Historical Football Kits

 

Exeter City

Formed 1904

Founder member of Division Three 1920. Relegated to the Conference 2003

Promoted to Coca Cola League Two 2008.

Kit History

 

 

 

St Sidwell's United

prior to 1904 a

 

 

 

Exeter City

 

 

1904

exeter city 1907

1907-1908 a

exeter city 1910

1910-1911 a

exeter city 1911

1911-1912 a

1913-1915 a

1920-1921 a

exeter city 1922

1922 l

Shorts & socks not confirmed

1924-1927 a

exeter city 1928-29

1928-1929 l

1929-1930 a

exeter city 1931-32

1931-1932 p

Socks not confirmed
exeter city 1932

1932-1933 a

1933-1934 a

1934-1935 a

exeter city 1936 buy this shirt

1936-1937 a

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1939-1940 a

exeter city 1947

1947-1948 a

1948-1949 a

1950-circa1952 a

1952-1953 f

exeter city 1956

1956-1957 a

1958-1959 a

1962-1963 a

exeter city 1963

1963-1964 a

exeter city 1966

1966-1968 a l

exeter city 1968

1968-1972 a g l

exeter city 1972 buy this shirt

1972-1973 j

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1973-1975 g

Admiral
exeter city 1975

1975-1977 a j

Adidas
exeter city 1977

1977-1979 a g j

Adidas
exeter city 1979

1979-1980 a e

Adidas
exeter city 1980

1980-1982 a

Spall

1982-1984 a k

Spall
exeter city 1984

1984-1986 a k

exeter city 1986-87

1986-1987 o

exeter city 1987-88

1987-1988 o

exeter city fc 1986-89

1988-1989 m n

Ribero

1989-1991 a

Ribero
exeter city 1991

1991-1992 a h

Matchwinner

1992-1993 a

Matchwinner
exeter city 1993

1993-1994 h

Matchwinner

1994-1995 h

Le Coq Sportif
exeter city 1995

1995-1997 b h

Arrow

1997-1998 b h

Arrow
exeter city 1998

1998-1999 b h

Beaver International

1999-2000 b h l

Beaver International
exeter city 2000

2000-2001 b h l

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Beaver International

2001-2002 b

Bergoni
exeter city 2002

2002-2003 b

SHO

2003-2005 b d

SHO
exeter city 2005

2005-2006 b o

SHO
exeter city 2006

2006-2008 c

SHO
exeter city 2008-09

2008-2009 c

Carbrini Sportswear
exeter city 2009-2010

2009-2010 c

Carbrini Sportswear
exter city 2010-11 home kit

2010-2011 c

Carbrini Sportswear
exeter city fc 2011-12 home kit

2011-2012 c

Joma
exeter city fc 2012-13 home kit

2012-2014 c

Joma
exeter city 2014-15 1st kit

2014-2015 c

 

Background

In 1904 Exeter United disbanded and St. Sidwell's United FC (previously St. Sidwell's Wesleyans and St. Sidwell's Old Boys) took over the former club's ground at Bradford's Field. The new club was named Exeter City. Inhabitants of St Sidwell's parish had been known locally as "Greeks" for at least 300 years according to "Southey's Commonplace Book" published 1669. A century later Andrew Brice suggested in "The Mobiad" (published 1770) that this was a reference to the classical Trojan wars with the Greeks (who lived outside the walls of Troy as the citizens St Sidwell lived outside the boundaries of Exeter). Exeter City became known as "The Grecians."

The fledgling club won the East Devon League at the first attempt and moved up to the Plymouth & District League. In 1906 local butcher Albert Bradford sold his field to the club for the princely sum of £40. Renamed St James' Park, the club have remained on the site to this day. In 1908 City adopted full-time professionalism and joined the Southern League.

The club continued to play in the green and white of the St Sidwell's club until November 1910. According to legend, after a poor start to the season they decided green was an unlucky colour and adopted red and white shirts instead. After a 0-0 draw, City won five games in December and the new colours became established.

Remarkably for such a small club, Exeter embarked on a tour of South America following the 1913-14 season, playing matches in Argentina and Brazil. In 1920, as members of the Southern League, City became founder members of Division Three in 1920. They generally finished in the lower regions of the division and by the time World War Two brought about the suspension of League football, City had applied for re-election four times. After the war, hooped instead of striped jerseys, then plain red and even Arsenal-inspired red and white shirts were tried but there was no improvement. Indeed City had to apply for re-election three more times between 1951 and 1962.

exeter city fc crest 1972In 1964 City achieved promotion for the first time but after two seasons of struggling, they were relegated back to the basement.

Promoted again in 1977, the Grecians managed seven seasons in Division Three beforeexeter city fc crest 1979 being relegated in 1984 and enduring yet another re-election application in 1986. During this period a fashionable monogramme was worn on the team's shirts. This was replaced in 1989 by a much more distinctive heraldic design, based on the city's coat of arms.

In 1990, City achieved their first senior honour by winning the Fourth Division championship but four years later they dropped back into the basement division. After struggling near the bottom of the league for the next eight seasons, John Russell and Mike Lewis took control prior to the 2002-03 season. After a exeter city fc crest 1989disastrous campaign that saw three different managers come and go, City finished second last and were relegated to the Conference, the first victim of the new two-up two-down arrangement.

Shortly afterwards the club was sold to the Exeter City Supporters' Trust with debts of £4.5m while police investigated allegations of financial mismanagement. The former chairman and his deputy were arrested and in 2007 Russell was sentenced to 21 months imprisonment for fraudulent trading while Lewis was given a community sentence.

exeter city fc crest 2012The Supporters' Trust took over the management of the club, succeeded in stabilising City's finances and consolidating their position in the National Conference. In May 2008 Exeter reached the play-off final where they beat fellow former-League members Cambridge United, to regain their Football League status after an absence of five years. On a dramatic final day in May 2009, City clinched promotion to the next level, League One.

In 2012, now back in the fourth tier, the club gave its crest a slight facelift, restoring the halved shield of the original, 1972 version with the familiar coat of arms superimposed.

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Sources

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