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30 July 2014-15 Updates
Premier League - Manchester United (3rd).
League One - Sheffield United (2nd).
Scottish Premier League - Hamilton Academical (1st).
Scottish Championship - Hibernian (2nd), Dumbarton (1st), Alloa Athletic (1st).
Scottish League Two - East Fife (1st socks confirmed), Clyde (1st* 2nd*), Queen's Park (1st* 2nd*).
29 July: According to Chris Lee, the Reading team photograph from 1919-20 on which I based a new graphic was from a trial match and does not show the first choice strips of the time so this has been removed.
Premier League - Manchester City (2nd), Everton (2nd).
Championship - Norwich City (2nd corrected), Bolton Wanderers (2nd), Blackburn Rovers (2nd).
League One - Scunthorpe United (1st shorts/socks confirmed), Notts County (1st), Barnsley (2nd).
League Two - Southend United (1st, 2nd), Accrington Stanley (2nd), Yeovil Town (1st).
25 July: I am grateful to Chris Lee for letting me know about his excellent Biscuitmen website where you will find a fine collection of Reading team photographs going back to 1872. I have been able to add previously unrecorded strips from 1878-79 (photograph left) and 1919-20.
The 2014-15 Welsh Premier League section is now open.
24 July SFPL 2014-15 Updates
Premier League - Partick Thistle (2nd), Celtic (kit worn in Reykjavik), Inverness Caledonian Thistle (1st).
Championship - Queen of the South (1st, 2nd), Rangers (1st).
League One - Dunfermline Athletic (1st), Stranraer (1st, 2nd, 3rd*).
League Two - Montrose (1st*, 2nd*), East Stirlingshire (1st, 2nd), Albion Rovers (1st*, 2nd*), Clyde (3rd), Arbroath (1st, 2nd), East Fife (1st).
23 July 2014-15 Updates
Premier League - Hull City (1st), Tottenham Hotspur (1st, 2nd), Leicester City (1st), Manchester United (2nd), Chelsea (3rd)
Championship - Sheffield Wednesday (1st shorts confirmed, 2nd added), Millwall (2nd), Huddersfield Town (2nd), Fulham (2nd), Norwich City (1st socks confirmed), Derby County (3rd), Wigan Athletic (2nd), Norwich City (2nd)
League One - MK Dons (3rd), Colchester United (1st, 2nd)
League Two - Mansfield Town (1st*), Cheltenham Town (1st), Portsmouth (2nd), Exeter City (1st, 2nd).
Former League Members - Bristol Rovers (corrected).
16 July 2014-15 Updates
Premier League - Burnley (2nd)
Championship - Millwall (sponsorship added)
League One - Bristol City (2nd socks confirmed), Gillingham (shorts confirmed)
15 July 2014-15 Updates
SPFL Premier - Aberdeen (2nd), Inverness Caledonian Thistle (2nd).
Championship - Wigan Athletic (1st), Blackburn Rovers (1st).
League One - Milton Keynes Dons (1st), Swindon Town (2nd), Oldham Athletic (1st, 2nd).
League Two - Bury (1st, 2nd), Carlisle United (1st, 2nd), Shrewsbury Town (1st*, 2nd, 3rd*).
Former League Members - Macclesfield Town.
11 July 2014-15 Updates
Premier League - Southampton (2nd), Arsenal (1st, 2nd, 3rd), Sunderland (1st), West Bromwich Albion (1st).
Championship - Derby County (2nd), Sheffield Wednesday (1st).
League One - Bradford City (1st socks corrected), Peterborough United (1st).
League Two - Mansfield Town (2nd).
10 July 2014-15 Updates
Premier League - Manchester City (1st), Crystal Palace (2nd sponsorship colour confirmed).
League One - Bristol City (1st, 2nd).
Wrexham (shorts/socks confirmed).
World Cup History
1930 - Franc Forjan has been in touch about the Uruguay shirt (left) featured on 1 June and believed to have been worn by Jose Nasazzi in the 1930 final. Franc believes this is incorrect and has sent in several photographs, including this one of Nasazzi wearing the shirt but probably dating from 1939 (right). A more reliable source is this third photograph of Hector Scarone's 1930 World Cup shirt (left) on display in the Museo National de Futbol in Montevideo, which clearly has a laced, round collar.
1938 - I have reinterpreted Romania's strip after Marcelo Viana alerted me to this YouTube clip. Compare the still photograph on the right, taken with orthographic film stock and the image captured from the cine film on the left, from which it is obvious Romania's shorts are not white, contrary to the information the Romanian Football Federation provided a while ago. Although it is possible they are yellow, close analysis suggests they are probably mid-blue. In view of this, I have also revised Romania's 1930 and 1934 kits.
1962: Uruguay sock trim added.
1978: Iran cuffs corrected.
1986: Uruguay detailing added.
2006: Italy crest corrected.
9 July 2014-15 Updates
Premier League - Crystal Palace (sponsorship added).
Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers (2nd), Nottingham Forest (1st).
League Two - Burton Albion (2nd detailing added), Oxford United (1st, 2nd).
SPFL: Dundee (1st, 2nd).
8 July 2014-15 Updates
Premier League - Manchester United (1st), Liverpool (3rd socks confirmed).
Championship: AFC Bournemouth (2nd), Reading (1st, 2nd), Birmingham City (1st, 2nd, 3rd) Cardiff City (1st, 2nd).
League One: Bradford City (2nd).
League Two: Accrington Stanley (1st*, 3rd*).
5 July 2014-15 Updates: Raith Rovers (2nd), Brighton & Hove Albion (1st, 2nd, 3rd), Burton Albion (1st*, 2nd), Sheffield United (1st), Southampton (in stripes again!), Celtic (3rd), Coventry City (1st*), Derby County (1st).
4 July 2014-15 Updates: St Mirren (2nd), Hibernian (1st), St Johnstone (1st), Airdrieonians (1st, 2nd, 3rd), Charlton Athletic (2nd, 3rd), Coventry City (2nd), West Ham United (1st), Everton (1st socks corrected). More tomorrow.
1 July 2014-15 Updates: Hull City (new crest): Rotherham United (1st, 2nd, 3rd), Bolton Wanderers (1st), Morecambe (1st, 2nd), Leeds United (3rd*), Plymouth Argyle (2nd), Fulham (1st), AFC Wimbledon (1st, 2nd, 3rd), Brentford (2nd), Northampton Town (1st, 2nd), Kilmarnock (1st, 2nd, 3rd).
27 June 2014-15 Updates: Huddersfield Town (1st), Watford (shorts' colour confirmed), Barnsley (1st), Livingston (1st + crest history), Dundee United (2nd), Celtic (1st*), Berwick Rangers (1st*), Cowdenbeath (1st), Albion Rovers (3rd), Partick Thistle (1st).
26 June 2014-15 Updates: Plymouth Argyle (sponsorship added), Chesterfield (1st, 2nd), Blackpool (1st*, 2nd*), Swindon Town (1st), Swansea City (1st, 2nd), Everton (1st), Norwich City (1st), Leeds United (1st), Stevenage (1st, 2nd), Burnley (1st), Cambridge United (1st, 2nd, 3rd).
This intriguing photograph (from cfchistory.com) appeared in the Derbyshire Times in 1946 and purports to be of Chesterfield FC in 1882-83. The problem is that the club had ceased to exist in 1881. It is more likely that this is Chesterfield Town FC, who were formed in 1884. (1884-85, 1921-28, 1938-44 graphics updated.)
18 June: I hope you've been enjoying our 2014 World Cup Updates. So far, FIFA's ludicrous new rules about contrasting colours has turned up some bizarre anomolies. Last night Mexico wore their change strip against Brazil when their dark green/white first kit would have been better and Ecuador were told to wear all-blue against Switzerland on 15 June when their yellow/blue first strip would have provided even better contrasts.
Incidentally, if you follow us on Twitter (@HistoricalKits) you will receive a daily update on the colours to be worn in that evening's group matches.
Here are a few more historical World Cup updates:
1930: Based on newly available photographs, I have reassesed the colours worn by Uruguay against Yugoslavia Close examination indicates some contrast between the main shirt and the collar and cuffs, suggesting Uruguay wore their usual light blue. Bolivia shirt against Brazil altered to match the Uruguay design (Bolivia borrowed a set from the hosts). United States collar corrected.
1978: Italy v Hungary shorts detailing amended.
1986: Texture stripes removed from Uruguay shirts.
1962: Hungary socks amended.
2006: Spain shorts detailing added.
This is Wigan Borough in 1926-27, the season they adopted gold and black. Note that the goalkeeper is wearing an old green jersey with the club crest, Borough's previous colours.
With the World Cup kicking off on Thursday, I'd like to confirm that I shall be posting regular updates to create the definitive kit record of the competition. There is no need to send me kit details (unless to correct an error) as I will be monitoring each match and posting the kits worn as soon as time allows.
1 June 2014-15 Updates: Newcastle United (2nd socks amended), Queens Park Rangers (1st, 2nd, 3rd added), Rochdale (1st, 2nd detailing added), Blackpool (3rd added), Scunthorpe United (1st added), Crawley Town (1st, 2nd added), Falkirk (1st, 2nd added), Greenock Morton (1st, 2nd added), Republic of Ireland (1st added), Northern Ireland 2nd added).
World Cup Updates
2014 - Spain (3rd added).
1986 - My thanks go to Denis Hurley for uncovering why Argentina wore different blue change shirts in their matches with Uruguay and England: Paraguay crest corrected: Poland shorts details corrected.
1970 - André Silva has found this footage of Mexico v Belgium in which the hosts shirts miraculously change colour after 3 minutes. As I recall, the primitive colour cameras of the time were unable to cope when tracking between sunlit and shaded sections of the pitch, which might explain this anomaly.
1930 - These images ilustrate rather well the pitfalls of interpreting old photographs. The colourised team picture of the Uruguayan team (left) shows the team wearing navy shorts and with a white plaquet on the shirts. I have never been convinced about the shorts and after a very protracted correspondence, our good friend from Brazil, André Conceição e Silva received confirmation from the Uruguayan Football Federation that the shorts were in fact black. The second image is from the National Football Shirt Collection and is the shirt worn by Uruguay's captain, Jose Nasazzi considered by many Uruguanians (sic), one of their greatest ever football players. This priceless item finally confirms the details of the collar design. I have also re-evaluated photographs from the semi-finals and concluded that Uruguay probably changed into white shirts against Yugoslavia.