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20 November

reading fc team group 1898-99Chris Lee, who publishes a fine collection of Reading team photographs on his excellent Biscuitmen website, has been in touch to confirm that the team replaced their familiar navy/white stripes with plain white shirts in 1898-99 (apparently green shirts were also considered). Their strip for 1899-1900 is not yet known but they were back in stripes in 1900-01.

Tony Sealey has submitted new research which makes sense of the bewildering variations in Leeds United strips 1971-1976.

18 November

Liverpool (1955-56 change kits added): Newcastle United (more accurate versions of the crest used 1920-1976 added): Aston Villa (1969 crest updated): Darlington (crest history updated): Brighton & Hove Albion (1948 crest updated): Southampton (1985 centenary crest added): Crewe Alexandra (1975-90 crest updated): Bradford City (crest history revised): Hartlepool United (new crest added): Macclesfield Town (1989 FA Trophy Final crest added). My thanks to frequent contributors Jonathan Auty and Oleg Baranov for the crest updates

15 November

Apologies for the lack of activity over the past fortnight while HFK's iMac was repaired after developiing a fault.

2014-15 Updates

Sunderland (3rd added): Swindon Town (3rd): Nottingham Forest (3rd): Wales (2015 change & kit worn against Netherlands added): Northern Ireland (2015 1st kit added).

Historical Material

archie goldie new brighton fcI am grateful to Rumwold Leigh for submitting this photograph of Archie Goldie (1874-1953) wearing a New Brighton Tower shirt. As far as I know this is the only surviving image of the unique salmon pink shirts with black trim worn by the short lived club.

leyton orient 1931-32Millwall (1985-86 shirt now rendered in royal not navy blue): Charlton Athletic (1922-23 socks corrected): Chester (crest amended 1974-1983): Leyton Orient (the photograph on the right from Simon Monks neatly fills a gap in the record and confirms that Orient switched from their iconic chevron shirts to broad red and white hoops in 1931-32; 1932-33 sock detailing altered).

25 October

Glentoran (special Vienna Cup commemorative kit added).

Word Cup History Update

mexico 1930 world cup team1930: According to futbalcafe.com Mexico wore navy shorts rather than black as peviously shown (photo left).

1938: Poland socks corrected.

1950: More background to Spain's blue shirts worn against Chile added.

1954: England (sleeves now correct for match with Uruguay)

1966: Soviet Union (sleeves now correct length for match with North Korea).

1970: Israel (crest amended).

1974: Netherlands socks corrected in match with Argentina.

1986: Algeria (collar corrected).

1994: Russia (correct Reebok logos applied).

2010: France (shirt trim corrected on change strips); Argentina (detailing added to change socks);

2014: Switzerland (shirt detailing added)

24 October

huddersfield town team group 1911-12Rangers (1996-97 change revised): Chelsea (October 1964 one-off kit added): Huddersfield Town (1911-12 added - see photo left): Tottenham Hotspur (1908-11, 1912-14 change kits added. The black and white striped shirts recorded for Christmas matches at Derby in 1945 and 1950 have been removed. Tony Sealey has confirmed that these were incorrectly described in the match programme.)

Everton (shorts detailing modified 1962-66): Southend United (1984-85 amended): Manchester City (1956-FA Cup final socks corrected).

Newcastle United (1978-80 five-stripe Bukta kit restored and my thanks to Gavin Haigh for his confirmation; 1973-76 change shorts amended; April 1976 change sockscorrected).

This intriguing cutting, submitted by Lee Gauntlett, comes from a Birmingham newspaper, Sport & Play, and describes a match between Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion in February 1886. The author mentions the colours of the two teams but fails to tell us who wore what. However, we know that Villa wore black and white stripes in May 1886 so we can deduce that they were wearing these colours several months earlier and that Albion changed because their navy/white striped tops clashed.

23 October

andy porterIt is with deep sadness that we learned last night that Andy Porter passed away suddenly at his home on Tuesday. A devoted Spurs fan since the age of seven, Andy was the club's official historian for the last 30 years and had an encyclopedic knowledge of the club he loved. A regular contributor to HFK since 2006, Andy made many valuable discoveries about Spurs' kit history which he generously shared with us. A full obituary is available on the official Tottenham Hotspur website.

21 October

2014-15 Update: Millwall's commemorative camouflage kit, Leyton Orient (3rd), Chesterfield (3rd), Peterborough United (3rd) have been added, Dundee United (sock detailing added).

15 October 2014-15 Updates

Northern Ireland (all green kit worn in win against Greece yesterday added): Republic of Ireland (2nd kit added).

everton 1904-05 team groupNIFL Premiership: Ballinamallard United (1st, 2nd), Institute (1st, 2nd), Warrenpoint Town (1st, 2nd). This completes the NIFL 2014-15 section.

Exeter City (3rd).

Historical Updates

Rangers (1997-98 3rd detailing added), Fulham (1972-73 numeral added to shorts), Everton (1904-05 collar detailing amended - see left).

14 October

newcastle united team group 1914-15 change kitFirst of all, my apologies for the lack of activity recently. This was due to a broken router.

I'm now working through some of the historical material in the inbox starting with a major update of the Newcastle United Home and Away sections. I am especially grateful to Jonathon Auty for sharing the large archive of team photographs he recently inherited, which has allowed us to confirm the team's change kits 1894-1927 and revise our records of "home" strips 1894-1980. The photograph on the left shows the team from 1914-15 wearing new chevron change shirts. Gavin Haigh and Andy Fisher also made important contributions.

26 September

new brompton fc 1901-022014-15 Updates: Sheffield United (3rd), Bolton Wanderers (3rd), Gillingham (sock details confirmed on all strips), West Ham United (3rd socks corrected), Falkirk (shorts corrected on both kits), Alloa Athletic (2nd).

Historical Updates: Gillingham (1901-02 {see left} & 1948-49 added): Wolverhampton Wanderers (unsponsored Umbro kit worn August-November 1986): Walsall (1983-84 manufacturer corrected): Rangers (1997-98 3rd added).

22 September

grimsby ladies fc 1886I thought I would share this photograph of Grimsby Ladies FC taken in 1886 and sent in by Willie Kay. I rather doubt that the players would have taken to the field in corsets but they are evidently wearing them for the camera.

Partick Thistle (2013-14 trim added to shorts/socks) Rangers (2014-15 change kit added).

My thanks to Nik Yeomans who has submiited some very detailed research on Chelsea's change strips between 1954 and 1982 and now recorded on HFK. Also added is the first example of the team wearing matching blue shirts and shorts with white socks from March 1964.

12 September

I've rewritten the ebay links on the club pages so that they now track club shirts french tournament 2014correctly rather than obscure BMWs and stuffed owls.

HFK is pleased to have supplied replica Victorian shirts to the Standard Athletic Club based in Meudon near Paris. As part of their annual Classic Car Day, the club organised a seven-a-side football tournament in classic jerseys, with spain in green v chile 1950 world cupthree sides kitted out by HFK. Here we see a Small Heath player challenged for the ball by a Newton Heath defender.

Not for the first time, evidence has been sent in to correct a recent revision, in this instance, the shirts borrowed by Spain for their 1950 World Cup match with Chile (right). Julio Lopez has sent us a press cutting from La Vanguarda Español (30 June 1950) that records Spain's colours for this match as camiseta azul y pantalon blanco (blue shirts, white shorts).

2014-15 Update

Tranmere Rovers (3rd), Coventry City (1st sponsor added), Portsmouth (3rd).

Tottenham Hotspur Historical Update

Regulars will be familiar with the contribution that Spurs' historians Tony Sealey and Andy Porter have made and I am delighted to publish today the products of their latest research into Tottenham Hotspur kits 1921-1951. These include the earliest version of the cockerel crest (1921-1930), new dates for the off-white cashmere shirts and new information on collar detailing.

4 September 2014-15 Update

Championship: Brighton Hove Albion (3rd kit revised), Rotherham United (2nd socks confirmed).

League One: Coventry City (3rd).

Scottish League One: Airdrieonians (2nd sponsorship confirmed).

Welsh Premier League: Aberystwyth Town (2nd), Bala Town (2nd), Cefn Druids (1st, 2nd), Newtown (1st, 2nd), Port Talbot Town (2nd), Prestatyn Town (1st, 2nd), Rhyl (1st*, 2nd*), The New Saints (2nd*). (This completes the WPL section for 2014-15.)


belgium 1930 world cup team group26 August Historical World Cup Updates

1930: Belgium shirts trim altered. As you can see from the image on the left, it is difficult to make out the details because of the effect of orthographic film stock (making the red and gold almost as dark as the black in the shorts) but there is just enough contrast to make out collar and cuff spain in green v chile 1950 world cupdetailing.

1934: Austria crest revised.

1938: Hungary socks corrected, colour of Romania crest adjusted.

1950: Colour of Spain's shirts v Chile changed. Normally I am skeptical of colourised photographs but this image of Spain in borrowed green shirts is from a contemporary Spanish language magazine and has the ring of authenticity.

1966: France sleeve trim removed.

1990: Changes made to Argentina's shorts in all games except v Cameroon.

2006: Paraguay sleeves corrected.

2010: France crest corrected and sock trim v Mexico amended: South Africa & Mexico shorts trim corrected: Nigeria detailing added to shorts & socks: Argentina socks amended.

2014: Unused Mexico third kit added and minor corrections to Argentina (2nd) & Switzerland (1st) kits.

22 August

Tottenham Hotspur (2014-15 cup kit added). Now that the new season sections are almost complete, I have time to turn to the backlog of historical material that has been accumulating over the summer.

Newcastle United (1976-78, 1978-80 shirt logo removed, 1988-89 alternative sponsor logo corrected): Rangers (1994-95 change improved): Barnsley (1937-38 added): Blackburn Rovers (1990-91 sleeves corrected): Dagenham & Redbridge (1997-99 added, 1992-93 updated, 1992 crest added): Northampton Town (crest history expanded and 1963-67, 1991-2007 graphics revised): Stockport County (1966-67 updated, crest history revised).

21 August 2014-15 Update

Premier League - Hull City (3rd detailing amended)

League One - Bradford City (3rd), Preston North End (2nd), Fleetwood Town (2nd shorts/socks confirmed), Leyton Orient (2nd)

League Two - Mansfield Town (1st shorts updated), Wycombe Wanderers (1st 2nd detailing confirmed), Cheltenham Town (2nd*)

Former Football League members: Hereford United, Aldershot Town (detailing confirmed).


15 August

cultural leonosa 2014 tuxedo shirt photoNo doubt you have seen this wonderfully bizarre "Tuxedo" shirt, launched a little while ago by Spanish third tier side, Cultural y Deportiva Leonosa. Intended as a publicity stunt, the top was worn in pre-season games (it is not going to appear in Segunda División B, sadly) and immediately went viral. So moved are we here at HFK Towers that a special place has been created in Room 101 for this landmark outfit. Furthermore, our very good chums at Vintage Football Shirts have got hold of some replicas and are currently offering them for sale. Click on the image or the accompanying link to visit their store.

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2014-15 Update

Premier League - Burnley (3rd), Hull City (3rd), Manchester City (3rd), Newcastle United (3rd). This completes the registered Premier League kits. Thanks to everyone who has contributed.

13 August 2014-15 Update

Championship - Leeds United (2nd), Huddersfield Town (3rd), Nottingham Forest (sponsor added)

League One - Peterborough United (2nd), Coventry City (1st sponsor added*), Gillingham (1st, 3rd socks confirmed)

League Two - Wycombe Wanderers (1st, 2nd)

*Subject to confirmation.

Former Football League members - Lincoln City, Kidderminster Harriers added. I have updated all former members now in the Football Conference with the new Vanarama sleeve patches.

Scottish Premier League - Hamilton Academical (2nd)

Scottish Championship - Dumbarton (2nd)

Scottish League One - Stirling Albion (kit v Elgin City)

Scottish League Two - Berwick Rangers (2nd**)

** Unchanged

12 August 2014-15 Update

Premier League - Tottenham Hotspur (3rd), Hull City (2nd), Newcastle United (4th), Leicester City (2nd, 3rd).

9 August 2014-15 Update

Premier League - Everton (3rd), West Ham United (3rd).

Championship - Sheffield Wednesday (2nd).

League One - Oldham Athletic (1st), Yeovil Town (2nd), Leyton Orient (sponsor added), Milton Keynes (2nd).

6 August 2014-15 Updates

Championship - Blackburn Rovers (3rd), AFC Bournemouth (3rd).

League One - Preston North End (1st), Bristol City (3rd).

League Two - Luton Town (1st 2nd 3rd), Stevenage (2nd corrected).

NIFL Premiership - Ballymena United (1st 2nd) Linfield (1st sponsorship added).

5 August 2014-15 Updates

FA Women's Super League - Notts County (new 1st), Manchester City (new 1st, 2nd corrected).

Scottish Premier League - St Johnstone (2nd).

Scottish League One - Ayr United (2nd), Brechin City (1st socks confirmed).

Scottish League Two - Annan Athletic (2nd).

4 August 2014-15 Updates

Premier League - West Bromwich Albion (2nd)

League One - Dagenham & Redbridge (2nd), Leyton Orient (1st), Port Vale (2nd)

League Two - Portsmouth (1st), Dagenham & Redbridge (2nd)

Former League Members - Torquay United (1st).

2 August 2014-15 Updates

Scottish Championship - Cowdenbeath (2nd), Dumbarton (1st shorts/socks confirmed), Livingston (2nd)

Scottish League One - Dunfermline Athletic (2nd), Forfar Athletic (1st 2nd*), Peterhead (1st* 2nd*), Stenhousemuir (1st* 2nd*), Airdrieonians (1st sposnsor added), Brechin City (1st shorts confirmed)

Scottish League Two - Annan Athletic (1st), Elgin City (1st* 2nd*)

 NIFL Premiership logo*Unchanged.

The new NIFL Premiership section is now open.

1 August 2014-15 updates

Premier League - Newcastle united (1st).

League One - Oldham Athletic (2nd), Notts County (2nd).

League Two - Oxford United (1st sponsorship added).

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