Historical Football Kits

 

Swindon Town

Formed 1879

Founder member of Division Three 1920

Kit History

 

 

 

Swindon AFC

 

1879

swindon town fc 1879

1879 a b

 

 

 

Spartans

 

1880

circa 1881 b

 

 

 

Swindon Town

 

1883

swindon town fc 1894

1894-1898 a b

swindon town fc 1897

1897-1898 a n q

swindon town 1898-99

1898-1899 r

swindon town fc 1901

1901-1904 a b r

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swindon town 1904-05

1904-1905 b r

Various collar styles evident since 1901
swindon town 1905-06

1905-1906 r*

Socks not confirmed
swindon town 1906-07

1906-1908 r

swindon town 1907-08

1908-1909 r

swindon town 1910-11

1909-1911 r

swindon town fc 1911

1911-1913 a b c

swindon town fc 1913-14 strip

1913-1914 p

swindon town 1919-20

1918-1920 r

swindon town 1920-1921

1920-1923 r

swindon town 1923-24

1923-1924 b r

swindon town 1925-26

1925-1926 r

1926-1927 b

swindon town 1928-29

1928-1929 b

swindon town 1934-35

1934-1935 r

Bukta

1936-1939 b o r

swindon town 1939-40

1939-1940 r

1946-1947 b

1947-1948 b

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1948-1951 b

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swindon town fc 1951-52

1951-1952 s

1956-1958 b i

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swindon twon 1959-60

1958-1960 r

swindon town 1960-61

1960-1961 a

1961-1962 a i

swindon town 1962-68

1962-1966 a b

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swindon town fc 1966-67

1966-1967 r

1967-1972 b c i r

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swindon town 1972-73

1972-1973 b i l

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swindon town 1973-74

1973-1974 a

swindon town 1974-75

1974-1975 i l

Umbro

1975-1976 a l

Litesome

1976-1977 l

Admiral

1977-1978 b l

Admiral

1978-Feb1980 a l

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Adidas

Feb-May1980 a f h

Adidas
swindon town 1980-81

1980-1981 a b g

Coffer Sports
swindon town 1981-83

1981-1983 a b i l m

Coffer Sports

1983-1984 a b m

Spall

1984-1985 a d m

Spall

1985-1986 a c m

Spall

1986-1987 a

Spall

1987-1989 a i

Spall

1989-1991 a f

Diamond Leisure

1991-1993 a f

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Loki

1993-1995 a f

Mizuno

1995-1997 a f j

Mizuno

1997-1999 a f

Lotto

1999-2000 a b f

Xara

2000-2002 a f j

DGI

2002-2003 a f

Strikeforce

2003-2004 a j

Strikeforce

2004-2005 f

Lonsdale

2005-2006 e

Lonsdale

2006-2007 e

Lotto

2007-2008 e k

Lotto

2008-2009 e

Adidas
swindon town 2009-10

2009-2010 e

Adidas
swindon town 2010-11 home kit

2010-2011 e

Adidas
swindon town 2011-12 home kit

2011-2012 e

Adidas
swindon town fc 2012-13 home kit

2012-2013 e

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swindon town fc 2013-14 home kit

2013-2014 e

Adidas

2014-2015 e

 

Background

swindon afc 1879In the mid-nineteenth century the Great Western Railway company established their locomotive works in Swindon on the main line between London, Bristol and South Wales. The resulting influx of labour brought a population explosion and it was only a matter of time before a professional football club was formed to attract the crowds on a Saturday afternoon.

Officially Swindon Town were formed in 1881 but recent research suggests that in December 1879 the Revd William Pitt, generally accepted as the founder of the modern club, played for a Swindon Association Football Club in a game against Rovers FC. Further research by Paul Plowman has unearthed an after-dinner speech from 1911 when the Revd Pitt, in his latter years, described how he had "formed the present club back in 1879." It seems that the original Swindon AFC changed their name to Spartans after amalgamating with the cricket club of that name and then merged with St Mark's Young Men's Friendly Society in 1881. The club became Swindon Town in 1883. In 1884 they moved to a new ground known as The Croft and in 1894 they turned professional and joined the Southern League. Two years later Swindon took out a lease on the County Ground where they remain to this day. After playing in white shirts (augmented by a blue sash when colours clashed), Swindon adopted red and black before turning out in green and white shirts in September 1897.

In 1901 Swindon adopted maroon jerseys. Around 1904 they appear to have become a rather lighter shade of dark red and the photographic evidence suggests that jerseys in deep maroon or dark red were used at least until 1929. (It is perfectly possible that the lighter tops were the result of fading but equally the variations may have been due to manufacturers using different dyes.) In 1910 Town reached the semi-final of the FA Cup where they were knocked out by Newcastle. The following season they won the Southern League swindoen town afc traditional crest championship and went on to lose 4-8 to Manchester United in the Charity Shield.

In 1921 Swindon, along with the rest of the Southern League First Division, became founder members of the Third Division of the Football League. It is unclear when the club adopted their traditional crest but this only appeared on official documents. The town's connection with the Great Western Railway was represented by a steam locomotive, a robin appears at the top while the Latin script means "Health and Industry," which is also the town's motto.

swindon town afc crest 1961In 1958, when the regional divisions were abolished, Swindon were placed in the new national Third Division. A crest was adopted in 1961 that featured a robin, a traditional nickname for the team.

Swindon promotion to Division Two in 1963 but two years later they were back in the swindon town afc crest 1972Third Division. 1968-69 was without question Town's finest season to date: against all odds they reached the League Cup final and on a mud-bound pitch beat Arsenal 3-1 in extra time to take the trophy. Six weeks later they clinched promotion to Division Two.

swindon town afc crest 1980In 1972 a smart modernist crest was adopted that became known as the "ST Arrow" or "Traffic Sign" badge. It remained in use until 1986 although a simple "ST" monogramme appeared in some seasons and between 1976 and 1980, was absent. Simplified swindon town afc crest 1981versions were worn between 1980 and 1986.

In 1974 Swindon dropped back into the Third Division and in 1982 they dropped into the Fourth Division for the first time.

In 1986 the traditional crest was revived and that season Swindon won the Fourth Division title. A year later they made their way swindon town afc crest 1986through the play offs to return to Division Two and in 1990 they earned the right to play in Division One by winning the play-offs but, owing to irregularities over payments to players, they were punished by having their swindon town afc crest 1991promotion cancelled.

In 1991 the board appointed ex-England star Glen Hoddle as player-manager and the team underwent a makeover. A new crest was introduced in red, white and green and the team strip became all-red with white and green trim.

Two years later, having finishing in fifth place, Swindon won promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs. Hoddle departed to manage Chelsea and it quickly became apparent that the club was out of its depth. After conceding 100 goals they finished last and were relegated to the Endsleigh League Division One. Relegated again the following season, Swindon bounced back but in 1999, the club was forced into administration and was relegated to Nationwide Division swindon town afc crest 2007Two (the old Third Division).

In April 2007 the club consulted with supporters over the reintroduction of the traditional crest and offered three alternative designs. The winning version was worn from the beginning of the 2007-08 season.

Financial problems continued to plague the club who faced winding up orders brought by HMRC over unpaid tax in 2006-07 and were at one stage paying around 2% of their turnover to pay off their debts. In 2008 a consortium led by Andrew Fitton and Jeremy Wray took control with a commitment to pay off their debts.

Success arrived in 2012 when Swindon won the League Two title. White shorts (worn in the FA Cup in the 2011-12 season) were restored for the return to the third tier.

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Sources

Photograph courtesy of Swindonfc1879.com

Modern crests are the property of Swindon Town FC.