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Kit History

woolwich arsenal 1892 change kit

1892 A

17 Dec v Nott'm Forest
arsenal 1895 change kit

1892-1900 A

arsenal 1895 change kit

1907-1908 A

arsenal 1908-10 change kit

1908-1910 A

arsenal 1911-12 change kit

1911-1912 A

arsenal 1912-18 change kit

1912-1918 A

arsenal change kit v liverpool 1913

Jan-Feb 1913

FA Cup matches

1918-1919 A

arsenal change strip 1920-21

1920-1921 A

Worn v Darwen in FA Cup

1928-1929 A

arsenal 1930 change kit

1930-1931 A

arsenal 1932-33 change kit

1932-Feb 1933

March 33-1935 A

1935-1939 A

29 Feb 1936 FACup

v Barnsley
arsenal fc change kit 1945-46

1945-1946 A

arsenal 1947-48 change kit

1947-1953 A

arsenal 1950 fa cup final

1950 FA Cup Final

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1952 FA Cup

28 Feb '53 FA Cup

v Blackpool
arsenal 1956-57 change kit

1953-c1957 A

arsenal 1958-59

c1957 -Oct 1958 A

arsenal 1959-60 change kit

Oct 1958-1960 A

arsenal 1959-60 change kit

1959-1960 A (2)

1960-1961 early

arsenal 1960-1962 change kit

1960-1962 A

Red socks also worn 1961-62
arsenal march 1965 change kit

1962-1964 A

arsenal 1964-65 change kit

Dec 64-March 65 A

arsenal march 1965 change kit

March 1965 A

v West Ham Utd
arsenal 1963 change kit

1965-1968 A

Also worn with white socks
arsenal 1968-69 change kit

1967-1969 A

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arsenal 1969-70 change

1969-1976 A (1)

arsenal away kit 1969-76

1969-1976 A (2)

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arsenal kit v luton march 1975

23 March 1975

Away v Luton
arsenal away kit 1976-77

1976-1977 A (1)

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arsenal away kit 1976-77 short sleeve version

1976-1977 A (2)

Umbro
ardenal 1977 change kit

1977-1978 A

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arsenal 1978 fa cup final

1978 FA Cup Final

Umbro
arsenal 1978-81 change

1978-1981 A

Umbro
arsenal 1979 fa cup final

1979 FA Cup Final

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arsenal 1981-82 change

1981-1982 A

Umbro
arsenal 1982-1983 change

1982-1983 A

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arsenal 1983-86 change

1983-1986 A

Adidas
arsenal 1986-88 change

1986-1988 A

Adidas
arsenal 1988-91 change

1988-1991 A

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arsenal 1991-1993 change

1991-1993 A

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arsenal 1993-94 change

1993-1994 A

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arsenal 1994-95 change

1994-1995 A

Nike

1994-1996 3rd

Used only twice
Nike
arsenal 1995-96 change

1995-1996 A

Nike
arsenal 1996-97 change

1996-1997 A

Nike
arsenal 1997-99 change

1997-1999 A

Nike
arsenal 1998-99 third

1998-1999 Eur

Used once v FC Lens
Nike
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1999-2001 A

Nike

2001-2002 A

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arsenal 2000-02 third

2000-2002 3rd

Nike
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2002-2003 A

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arsenal 2002-03 third

2002-2003 3rd

Nike
arsenal 2003-04 change kit

2003-04 A 3rd 04-05

Nike

2004-05 A 3rd 05-06

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arsenal 2005-06

2005-2006 A

Nike

2006-2007 A

arsenal fc 2006-07 third kit

2006-2007 3rd

Nike
arsenal 2007-08 change kit

2007-08 A 3rd 08-09

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2007-2008 3rd

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2008-2009 A

Nike
arsenal 2009-10 away kit

2009-2010 A

Nike
gunners third strip 2009-10

2009-2010 3rd

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arsenal 2010-11 away kit

2010-2011 A 3rd 12-13

Nike
arsenal 2011-12 away kit

2011-2012 A a

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arsenal 2011-12 third kit

2011-2012 3rd

Nike
arsenal fc 2012-13 away kit

2012-2013 A

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arsenal 2013-14 away kit

2013-2014 A

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arsenal 2014-15 change kit

2014-2015 A

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arsenal 2014-15 third  kit

2014-2015 3rd

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Background

The first reference to Arsenal wearing a change of shirts comes from 17 December 1892 when they wore stripes against Nottingham Forest. Although the colours were not recorded there is some circumstantial evidence that they were red and blue. Photographs of two key players taken some years later may show these shirts. A week after the Forest match, Arsenal wore white tops against Burslem Port Vale and this became their regular alternative until 1908.

Between 1908 and 1910, navy tops and knickers were worn but white shirts returned in 1911. The all-navy strip seems to have been worn again immediately after the Great War, possibly because of clothing shortages.

Denis Hurley has uncovered a hooped top (confirmed by Kjell Hansen to have been red and white and worn against Barnsley in the FA Cup), a black and white vertical striped shirt worn at Blackpool also in the FA Cup in 1953 (and possibly on other occasions too) and we also have evidence of the team wearing blue and white versions of their famous home shirt in the late 50s.

On Arsenal 15 April 1950 wore gold shirts at Highbury against Newcastle, a try-out for the FA Cup final against Liverpool, which Arsenal would win 2-0. These shirts seem to have several more appearances until 1954.

For the 1968-69 season, Arsenal wore navy blue shirts when colours clashed, a kit identical to Spurs' change kit of the time. This outfit was also worn in October 1967 at Old Trafford and at Blackpool in the 1970-71 season.

In 1969 the FA banned navy shirts (they looked too similar to referees' black kit) so the Gunners turned out in yellow shirts and blue shorts for the first time, an outfit that recalled that FA Cup win of almost 20 years previous. (The navy and white strip did reappear in November 1970 at Blackpool.) This yellow and blue strip became almost as famous as their iconic red and white home kit and was worn, with minor changes to the design of the collar and the addition of a sponsor's logo in 1981, right through until the end of the 1981-82 season. During this period Arsenal, like Leeds United, took to wearing their change kit when playing away from home regardless of whether there was a colour clash. This practice gave rise to the term "away kit" that is now universally used rather than the more accurate "change kit."

(Peter Rapley had discovered that in March 1975 the Gunners wore all-white at Luton, presumably because both their red and yellow kits were too similar to the orange tops worn by the home team at the time.)

In 1982 Umbro introduced what became known as the "bluebottle strip," a mirror image of their new home kit but in green and navy blue. The kit proved unpopular with supporters and was replaced the following season by a rather more traditional affair that substituted navy for royal blue and, for the first time, incorporated red trimmings.

In 1986 Adidas took over as Arsenal's kit manufacturer whose designs included their trademark three stripes, each edged in a contrasting colour. Among the spectacular designs introduced in the 90s was the infamous "bruised banana" strip (1991-93), a kit that consistently appear near the top of any poll of the worst kits ever.

Nike took over from Adidas in 1994 and their radical reinvention of the Gunners' kits included navy and turquoise away kits (a yellow and navy shirt was also available but used only twice). Yellow, then deep gold reappeared at the end of the decade and in 2000, the shirt was rendered in metallic gold. In 2002 Nike introduced a revolutionary shirt in navy blue with a striking geometric pattern on a broad vertical panel. the 2002-03 season was also the first time that the club recycled their previous change kit as a third choice kit for the following season. This practice is now widespread and allows the top clubs to retain kits for two seasons while introducing a new line each year.

Arsenal have continued to sport dramatic away kits, including dark grey shorts matched with yellow shirts (2005-07), white shirts with redcurrant shorts (2007-08) and redcurrant and "obsidian" hoops (2007-08).

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  • A = Away (change) kit
  • 3rd = Third kit
  • FA Cup = FA Cup change kit (both teams changed if kits clashed in the FA Cup. These kits were used when both first and second choice kits clashed).
  • Eur = European change kit