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An Announcement

As regular visitors will know, some time ago I took the decision to reduce the amount of new content added to the site. This was in part due to the ever-increasing complexity of new kit designs which were taking an inordinate amount of time to draw. As I am not getting any younger and have a long-term health condition I have taken the decision to further reduce my input to the site. This means that I shall no longer add new season kits. I will, however, continue to welcome contributions to the historical record.

I have not taken this decision lightly. It has been my privilege over the past 17 years to have curated material submitted by hundreds of contributors and I think it is time to focus on the site's core mission, which is to document football kits of the past.

23 February

We have more Scottish club updates from Ian McConnel today.

Raith Rovers (stripe added to shorts 1991-92, 1992-93), Clydebank (1991-92,1992-93 redrawn), Hibernian (1992-94 redrawn), Motherwell (1992-94 missing trim added), Dundee (1992-93, 1993-94 sock and shorts trim corrected), Rangers (1992-94 1st, 1992-93 2nd have been thoroughly overhauled), Airdrieonians (1992-93 detailing added), Aberdeen (1992-93 collar & cuffs clydebank 1991-92 shirtcorrected), Ayr United (1992-93 redrawn), Arbroath 1992-94 (crest added to shorts & shoulder flashes corrected), Elgin City (socks and sponsor's logo corrected).

The 1991-92 Clydebank shirt is another reminder of just how awful some of the radical new designs that appeared in that decade could be. The Bankies were always looking to wear eye-catching strips but this one really crossed the line. That said, there is a market for Buy Replica Football Shirts on Historical Kits websitethese polyester nightmares particularly among those who watched their first matches in the Nineties, and good luck to them. Matchwinner have reissued this little number and you can grab one for yourself from our chums at Classic Football Shirts.

21 February

Once again I have to apologise for the very long hiatus that meant there have been no updates to the site for a long time. The past six months have been very challenging and I have been focussed on health and family matters.

Happily I'm now in a position to resume work on the site and will start by working through the contributions sitting in my inbox starting with the most recent of Ian McConnel's Scottish club corrections.

All entries from 2023 have been moved to the News & Updates Archive.

Heart of Midlothian (1991-92, 1992-93 detailing modified/added), Airdrieonians (1991-92 added), Rangers (1990-92 shorts detailing tweaked), Hamilton Academical (1991-93 detailing tweaked), Motherwell (1991-92 sock trim added), St Mirren (1991-92, 1992-93 collar and sock trim amended), Falkirk (1991-94 amended), Dundee United (1991-92, 1992-93 shirt and shorts trim corrected), St Johnstone (1991-93 shorts trim corrected), Partick Thistle (Aug-Dec 1991 added), Cowdenbeath (1991-93 collar trim, cuffs and jacquard print revised), Queen's Park (1989-92 Umbro logos added & collar trim revised).

mailton academical 1991-92Hamilton Academical (shown here celebrating winning the B&Q Trophy in 1992) are one of many teams that dropped distinctive, traditional shirts in favour of something a bit more radical during the Nineties. At least the scarves and silly hats partially obscure the sheer awfulness of the Matchwinner chevron design worn here.

Photo Credit: The Daily Record.

hibs v rangers january 1962This rather scruffy photograph of a game between Hibernian and Rangers was taken in January 1962. The point of interest is that Hibs are wearing long sleeved shirts with crew necks almost certainly for the first time. There is abundant photographic evidence that they continued to wear continental V neck shirts until 1964 so it is likely that the tops worn here were adopted for cold weather. Unlike the effete folk of Edinburgh, Glaswegians do not feel the cold so the 'Gers team are kitted out in short sleeves.

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