-59 added).

29 January

Richard Meier has been in touch with some interesting insights into the Leeds United badge fiasco. He writes, "I believe I was actually one of the 10,000 fans who took part in the "consultation" but the problem is they did not tell people upfront, explicitly, that they were "consulting" for a new badge. Everyone with half a brain cell knows they would be bringing out a new badge for our centenary in 2019 ...but the survey was not about the badge. It asked abut what connections people had for the club, what the club colours and shirt meant to them, mentioned the badge in passing, Elland road, our past players and managers, the matchday perfect curveexperience etc etc, all in general terms. Nothing spcific about the badge which was sneaky and a mistake.

The results were probably then passed to Siobhan at Perfect Curve* where her staff of airhead Ideation Architects and Viral Concept Designers came up the farcical Gaviscon rebrand.

Richard and many other fans are calling on the club to drop their plans and come up with a shortlist of possible designs for genuine supporters to vote on.

*If you're not familiar with the BBC2 comedy W1A please ignore this sentence.

(Photograph courtesy of the BBC.)

Grandad's Football Blog

I'm spending some time exploring Grandad's Football Blog where Tony Hutton documents scores of burnley 1952-53matches from 1946 to 1980. Thanks to his records I have been able to add detailing and additional dates to some English club sections. My thanks to Tony Sealey for alerting me to this site.

Aston Villa (1955-56 jersey amended), Newcastle United (1955-56 change shirts were plain white), Walsall (1949-57 socks corrected), Burnley (1951-55 collars corrected), Luton Town (1947-53, 1953-55 socks amended).

On the left is the Burnley team from 1952-53.

25 January

leeds proposed centenary crestIn the history of ill-conceived make-overs, Leeds United's proposed centenary badge is right up there with Consignia and New Coke. The club claims 10,000 people were consulted about the design although it might appear none gaviscon logoof them was a Leeds supporter. The design is supposed to represent "The Leeds Salute" but not a few have pointed out a resemblance to a leading antacid product.

The response on social media has been almost entirely hostile although one brave soul tweeted, "I quite like it."

At the time of writing 71,000 people had signed on online petition to stop the club from implementing the design leading officials to announce that there would be a rethink.

crystal palace 1905-06I am grateful to Steve Martyniuk for sharing some of the detailed research that went into his latest book on the history of Crystal Palace. Following on from the club's formation in 1905 the club minute book records a resolution that the team's colours would be Cardinal Red and Blue. Steve has established that these were the terms used in all official documents until 1937 and argues crystal palace 1937-38convincingly that the team's jerseys were a brighter shade than the claret and blue of Aston Villa, Burnley and others.

Steve has also found that the striped shirts adopted in 1937 were described in match programmes as "red and blue" crystal palace 1949-50whereas programmes from previous seasons always used the terms "cardinal and blue."

The first time that true claret and blue shirts appeared was in the 1949-50 season when they replaced the plain white shirts that had been adopted before the war.

To order copies of Steve's book visit, The Origin of Crystal Palace FC Volume 2.

(Photographs courtesy of Crystal Palace FC.)

24 January

Macclesfield Town (1914-15, 1923-25 added): Barnsley (1951-52 socks amended): Newcastle United (1931-58 graphics updated): Nottingham Forest (1950-51 socks corrected).

23 January - Scottish Miscellany

hibs v celtic 1972Stewart Murray has discovered that during 1972-73, Celtic changed just four times and on each occasion, they wore a dumbarton v celtic 1973different strip. On the left they are seen in all-yellow against Hibernian while on the right they are playing Dumbarton wearing a green and white strip.

Neil Wilson has confirmed that Kilmarnock switched from hoops to stripes in the 1962-63 season. The red socks edinburgh city fc 1987-88previously shown on the site with the striped tops were an alternative worn against teams in white stockings.

Our old friend Alick Milne has provided details of the missing Edinburgh City kits (1986-88, 1988-90, 2000-01). Shown here is the 1987-88 team.

Rangers (August 2001 added).

22 January

The socks worn by England against West Germany in October 1982 are now correct.

Tony Sealey has shared some more of his recent research into Tottenham Hotspur strips (1889-90, 1945-46, 1947-48 warm weather kit, 1960-61 floodlights kit added). Several change strips have also been updated or added (1904-05, 1908, 1909-11, 1911-12, 1931 FA Cup).

Aston Villa (1987-88 change kit added).

17 January

fenerbahce v arsenal 2013Here's a footnote to yesterday's item about Arsenal sent in by Stephen Kelly. It turns out that the Gunners did modify their "home" kit when they visited Fenerbahce in the 2013-14 Champions' League.

I've updated the Tottenham Hotspur change kit section with help from Tony Sealey. Between 1927 and 1947 the team normally wore broad navy and white hoops with their usual shorts and socks when colours clashed but they also turned out in several alternatives against bolton wanderers 1885-86teams in white tops.

Alasdair Gibbs-Barton has suggested that the painting of a Bolton Wanderers player featured yesterday might be based on the wonderful striped shirts worn in 1885-86 seen here.

liverpool v chelsea programme january 1938On New Year's day 1938 Liverpool wore red and white hooped tops at Anfield against Chelsea. It seems they were trying out a new set of tops that had been bought ahead of an FA Cup tie with Crystal Palace to resolve a colour clash. In the FA Cup at that time both teams had to change when colours clashed but when their change shirts also clashed, at least one side had to buy or borrow another set of tops. (Photograph courtesy of The Unofficial Liverpool Club Museum.)

Airdrieonians (1996-97 added): Chelsea (April 19 1975 kit added).

16 January - 2017-18 Update

west brom v arsenal 31 12 17Arsenal's decision to wear red shorts and socks for their match at West Bromwich Abion on New Year's Eve arsenal v west brom 25 09 17caused a lot of comment. Normally I don't record such variants but I've made an exception here as this is the first time in nearly 40 years that the team have altered their classic "home" strip. Odd really - there was no suggestion of a clash in their previous meeting but apparently the Gunners were worried that "in the heat of the moment" their players might not be able to tell the legs of their team mates from those of their opponents.

Ipswich Town (new sponsorship on change shirt), Birmingham City (3rd).

Historical Material

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):

bolton wanderers card 1880Tony Sealey spotted this on ITV recently. Dating from around 1880, it is thought to be one of the earliest examples of a collectible football card. It portrays a Bolton Wanderers player but I have no record of the team wearing anything like this and rather suspect the artist was resorting to his imagination. On the other hand, if anyone has a reliable contemporary source that can corroborate the image, I would love to hear from you.

31 December

I have a few bits and pieces to finish off the year.

2017-18: Doncaster Rovers (charity strip added), Exeter City (3rd socks corrected).

Hull City (1963-64 trim at V necks & cuffs updated), Bradford City (1953-56 socks corrected), Leyton Orient (1964-65 socks updated).

The second part of this newsreel footage provides evidence that Port Vale were still wearing red shirts in 1935-36 and that Grimsby Town wore their special FA Cup strip in the Fourth Round as well as the semi-final.

Happy New Year everyone!

24 December

HFK Towers in actionTo all our visitors and contributors, have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, from all of us here at HFK Towers.

20 December

Republic of Ireland (1984 change added), Dagenham & Redbridge (1993-95 added, 1995-96 updated), Carlisle United (1988-90 shirt detailing added), Bury (1981-82 corrected).

19 December - 2017-18 Update

World Cup - Peru 1st added.

Premier League: Southampton (3rd).

Championship - Fulham (charity).

League One: Charlton Athletic (Special & 3rd kits).

League Two - Newport County have adopted "lucky" hooped socks, Cheltenham Town (charity).

Scottish Premiership: Celtic (4th), Dundee (3rd corrected).

13 December

macc;esfield fc 189I am grateful to Michael Chatwin for drawing my attention to the fine collection of team photographs on the Silkmen Archives. This has enabled me to add a large number of previously unrecorded kits and fill in a lot of missing detail going back to the end of the nineteenth century. On the left, macclesfield fc 1926-27for example, is the original Macclesfield FC, photographed in 1894-95 wearing blue and white shirts. They merged with another local side, Hallefield, in 1897 to form the club that would eventually become Macclesfield Town.

The archive has also helped to establish that the team wore black and white stripes with white knickers (not black as previously recorded) from around 1910 until 1927. The 1926-27 side is shown on the right.

(Photographs courtesy of the Silkmen Archives.)

12 December - World Cup Updates

2018 - Mexico (1st, 2nd updated), Colombia (2nd shorts updated).

1986 - Portugal (shirt texture corrected).

1982 - USSR (pinstripes corrected), Poland (detailing corrected).

European Cup Finals

1987 (Bayern Munich corrected), 2011 (Valencia now correct shade of orange).

5 December

Our FIFA World Cup 2018 section is now open!

As usual we encourage contributions from visitors to help update the section as the new kits are released and we will be adding links to leading retailers so you can buy your replicas as and when they become available.

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