Historical Football Kits Updates
Contributions from visitors as well as my own continuing research mean that new material is being added to the archive all the time. Here is a month by month summary of additions, corrections and updates to the site.
31 December: The superb image presented here is of Civil Service FC taken in 1893 and was sent to me by Pete Walker on behalf of this fine old club. CSFC helped form the Football Association in 1863, were influential in exporting the game around the world and are still going strong. This kit has been added to the Classics gallery.
My appeal for information about the V neck shirt worn by George Best published three days ago prompted an immediate response from Paul Nagel, Kevin Watts and Alexander Howells, who identified the kit as having been worn in the first two months of the 1967-68 season by Manchester United.
Other updates: Accrington Stanley (missing manufacturer logos added for kits between 2003 and 2007). Bristol City (1986-92 badge amended: 1981-82 missing manufacturer's logo added: 2006-07 shorts detailing corrected). Clyde (1982-84, 1984-86 missing logo added). Kilmarnock (1988-89 sponsor's logo corrected). Mansfield Town (2007-08 away kit added). QPR (1992-93 manufacturer corrected). Rushden & Diamonds (several missing logos added). Scarborough (several missing logos added). Wolves (1887 corrected, 1935-36 dates amended, 1928-29 removed pending further research).
To all our visitors and contributors, we wish you a very Happy and Prosperous New Year.
28 December: This kit is a bit of a puzzle, showing George Best of Manchester United in a V-neck kit sometime in the 1960s. If you can shed any light on this, please let me know.
In January 1889 Burnley turned out in plain black shirts as a mark of respect for a player who died from an injury sustained playing for Staveley FC. (January 1889 corrected, 1989-90 added, 1990-91, 1991-93 corrected.)
Colchester United (1984-85 added). Mansfield Town (1984-85 corrected). Stockport County (1984-85 corrected). Portsmouth (1978-79 corrected). Greenock Morton (1985-86, 1987-88 added; 1988-89 amended; some missing logos added.)
26 December: I trust you have all enjoyed your Christmas Day. I can now announce the three winners of our Xmas Replica Kit competition:
Mark Sweeney is awarded the HFK "persistence" award:
As a kid in Merseyside in the early seventies I was obsessed with football kits. I had a crazy idea that nobody had collected an entire set of football league shirts - all 92. I did not want new kits or reproduction kits from the club shop. I wanted the real thing – one that had been worn in an actual game, with mud and grass stains, preferably unwashed.
Aged 10 I decided to write a letter to every football club and explain my quest. No small feat in the days before word processors – I did not even have access to a typewriter. So over the Christmas holidays from school I penned 92 individual handwritten letters to each and every football club . The response was both unanimous and unerringly unfavourable – “ all our shirts are used in training – sorry”.
I opened each response with anticipation and then got used to the polite rejection. I did get letterheads from 50% of the clubs including signatures from several famous managers, Ron Saunders , John Bond , Ron Atkinson and others. The best was from Harry Catterick which was more personable than the other one liners – I really wanted that Everton shirt too as my whole family were Toffeemen but it was not to be! … . To this day I enjoy browsing retro shirt sites and reading club histories. Exiled in the USA my American wife occasionally surprises me with a shirt for my birthday or Christmas, I still get that same excitement when I open the box!
Christopher Worrall gets a prize for remaining within the 100 word limit and including an Xmas theme:
I'll never forget Christmas 1978 when I got an admiral Spurs home kit. How it thrilled me. I'd been in love with the strip since I saw it in the pages of SHOOT! that summer. Team group – Ossie and Ricky resplendent, admiral advert – Wales tracksuit, Coventry away, Detroit Express. January's first games lesson was a giddy experience for me, running out on that rock-hard, frosty school field in my new Spurs kit. You had to be nine in '78 to understand that admiral's collection of those days has never been surpassed. Joyful, repeated sleeve symbol perfection.
And finally Tom Derbyshire is awarded the "Team that replaced Southport FC and did quite well award" with this entry: My favorite football shirt is the blue, white and green Wigan Athletic 1995-1998 home shirt. The shirt symbolized the start of a new era for the club a year after a certain Mr. Whelan had bought the club. In ’97, it saw us promoted to Division 2, who would have guessed where we would be in 10 years time? Not only did the shirt see a lot of success for the club, but it had a excellent, unique design, the green braces down on the shirt really made the club stand out from all others.
Our sincere thanks to all our entrants and to all our visitors, we wish you a very Happy New Year.
17 December: One of the problems of recording kits prior to the Second World War is getting the colour tones right. This is particularly the case with the various shades of amber, gold and old gold that were used so I was very grateful to receive this photograph from Jonathon Russell and taken at the Molineux Museum, Wolverhampton. This depicts the deep shade of old gold worn by the Wolves in 1950 and earlier. Alongside the shirt is a pair of stockings from the same season that have faded to pale yellow. Elsewhere in the museum collection are shirts from the 1930s that have faded to pale cream over the years. With Jonathon's help I have added to new kits to the Wolves gallery (1887, 1928-29) and corrected some detailing on kits before 1939.
Charlton Athletic (1957-58 details of collar fly corrected).
16 December: Clyde (various details corrected 1987-2007 and logos added), York City (1992-93 corrected), Millwall (2007-08 third kit added), Stoke (late 1870s added - the club were known as Stoke Ramblers at this stage), Halifax Town (1972-73 added), Bury (1892-93 added - the team played in stripes this season as pictured here. These shirts were probably blue and white although I have not been able to confirm this.)
13 December: Manchester United will play local rivals Manchester City next February in a specially designed retro kit to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Munich tragedy, in which 23 players, officials and journalists died. Details of the kit have not been released but they will not carry sponsor's or makers logos and will not be on sale to the public. After the game, the match shirts will be donated to survivors and their familes. Read the full story at timesonline.
The Wolves gallery has been updated and a number of additions made (circa 1929, 1930-31 added: late 1880s corrected). The latter was described in contemporary records as being "faded red" and sometimes as "pink" and is shown here. These additions have ben made with the help of Jonathon Russell who produces fine colour prints illustrating the historic kits of a number of famous clubs which can be viewed at his sportsprints site.
Stirling Albion (1983-84 added).
6 December: I am grateful to Jonathon Russell who has kindly written a new narrative section for the Bootle gallery. Condensed from Tony Onslow's book, The Forgotten Rivals - A History of Bootle FC 1880-1893, this section sheds considerable light on the club who were Everton's main rivals in their day.
The Burnley gallery has been upgraded, as have those for Burton Swifts/United and Burton Wanderers. In the course of reviewing these clubs I came across this painting of Wanderers playing Newcastle United in 1895-96. Why is the Wanderers's goalkeeper wearing street clothes? The answer lurks on the Toonerama site where I found this image.
With help from Peter Ferrette I have tracked down details of the Sheffield Zulus club and added them to the Eminent Victorians. This was a representative side that played exhibition matches to raise money for British widows of the Zulu Wars between 1879 and 1882. They played in an all-black kit festooned with beads and feathers under assumed Zulu names like Ulmathoosi and Cetawayo. When on tour they paraded through the town carrying assegais, shields and other regalia before performing a Zulu dance on the pitch. Victorian sensibilities were not offended by the blatant racism of these performances but the fact that the players received a payment was another matter and in 1882 they were disbanded by order of the Sheffield FA.
Various missing kits have been added with the kind assistance of our growing army of contributors. Forfar Athletic (1990-91, 1991-92 added). Kilmarnock (1983-84, 1986-88, 1994-95, 1988-89 added and some detailing added on modern kits). Boston United (1996-98 added).
4 December : Peter Ferrette has sent me more information about early Victorian teams and I've made 12 new entries to the Eminent Victorians gallery as a result. The accompanying picture on the left (click to see the full version) has several points of interest. Several players have the English FA badge sewn onto their club jerseys to show they had been capped for their country. Also note how many are wearing hooped tops - vertical stripes had not arrived at the time this was painted in 1881. It is also worth remarking that everyone is depicted wearing white britches - hardly practical but then the servants did the laundry so getting them clean would not have been a worry for these gentlemen players. As the game became popular with the working classes over the next few years, kits became noticeably more practical and hard-wearing.
Copies of this print are available from the Illustrated London News.
27 November: Today we are launching our Christmas competition with three replica shirts by Toffs as prizes. The three winning entries will be published on the site.
I've corrected various dates in the Blackpool gallery for kits worn 2001-2007 and added three missing kits to the Bradford City archive (1903-05, 1906-07, 1966-68). The galleries for Boston United, AFC Bournemouth, Bradford City and Bradford PA have been upgraded.
23 November: Earlier this week Guardian Unlimited posted links to the HFK site in an article on Football/Premier League champions who wore stripes (Sunderland 1936 since you ask). This resulted in over 5,000 visits in just a few hours, causing our server to melt and the site was suspended temporarily. We are in the process of transferring to a server with greater capacity to ensure that this does not happen again.
Meantime, some updates have been posted: (Sunderland 2007-08 third kit: Partick Thistle 2007-08 away kit corrected: Hibernian seem to have reverted to green shorts: Bury 2007-08 away kit corrected - this is in dark chocolate and light blue, the club's original colours.)
I have also upgraded the Blackburn Rovers, Blackpool, Bolton Wanderers and Bootle galleries, which gives me an excuse to post this rather rare photograph of Bootle FC with the Liverpool & District Challenge Cup in 1888-89 sent to me by Greger Lindberg. A point of interest here is that several players are wearing a badge on their shirts featuring a Liver bird. I believe these are the badge of the Liverpool & District FA rather than the club, and were worn to show that the players had been capped for their county.
17 November : I was very taken by this photograph of Earlestown FC from 1885, sent to me by Steve Flanagan and apparently rescued from a skip in Newton-le-Willows. It is the only known picture of the side that beat Everton to win the Liverpool & District Challenge Cup. I have added them to the Eminent Victorians Gallery along with Blackheath. Although the Heathens are now famous as one of the world's oldest Rugby Union clubs, they were founders of the English Football Association in 1863. They later left when the practice of "hacking" - kicking opponents' shins - was outlawed and helped form the Rugby Football Union, where this manly practice continued.
If have information about clubs from the Victorian period that you would like to see featured on the site, please let me know.
15 November: Martin Kendall has shed further light on early Aston Villa kits. It seems that the blue and white hooped kit recorded in 1881 was in fact worn only once, in a match against Heart of Midlothian. Because their shirts clashed, the Villains borrowed a set of change shirts for the occasion. I've now removed this item, which may come as a relief to Villa fans embarrassed that their team had once worn the blue and white of Birmingham City. I'm also persuaded that early references to Aston Villa wearing chocolate or claret with light blue were, in fact, descriptions of the same, deep shade of red.
I've also heard from Alex in the Ukraine who has identified the mystery Yeovil Town shirt posted on 31 October as having been worn between 1998 and 2000. Spasibi Alex.
11 November: The Aston Villa gallery has been upgraded to the new standard. The photograph, from the club's official website, is from 1894, the year they won the Football League championship for the first time. The intriguing thing about this picture is that the players are wearing a mixture of shirts.
9 November: Today we're launching the next generation of HFK graphics (or HFK Vista), which I hope are more pleasing than the basic templates used to date. These will be introduced gradually and alphabetically over the next few months. Inevitably this is going to mean that some of the special galleries will have both old and new styles but I hope you'll bear with me during what will be a quite prolonged transition. Each graphic is hand crafted using the finest materials from sustainable sources. No third-world child labour is involved at any stage in the process.
6 November: I've completed the latest contribution from Alick Milne, who sent me the rest of his notes for 1977-78 Scottish clubs. Missing kits have been added for Dumbarton, Dunfermline, Falkirk, Hibernian (two alternate kits worn in televised games in place of their sponsored shirts, shown left), Meadowbank Thistle, Montrose, Raith Rovers and Stranraer. Detailing has been corrected for Alloa, Berwick, Clydebank, East Fife, Morton, Partick Thistle and Queen's Park. The missing manufacturers' logos have been added to the St Mirren gallery.
4 November: Greetings to Gary Silke who sent me a sample of the old Leicester City badge which I've used to model more accurate versions on City's kits 1952-1983. Gary also sent me this fine photo of Leicester lining up before the 1949 FA Cup final against Wolves. Their manager appears to be checking his flies before being introduced to the royal personage.
Chris Worrall has sent me information that has allowed me to add some missing detailing on FA Cup Finalists 1980-89 while Simon Monks has submitted various corrections to FA Cup Finalists kits, including Wolves (1908 corrected), Portsmouth (1934 kit now confirmed and 1939 stockings corrected), Manchester City (1934, 1955 details added), Cardiff (1925 collar detailing), Blackburn (stockings amended), Derby 1946 (they wore old worn out tops for this first post war final now accurately modelled), Preston (1954 badge corrected), Nottingham Forest (1959 socks corrected) and West Brom (1968 socks corrected). The Chelsea 1997 FA Cup kit was incorrectly linked - this has now been fixed.
3 November: I've been in touch recently with Gerry Wolstenholme, who has written extensively on the history of Blackpool FC. He has identified the photograph on the left as being from around 1930, when Blackpool first started wearing tangerine, albeit in a rather darker shade than we are familiar with today. Gerry has also provided the background to the red, yellow and black shirts worn by the club during the Great War.
Other updates today: Hamilton Academical (1988-89 corrected). St Mirren (1987-89 detailing added). Shrewsbury Town (1978-79 added). Everton (1995 FA Cup final kit shirt sponsor corrected). Rochdale (2007-08 away kit stockings corrected).
2 November: I have added Chirk FC to the Eminent Victorians gallery. Chirk were formed in 1876 and were one of the founder members of the Football Association of Wales. In the late nineteenth century they won the Welsh Senior Cup five times - the photograph shows them with the trophy in 1887. Their most famous player, Billy Meredith, went on to play for both Manchester clubs and won 48 caps for Wales. Chirk AAA, as they are now known, still thrive to this day in the Nizam Druid Welsh National League.
Hull City (1986-87, 1987-88 corrected). Cheltenham Town (circa 1995 added - confirmation of details needed). Alloa Athletic (circa 1995 added -confirmation of dates needed). Arbroath (1992-94 detailing corrected). Greenock Morton (1989-91 detailing added).
West Bromwich Albion (2004-05 stockings corrected). Luton Town (2007-08 home stockings corrected). Middlesbrough (1937-39 added: 1964-66 corrected). Tranmere Rovers (various details amended 1987-2008 including more accurate badges). Caledonian (1992-1994 dates amended).
Burnley 1947 FA Cup final kit corrected.
Nottingham Forest (1904-05, 1928, late 1975-76 added). Forest were one of the pioneers of association football: the photograph on the left shows the team on their South American tour in the summer of 1905. It was tours like this one that first established the game in Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and Brazil.
30 October: Ferranti/Meadowbank Thistle/Livingston (1973-74, 1981-82, 1982-83, 2000-01 added: 1987-90, 1993-93 amended: logos added). Elgin City (1895-96, 1958-61, 1961-62, 1967-68 added). Berwick Rangers (1981-82 added). Clyde (some logos added). Cowdenbeath (1981-82 added). Stranraer (1981-82 added). Cowlairs (Some additional historical information added to the commentary and several kits revised.)
My apologies if you were inconvenienced by the brief outage of the site earlier today. This was caused by a trainee member of staff wiring up the plug to our server incorrectly. This person has been tarred, feathered and summarily dismissed.
25 October: New Feature - I'm currently working on the 2007-08 Scottish season galleries and have added the new Scottish Premier League and Scottish First Division galleries, with away and third kits, to the site. I'll add the remaining divisions shortly and then get on to posting the large number of updates and amendments sitting in my inbox.
24 October: Happy Birthday Sheffield FC! The oldest football club in the world, founded in 1857, reaches a sprightly 150 years old today. A service was held at Sheffield Cathedral, attendees including FIFA president Sepp Blatter and Massimo Moratti, president of Inter Milan. The Italian Champions are due to play a commemorative friendly with Sheffield FC in two weeks time.
23 October: New Feature - Today we open a new wing on the HFK site containing the complete kit history of the FA Cup Finals from 1872 to the present. Enjoy.
It has been confirmed today that Nike are to buy UK sportwear manufacturer Umbro for £285m. That's a lot of replica kits.
19 October: There are reports today that Nike have made an approach to buy Umbro.
18 October: Yesterday was not a great day for the Euro 2008 qualification hopes of either England or Scotland; both teams losing away to Russia and Georgia respectively. While Scotland are at least still in control of their own destiny, 'only' needing a home win against World Champions Italy in their final game, England supporters amongst you might be interested in a Taxi for McClaren shirt.
17 October:League Two has been added to the new-style 2007-08 galleries. We can now add those interesting one-off kits that turn up on special occasions so please let me know if your club turns out in something new this season.
I'm now working on a new gallery project and will make an announcement on Saturday 20th October.
16 October: The new style 2007-08 gallery with away and third kits has now been added for League One. League Two follows shortly.
12 October: New Feature! I have added revised versions of the 2007-08 English Premier League and Championship galleries, which include away and third kits. Leagues One and Two are now being written and the Scottish League will be added in due course.
10 October: The BBC reports that shirt manufacturers are taking steps to actively discourage supermarkets from stocking replica shirts and selling them at discounts. In 2003 the Office of Fair Trading fined a number of companies for price-fixing. The BBC, however, has found that since then prices have not fallen.
Meanwhile, Nick Szczepanik has picked his 50 all-time favourite football kits for Times Online.
5 October: Ten missing kits have been added to the Caledonian archive. As a result I have reorganised the Inverness Caledonian Thistle gallery with Caledonian and Inverness Thistle now presented on their own linked pages.
4 October: I've had this from Steve Hutton, on behalf of Sheffield FC, the oldest football club in the world.
One of the earliest pictures of the team, shows the club in all whites, with some players wearing dark coloured socks (see left). There is also a match report from the first ever game of football between two clubs, Sheffield FC and Hallam in 1860. The report reads that Sheffield 'turned out in their usual scarlet and white.' It's difficult to know exactly what their strip was like at this time. But this gives an indication at least. Their first official strip, which we believe was developed later, was a scarlet shirt with a darker colour on one half, with dark shorts and socks, similar to the current 2007/08 shirt.
More updates today: Swindon Town (1981-83, 1983-84 logos added). Torquay United (1980-81 corrected). Tranmere Rovers (1982-83, 1983-85, 1986-87 details amended). Walsall (1980-81 logo added). Wimbledon (1980-81 added). Aberdeen (logos added), Airdrieonians (logos added), Albion Rovers (badges amended between 1977 and 1980), Alloa Athletic (1977-78 added).
We've also got a special offer for our visitors on books featuring material from this site such as The Arsenal Miscellany and The Liverpool Miscellany from Vision Sports Publishing.
2 October: In last night's dramatic 4-4 draw with Aston Villa at White Hart Lane, Spurs turned out in their 125th anniversary kit for the first time (left). This is modelled on the shirts adopted in 1884 when the entire Tottenham team went to Kennington Oval to watch Blackburn Rovers win the FA Cup for the first time. They were so impressed that they adopted Rovers' colours.
Updates added today: Luton Town (1980-81 detailing corrected). Mansfield Town (1980-83 corrected). Northampton Town (1983-85 logos added). Plymouth Argyle (1983-1987 logos added). Port Vale (1983-84 corrected).
31 September: Grimsby Town (1980-81, 1982-83 added). Halifax Town (1980-82, 1984-85 corrected). Huddersfield Town (1980-81, 1981-82 added). Hartlepool Utd (1982-83 added: 1979-82, 1983-84 amended). Hereford Utd (1981-82 added).
27 September: York City (1975-76 added: various details amended 1976-1987). Bury (1983-84 corrected). Cardiff City (1980-83 corrected). Carlisle United (1980-81 amended). Chester City (1981-82 added: 1982-83 sponsors logo corrected). Colchester United (1972-73 two kits added: 1982-83 corrected). Coventry City (1968-69 late season, 1974-75 added). Darlington (1980-81 detailing added).
Trivia: Sir Alex Ferguson (pictured left) was today inducted into Dunfermline Athletic's Hall of Fame. He joined the Pars in 1964, scoring 66 goals in 88 appearances - the cartoon he holds shows him sporting the club's classic candy-stripe kit. Full story here.
26 September: Pictured left is the Rangers team of 1877 wearing an all-white kit featuring a six pointed star, the emblem of the rowing club that some of the founders belonged to. Later, 'Gers turned out in hooped jerseys and it was not until 1883 that their famous blue tops were reinstated. The last batch of Alick Milne's recent submission has now been added: Darlington (1951-57 added). Wolves (logos added). Workington (1976-77 corrected). Wrexham (1974-75, 1976-77 added: 1973-74, 1975-76 amended). Barnet (1980-81 added: 1979-80 amended): Barnsley (various details amended between 1980 and 1986): Boston Utd (1979-80 added): Bristol City (1982-83 details corrected): Bristol Rovers (1981-82, 1982-83 sponsor's logo corrected). Maidstone Utd (1978-81 corrected): Yeovil Town (1977-79 amended: some logos added).
24 September: Newcastle United (1925-26, 1960-61 added). Leeds United (1946-48 added). West Bromwich Albion (1975-77, 1994-95 added). West Ham United (1975-76 added). Wigan Athletic (1978-79, 1979-80 added).
21 September: Stockport County (1975-76, 1977-78, 1978-79 added: 1976-77, 1979-82 detailing corrected: logos added). Stoke City (1976-77 added: various adjustments made to dates between 1967 and 1981: logos added). Sunderland (various dates amended for 1970s kits: logos added).
20 September: I've started work on another huge batch of material submitted by Alick Milne covering English teams from the 1970s. Shrewsbury Town (1972-73, 1974-75, 1976-77, 1977-78 added: 1971-72, 1975-76, 1978-80 amended). Southampton (various detailing added to kits 1973-1980: logos added). Southport (1975-76 added: 1977-78 stocking details added).
19 September: My apologies for the lengthy period of inactivity. Updates are now being posted once more starting with this intriguing Blackburn Rovers kit from 1878, which shows the team in a distinctly darker shade of blue than the very pale Cambridge Blue and white shirts familar from the 1880s. Manchester City (2006-07 badge corrected). East Stirlingshire (2007-08 sponsor's logo corrected). Gretna (2007-08 new sponsor's logo added). Cowdenbeath 2007-08 added. Partick Thistle (1986-87 sponsor's logo corrected). Motherwell (1996-98 collar details amended). Ross County 1998-99 added. Hamilton Academical (2007-08 sponsor's logo corrected). Colchester Utd (1972-73 - two kits added). Wigan Athletic (1953-54 stockings corrected). Chelsea (1954-55, 1967-68 added; 1918-27, 1947-48 corrected). Bolton Wanderers (1885-86 amended - this rare shirt with vertical stripes in red, white and blue is shown on the left). Birmingham City (2007-08 corrected). Scunthorpe United (1963-64 added; 1974-75 corrected). Wrexham 1993-94 detailing amended. Rochdale (various manufacturors' logos amended and added). Manchester Utd (1984-86 adidas logo moved to correct position on sleeves). Tranmere Rovers (1984-85 sponsor's logo corrected). Crystal Palace (1920-23 stockings corrected).
31 August: Matt and I are currently working on further improvements to site presentation and as a result, I am not for the moment adding any updates. Please be assured, however, that all new material submitted has been logged and will be put on the site as soon as the latest upgrade is complete. As usual, I'll e-mail individual contributors as soon as I have processed their submissions.
21 August: Sheffield Wednesday(numerous additions and amendments sourced from Alick Milne and Nick Johnson's book in the Images of Sport series: logos added). The image shown here - possibly the oldest surviving photograph of a Wednesday team - is of the 1878 side and comes from www.chrishobbs.com.
Reading (1976-77, 1979-81 added - both of these are very minor variations: logos added). Rochdale (1973-74, 1979-80, 1980-81 detailing added: logos added). Rotherham United (1971-72, 1976-77, 1977-80 added: logos added). Scunthorpe United (1974-75, 1975-76, 1978-79 added - nothing to get excited about as these are all minor variations on the Irons' all-red kit: 1976-77, 1982-83 detailing added). Sheffield United (kits between 1968 and 1982 have had detailing amended). Berwick Rangers (introduction amended).
19 August: Mansfield Town have revealed their new shirt sponsor. I'm still seeking details of several Scottish clubs' kits for 2007-08 - Arbroath, Cowdenbeath, East Stirlingshire and Ross County - help please!
Liverpool (1991-92 badge amended). Southend United (1980-81 added). Port Vale (1971-73, 1977-78, 1978-79 added: logos added). During the mid 1970s, QPR wore a bewildering number of variations on their broad hooped shirts. Alick Milne has added some more to the archive and I've added logos throughout.
18 August: I've updated the Eminent Victorians gallery with new information on the original Crystal Palace club (provided by Peter Manning), Old Etonians, Blackburn Olympic and others. The featured photograph is of the 1877 Oxford University side. Partick Thistle (sponsors' logos 1986-88, 1990-96 corrected). Tottenham Hotspur (a more accurate badge added to kits 1920-1965).
Cambridge Utd (1999-01 manufacturer corrected). Leyton Orient (1998-99 sponsor's logo corrected). Dan Baugh has been kind enough to contact me with details of the new location for the excellent collection of historic photos from Semper Viridis (a fine example is on the left). As a result, I've reviewed Plymouth Argyle's gallery and made a number of additions and amendments.
15 August: I received this from Rick Cowdrey, Head of Communications at Plymouth Argyle today: We have always worn green, David. The shades have varied considerably since we turned professional, everything from lime to racing green. So, in 2001-02, the board decided to set a standard ‘Argyle’ colour, which we have used ever since and which we have no intention of changing. That colour is near to racing green – it’s actually Pantone 3308. A couple more tweaks to the Motherwell gallery - (1957-58, 1982-84). Southend United (1975-76, 1982-83, 1987-88 added: logos added). Peterborough Utd (Jan 2007 added: several missing manufacturers' logos added) - my thanks to Nick Warwick who has now posted his impressive collection of Posh shirts at the Warrick Collection. Clyde (1927-28 home kit added).
I am always thrilled to receive new information about obscure former members of the English and Scottish Leagues so it is with particular pleasure I present, thanks to Alick Milne, an update of Peebles Rovers (1907-08, 1919-20, 1922-23, 1927-36 added).
14 August: Peterborough United (minor detailing tweaks to kits 1973-81: logos added). Plymouth Argyle (1972-73, 1976-78, 1978-80 detailing amended: logos added). Portsmouth (1976-77 added: 1967-72, 1972-73, 1977-78, 1997-99 detailing corrected: logos added).
13 August: Oldham Athletic (1972-73, 1973-75 corrected: logos added). Leyton Orient (1977-80, 1993-95 corrected: logos added). Oxford United (1921-22, 1953-54, 2007-08 added: several other kits have been amended and badges revised).
In recent weeks I've had a lot of help from Neil Morris to capture some missing kits and details for the Walsall gallery (1987-88 restored: 1984-85, 1986-87 details amended today). Neil works for the British embassy in Addis Ababa and is, I'm fairly confident, the only Saddlers fan in Ethiopia. I'd also like to mention the guys at welltrustfc.net who have been helping with the Motherwell gallery (1978-79, 1984-85, 1984-85 late, 1987-89 detailing added). Huddersfield Town (1987-88 sponsorship added).
I was delighted to receive an e-mail from contributor Steve Flanagan alerting me to the fine collection of Everton team photographs on the bluekipper.com site, going back to 1881. These include a rare picture of the team of 1891 wearing their legendary ruby-red shirts with light blue trim shown here. As a result I've been able to add six missing kits to the Everton archive and various details particularly to stocking trims between 1900 and 1963.
7 August: Motherwell (1959, 1984-85 late added: 1984-85 early, 1989-90 amended). Walsall (1981-82 added, 1984-85, 1985-86, 1986-87 detailing tweaked). West Brom (1973-77 badge amended). Rangers (missing logos added). Brentford (1988-89 added: some missing logos added). Brighton (1972-73, 1983-84, 1987-89, 1998-99 detailing tweaked). Doncaster Rovers (1999-00, 2001-02, 2002-03 detailing amended). Norwich City (1974-75 added: 1975-76 corrected: logos added).
I have added four new entries to the Scottish Season Galleries.
6 August: 2007-08 kits added: Having played in primrose yellow and red kits since 1961, Albion Rovers have this season switched to yellow and blue. The last top Scottish club to radically change their colour scheme was Dundee United who switched from white to tangerine in 1969.
My thanks to Rikki Hill who spotted that I had inadvertantly posted last season's kit for Sheffield Wednesday yesterday: the correct image is now on the gallery.
29 July: My thanks to David Roughley who has sent me this rare picture of Wigan Borough- click on the image to view. (1925-26 corrected).Doncaster Rovers (1976-77 added: various tweaks to kits 1977-90). Hull City (1982-83, 1983-84 logos added). Preston NE (1992-93, 2006-07 corrected and various tweaks made to kits 1975-80). Accrington Stanley (1988-89 sponsorship corrected). East Stirlingshire (1999-2001 dates amended). Wrexham (1985-87 manufacturer corrected). Wimbledon (1983-84 added: 1977-78, 1978-80 badge amended: 1981-83 dates amended). Aston Villa (1976-81 dates amended). Northampton Town (1976-77, 1982-83 added). Torquay United (1984-86 sponsorship added: 1986-88 dates amended). Meadowbank Thistle (1978-81, 1982-84 corrected). Brighton (1983-84 corrected: missing logos added). Walsall (1977-78 collar amended).
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27 July: Maidstone United (1963-65 added). Manchester United (1922-26 corrected). Crystal Palace (1920-23 dates amended). Coventry City (2007-08 stockings corrected). Everton (1930-31 shorts detailing added). Leicester City (1922-23 added). Dunfermline Athletic (1996-97 detailing corrected). (This kit along with Crystal Palace's latest effort have been nominated for Room 101). Kidderminster (1994-95 dates corrected). Rangers (2003-05, 2005-06, 2007-08 details amended). Walsall extensively reviewed (1973-74, 1974-75, 1978-79, 1982-83, 1985-86 added: detailing amended on various kits 1971-1989 and logos added). Doncaster Rovers has also been substantially revised (1977-78, 1991-92 added: detailing amended on many kits 1970-2000).
Bristol City (1892-1900 reinterpreted: 2007-08 stockings corrected).
I enjoyed this commentary on the new seasons kits on the 200 percent blog spot, especially being described as both "venerable" and "the undisputed UK champions of cataloguing football kits down the years."
Millwall (1977-78 corrected: logos added). Newport County (1919-20, 1959-63 alternate, 1968-70 alternate added: 1976-77, 1977-79, 1979-82, 1987 aug-sept corrected.) Northampton Town (1975-77 alternative added: 1973-75, 2003-05 corrected: logos added). Blackpool (1983-84 shorts corrected: 1988-89 sponsor's logo added). Scunthorpe Utd (1910-13, 1913-23, 1923-27, 1927-46, 1963-68, 1965-68, 1977-79 added: 1982-83, 190-91 corrected).
19 July: Middlesbrough (1977-78 corrected: logos added).
18 July: An apology. Due to the unprecedented number of visits after links were published on Guardian Online today, the site exceeded our service provider's capacity and was temporarily suspended. I am very sorry for the inconvenience. We are now investigating solutions to ensure this problem does not happen again.
Meanwhile - Mansfield Town (1977-79, 1979-80 added: more accurate badges applied 1961-1980: logos added).
15 July: Luton Town (logos added).
14 July: More 2007-08 kits added: Blackpool, Bradford City, Brechin City, Bristol Rovers, Greenock Morton, Hamilton Academical, Macclesfield Town, Montrose, Sheffield United, Walsall, Wycombe Wanderers.
Blackpool (1983-84 added).
13 July: More 2007-08 kits added: Watford
I've added a link to footyjumpers.com today. This site is run by Australian Rules historian Rob Meredith and has excellent graphics of Aussie Rules clubs going back to 1897. Rob is currently investigating colours between 1872 and 1892 and possible links to English/Scottish football clubs.
Leeds United (Various detail corrections and logos added).
10 July: Hereford United (1978-79 detail corrected: logos added). A large gap in the Huddersfield Town record has been filled by the redoubtable Alick Milne today (1974-75, 1975-77, 1977-78, 1978-79, 1979-80 added). Hull City (1975-76, 1979-80 added: 1982-83, 1983-84 corrected: logos added). Ipswich Town (Various detail corrections and logos added).
9 July: I'm grateful to Paul Barnes who sent me a great deal of interesting material that has helped me fill in several gaps and add lots of detail to the Preston NE gallery. (1964-66, 1984-85 added: many detailed amendments between 1975 and 1996). Hartlepool United (1952-53 added: 1976-77, 1977-78, 1978-79, 1993-95 corrected: logos added).
Fulham gallery reviewed. Gillingham (1975-76 corrected and logos added). Grimsby Town (1975-76, 1976-78, 1979-80 added: logos added). Halifax Town (1971-72 late season, 1975-76 added: 1976-77, 1977-78, 2006-07 corrected).
Exeter City (1972-73 added: 1989-91 corrected: logos added throughout).
2 July: 2007-08 kits added today for Manchester United, West Ham United, Darlington, Airdrie United, St Johnstone. The Crystal Palace gallery has been updated with manufacturer's logos. Darlington (1972-75, 1975-76, 1976-77, 1979-80 also added)
26 June: Carlisle United (1976-78, 1989-91 added). Colchester United (1975-76 added). Coventry City (1981-83 corrected). Crewe Alexandra (1975-76 corrected). All these galleries have been upgraded with manufacturers' logos.
23 June: RIP Scarborough FC whose brand new kit recorded for 2007-08 will not appear next season as the club was formally wound up on 20 June- full story here. Burnley (1882-83 reinterpreted: various tweaks to manufacturers' logos 1981-1991). Bury (1978-79 added: manufacturers' logos added). Cambridge United (1975-76, 1976-77, 1977-79 added). Cardiff City (upgraded with manufacture's logos).
22 June: Birmingham City (2007-08 added and logos added throughout). Blackburn Rovers (1972-73, 1973-74, 1974-75, 1975-76, 1976-77 added - all rather subtle variations on the same kit - logo added throughout.) Blackpool (gallery upgraded with logos). Bolton Wanderers (2007-08 added: 1972-75, 1975-76, 1976-77 corrected). AFC Bournemouth (1977-78 added: detailing corrected on 1973-74, 1975-77, 1978-79). Bradford City (various detail corrections to 1970s kits and logos added). Brentford (1975-76, 1977-80 detailing corrected). Brighton (1973-74 added). Bristol Rovers (1972-73 added and logos added throughout). Burnley (1978-79, 2007-08 added: logos added throughout).
21 June: Falkirk (1996-97 corrected: 2007-08 added). Arbroath (1989-90 added). Aldershot, Arsenal, Aston Villa, (upgraded with manufacturers' logos). Barnsley (1972-73, 1974-75, 1975-76, 1976-77, 1977-79, 1979-80, 1984-86, 1991-92 added: maufacturers' logos added).
20 June: Wimbledon (1961-62, 1978-79 added and manufacturers' logos added throughout). Wigan Athletic (2007-08 added: logos added). Cardiff City (1961-63 corrected). Queen of the South (2007-08 added).
16 June: To mark our first anniversary, my son, Matt Moor has given the Historical Football Kits site a comprehensive refurbishment - we hope you like the new look. In addition, all graphic files have now been upgraded to the latest standard. Chester City (1975-76, 1976-77, 1977-78, 1979-80 added). Bradford City 1976-77 alternative kit added). Chesterfield (1965-38, 1946-47, 2007-08 added).
14 June: Following numerous requests, I have decided to include manufacturers' logos on the graphics. Initially these will appear on new kits as they are added but I shall gradually upgrade existing graphics as part of my continuing review process. Tranmere Rovers (1970-71, 2007-08 added). Workington (1969-70 added: 1972-73 dates amended).
13 June: Shrewsbury Town (a more accurate badge applied to various kits between 1952 and 1970: 2007-08 added). Southport (1976-77,1977-78 shade of shirts changed). I've given the Torquay United gallery a complete overhaul and added their 2007-08 kit.
10 June: John Small has sent me scans of two early Hearts photographs, which has allowed me to more accurately capture these two remarkable early kits (1876-77, 1877-78 corrected).
9 June: Queen of the South (1977-79 added). Queen's Park (1977-82 added). Raith Rovers (1972-73, 1973-74 added: 1978-82 corrected). St Mirren (1973-75 added: 1970-72, 1972-73 dates amended). Stenhousemuir (1977-80 dates amended). Stranraer (1961-63, 1963-73, 1973-78, 1978-85 corrected). Thanks Alick! Stoke City (1960-61, 1965-66 added). Morecambe (1981-82, 2007-08 added: 1987-88, 1988-89 corrected). Inverness Thistle (1993-94 corrected). Montrose (1988-89 added). Stranraer (1988-89 added). Raith Rovers (1988-89 added). East Stirlingshire (1988-89 added). Cowdenbeath (1988-89 added).
8 June: Livingston (2007-08 added). Scarborough (2007-08 added). Manchester United (1996-98 corrected). Queen of the South (1983-84, 1984-85, 1985-86, 1986-87, 1987-88, 1988-89, 1994-95, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98 added: 1981-83, 1989-91, 1991-94 corrected) - my thanks to Ewan Lithgow. Another enormous batch of contributions from Alick Milne - Airdrieonians (1973-76 alternate added: 1974-77, 1977-80 dates amended). Albion Rovers (Aug-Dec 1972, Jan-May 1973, 1977-78, 1977-78 alternate added, 1974-75, 1975-76, 1976-77, 1976-80 corrected). Alloa Athletic (1972-74, 1978-79 added: 1974-75 dates amended). Berwick Rangers (1972-73, 1973-77 corrected). Ayr United (1973-75, 1975-77 corrected). Brechin City (1977-78 added). Clydebank (1972-74, 1974-75 corrected). Dumbarton (circa 1887, 1974-77, 1979-82 corrected). Falkirk (1972-73 corrected). Forfar Athletic (various dates amended for 1970s kits). Hamilton Academical (eight missing kits from the 1970s added). Kilmarnock (1973-77 corrected). Montrose (1929-30, late 1973-74, 1977-78, 1978-80 added). Motherwell (1973-74 alternate kit added: 1974-76 collar detail corrected).
6 June: Technical problems have prevented me from adding any information over the last week but everything is now back to normal. Wolves (early 1880s added: a darker shade of old gold has been applied to kits 1891-1954 - my thanks to Steve Gordos). Kidderminster Harriers (2007-08 added). Coventry City (1992-93 added). Hearts (2004-05, 2005-06 position of badge corrected).
25 May: I am grateful to long-time contributor, Ralph Pomeroy, who has been sending me a lot of material on Scottish clubs, which has now been added to the site. Forfar Athletic (1982-83, 1985-86, 1986-87 added). Greenock Morton (1986-87 corrected). Partick Thistle (1985-86, 1986-87 added). Airdrieonians (1985-88 dates revised). Dumbarton (1980-82, 1985-86 corrected). Alloa Athletic (1986-88 added: 1985-86 sponsor's logo added). Ayr United (1980-81 added). Clydebank (1980-82 dates amended). Dunfermline Athletic (1980-81 corrected). Hamilton Academical (1979-81 corrected). St Johnstone (1982-86 dates amended). Stirling Albion (1980-81 added). Third Lanark (1963-65, 1965-67 added). Aston Villa (1970-71 added). Caledonian's 1986-87 kit and a large selection of Inverness Thistle kits from 1904 to1994 have been added to the Inverness Caledonian Thistle gallery. Rochdale 1974-76, 1976-77, 1977-78, 1978-79, 2007-08. Stirling Albion (1985-86, 1986-87 corrected). Cowdenbeath (1985-86 added). Motherwell (1893, 1962-63, 1972-73 added: 1979-80 deleted). Morecombe (1987-88, 1988-89 added). Rangers (1983-84 corrected). Brechin City (1985-86 added).
24 May: I've made a few additions to Room 101 today. Oldham Athletic (1983-84, 1987-88, 1988-89 corrected). Luton Town (1980-81, 1999-2000 added: 1994-95 detailing corrected). Motherwell (1976-77 added: 1974-76, 1984-85, 1985-86 corrected). Northampton Town (March 1992 deleted - now confirmed this was a change kit). Dundee United (1967-68 all-black kit deleted - now confirmed this was also a change kit: 2006-07 detailing corrected). Dundee (1966-70 badge detailing corrected). Montrose (late 1940s, 1986-88 added). Clyde (1984-86 sponsors logo added). Queen of the South (1987-88 added: 1983-87, 1990-91, 1992-93 sponsor's logo corrected). Raith Rovers (1986-88 added). Stirling Albion (1985-87, 1987-88 added). Stranraer (1987-88 added: 1985-87 corrected). Stenhousemuir (1985-86, 1986-87 added). Arbroath (1986-88 corrected). Berwick Rangers (1986-87 added: 1984-86 corrected).
23 May: Congratulations to Dagenham & Redbridge and Morecambe on their promotion to the Football League. Their galleries have now been added. Tottenham Hotspur (2007-08 added). Edinburgh City (1928-32, 1938 added and the introductory narrative has been expanded with material from Alick Milne).
21 May: The addition of the Peterhead and Ross County galleries means that every club that has ever competed in the Scottish Football League now has a gallery on the site. This is something of a landmark and I am enormously grateful to all my contributors, especially to Alick Milne, whose detailed research has been an enormously significant contribution to the site. Work now continues to fill in the gaps.
Queen's Park (1995-97 corrected): Stirling Albion (1992-93 added): Meadowbank Thistle (1992-93 added). gallery added - information on the club's kits prior to 2000 needed please! I've added the information I have on Inverness Caledonian and Inverness Thistle to the Inverness Caledonian Thistle gallery - there are huge gaps so contributions are very welcome.
19 May: Raith Rovers added.
18 May: Queen's Park added.
17 May: Queen of the South added.
15 May: Stirling Albion added today.
14 May: We start with a few more corrections and additions today. Original Clydebank (1914-17 corrected). Forfar Athletic (1949-50 added). Vale of Leven (1915-16 added). Hearts (1877-78, 1878-83 corrected). Albion Rovers (1945-Dec1946 added). Clyde (1945-46, 1946-47, 1947-49, 1950 added). Dundee United (1945-48, 1948-49 corrected). Hamilton Academical (1947-1949 added). St Mirren (1949, 1950 added: badge added to 1944-48). The Stenhousemuir gallery has been added.
13 May: St Johnstone added today. Various additions: Dumbarton (1980-82). Dundee United (1954-55). Dundee (1998-99) Hearts (1998-99), Wimbledon (mid 1950s) Rotherham United (1981-82). Rochdale (1969-70 added; 1907, 1985-86, 1971-73 corrected). Oldham Athletic (correct badge applied 1972-1981; 1983-84 added; 1981-83, 1987-88, 1988-89 corrected). Montrose (1971-73, 1973-74, 1974-76 added).
12 May: The Rangers gallery is now available.
11 May: Sunderland (1882 corrected):
10 May: I've added Motherwell to the Scottish Section of the site.
9 May: The modern Clydebank gallery has been updated with new material and corrections for the period 1965-1977. The Galston gallery has been substantially updated with new material. New galleries added to the Scottish Section: Lochgelly United, Montrose (there are some significant gaps here so contributions please!),
8 May: Several more minor clubs have been added to the Scottish Section today: Nithsdale Wanderers, Northern, Renton, Royal Albert, Solway Star, Thistle. Eight kits added to the original Clydebank gallery.
7 May: Substantial revisions have been made to the Falkirk and Forfar Athletic galleries, with many missing kits added. Alloa Athletic (1960-62, 1977-78 corrected). New galleries added to the Scottish Section: Leith Athletic, Peebles Rovers, Port Glasgow Athletic, Vale of Leven,
3 May: The Hearts gallery has been revised with new information about early kits and more accurate details from the mid 1960s to early 1970s, when the club wore two or three slightly different kits each season. The Hibernian gallery has also been revised, mainly with more accurate dates but a few new kits have been added (1895-96, 1937-38, 1961-64). Ten missing kits have been added to East Fife's gallery and several dates amended.
2 May: Last week Radio 4 broadcast a fascinating item about the only modern football club known to have been founded by a woman: I won't spoil the surprise so click here to learn more. Celtic (early 1931-32 corrected). Berwick Rangers (1950-52, 1952-53 added: 1967-70 corrected). Three Livingston kits added from the days when they were still Ferranti Thistle (1953-57, 1957-59, 1959-60). Cowdenbeath (the candy-stripe kits worn 1969-1973 have been corrected). Dumbarton (circa 1887 corrected).
30 April: The Dundee United gallery has been updated with new material from the club's early days as Dundee Hibernian and their resurrection as Dundee United (an interesting kit from 1967-68 has also been added). East Stirlingshire has been substantially updated with lots of new material up to the 1970s. Greenock Morton - the large gaps in the record prior to 1975 have been filled.
28 April: The Inverness Caledonian Thistle gallery has been added today. I have some details of the kits worn by the old Caledonian and Thistle clubs up until the late 1960s. If anyone can send me details for the period 1970-1994 I will add these to the site. More material from Alick Milne's notebooks has gone up today. The Ayr United gallery has been updated with numerous kits posted belonging to Ayr Eglinton, Ayr Thistle, Ayr Adademicals, Ayr FC and Ayr Parkhouse, all members of the modern club's family tree. The Beith gallery has been updated substantially. Seventeen missing kits from 1895-1977 have been added to the Berwick Rangers gallery. Many kits between 1888 and 1960 have been added to the Celtic gallery. Clackmannan (1920-21 added). Dumbarton Harp (1909-10, 1923-24 added). Bo'ness (1895-97, 1919-25, 1925-26, 1927-33 added).
22 April: Alloa Athletic (18 missing kits added). Abercorn (all kits revised). Airdrieonians (1885-87, 1892-98, 1907-08, 1946-50 added: 1878-85, 1917-31 corrected). Arbroath (1926-29, 1949-51, 1953-54, 1955-56, 1956-57, 1962-63, 1969-71 added; many other kits and dates amended prior to 1971). Ayr United (13 missing kits added covering the period 1914-1967).
21 April: Falkirk (1912-13, 1956-57, 1986-88 added; 1988-89 corrected). King's Park (1892-93, 1898-99, 1912-13 added). Watford 1988-89, 1989-91 detailing on shorts corrected). Luton Town (1987-88 added: 1973-74, 1976-77, 1977-78, 1988-89 detailing corrected). Sheffield Wednesday (1991 League Cup sponsorship information added). Mansfield Town (1984-85, 1985-86, 1987-88, 1988-89, 1991-92 added: 1983-84, 1986-87 corrected). Dundee (1987-89 added). Kilmarnock (Position of badge corrected). Hearts (1989-90 added). Ralph Pomeroy has uncovered a set of cards presented by the Scottish Daily Express from 1956-57 - East Fife, Ayr United, Brechin City, added.
I've started work on the next set of data submitted by Alick Milne: On the Aberdeen site - Aberdeen (original club) (1886-88 added); Victoria United (1889-96, 1896-97 added); Aberdeen (modern club) (1903-04, 1915-17, 1933-35, 1935-36, 1939-40 added: several dates amended prior to 1960). Albion Rovers (17 missing kits added from 1903-1975).
Roger Slater has set up an interesting website on the history of Wealdstone FC (currently in the Southern League Premier Division). This link will take you to Roger's review of Wealdstone's colours.
15 April: This evening I entered a number of corrections to York City's gallery (1990-91, 1991-92, 1993-95, 2001-02, 2002-03). These are the final set of contributions from David King, whose name you will find on practically every Football League club gallery. Since he first contacted me in October 2006, David has sent in almost 450 contributions, correcting details and filling in gaps from his extensive personal collection of magazine cuttings and sketch notes going back over 30 years. David took the time to scan images from his collection and send them to me in support of his observations. It is a privilege to be able to share the fruits of David's research with the growing web community with an interest in this topic. Thank you David, very much indeed.
I have updated the Note on Sources article.
14 April: Wimbledon (1999-00 added: 1896-88, 1988-90, 1990-91, 1991-93, 1994-95, 1993-94 detailing corrected: 1996-97, 1997-99, 2000-01 dates amended). Wolves (1991-92 added: 1990-91, 1995-96, 1996-98 detailing correct: various dates amended 1979-1985). Wycombe Wanderers (1996-97 corrected). Yeovil Town (1986-87, 2003-05 corrected).
13 April: Twelve missing kits from Brechin City's history have been added (1906-1976). Broxburn United (1912-1917, 1922-23, 1925-26 added). Cambuslang (1893-98 added; 1879-93 corrected). Falkirk (1977-80 dates amended). East Stirlingshire (1987-88 added: 1986-87 corrected). I've added a number of interesting Scottish kits to the Strange Hues gallery.
12 April: West Ham Utd (December 1976-1977 added: 1997-98, 1998-99 detailing corrected). Wigan Athletic (1994-95, 1995-98, 2003-05 detailing corrected). Loughborough (1889 added: 1895-1900 corrected). Armadale (1911-14, 1915-16, 1919-20 added: 1920-31 corrected). Arthurlie (1888-90, 1890-92, 1892-95, 1895-96, 1896-1903, 1912-14, 1924-27, 1927-30 added: 1876-80 corrected). Wanderers and Hamilton Academical (1908-13) graphics have been updated with a more accurate shade of cerise. Bathgate (1893-1900, 1908-19, 1919-21 added: all other kits have been corrected).
10 April: West Bromwich Albion (2002-03, 1996-97, 1997-98 detailing corrected). Forfar Athletic (1987-88 added. Alick Milne's research suggests that "navy blue" was often described as "black" in press reports in the late 19th and early 20th century; I have therefore amended the 1888 and 1934 entries to reflect this.) Clyde (1987-88 added).
9 April: Tranmere Rovers (1997-98, 2004-05 detailing corrected). Walsall (1988-89, 1989-90, 1991-92 added; 1994-95, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1998-99, 2003-04, 2004-05 detailing corrected). Watford (1988-89 added; most kits between 1982 and 2007 have had detailing corrected) - all courtesy of David King. I've also been working on some of the carefully researched Scottish material sent in by Alick Milne - St Mirren (1884-98, 1914-17, 1917-19, 1920-24 added; 1880, 1883-84, 1898-00, 1901-07, 1987-89 corrected). King's Park (1883-84, 1887-00, circa 1900 added). Partick Thistle - no fewer than 11 kits added (1880-82, 1882-87, 1887-88, 1888-98, 1898-00, 1900-04, 1904-05, 1905-07, 1907-05, 1925-27, 1927-34, added: 1909-25, 1934-35, 1961-71 dates amended:1943-48, 1948-58, 1958-61, 1971-72, 1972-75 corrected). St Bernard's (1887-92, 1892-99, 1900-03, 1910-11, 1912-24, 1924-31 added; 1931-40 corrected).
8 April: Kilmarnock added to the Scottish section. Cardiff City (2000-01 corrected). Swindon Town (1995-97, 2000-02, 2003-04 corrected). Torquay Utd (1990-91, 1991-92, 1995-97, 1999-00, 2000-01 detailing corrected). Spurs (1999-01 detailing corrected).
6 April: Stoke City (1953-54, 1959-60 added; various corrections made to detailing on kits between 1987 and 2005). Sunderland (1983-85, 1985-86, 1991-94 detailing corrected). Swansea City (1991-92 added; detailing corrected on kits 1988-2005).
31 March: Livingston, incorporating Ferranti Thistle & Meadowbank Thistle has been added to the Scottish section. Burnley (1889-90 added). Greenock Morton (1893-96, 1959-60 added; dates confirmed for 1887-90, 1961-66, 1966-69). Port Vale (1983-84 sponsor's logo added).
30 March: With material provided by David King and Greger Lindberg I have been able to add missing detail and sponsor's logos to several Southend United kits (1961-65, 1965-67, 1967-68, 1988-90, 1990-92, 1996-98, 1999-00, 2000-01, 2001-02 corrected). Gretna (1988-91 added). Blackpool (1896-1902 corrected). Rochdale (1968-69 added).
29 March: There are some very minor differences in the kits that Reading wore in 1994-95 and 1995-96 now on the site. Southampton (1981-93, 1983-84, 1984-85, 1985-87, 1987-89, 1989-91, 1993-95, 1997-98, 1999-01, 2001-03 details corrected). Bradford PA (1970-71, Feb 1971 added).
25 March: I have today added the first of what promises to be valuable and comprehensive material on Scottish clubs from Alick Milne. Dundee United (1927-28, 1928-29, 1930-Oct32, Oct1932-34, 1934-36, 1945-47, 1948-50, 1955-57, 1957-59, 1960-61, 1960-61, 1962-94, 1964-66 added: 1936-40, 1959-60 detailing and dates amended). The Dundee Wanderers gallery has been extensively revised (1885-92, 1892-98, 1898-1900, 1900-11, 1911-13 added). I am also still working through material sent in by David King - Sheffield Wednesday (1987-88, 1989-90, 1995-97, 2001-03, 2003-05 detailing corrected). Shrewsbury Town (1990-91 added; many kits between 1982 and 1999 corrected).
20 March: Work commitments and a wonderful long weekend in North Wales have kept me away from the site for a while. There are currently 150 e-mails in my in-box and around 200 submissions waiting to be added or updated on the site! Please bear with me while I work through this huge amount of material. Meanwhile... Rushden & Diamonds (2000-02 corrected); Scarborough (1991-92, 1995-96, 1996-97 corrected). Scunthorpe United (1990-91, 1992-93 added; 2003-04 corrected) - all courtesy of David King.
10 March: Reading (1989-90 added; 1978-81, 1981-83, 1983-84, 1984-87, 1990-91, 1992-94, 1994-96, 1996-98, 1999-01, 2003-04 detailing corrected). Rochdale (1988-89 added; 1996-98, 2002-04 detailing corrected).
9 March: Forfar Athletic and Galston galleries added. Quite a lot of early material has been added to the Aberdeen gallery (original Aberdeen FC 1881 corrected; Orion FC 1889-03 corrected; 1908, 1909-10, 1910-11, 1921-29, 1932-34, 1935-38, 1959-60, 1962-63, added; 1904-07, 1912-13, 1939-58, 1961-62, 1964-65, 1965-66, 1966-67 details and dates amended). Clyde (1958 added). Lots more material has been added to the Stockport County gallery courtesy of Greger Lindberg and Phil Brennan (1913-14, 1939-40, 1945-47, March 1947, 1949-53, 1965-66, 1973-76, 1978-79, 1984-85 added; 1888, 1890-95, 1905-06, 1906-08, 1924-25, 1956-59, 1961-62, 1962-63, 1964-65, 1987-88 amended and corrected).
8 March: Port Vale (1990-91, 1992-93 added; 1989-90, 1991-92, 1993-95, 1996-97 corrected). Portsmouth (1995-97, 2003-05 corrected). Preston NE (1995-96 added; 1989-90, 1992-93, 1994-95, 1996-98, 2000-02 detailing corrected). QPR (1983-85, 1989-90, 1990-91, 1991-92, 1992-93 corrected).
7 March: The Partick Thistle gallery is now available. West Ham United (1897 added). St Mirren (1972-75 added; 1977-79 corrected). Burnley (2003-04 additional sponsor added). Oxford United (1991-93, 1993-94, 1994-95, 1995-96, 2000-01, 2001-03, 2003-05, 2005-06 detailing corrected). Peterborough United (1988-89, 1989-90, 1991-92, 1992-93, 1993-95, 2000-01, 2001-02 details corrected). King's Park (1928-35, 1936-37, 1937-38, 1938-39 added)
6 March: Falkirk gallery added to the Scottish section. Stockport County (1914-15 added; 1900-05, 1906-14, 1982-84 corrected). Oldham Athletic (1906-07, 1935-36, 1948-50, 1956-57, 1960-61 added; 1907-17, 1923-35, 1946-48, 1951-53, 1962-66, 1983-85 corrected). King's Park (1921-22, 1923-24, 1939-40 added; 1936 corrected).
5 March: I am still working through the huge amount of material submitted by David King. The Nottingham Forest gallery has been extensively updated - (1980-81, 1987-88, 1997-98 added; most kits between 1980 and 2007 have had detailing corrected). Notts County's gallery has also been updated (1983-84, 1984-86, 1988-89, 1989-91, 1991-93, 1993-94, 1995-96, 1994-95, 1995-96, 1996-97, 2000-01, 2003-04, 2004-05 detailing corrected). Cowdenbeath (1975-77, 1977-78 added; various dates amended). Stockport County (1928-29, 1929-30, 1933-34 added; 1895, 1923-24, 1962-63, 1965-66 corrected). Elgin City (2003-06 corrected).
4 March: King's Park added to the Scottish section. Norwich City (1903-04, 1905-07, 1982-83, 1984-85, 1985-86, 1987-89, 1992-93, 1993-94, 1994-96, 1996-97, 1999-01, 2001-03, 2003-05 corrected). Barnsley (2003-04 corrected). St Mirren (1958-59, 1986-87 added; 1979-81, 1981-83, 1983-84, 1984-86, 1987-89 corrected). Luton Town (1891, 1900-01, 1906-07, 1910-12, 1919-20 added; 1896-98, 1912-13 corrected). Broxburn (1919-1928 corrected).
3 March: West Ham Utd (1899-1900 added; 1895-99, 1900-03 corrected). Stockport County (April 1982, 1982-84 added; 1989-90, 1990-91, 1991-92, 1992-93, 1994-95, 2001-02, 2002-04 corrected). Maidstone United (1989-90 added, 1990-91 corrected).
2 March: 100,000 landmark passed! Since June 2006, this site has received over 100,000 unique visitors and is currently attracting 12,000 first time visitors every month. Kidderminster Harriers (2004-06 dates amended). Aston Villa (2001-02 stockings corrected). The Plymouth Argyle gallery has been extensively updated (correct badge applied to 1911-15 and all kits 1949-1964; 1991-92 added; 1990-91, 1992-94, 1994-95, 1996-97, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-05 corrected)
24 February: Macclesfield Town (1997-98, 1999-00, 2001-03 corrected). Maidstone United (1991-92 added). Middlesbrough (1995-96, 1994-95, 1996-97, 1998-99, 1999-00, 2000-01 detailing corrected). I have amended the Newcastle United gallery to reflect the various sponsorship logos worn between 1983 and 1995 more accurately. Northampton Town (1990-91, 1991-92, 1992-93, 1997-98, 1999-00, 2000-01, 2001-03 detailing corrected).
18 February: Oldham Athletic (1988-89 added; 1983-85, 1987-88, 1989-91, 1991-92, 1992-93, 1993-95, 1995-96, 2002-03 detailing corrected: I've replaced the badge on all kits since 1983 with a more accurate represenation.) Coventry City (1986-87, 1987,88, 1991-92, 1994-96, 1996-97, 1997-98, 1999-00 detailing corrected). Chester City (August 1995 added). I've received confirmation of Manchester United's brief flirtation with hooped jerseys (March 1934 dates amended; 2000-02, 2004-06 detailing corrected).
17 February: Leyton Orient (1989-90, 1990-92, 1992-93, 1993-95, 2001-02 detailing corrected). Sunderland (1978-79 added, 1980-81 dates revised, 1986-88 details corrected). Gillingham (1986-87 deleted, 1986-87 dates amended). Everton (1976-77, 1977-78, 1978-79 corrected). Oldham Athletic (1946-48 corrected). Manchester City (1887 added; 1959-61 corrected).
15 February: Luton Town (1889-96, 1986-98, 1987-89, 1990-91, 1989-90, 1991-92, 1992-94, 1994-95, 1995-97, 1997-99, 1999-01 detailing corrected).
11 February: Thanks to Gary James, the club's official historian, I have made some revisions to the article on the Manchester City gallery as well as to the kits (1884, 1898 added; 1887 deleted, 1884 corrected).
10 February: Leicester City (1986-87, 1988-90, 1994-96 detailing corrected). Mansfield Town (1989-90, 1997-98 added; 1983, 1986-87, 1990-91, 1991-92, 1992-93, 2000-01, 2002-03 detailing corrected). Brentford (1933-34, 1958-59, 1964-65 added).
7 February: I am upgrading the galleries to show eight graphics in a row rather than six to allow more information to be available on your screen: this upgrade will be introduced gradually as I update individual galleries and your feedback is welcome. Details of Orion FC, one of the three clubs that merged to form the modern Aberdeen are now on the site (1887-89, 1889-90 added). AFC Bournemouth (1986-87, 1987-88 detailing corrected). Cardiff City (1985-87 missing sponsor's logo added). Crystal Palace (1926-29 dates amended). It seems that Millwall wore several kits in the season immediately after World War Two (1945-46 (3) added). Everton (1991-93 corrected). Brian McColl has sent me some fascinating information about the origins of St Mirren, now added to their gallery. Scarborough (1992-93 sponsor's logo corrected). Arsenal (2005-06 - I have adjusted the shade of the "redcurrant" shirts). Grimsby Town (1983-84 sponsor's logo added).
3 February: Hereford United (1988-90, 1990-91, 1991-92 detailing corrected). Huddersfield Town (1991-92, 1997-99, 2001-02 corrected). Hartlepool United (1997-98 corrected). Derby County (2006-07 corrected). Hull City (1990-92, 1993-94, 1998-99, 1999-00, 2000-01 corrected). The Eminent Victorians gallery has been updated with new templates.
2 February: Lots more material from David King has gone on to the site today - Exeter City (1994-95 added; 1991-92, 1992-93, 1993-94, 1995-96, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01 corrected). Colchester Utd (1994-95 corrected). Fulham (1985-86, 1999-2001, 2001-02, 2002-03). Gillingham (1991-92, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98, 2004-05). Grimsby Town (1982-83, 1991-92 added; 1984-85, 1989-92, 1992-93, 1996-98, 1999-00, 2000-01, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-06 detailing corrected). Halifax Town (1997-98, 1998-99, 2000-01 corrected).
29 January: Doncaster Rovers (1995-96, 1997-98 added; 1992-93, 1993-94 corrected). Everton (1985-86, 2000-02 corrected). Bournemouth (1994-95 shorts detailing corrected).
28 January: Derek Megginson, the secretary of Scarborough FC has contributed some terrific material on the club's kits prior to 1960 (1893-1902, 1902-05, 1905-1924, 1914-29, 1931-38, 1945-48, 1956-57 added; 1929-31, 1938-39, 1952-53 corrected).
27 January: Darlington (1996-97, 2002-03 corrected). Derby County (1987-88a, 1987-88b, 1988-89, 1991-93, 1993-95, 1995-97, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-01 detailing corrected). Aberdeen (Victoria United 1901 added; 1978-79, 1983-84, 1985-86 added; 1982-83, 1984-85, 1997-98, 1998-2000, 2000-01 detailing corrected). Cambridge Utd (1990-91, 1998-99, 1999-01 sponsors for away matches added). Hartlepool Utd (1997-98 added; 1974-75, 1980-83, 1984-85, 1986-87, 1988-89, 1989-90, 1990-91, 1993-95, 1995-96, 1999-2000, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-06 corrected).
25 January: Manchester Utd (1933-34 dates amended). Crystal Palace (1992-93 added; 1999-2000, 1992-93 corrected).
23 January: Crewe Alexandra (1994-95 added; 1990-91, 1991-92, 1993-94, 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2004-05). A flurry of contributions suggests interest on Hartlepool Utd fora that has generated a lot of new material (1937-38, 1974-75, 1984-85, 1988-89, 1992-93 added; 1908-11, 1912-20, 1926-30, 1961-63, 1983-84, 1989-90, 1990-91, 1993-95, 1997-98, 1998-99, 2000-02, 2002-03 corrected; various dates amended).
22 January: Cambridge Utd (1985-86, 1988-90, 1990-91, 1994-95, 2001-03, 2003-05 corrected). Coventry City (1983-84, 1989-91, 1991-92, 1999-2000, 2000-01 corrected).
21 January: Mark Parker has submitted a mass of material that has led to an extensive revision of the Mansfield Town gallery (1905-06, 1906-10, 1919-23, 1923-28, 1928-31, 1931-34, 1934-36, 1936-37, 1937-38, 1938-39, 1945-47, 1950-54, 1957-58, 1958-59, 1959-60, 1960-61, 1961-62, 1962-64, 1968-69, 1970-71, added. Many other kits amended.)
20 January: Colchester Utd (1987-88, 1990-91, 1993-94, 1995-96, 1998-99 added: 1989-90, 1996-97, 1997-98, 2004-05. 2005-06 detailing corrected; 1982-83, 1991-92 dates adjusted).
16 January: East Fife - a few more tweaks! (1990-91, 1996-97 sponsor details, 2003-04 shorts corrected). Aberdeen (1993-94 added, 1997-98 sponsor details added). New Brighton (1949-51 corrected). For some time I have suspected that Cambridge Utd wore both plain and striped shirts in the 1985-86 season but have not been able to confirm this until receiving James King's contribution (Aug-Nov 1985 dates amended, Nov 1985-86 added). David King has been in touch after a long absence with some more material - Chesterfield (1992-94 added; 1989-90, 1990-92, 1998-2000, 2003-04 detailing corrected).
14 January: Wolves (1892-95 corrected). East Stirlingshire (1992-95 corrected).
11 January: Steve Flanagan has sent me details of Everton's early kits recorded in the club's ledgers in David France's collection, that sheds new light on the chronology as well as revealing three previously unknown and unique kits (1881-82, 1884-85, 1886-87 added; 1879-80, 1880-81, 1887-1890, 1895-96, dates amended). Robin Pearson has contributed seven more kits to the Brentford gallery (1926-32, 1934-38, 1959-60, 1967-68, 1970-71, 1973-74, 1974-75 added). Some further refinements have been made to the East Fife gallery with additional information from Graeme Houston (1993-95, 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-2000 corrected; shade of yellow and sponsor details adjusted on all kits between 1985 and 1991).
7 January: East Fife (circa 1920 added). East Stirlingshire, Edinburgh City, Elgin City galleries added.
6 January: East Fife (1962-63, 1979-82, 1993-95, 1997-98, 1998-2000 added; 1976-81 - both kits, 1982-85, 1995-96 corrected). Millwall (2000-01 deleted - now identified as a change kit). Kidderminster (2006-07 corrected). Cardiff City (1965-67 badge added).
4 January: Crystal Palace (2005 centenary kit added). Hartlepool United (1952-53 kit deleted - shown as blue with white sleeves, the shirts were in fact red and white, a gift from Arsenal and used as a change kit. My thanks to Steve Hall for pointing this out.) Everton (2005-06, 2006-07 sponsor's logo corrected). Barnsley (correct badge applied to all kits between 1989 and 2003 - my thanks to Thomas Knowles). Millwall (1959-60 added; 1999-2000 corrected; correct badges applied to kits between 1936 and 1954). Only 24 hours after the East Fife gallery was posted I received details of five missing kits from Graeme Houston - (1986-87, 1987-88, 1988-89, 1989-90, 1990-91 added; 1991-93, 1995-96, 2002-03 corrected).
2 January: Dumbarton (1985-86 added). East Fife gallery added to the Scottish Section.
1 January 2007: Dunfermline Athletic (1981-83 added; 1986-88, 1989-91, 1988-89, 1997-98, 2004-05 corrected; 1986-87, 1993-94 deleted).