Historical Football Kits

 

Bury

Formed 1885

Elected to Division Two 1894

Kit History

1885-1887 a l

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1887-1888 l

1888-1890 a l

1892-1893 h

1894-1900 a l o

1900-1906 a l o p

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1906-1917 l o

1918-1921 a l

1921-1930 a l

1930-1931 b

1931-1948 a l

1948-1950 l

1950-1952 a c

1952-1955 a l

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1955-1956 o

1956-1957 a l

1957-1961 la c l

bury fc 1961-1962

1961-1962 a d

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1962-1967 i l o

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1967-Oct 1969 a e

Nov 1969-1970 a

1970-1973 a

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1973-1974 1

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1973-1974 2 l

1974-1977 a l

Bukta

1977-1978 a l

Bukta

1978-1979 n

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Umbro

1979-1981 a l

Umbro

1981-1982 l

Spall

1982-1983 a q

Hobott

1983-1984 l n q

Spall

1984-1985 a l

Spall

1985-1986 l

Umbro

1986-1987 k q

En-s

1987-1988 k

En-s

1988-1989 a

Ribero

1989-1990 a

Ribero

1990-1991 f

Ribero

1991-1992 a g m q

Matchwinner

1992-1993 m

Matchwinner

1993-1994 a m

Matchwinner

1994-1995 a g

Le Coq Sportif

1995-1996 m r

Le Coq Sportif

1996-1997 a g

Super League

1997-1998 m

Super League

1998-1999 g m

Diadora

1999-2001 g m

Diadora

2001-2002 g

Voi

2002-2003 g

Sporta

2003-2004 g

Carlotti

2004-2006 h

Carlotti

2006-2007 h

Surridge

2007-2008 h

Surridge
bury 2008-09

2008-2009 h

Surridge
bury fc 2009-10

2009-2010 h

Surridge
bury fc 2010-11 home kit

2010-2011 h

Surridge
bury fc 2011-12 home kit

2011-2012 h

Surridge
bury fc 2012-13 home kit

2012-2013 h

Surridge
bury 2013-14 home kit

2013-2014 h

Surridge
bury 2014-15 1st kit

2014-2015 h

 

Background

bury 1892-93 team photoToday Bury are a modest club, struggling to survive in the Manchester metropolitan area against competition from big city clubs but once they were among the aristocrats of Lancashire football. Formed in 1885 at a public meeting in the White Horse Hotel in the centre of the town, the club rose to local prominence very quickly.

Passed over when the Football League was formed, Bury became founder members of the Lancashire League in 1889. Before a Lancashire Senior Cup match against Everton, the club chairman JT Ingham announced, bury crest 1888"We'll give 'em a shakin'. In fact, we are the Shakers." This has remained the club's nickname to this day. They started out wearing chocolate and light blue shirts but in 1888, plain white shirts were adopted. A team photograph taken in 1889 reveals that a crest was worn, apparently a version of the town's coat of arms.

In 1894 Bury successfully applied for a place in the expanded Football League Second Division. After winning all 15 of their home games, they won a test match against Liverpool, who had finished bottom of Division One, to secure promotion in their first season in the League. In 1900 the Shakers won the FA Cup, beating Southern League Southampton 4-0 at Crystal Palace. In 1903, they won the cup again, beating Derby County by 6-0, still a record score for a final. In 1912, Bury were relegated and spent the next 12 years in Division Two. Immediately after the First World War, the club was unable to get hold of their traditional white shirts so turned out in red and white hoops for a couple of seasons. Promoted in 1924, they remained for five seasons in Division One, finishing in in fourth place in 1926, before dropping back into the Second Division and they have never returned to the top flight since. For the next twenty-six years, the Shakers stayed in Division bury crest 1952Two, generally in or below mid-table.

The town crest appeared again between 1952 and 1955 against a shield.bury crest 1957

In 1957 Bury were relegated to Division Three (North) where they played for a single season. The crest reappeared the following season, now without a shield, and was used for the next ten years.

When the regional divisions were scrapped in 1958, the club were placed in the new national Division Three. In 1961, Bury were promoted as champions and remained in the Second division for the next six years. With more clubs now promoted and relegated each season, Bury went up and down with bewildering frequency. Relegated to Division Three in 1967, they were back after only one season only to suffer relegation again immediately and in 1971 they dropped into the Fourth Division.

bury crest 1973Between 1967 and 1973 Bury's shirts did not carry a crest and then, for the 1973-74 season a rather curious badge wasbury crest 1974 adopted, consisting of a single star underneath the legend, "Bury FC." This was replaced the following season with the distinctive "V" design that proved both popular and recognisable, surviving until 1982.

1974 brought promotion back to the Third but six years later they were back in the basement. The V crest was dropped and "BFC" was embroidered onto the shirts in cursive script between 1982 and 1986 when the old town crest was revived.

bury fc crest 1986The pattern of promotion and relegation continued with Bury moving between the lowest two division until successive promotions in 1996 and 1997 took them up to Nationwide Division One (the old Second Division).

In 1999 Bury slipped back down to the third tier on goal difference and by 2002 they had dropped into the lowest division bury fc 125th anniversary crest 2009 where they faced a constant struggle to survive, selling on promising players at the expense of building long-term success.

To mark their 125th anniversary in 2009-10, Bury adopted a home kit based on their original strip from 1885 alongside a change strip based on that from 1892-93. The bury fc crest 2011specially designed crest combined the traditional coat of arms with the iconic V design from the Seventies. The two gold stars represent Bury's FA Cup wins from 1900 and 1903.

The old crest was reinstated the following season with "Bury FC" embroidered underneath and in 2011, the two gold stars appeared again.

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Sources

  • (a) Bury FC - Images of Sport (Peter Cullen 1998)
  • (b) Gillingham FC - Images of Sport (Roger Triggs 1999)
  • (c) Football Focus
  • (d) Leyton Orient FC - Images of Sport (Neilson N Kaufman 2001)
  • (e) Rotherham United - Images of Sport (Gerry Somerton & Chas Robinson 2000)
  • (f) Southend United FC - Images of Sport (Peter Miles & David Goody 2000)
  • (g) empics
  • (h) Bury FC Official Website
  • (i) Pete's Picture Palace
  • (j) Mighty Shakers
  • (k) Ralph Pomeroy
  • (l) The Official History of Bury FC - provided by Greger Lindberg
  • (m) David King
  • (n) Alick Milne
  • (o) Keith Ellis (HFK Research Associate)
  • (p) Richard Essen
  • (q) Christopher Worrall
  • (r) Michael Spokes

Modern crests are the property of Bury FC.