Historical Football Kits

 

Ipswich Town

Formed 1878

Elected to Division Three (South) 1938

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Kit History

 

 

 

Ipswich

 

1878

1881-1882 a

 

 

 

Ipswich Town

 

1888

1888-1890 a

Navy knickers also worn

1896 a

1902 a

1906-1908 a

1909-1911 a n

Various stockings worn

1912-1914 a

Various stockings worn

1920-1921 a

1921-1922 a

1928-1929 a

1930 a

1932-1933 a

1933-1934 a

1936-1937 a

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1937-1947 a b

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1948-1951 a n

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ipswich town 1952-53 added

1952-1953 n

1953-1954 a

1955-1956 a

1956-1962 a b n

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1962-1963 a b

1963-1964 b

1964-1965 a

1965-1966 a f

1966-1967 a c g

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1967-1969 a n

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ipswich town fc 1969-71

1969-1971 p

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1971-1972 d

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Aug-Nov 1972 i p

Nov 72-Oct 74 k p

Cold weather kit

1973-1975 alt d i p

Warm weather kit

Nov 1974-1975 a d l p

Umbro

1975-1977 a d o p

Cold weather kit
Umbro
ipswich town 1975-77 warm weather kit

1975-1977 o p

Warm weather kit
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1977-1978 d

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ipswich town 1978

1978-1979 m

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1978-1981 d

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ipswich town 1981

1981-1982 m

Adidas

1982-1984 d h i

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1984-1985 d

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1985-1986 d

Adidas

1986-1988 d i l

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1988-1989 d i

Umbro

1989-1992 b i

Umbro

1992-1994 b i

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Umbro

1994-1995 a i l

Core

1995-1997 l

Punch

1997-1999 d l

Punch

1999-2001 d j l

Punch

2001-2003 a

Punch

2003-2005 e i l

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Punch

2005-2006 e

Punch

2006-2007 e

Mitre

2007-2008 e

Mitre
ipswich town 2008

2008-2009 e

Mitre
ipswich town 2009

2009-2011 e

Mitre
ipswich town 2011-12 home kit

2011-2012 e

Mitre
ipswich town fc 2012-13 kit

2012-2013 e

Mitre
ipswich town fc 2013-14 home kit

2013-2014 e

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ipswich town 2014-15

2014-2015 e

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ipswich town 2015-16

2015-2016 e

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ipswich town 2016-17 1st kit

2016-2017 e

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ipswich town 2017-18 1st kit

2017-2018 e

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Background

Ipswich Town 1902The club was formed on 16 October, 1878, as Ipswich AFC, many of their players being former pupils of Ipswich Public School. The club's first president was Thomas Clement Cobbold, the Tory MP for Ipswich and a member of the famous brewing family which has remained associated with the club right up to the present. They quickly became one of the leading sides in Suffolk, winning their first trophy in 1887, when they beat Ipswich School 2-1 to win the Suffolk Challenge Cup. In 1888 the club merged with Ipswich RUFC to become Ipswich Town FC and took up residence at Portman Road, which had been the rugby club's ground.

In 1890, Town entered the FA Cup for the first time. In 1894 Ipswich were invited to join the newly formed Southern League, which would have meant turning professional. The directors did not even consider the proposal until April 1895 when it was dismissed out of hand. In 1899, having been described in the press as "fossilised amateurs," the club joined the Norfolk & Suffolk League. In 1907 Town joined the new Southern Amateur League.

Early photographs clearly show the team wore a crest in the 1880s and well into the first decade of the twentieth century. While it is likely this was derived from the Ipswich coat of arms it has not been possible to establish the details.

ipswich town fc crest 1933After almost 60 years of genteel and unambitious existence, the winds of change blew through the club in 1936 with the decision to finally turn professional and join the Southern League. The old striped shirts were replaced with smart new blue ones with white sleeves, complete with a club crest, basically the town's coat of arms. Ipswich's first professional players were signed, led by former Scottish international Jimmie McLuckie. Over 14,000 fans took time off from the harvest to cheer the club on in their first fixture against Tunbridge Wells Rangers on 29 August 1936, which Town won 4-1. Having won the Southern League championship at the first attempt, Ipswich made a confident application to join the Football League but they were rejected. Chairman Capt. "Ivan" Cobbold instructed the manager, Mick O'Brien to recruit the best players available so that the team could not be ignored and the following season they were elected to Division Three (South).

The town crest was worn between 1933 and 1957 although photographic evidence indicates it was absent for at least part of the 1953-54 and 1955-56 seasons.

In 1954, Ipswich were promoted to Division Two but the following season they came straight back down again. In 1955 Alf Ramsey was appointed manager. He led the club back into Division Two in 1957 and then, in 1961, to the Division Two title. To everyone's astonishment, the unfashionable club from East Anglia then won the First Division title at the first attempt. In 1963 European Cup football came to Portman Road for the first time, the club being eliminated by AC Milan who went on to win the competition. Ramsey was appointed England manager and went on to earn his knighthood in 1966.

ipswich town crest 1965In 1964 the famous blue and white shirts were replaced with more modern, self-coloured tops (although they would be revived briefly in 1997). The change was no doubt prompted by the club's relegation at the end of 1963-64, following which they spent four years in the lower division before clinching the Second Division championship in 1968.

The crest worn during this period consisted of the shield at the centre of Ipswich's traditional coat of arms.

ipswich town fc crest 1972Bobby Robson arrived and under his management, Ipswich embarked on a period of prolonged and consistent success. In the League the club finished in the top six nine times between 1973 and 1983: their worst position was 18th in 1978, the year that they won the FA Cup. In 1981 and 1982 they were runners up in the League and in 1981 they won the UEFA Cup. Two years later Robson left the club to follow in Ramsey's footsteps and become England coach. Inevitably the side he built broke up and in 1986, the "Tractorboys" found themselves back in Division Two.ipswich town fc crest 1995

To mark their centenary season (1988-89) Ipswich added a scroll below their badge. The badge itself had been introduced in 1972 following a competition and featured a "Suffolk Punch", a local breed of heavy horse (although the dainty steed in the original would have been more at home at a Suffolk gymkhana than pulling a plough). This popular crest was given a facelift in 1995.

In 1992, Ipswich won the Second Division championship for the third time and took their place in the Premier League in its first season. After three difficult seasons, they were ipswich town fc crest 2007relegated in 1995. After reaching the play-offs four times, they returned to the top in 2000 and when they qualified for Europe by finishing in fifth place in 2001, it seemed that the great days had returned. Sadly, relegation in 2002 ended tipswich town fc crest 2016hat particular dream.

In 2007 the crest was slightly modified and three stars, representing the major trophies won by the team, added. This followed the takeover of the club by Marcus Evans in December 2007. The Marcus Evans Group logo appeared on the shirts once their existing sponsorship contract ended.

In 2016 red was revived as a secondary colour for the crest.

 

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Sources

  • (a) Pride of Anglia - an outstanding independent website with a valuable collection of team photographs covering both the amateur and professional periods.
  • (b) Ipswich Town FC (Images of Sport: Tony Garnett)
  • (c) Club Colours (Bob Bickerton)
  • (d) Sporting Heroes
  • (e) Ipswich Town Official Website
  • (f) Workington AFC - Images of Sport (Paul Eade 2003)
  • (g) Football Focus
  • (h) Kuen-Wah Cheung
  • (i) Ian Hunneybell
  • (j) David King
  • (k) Football League Review provided by Simon Monks
  • (l) True Colours 2 (John Devlin 2006)
  • (m) Christopher Worrall
  • (n) Keith Ellis
  • (o) Dan McNeill
  • (p) Tony Sealey

Crests are the property of Ipswich Town FC.