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25 November - More Silliness

cardiff city 3rd kit 1993-94Paul Olsen has suggested this Cardiff City third kit from 1993-94 as an entry for our Silliest Strips feature. Worn when City lost at Bristol Rovers in January 1994, it was promptly consigned to the bin. Some time later, and before Ninian Park was demolished, an employee of the club discovered a battered replica that had been gathered up under a scheme thought up by Sam Hammam (then chairman) to offer a discount on new replicas to supporters canterbury city 1991who handed in their old shirts. Presumably this shirt amnesty was intended to ensure that items like this neveragain saw the light of day. Paul reports that even the family dog won't have it in his basket.

Here's another from Paul Clare - Canterbury City 1991. There's really not much to say about this accident with a spray gun.

More entries are welcome - the more obscure the club the better.

Historical Updates

brentford 1914-15Gary Drew has submitted this photograph which, despite the poor quality, has helped me capture some extra detailing on Brentford's yoked jerseys, adopted in 1914. Typically the yoke extends across the top of the sleeves and the socks appear to be black with a gold/blue/gold band on the turnover. Note also that the change shirts, worn by some of the reserves, are reversed. The Bees wore blue and gold between 1903 and 1920, changing to white jerseys with navy knickers when they became founder members of Division Three in 1920. The familiar red and white stripes did not appear until 1925.

Cowdenbeath (1997-98 added): Edinburgh City (2007-09 shorts & socks confirmed): Bradford City (2004-06 corrected).

22 November - Silly Shorts

cambridge united vy wycombe 1994It's time to pick up on our occasional feature on silly strips and today I want to highlight a few more examples of striped shorts that have been sent in by Paul Clare. On the left is Cambridge United visiting Wycombe Wanderers in August banbury utd v northampton november 19731994. They seem to be wearing beachwear because their normal black shorts would have clashed with those of the home team. Whereas the alternatives just clash.

Now please enjoy Banbury United playing Northampton Town in the FA Cup, November 1973. Mmmm - that's nice.

Finally Paul also uncovered this extraordinary galatasaray v cork city 1993unpleasantness worn by Cork City when they met Galatasaray in 1993. Click on the image to view a clip of the shorts in action on YouTube.

 

 

Historical Updates

Long term contributor Steve Flanagan has been digging through his collection and found that between 1903 and 1921 Everton's pre-season trial matches were between the "Blues and Stripes" which gives us a strong clue about their change shirts in this period. Furthermore, contemporary press reports mention that these alternative tops weresimilar to those of Newcastle United.

Greenock Morton (1991-93 shirt detailing added): the first St Johnstone "kit" was likely to have been cricket whites as the local cricket club started playing association football before St Johnstone FC was formally constituted.

Sunderland 1976-77 crest updated:

9 November - Vintage Ireland Top Update

ireland 1920 team groupThanks to everyone who responded to yesterday's item. Thanks in particular to JCD whose excellent Northern Ireland Footballing Greats site includes a selection of team photographs that provide evidence that the Irish team did indeed wear shirts with collars between 1887 and 1914 and that the laced crew neck style was adopted after World War One.

Pictured is the 1920 side. Note the extravagant hooped jersey worn by the goalkeeper.

8 November - Vintage Ireland Top

ireland st patrick's blue jerseyThis wonderful framed top has turned up and HFK has been asked to help put a date on it. It is made of wool and has ireland 1930"The Athletic Store Belfast" printed onto the neck label. St Patrick's blue is the colour worn by the Ireland team from 1882, when the FA of Ireland was formed, until 1931 when green shirts were adopted for the first time. The sparse photographic evidence that I have seen suggests the team wore shirts with wing collars up until 1914. When international football resumed in 1919 I believe that laced crew necks appeared but again, the photographic evidence is not conclusive. The top does, however, resemble those worn in 1930 (shown on the right).

If you can shed any light on the origin of this top please let me know.

1 November - 2016-17 Update

Liverpool (charity shirt added), Hull City (3rd), Port Vale (3rd shorts & socks confirmed), Chesterfield (3rd).

14 October - International Update

Scotland: Kit worn against Malta last month added.

England: The all-white strip worn in Brazil in May 1964 did not have cadet stripes on the sock turnover.

Republic of Ireland: When the Irish travelled to Paris in May 1973 they arrived without their kit and had to wear a hastily bought Adidas set. Full story on Museum of Jerseys.

1986 World Cup: Soviet Union and Uruguay (2nd) shirt textures removed. argentina's change shirts 1986 world cupArgentina wore two different change shirts on this tournament; the lighter version with shadow stripes appeared in the infamous "Hand of God" match with England. Note also the different crests on each top. (Thanks to our old friend André Conceição e Silva for these.)

margate fc 19981976 European Championship: Yugoslavia wore short sleeves.

Silly Kits Dept

This is Margate with the Kent Senior Cup in 1998 wearing shorts that are frankly an embarrassment. (Submitted by Jeremy Jacobs).

Contributions are welcome. The more obscure the team the better.

12 October - 2016-17 Update

windsor fc 2016-17 kitBarnsley (3rd), Shrewsbury Town (3rd).

If you thought the days of silly kits were behind us gaze in awe at the mighty Windsor FC's current outfit, worn here in the FA Vase match with Daventry earlier this season. (Submitted by Bill Craven.)

Historical Updates

hearts 1877-78In 1877 Heart of Midlothian dyed their hooped jerseys maroon but, as you can see from the photograph, this was not entirely successful and the the darker navy bands showed through. If you look closely at the player sitting with his legs crossed, you will notice the stripe sewn into the side of his knickers. John Small has uncovered a report in The Scotsman (15 September 1878) that confirms this detail was scarlet (thus retained from their previous outfit).

Rotherham United (1986-87, 1987-88, 1988-90 detaiing corrected): Wimbledon (1956-57 added): Darlington (1989-91 corrected).

27 September

bradford PA 1931-32 colourisedGeorge Chilvers has performed his alchemy on the Bradford (Park Avenue) photograph I featured a week ago and I thought you would like to see the result.

burnley v liverpool march 1914The photograph on the right is from the Burnley Express 18 March 1914 when Liverpool were the visitors. Liverpool had worn what the Liverpool Echo described as "paralysed pink costumes" in the fixture at Anfield in November 1913 (presumably a reference to the washed out state of their red and white change shirts). For the return Burnley, as the home team, changed into blue and white stripes but discovered Liverpool had taken the field in black and white striped tops. The home team retreated to the dressing rooms and donned their usual claret and blue. (Found by Pavel Shalaev.) Curiously, when the teams met again at Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final a month later, both played in their regular first choice shirts (Source: Dundee Courier, April 27, 1914).

Blackpool (1990-91 detailing added).

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