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16 February - Current Season Update
MLS 2018 - Atlanta United (2nd confirmed), Colorado Rapids (1st added), Montreal Impact (1st added), San Jose Earthquakes (2nd added).
9 February - 2018 World Cup Update
The 2018 Major League Soccer section is now open.
I'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 left 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 the 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 1962-63 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.
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 experience 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 matches 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.
In 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 of 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.
I 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 convincingly that the team's jerseys were a brighter shade than the claret and blue of Aston Villa, Burnley and others.
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.)
23 January - Scottish Miscellany
Stewart Murray has discovered that during 1972-73, Celtic changed just four times and on each occasion, they wore a different 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 previously 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).
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).
Here'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 teams 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.
On 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.)
16 January - 2017-18 Update
Arsenal's decision to wear red shorts and socks for their match at West Bromwich Abion on New Year's Eve caused 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.
Tony 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.
I have a few bits and pieces to finish off the year.
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!
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).
I 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, for 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).
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.