Historical Football Kits

 

Sheffield United

Formed 1889

Founder member of Division Two 1892

Kit History

1889-1890 b

sheffield united 1890

1890-1891 b s

sheffield united 1891-94

1891-1894 b s

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sheffield united 1892

1894-1904 b g r s

Centreing of stripes varied
sheffield united 1904

1904-1906 b g r

sheffield united 1906

1906-1910 b r

sheffield united 1912-13

1910-1913 r

sheffield united 1913

1913-1915 b r

1919-1922 b

sheffield united 1922-23

1922-1923 q r

1924-1932 b

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1933-1936 b

White centred stripes also worn

1937-1938 b

White centred stripes also worn
sheffield united fc 1938-39 strip

1938-1939 b

White centred stripes also worn

1946-1947 b

1947-1948 b

sheffield united 1948-49

1948-1949 r

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1949-1953 b r

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1953-1955 b r

1955-1961 b g r

1961-1964 b h

1964-1965 b

sheffield united 1965 buy this shirt

1965-1966 b o

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sheffield united 1966 buy this shirt

1966-1967 b h o

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1967-1968 h m o r

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sheffield united 1968 buy this shirt

1968-cDec 72 b h k

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sheffield united fc 1972-73

cDec 72-1973 t

Umbro
sheffield united 1973

1973-1975 c h l

Admiral
sheffield united 1975 buy this shirt

1975-1976 b h k

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Admiral
sheffield united 1976

1976-1977 h k

Admiral

1977-1978 h k

Admiral

1978-1979 h k

Hobott
sheffield united 1979

1979-1981 f j k

Hobott
sheffield united 1981

1981-1982 b j n

Hobott

1982-1983 i j n

Umbro
sheffield united 1983

1983-1984 b i j n

Umbro

1984-1985 j n

Umbro
sheffield united 1985

1985-1986 j n

Umbro

1986-1987 j n

Umbro
sheffield united 1987

1987-mid1988 j n

Umbro

mid1988-1990 i j n

Umbro
sheffield united 1990

1990-1992 d n

Umbro
sheffield united 1992

1992-1994 c j p

Red or white central stripes also worn
Umbro
sheffield united 1994

1994-1995 d

Avec
sheffield united 1995

1995-1996 d j n

Avec
sheffield united 1996

1996-1997 d j

Le Coq Sportif
sheffield united 19979

1997-1999 c j

Le Coq Sportif
sheffield united 1999

1999-2000 c

Patrick

2000-2002 c

Le Coq Sportif
sheffield united 2002

2002-2004 d

Le Coq Sportif
sheffield united 2004

2004-2005 d

Le Coq Sportif

2005-2006 a

Le Coq Sportif
sheffield united 2006

2006-2007 a

Le Coq Sportif
sheffield united 2007

2007-2008 a

Le Coq Sportif
sheffield united 2008-09 home kit

2008-2009 a

Macron
sheffield united 2009

2009-2010 a

Macron
sheffield united 2010-11 home kit

2010-2011 a

Macron
sheffield united fc 2011-12 home kit

2011-2012 a

Macron
sheffield united fc 2012-13 home kit

2012-2013 a

Macron
sheffield united 2013-14 home kit

2013-2014 a

Adidas
sheffield united 2014-15 1st kit

2014-2015 a

 

Background

sheffield united 1900-01In 1855 Sheffield Cricket Club leased 8½ acres of land on the southern edge of the city from the Duke of Norfolk to provide open spaces free of the heavy pollution that accompanied the rapid expansion of the city's steel industry. At the time cricket was the recreation of choice but in 1862 the first recorded football match took place on the Bramall Lane site between Sheffield FC and Hallam FC. Five years later the Wednesday Cricket Club formed a football branch who played as Wednesday FC (later Sheffield Wednesday) for several years at Bramall Lane before they moved away to build their own ground.

In March 1889 Bramall Lane hosted the English FA Cup semi-final between Preston North End and West Bromwich Albion. The match attracted so much interest that within a week a public meeting was organised when it was resolved to form a professional football club linked to the Sheffield United Cricket Club. Indeed, Sheffield United continued to share Bramall Lane with the county cricket club until 1973.

sheffield united fc crest 1891Sheffield United played their first match in August 1889 and joined the Northern League. In those days the team usually wore white shirts. A crest appeared in the 1891-92 season that consisted of the badge of Sheffield, a chevron with three sheaves of wheat, apparently a typical heraldic play on words, Shef-field being interpreted as "the open space by the River Sheaf." In 1891 they turned out in red and white "butcher's stripes" and it was not until 1894 that the familar 2" striped shirts appeared for the first time.

In 1892 the Football League was extended with the addition of a Second Division. United’s application to join the Football League (which would become the First Division) was rejected but they were invited to join the Second Division instead. United won promotion at the first attempt via the test matches and would remain in the First Division until 1934.

In 1898 “The Blades” (Sheffield was famous for producing high quality steel cutlery) won the First Division championship for the first, and so far only time. The following year they won the FA Cup with the legendary William “Fatty” Foulke in goal. In 1901 they lost to Southern League Tottenham in the final but had their revenge in 1902 when they won the cup for the second time, beating Southampton. Their third FA Cup sheffield united fc crest 1925 fa cup final crestsuccess came in 1915, this time Chelsea were beaten in the final.

After the First World War United won the FA Cup for the fourth time in 1925. The crest worn in this match was, as was customary, the city's coat of arms. Interestingly United did not wear a crest in any of the other cup finals they appeared in.

In 1934 the Blades were relegated to the Second Division. In 1936, while still in Division Two they reached another FA Cup Final but lost to Arsenal. In 1939 they returned to the top flight only for war to interrupt their progress.

sheffield united fc crest 1965For thirty years after the resumption of League football in 1946, Sheffield United moved between the top two divisions no fewer than seven times, their longest spell at the top being between 1961 and 1968. The Sheffield coat of arms appeared in 1965 and remained until 1977. For the 1967-68 season, the team wore white shorts for the first time. As the season ended in relegation this experiment was quickly dropped, although white shorts have been worn more recently.

In 1973, after a long argument, the football club finally decided that playing both cricket and football on the same ground was no longer viable and a new 7400 capacity stand was built on the open fourth side of the ground, opening in 1975 after the club’s most successful season for years when they finished sixth in Division One.

sheffield united fc crest 1977Football is, of course, a fickle business. No sooner was the new stand open than United went into a steep decline that saw them relegated to Division Two in 1976 and then, sheffield united crest 1990after a missed penalty in the last minute of the last match of the 1980-81 season, the Blades found themselves in Division Four. Cynics may point out that this dramatic fall from grace coincided with the first of many ill-conceived redesigns of the club’s cherished red and white striped shirts.

While opinion may be divided about the shirts worn in this period there is no question that the new crest introduced in 1977 was a design classic. The club's nickname, "The Blades" sheffield united crest 1992was represented by crossed scimitars was surmounted by a Yorkshire rose. Variations appeared: between 1981 and 1992 it was rendered in outline only while from 1992 until 1999 it was placed on shields of varying shape but the fundamental sheffield united crest 1994design remained unchanged.

The revival was not long in coming. In 1982 United were Fourth Division champions at the first time of asking and two years later they were back in Division Two. Relegation in 1988 was the prelude to a remarkable change in fortune that brought successive promotions and a place in Division One. In 1994, however, the club were relegated from the Premiership. After regularly challenging for promotion, The Blades were promoted back to the top flight in 2006 but relegated to the Championship in 2007 sheffield united crest 1999and then, in 2011, League One.

In the first deal of its kind in England, United and Wednesday shared the same sponsors in 2011-12. United wore the logo of Westfield Health Insurance Company on their home shirts and that of a Volkswagen dealership on their away shirts while Wednesday reversed the arrangement. This followed concern expressed by local businesses that by sponsoring one club and not the other some supporters would be alienated from their brand. Similar concerns had led to Celtic and Rangers sharing sponsorship since 1999.

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