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18 December

Oxford United (1965-68, 1979-80 added; minor updates to other graphics 1968-82; 1979 crest added). These changes are sourced from oxfordkits.com, the successor to oxkits.co.uk, now offline. Arthurlie (1926-27 added.) Crewe Alexandra (2001-02 crest modified).

More crest updates courtesy of Oleg Baranov: Everton (1993), Ipswich Town (1933, 1965), West Bromwhich Albion (1972), Tottenham Hotspur (1930), Scunthorpe United (1947), Middlesbrough (1973), Huddersfield Town (1920), Crewe Alexandra (1958), Bury (various updates & additions), Brighton & Hove Albion (1983, 2004), Derby County (1984 Centenary, 1981, 1985, 1993), Charlton Athletic (1946), Plymouth Argyle (1964), Swansea City (1970), Barnsley (1986, 2001).

east stirlingshire 1889-90Scottish crest additions: Ayr United (1938). Crest histories added for East Fife, East Stirlingshire.

This photograph was recently discovered by Duncan Walker and Sandy Reid and is probably the earliest known picture of the East Stirlingshire team, dating from 1890-91. This was the Shire's "golden age" as the silverware on show suggests. You can read the full story on the official Shire website.

16 December

newcastle united 1911 fa cup final shirtOn the left is an original Newcastle United shirt from the 1911 FA Cup final, showing very clearly the details of the traditional club crest worn for the first time in that match. Based on the city coat of arms, it was finally retired in 1976.

Arsenal (all white change strip added for 1966-68, first yellow/blue change strip worn in November 1967 had no crest): the socks worn by Celtic at Leeds in 1970 are now confirmed to have been red.

15 December Current Season Updates

Premier League: Sunderland (special).

Championship: Rotherham United (3rd corrected), Cardiff City (3rd).

League One: Colchester United (3rd).

League Two: Bury (3rd), Hartlepool United (Special), Newport County (3rd), Stevenage (3rd), Mansfield Town (3rd).

Torquay United have changed their first kit.

Scottish Championship: Rangers (2nd updated).

Scottish League One: Greenock Morton (1st corrected).

Scottish League Two: East Fife (2nd).

4 December

Rangers change kits (1993-95, 1995-96, 1997-8, 1998-99 detailing added): Cowlairs (1886-87 collar corrected & team photo added): Helensburgh (1907-helensburgh fc team group 1907-08st mirren team group 1906-0708, 1910 added). The rare photograph on the left from the Helensburgh Heritage Trust Archive shows the team from 1907-08. St Mirren (1908-10, 1966-68, 1976-77, 1979-80 added; 1898-1900, 1914-17, 1950-51 modified). Although the strip on the right does not feature in the updates, I cannot resist showing you this Saints team group from 1906-07 wearing unique cream shirts. This and many more team groups appear on the excellent stmirren.info stoke city december 1968site.

Chelsea change kits (1961-62 badge removed, 1966-67 colours corrected).

This photograph is from a Stoke City programme from December 1968, showing a new strip designed by David Herd, who had joined Stoke from Manchester United in July of that year, and worn for just a few months. The point of interest is the "kiln-crest" worn on the left breast. If you can provide details of this badge please get in touch.

3 December

More crest updates today: Port Vale (1937), Barnsley (1978-81), Sheffield United (1992-1999), Mansfield Town (1995), Colchester United (1985, 1993).

Accrington Stanley (1990-91, 1991-92 added; 1992-98 graphics improved): Colchester United (1985-86, 1986-87 added; 1979-96 graphics updated).

20 November

reading fc team group 1898-99Chris Lee, who publishes a fine collection of Reading team photographs on his excellent Biscuitmen website, has been in touch to confirm that the team replaced their familiar navy/white stripes with plain white shirts in 1898-99 (apparently green shirts were also considered). Their strip for 1899-1900 is not yet known but they were back in stripes in 1900-01.

Tony Sealey has submitted new research which makes sense of the bewildering variations in Leeds United strips 1971-1976.

18 November

Liverpool (1955-56 change kits added): Newcastle United (more accurate versions of the crest used 1920-1976 added): Aston Villa (1969 crest updated): Darlington (crest history updated): Brighton & Hove Albion (1948 crest updated): Southampton (1985 centenary crest added): Crewe Alexandra (1975-90 crest updated): Bradford City (crest history revised): Hartlepool United (new crest added): Macclesfield Town (1989 FA Trophy Final crest added). My thanks to frequent contributors Jonathan Auty and Oleg Baranov for the crest updates

15 November

Apologies for the lack of activity over the past fortnight while HFK's iMac was repaired after developiing a fault.

2014-15 Updates

Sunderland (3rd added): Swindon Town (3rd): Nottingham Forest (3rd): Wales (2015 change & kit worn against Netherlands added): Northern Ireland (2015 1st kit added).

Historical Material

archie goldie new brighton fcI am grateful to Rumwold Leigh for submitting this photograph of Archie Goldie (1874-1953) wearing a New Brighton Tower shirt. As far as I know this is the only surviving image of the unique salmon pink shirts with black trim worn by the short lived club.

leyton orient 1931-32Millwall (1985-86 shirt now rendered in royal not navy blue): Charlton Athletic (1922-23 socks corrected): Chester (crest amended 1974-1983): Leyton Orient (the photograph on the right from Simon Monks neatly fills a gap in the record and confirms that Orient switched from their iconic chevron shirts to broad red and white hoops in 1931-32; 1932-33 sock detailing altered).

25 October

Glentoran (special Vienna Cup commemorative kit added).

Word Cup History Update

mexico 1930 world cup team1930: According to futbalcafe.com Mexico wore navy shorts rather than black as peviously shown (photo left).

1938: Poland socks corrected.

1950: More background to Spain's blue shirts worn against Chile added.

1954: England (sleeves now correct for match with Uruguay)

1966: Soviet Union (sleeves now correct length for match with North Korea).

1970: Israel (crest amended).

1974: Netherlands socks corrected in match with Argentina.

1986: Algeria (collar corrected).

1994: Russia (correct Reebok logos applied).

2010: France (shirt trim corrected on change strips); Argentina (detailing added to change socks);

2014: Switzerland (shirt detailing added)

24 October

huddersfield town team group 1911-12Rangers (1996-97 change revised): Chelsea (October 1964 one-off kit added): Huddersfield Town (1911-12 added - see photo left): Tottenham Hotspur (1908-11, 1912-14 change kits added. The black and white striped shirts recorded for Christmas matches at Derby in 1945 and 1950 have been removed. Tony Sealey has confirmed that these were incorrectly described in the match programme.)

Everton (shorts detailing modified 1962-66): Southend United (1984-85 amended): Manchester City (1956-FA Cup final socks corrected).

Newcastle United (1978-80 five-stripe Bukta kit restored and my thanks to Gavin Haigh for his confirmation; 1973-76 change shorts amended; April 1976 change sockscorrected).

This intriguing cutting, submitted by Lee Gauntlett, comes from a Birmingham newspaper, Sport & Play, and describes a match between Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion in February 1886. The author mentions the colours of the two teams but fails to tell us who wore what. However, we know that Villa wore black and white stripes in May 1886 so we can deduce that they were wearing these colours several months earlier and that Albion changed because their navy/white striped tops clashed.

23 October

andy porterIt is with deep sadness that we learned last night that Andy Porter passed away suddenly at his home on Tuesday. A devoted Spurs fan since the age of seven, Andy was the club's official historian for the last 30 years and had an encyclopedic knowledge of the club he loved. A regular contributor to HFK since 2006, Andy made many valuable discoveries about Spurs' kit history which he generously shared with us. A full obituary is available on the official Tottenham Hotspur website.

21 October

2014-15 Update: Millwall's commemorative camouflage kit, Leyton Orient (3rd), Chesterfield (3rd), Peterborough United (3rd) have been added, Dundee United (sock detailing added).

15 October 2014-15 Updates

Northern Ireland (all green kit worn in win against Greece yesterday added): Republic of Ireland (2nd kit added).

everton 1904-05 team groupNIFL Premiership: Ballinamallard United (1st, 2nd), Institute (1st, 2nd), Warrenpoint Town (1st, 2nd). This completes the NIFL 2014-15 section.

Exeter City (3rd).

Historical Updates

Rangers (1997-98 3rd detailing added), Fulham (1972-73 numeral added to shorts), Everton (1904-05 collar detailing amended - see left).

14 October

newcastle united team group 1914-15 change kitFirst of all, my apologies for the lack of activity recently. This was due to a broken router.

I'm now working through some of the historical material in the inbox starting with a major update of the Newcastle United Home and Away sections. I am especially grateful to Jonathon Auty for sharing the large archive of team photographs he recently inherited, which has allowed us to confirm the team's change kits 1894-1927 and revise our records of "home" strips 1894-1980. The photograph on the left shows the team from 1914-15 wearing new chevron change shirts. Gavin Haigh and Andy Fisher also made important contributions.

26 September

new brompton fc 1901-022014-15 Updates: Sheffield United (3rd), Bolton Wanderers (3rd), Gillingham (sock details confirmed on all strips), West Ham United (3rd socks corrected), Falkirk (shorts corrected on both kits), Alloa Athletic (2nd).

Historical Updates: Gillingham (1901-02 {see left} & 1948-49 added): Wolverhampton Wanderers (unsponsored Umbro kit worn August-November 1986): Walsall (1983-84 manufacturer corrected): Rangers (1997-98 3rd added).

22 September

grimsby ladies fc 1886I thought I would share this photograph of Grimsby Ladies FC taken in 1886 and sent in by Willie Kay. I rather doubt that the players would have taken to the field in corsets but they are evidently wearing them for the camera.

Partick Thistle (2013-14 trim added to shorts/socks) Rangers (2014-15 change kit added).

My thanks to Nik Yeomans who has submiited some very detailed research on Chelsea's change strips between 1954 and 1982 and now recorded on HFK. Also added is the first example of the team wearing matching blue shirts and shorts with white socks from March 1964.

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