A point of interest in the picture is that some shirts are blue on the right hand side and others are white. There is a comprehensive collection of old team photographs available, which has allowed me to add a number of variations to the kits worn between 1920 and 1960 but do be warned that the photos are very slow to load. HFK's records do not include Villa's home kit for this period so get in touch if you can fill in this particular gap. I have corrected the Cardiff gallery. The problem is that there is no record of these shirts ever being worn although Jon recalls that a mate owned one.

James, incidentally helped design the club's current kit.

Just like Christmas shopping, the season for new kits comes round earlier each year.

who had finished ahead of them, to languish in the lower division). 1965-1967 f l. 1967-1968 f. 1968-1969 f. 1969-1970 f. 1970-1971 f m. 1971-1972 f. 1972-1974 a f .

Which brings us to today's photograph, a scruffy image from Simon's collection of the 1956-57 Doncaster Rovers team that features Charlie Williams. In 1931, having finished 19th out of 20, they resigned and closed down Chris has also turned up the following: Brighton & Hove Albion (1906-07 collar corrected, 1908-10, 1910-20, 1921-22, 1922-25, 1925-26 added, 1926-33 collar amended). 31 July: The 2012-13 Welsh Premier League section is now open. The issue has been settled by James Garley, who runs the independent Lutonfc.com site in favour of navy blue.

2012-13 updates: Dagenham & Redbridge (H*, A), Charlton Athletic (H), York City (H, A), Wigan Athletic (A), Plymouth Argyle (H, A), Doncaster Rovers (H), St Johnstone (H), Dunfermline Athletic (A). Thanks go to everyone who has submitted information for our World Cup section.

The kits worn by Chelsea and Manchester United have been added to the 2007-08 Premier League gallery. The article has also been posted prominently on the club's official website. Today's updates: Newcastle United's (new shirt sponsor): Coventry City (2012 FA Cup strip added): Third Lanark (1959-60 added).

It appears that most of the photographs from the pre-War World Cups were taken on orthographic film stock.

15 February : The Exeter City and Fulham galleries have been updated. Although the club was wound up during the summer, Scarborough Athletic were quickly formed and now compete in the North East Counties League wearing the all-red kit ordered from Xara by the old Scarborough FC. These have added a considerable amount of detail and confirmed the one remaining uncorroborated strip in our archive. The team scratched from the First Round on both occasions. 20 July: New content - the 2012 FA Women's Super League, currently underway, has been added. In 1924, they were relegated but returned to Division One Now added to the 2007-08 Scottish First Division gallery. a decision that would come back to haunt them 50 years later. You can read the full story on the Manchester Evening News site. 6 November: Steve Browne has been researching the arrival of Admiral, the kit manufacturer that revolutionised design in the mid seventies and led the way in the creation of a market for replica kits. Historical Updates: Exeter City (1986-87, 1987-88 added): Bristol Rovers (1980-82 crest added): Hereford United (1988-89 missing details now added): Port Vale (1988-89 added; 1983-84, 1984-85, 1985-86, 1986-87 detailing updated: 1983 crest added). Matt writes with a slightly different account of Lincoln's 1994-95 shirts: Regarding the Lincoln kits mentioned on the main page. Ukraine (A) added to Euro 2012. Here is a month by month summary of additions, corrections and updates to the site. It is based on the club's original outfit from 1883. 1999. Their new landlord had made it a condition that the team change its name from Watford Rovers to West Herts although players and supporters continued to use the old name until 1898, when they became Watford FC. After reviewing photographs from the period, I have concluded that the lighter shade evident in many is due to fading of the shirts and/or the now well-documented limitations of contemporary photography. Cambridge United (1960-61, 1990-91 early season added: kits between 1985 and 1991 were in yellow rather than amber and have been corrected).

Simon Monks has been at it again, filling in gaps in our records for Everton (1912-13 H, 1928-29 A, 1957-58 A, 1958-61 A, 1962-63 A added. Photographers used a range of emulsions as well as lens filters in different circumstances. Back in June we featured this mysterious Everton away shirt from the late 1980s, of which no official records appear to exist.

I will shortly begin upgrading our Scottish section and would be grateful for old team photographs to include in team pages - the older the better.


mark and decline followed. Two clubs have announced this week that they will enter financial administration. nevertheless, no detail is too trivial when it comes to these matters. Birmingham City have officially dropped their striped away shirts, which have not been worn this season. The Yugoslavian, Portuguese and Romanian kits have been revised in the 1984 section and the 1980 Greece change kit has been amended. Maidstone United (1988-89 added).

The shirts in this photograph, however are very dark - possibly maroon, navy blue or even black. 9 August: 2008-09 updates - Barnsley (A), Southend United (A), Rochdale (details amended), Chesterfield (A), Sheffield United (new sponsor added), Stranraer (H&A), Newcastle United (3rd), Kidderminster Harriers (H), York City, Carlisle United (A&3rd), Northampton Town (H amended), Bolton Wanderers (A) and Fulham (A).

There is also an interesting thread on the Saddler's independent site started by HFK's good friend, Neil Morris. 15 May Additions for 2012-13: Crewe Alexandra, Milton Keynes Dons. HFK believes this is the first time in the Premiership that two teams have played each other without sponsorship aside from last season's Munich commemorative derby in Manchester when both teams wore kits specially commissioned for the occasion. Historical updates: This photo, found by Keith Ellis, shows Barry Jones wearing an extremely odd Plymouth Argyle shirt. This provides a perfect excuse to reproduce a fine photograph of the 1877 team wearing white shirts borrowed from the rowing club that several of the founder members belonged to, perhaps the earliest example of a change kit. ), Although the new Rangers is a separate entity and should therefore be treated as such on HFK, it appears that the SFA is going to allow the new club to inherit the records of the old one. Visitors are respectfully reminded that they may not consume their own food on HFK premises. 5 March: The Hereford United gallery has been updated. Clyde were elected As you know, HFK is dedicated to bringing you the most detailed and comprehensive archive of English and Scottish kits possible. He speculates that the club bought up several sets of Tottenham kits cheaply when the Admiral sportswear company went into liquidation.

I am sure that it is the same shirt (except for the change in Everton badge) as and when the Scottish League was restructured in 1975 with the formation The change from blue to red is the idea of Malaysian owner, Vincent Tan, who wants to increase market appeal in the Far East where red is considered a lucky colour, and is part of a package that will bring £100m investment to the club. Wolves (late 1985 added).

Other updates: Dumbarton (1985-86 amended, 1986-87, 1987-88 added): Darlington (1995-96 stockings corrected): Arsenal (1968-69 navy away kit added): Chelsea (one-off kit used in the 1966 FA Cup semi-final added - thanks to Andrew Bartlett for these last two): Kidderminster Harriers (early 1970s added): Aston Villa (1974-75 home kit, rare 1984-85 away kit added): Montrose (1992-33 added). 30 July - 2012-13: Northern Ireland (H), Chelsea (3rd), Millwall (A colour amended), Sheffield United (A), Grimsby Town (H).

Cheltenham Town (missing kits from 1940s-1950s, circa1957, circa1965, 1968-69, 1973-74 added). Please remember to avoid using the Olympic Lanes when the signs are illuminated. 1965. Shares in KCom, parent company of Hull City's sponsor, Karoo, fell by 13% yesterday and have almost halved since Hull gained promotion. Latest additions for 2008-09: Rochdale, Fulham, Hearts (away) and Celtic (away). The jewel in the crown is a set of rare photographs of Welsh side Aberdare Athletic, which allow me to add three kits (circa 1910, 1923 and 1927) and correct the 1898-1900 entry. It does look to be around the mid to late 80's as the NEC logo is the small one as opposed to the larger version and then the updated rounded version in the 90's.". June 2008: falseface . Today's picture, borrowed from the site, is of the Merthyr Town team immediately after the First World War.

24 February 2011-12 Updates: Brentford (special added), Preston North End (3rd added), Aston Villa (FA Cup Away added), Torquay United (socks corrected), Dundee United (H&A shorts swapped over), Columbus Crew (sponsorship added), Chivas USA (H added), New England Revolution (H added), San Jose Earthquakes (H&A added).

(Photograph from Gillingham FC, Roger Triggs 1999). As ever, I am indebted to Dave at Historical Football Kits for some of the historical information used above.

The origin of Tottenham Hotspur's cockerel crest is now explained in the club section. 18 November: BBC Radio Four's File on Four programme broadcast an excellent documentary yesterday looking into the finances of professional football clubs in England. stage, they

29 February: Richard Franklyn has spoken to Chelsea's official historian, Rick Glanvill, and confirmed that the stockings worn by the Pensioners' first championship winning side in 1955 had a blue band round the top rather than red as shown. The demands of television broadcasters, UEFA regulations, and the lure of the replica kit market have long since changed the club's attitude. Derby County's 2007- third kit has been added. The behaviour of City's owners would be perfectly acceptable if they were dealing with a chain of high street stores or a group of insurance companies. The Rushden & Diamonds gallery has been upgraded. 15 June: 2008-09 additions: Preston North End (A), Dundee United (H&A).

The Division had been expanded machinations but a group of supporters formed the United Clydebank Supporters' 26 September: The Guardian today reports that a number of shirt sponsorship deals with Premiership clubs are at risk because of the global financial crisis. The Bankies returned to the top level in 1985 following another league reorganisation.

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