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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.
13 December - World Cup 2014: Netherlands (1st 2nd), Spain (2nd), Colombia (2nd), Cote d'Ivoire (1st 2nd), Germany (2nd), Switzerland (1st), Argentina (2nd) Portugal (1st), Ghana (1st) added.
Official Aston Villa historian, John Lerwill, has confirmed that the team sometimes wore red tops instead of their usual claret/blue jerseys in the Football League between 1901 and 1908. It's not clear why (red tops would not have been suitable as a change kit) but I'm tempted to think they may have been used in warm weather when the thick woolen sweaters usually worn would have been unbearably hot.
7 December: Although we can't compete with the ludicrous razamataz of the official FIFA World Cup draw yesterday, we can announce that our very own FIFA 2014 World Cup section is now open.
Contributions are of course welcome but please remember that we need complete kit details and cannot work from shirt photos alone.
1 December: The problem with the "Buy From" deep links has now been resolved.
Tottenham Hotspur (Aug-Dec 1983 added): Stranraer (1996-97, 1997-99 detailing added): we now have confirmation that Liverpool wore red and white striped shirts when colours clashed between 1913 and 1921: Bury (1995-96 manufacturer corrected): Arsenal (1995-96 socks amended): Manchester City (1994-95 kit & centenary crest added): Oldham Athletic (2006-07 crest added): Southend United (2006-07 crest added): Wrexham (1987-88 crest added): Blackburn Rovers (1960 FA Cup final crest updated): Brechin City (2006-07 centenary crest added): Dundee (2013-4 centenary crest added): Dunfermline Athletic (crest history added): Hull City (1995, 1998 crests added): Middlesbrough (two historical badges added - these never appeared on team shirts but shed light on the evolution of the modern crest).
Our World Cup 2014 section will be launched shortly. As a taster I've posted some corrections submitted by visitors over the past couple of months today. Spain 1982 (Spain socks corrected): South Africa 2010 (France shirt crest corrected; Mexico second strip crest corrected): USA 1994 (Norway v Italy corrected): France 1938 (Cuba crest corrected): Italia 1990 (Netherlands crest corrected): England 1966 (Group 2 - West Germany collar corrected v Argentina; Argentina socks corrected; Group 4 - USSR detailing v North Korea corrected).