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15 April: Thanks go today to Ian McConnel who has researched Rangers' change strips between 1948 and 1976 from his personal programme collection. Thanks to Ian I have been able to substantially revise the timeline and fill in substantial gaps in the records.
The photograph on the left is of the Scottish village team, Renton FC. In 1888 they won the Scottish FA Cup for the third time, beating Cambuslang 6-0 (still a record) and went on to beat the English FA Cup holders, West Bromwich Albion in a challenge match to decide the "championship of the UK and the world."
Stockport County (1964-65, 1965-66 collar detailing amended). We also now have the full story County's lucky gold and black strip worn in January 1958 (see photo right).
10 April MLS Update: Portland Timbers (2nd shorts/socks confirmed). I have also added "Buy From" links for all current MLS replica shirts.
Seated on the right is Jesse Thomas Williams who turned out for Shrewsbury Town between 1931 and 1933. The photograph was sent in by Williams' grandson, Martin, and suggests that amber trimmings were incorporated into the socks even earlier than we had previously thought.
29 March 2013-14 Updates: West Bromwich Albion (new socks added): Swansea City (charity strip added): Middlesbrough (3rd added): Burton Albion (2nd shorts updated): Northampton Town (shorts detailing added): Greenock Morton (1st shorts updated): New England Revolution (1st shorts corrected).
28 March 2014 World Cup Updates: Portugal (2nd added), USA (2nd updated), England (1st updated, 2nd added), Bosnia & Hercegovina (1st, 2nd updated).
14 March: Historical World Cup Updates: 1934 - Swedenshirt trim altered, Hungary kits confirmed, Romania & Egypt crests confirmed: 1954 - Hungary socks amended, Czechoslovakia band on change shirts corrected - see left: 1958 - Wales crest corrected, Hungary socks amended: 1962 - Colombia updated, Mexico shorts detailing added, 1970 - El Salvador crest corrected, Italy shorts corrected: 1978 - Tunisia crest corrected.
Most of this material comes from André Conceição e Silva including this rare image of the Hungarian team lining up for their match with Egypt in 1934. The shorts might be navy but as they are an identical shade to the shirts, I have assumed they are dark red. The goalkeeper is wearing the white top with red/white/green bands that became the Magyars' famous change strip.
7 March: Pride of place today goes to this photograph of Manchester City from 1899-1900 submitted by our old frend, Keith Ellis. Careful examination shows that the socks have vertical stripes down the sides of the calf. This design did not appear again until a century later, which only goes to show that there is little that is truly new in the design of football strips.
2014 World Cup Updates: Ghana (1st, 2nd confirmed), Brazil (2nd confirmed), Uruguay (1st, 2nd confirmed).
5 March 2014 World Cup Updates: South Korea (1st, 2nd confirmed), Mexico (2nd socks confirmed) France (2nd detailing added), Chile (1st, 2nd updated).
Between 1974 and 1985 Queens Park Rangers wore a bewildering range of shirts, including four different versions in 1976-77 alone. Cataloguing these has been a real headache but Tony Sealey has pointed us to the History of QPR Kits website, which presents the definitive history from 1974 to the present. This pre-season photo, taken in the summer of 1975, shows the team in the first Adidas kit to appear in England. This was a prototype produced as Adidas attempted to establish a foothold in the UK market. It was not used but a year later QPR signed up with the German company and wore their strips until 1989.
4 March 2014 World Cup Updates: France (2nd added), USA (1st confirmed), Belgium (1st, 2nd, 3rd added), Netherlands (1st updated), Ecuador (1st, 2nd added), Greece (1st added), Colombia (1st updated), Nigeria (details confirmed), Switzerland (1st, 2nd confirmed), Greece (1st, 2nd added), Honduras (1st, 2nd).
25 February - Historical World Cup Updates: 1934 - Sweden collar corrected: 1950 - England crest detailing revised, Mexico shirt design revised: 1954 - Italy crest modified, Yugoslavia socks revised: 1962 - Hungary socks revised: 1966 - Hungary socks revised, Argentina kit v England now has correct short sleeves, Soviet Union socks corrected in match with Portugal, West Germany vSwitzerland both now have correct long sleeves, France crest & socks revised: 1970 - El Salvador collar revised, Mexico crest revised: 2006 - Netherlandscrest revised: 2010 - Chile crest revised.
I had thought that Birmingham City first wore the city crest on their shirts in 1945 but Russell Mann has found this photograph taken in January 1939 that shows the crest sewn directly onto the shirts rather than the more familiar white patch.
Rick Glanvill, the official Chelsea historian, has shared his recent discovery that the team switched from their original Eton blue shirts to more conventional royal blue much earlier than previously thought. Kjell Henssen has found an unrecorded Everton change kit from 1905-06 and has also confirmed that Liverpool's change shirts from 1911 until 1921 were black and white stripes (not red/white). Pavel Shalaev has supplied this cigarette card from 1906 that suggests Liverpool wore nice wooly jumpers at the time.
Halifax Town (1925 added).
Tim Ashmore has sent in this photograph of Wolverhampton Wanderers' 1908 FA Cup final jersey. Despite the limitations of the flash photography, this sheds valuable light on the traditional shade of old gold worn at the time and I have amended the club section accordingly.
24 February 2014 World Cup Update: England (1st added), Croatia (2nd added), Nigeria (2nd added), Russia (2nd updated), Australia (1st updated), Italy (1st & 2nd updated), Japan (2nd shorts/socks confirmed), Colombia (2nd updated).
19 February: John Lovett has a theory about the silky Newcastle United shirt fetured below. In 1956 Newcastle played a friendly against Linfield at Windsor Park in Belfast to inaugurate the new floodlights at the ground. It may have been that match where the silky shirt was worn. "Silk" shirts were sometimes used at the time because they showed up under lights rather better then traditional cotton.
The Eminent Victorians section has been upgraded and expanded.
13 February: Peter Foster, whose late father was headgroundsman at St James Park, was written to ask if we can date this interesting Newcastle United change shirt. The number on the back places it no earlier than 1939 while the shiny "silk" material first appeared in 1953 so I have tentatively placed this between 1953 and 1958, possibly for use in floodlit games. If you can help identify this top please get in touch.
Nottingham Forest (2013-14 3rd added): Hull City (1992-93 tiger print kit graphics modified): Colchester United (now confirmed crest was worn before the Second World War): Dunfermline Athletic (latest version of club crest added): Arsenal (1950 FA Cup final socks corrected): Stoke City (1986-87, 1989-90 detailing amended): Charlton Athletic (1956-57 cuffs corrected): Darlington (2003-04 detailing modified).
I am grateful to John Dewhirst who has been corresponding with experts on the history of Bradford City on our behalf. As a result, I have removed the 1937-38 graphic, which was based on a team photograph that is now confirmed as not being of the Bantams. I have also added some missing detail to the 1923-24 graphic, a remarkable and unique outfit shown here in one of the many team photographs on the excellent Bantamspast website.
We are very pleased with the news that Umbro will be kitting out Everton next season. This is the latest version of the company's logo and we hope to see it on many more leading club kits in the seasons to come.
4 February World Cup 2014 Update: Brazil (3rd), Costa Rica (1st, 2nd), Iran (1st, 2nd) added.
31 January - World Cup History: 1930 - Romania confirmed: 1934 - Belgium revised: Romania confirmed: 1938 - Belgium, Sweden collar detailing revised: Netherlands revised (see photo left): 1954 - England match details removed from crest: Belgium collar detailing revised: 1958 - England match details also removed: Czechoslovakia shirt trim corrected v N Ireland: 1962 - Brazil socks corrected: Switzerland crest revised: West Germany short sleeved shirts added: 1966 - Brazil socks corrected. (Information provided by André Conceição e Silva.)
I am grateful to Paul Zaharia, Press Officer of the Romanian Football Federation for confirming the colours the national team wore in the 1930 and 1934 World Cups as red shirts and yellow shorts. The image of the 1934 team on the right shows how misleading photographs could be at the time, due to the orthographic film stock commonly used.
30 January - 2013-14 Updates: Peterborough United (charity kit added), Carlisle United (A amended), Coventry City (A updated), Sheffield Wednesday (3rd added), Charlton Athletic (3rd), Rochdale (3rd added), Leyton Orient (A socks revised), Tottenham Hotspur (texture added to away shirts).
16 January: World Cup History Updates: 1986 West Germany (1st), Uruguay, Bulgaria, Northern Ireland: 1954 Austria change - see photo left, Hungary socks now confirmed: 1958 detailing on Argentina's borrowed shirts updated: 1990 Argentina change.
My thanks go to André Conceição e Silva for this material.
The information on Hungary's socks is taken from this rare colour photograph of Ferenc Puskas shaking hands with the West German captain, Fritz Walter, before the 1954 final. Note the heavy strapping worn by Puskas, who had broken his ankle in the group match between the teams. Based on this detail, I've revised earlier graphics to be consistent.
12 January: World Cup 2014: Bosnia & Hercegovina (1st & 2nd), Switzerland (2nd), USA (1st & 2nd), Croatia (1st), Ghana (2nd) added.
9 January: I am grateful to Malcom McGill, Peebles Rovers' Match Secretary for sharing some rare photographs of the original team dating from between 1894 and 1907, including this one showing a previously unrecorded strip circa 1900. The earliest known photograph of the team now appears in our Peebles Rovers section and you can review the full set on the club's Twitter account, @rovers1893.
This rare photograph, found by Ray Shaughnessy shows Burslem Port Vale circa 1898, when they wore red and white striped shirts.
World Cup 2014: Australia (1st & 2nd), Uruguay (1st & 2nd), Italy (1st & 2nd), Nigeria (1st), Republic of Korea (1st, 2nd) added.