Historical Football Kits

 

Aston Villa

Change Kits

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Kit History

aston villa 1892 change

1888-1892

aston villa 1905 change kit

1905-1906

aston villa change kit 1906-07

1906-1907

aston villa change kit 1920-21

1913-1921

aston villa 1922-23 change kit

1922-1923

aston villa 1923 change kit

1923-1929

aston villa 1930-31 change kit

1930-1931

aston villa strip against arsenal march 1934

3 March 1934

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aston villa 1933-35 change kit

1933-1934

aston villa 1934-35 change kit

1934-1935

aston villa 1935-36 change kit

1935-1936

aston villa 1938 change strip

1937-1938

aston villa 1945-46 change kit

1945-1946

aston villa 1947 change strip

1947-1955

aston villa strip v rotherham united feb 1953

Feb 1953 v Rotherham

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aston villa 1955-56 change kit

1955-1956

aston villa 1956 change kit

December 1956-1962

aston villa strip v burnley 1957 (fa cup replay)

March 1957 v Burnley

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aston villa 1957 fa cup final

1957-FA Cup Final

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aston villa 1962 change kit

1962-1963

aston villa 1963 change kit

1963-1964

aston villa 1964-65 change kit

1964-1965

1965-1966

ASTON VILLA 1966-67 CHANGE KIT

1966-1967

aston villa 1967 change kit

1967-1968

aston villa 1968-69 change kit

1968-1969

aston villa 1969-1975 change kit

1969-1973

aston villa 1973-74 change kit

1973-1974

1974-1975

aston villa 1975-76 change kit

1975-1976

Umbro
aston villa 1975-1981 change kit

1976-1981

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aston villa 1981-1982 change kit

1981-1982

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aston villa 1982 european cup final kit

1982 Eur Cup Final

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1982-1983

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aston villa 1983-85 change kit

1983-1984

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aston villa 1984-85 change kit

1984-1985

Henson
aston villa 1985-87 change

1985-1987

Hummel
aston villa 1987-1989 change

1987-1989

Hummel
aston villa 1989-93 change

1989-1990

Umbro

1990-1993

Umbro
aston villa 1991-93 third kit

1991-1993 Third

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aston villa 1993-95 change

1993-1995

Asics

1994-1995

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aston villa 1995-96 change

1995-1996 3rd 96-97

Reebok
aston villa 1996-97 change

1996-1997 3rd 97-98

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aston villa 1997-98 change

1997-1998

Reebok
aston villa 1998-99 change

1998-1999 3rd 99-00

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aston villa 1999-2000 change

1999-2000

Diadora
aston villa 2000-01 change

2000-2001

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aston villa 2000-01 third

2000-2001 Third

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aston villa 2001-02 change

2001-2002

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aston villa 2002-03 change

2002-2003

Diadora
aston villa 2003-2004 change

2003-2004

Hummel
aston villa 2004-05 change

2004-2005

Hummel

2005-2006

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aston villa 2006-07 change

2006-2007

Nike
aston villa 2007-08 change

2007-2008

Nike
aston villa 2007-2008 change

2007-2008 Third

Nike

2008-2009

Nike

2008-2009 Euro

v CSKA Moscow Feb 2009
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aston villa 2009 change kit

2009-2010

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aston villa 2010-11 away kit

2010-2011

Nike
aston villa 2010-11 third kit

2010-2011 3rd

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aston villa 2011-12 away kit

2011-2012 A

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aston villa 2012-13 away kit

2012-2013 A

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aston villa 2013-14 away kit

2013-2014 A

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aston villa 2013-14 third kit

2013-2014 3rd

Macron
aston villa 2014-15 change kit

2014-2015 A

 

Background

The first record of Aston Villa wearing a change kit comes from the late 19th century when white shirts were commonly used when there was a clash. At the turn of the century light blue jerseys were used with a distinctive claret band at the neck, similar to Villa's regular first choice tops of the period.

During the 20s and 30s, Villa's white change shirts were enlivened with claret and blue collars similar to those worn on their first choice tops and even a pair of horizontal bands. Like the first choice jerseys, these were made of ribbed wool with large collars of an unusual design. Originally these were laced at the neck with rather fetching tassles but these were usually discarded and the neckline became stretched out of shape.

Villa continued to wear white until December 1956 but from time to time when playing in the FA Cup they would borrow a set of shirts from Birmingham City (who occasionally turned out in Villa's claret and blue). Under the rules of the FA Cup at the time, both teams were required to change when colours clashed: if their change shirts also clashed one or both teams would borrow a set from another club. Villa played in blue shirts against Rotherham in February 1953 while Birmingham played in claret and blue against Chelsea on the same day. The last time that Villa borrowed a set of City's strips was in the Sixth Round against Burnley in 1957 when they wore Birmingham's red and white change strip in the replay.

In December 1956 a new sky blue shirt was introduced. This was the first season that the club badge was worn on the shirts and culminated in an FA Cup win in 1957 when the team wore a dramatic pin striped shirt - apparently to provide sufficient contrast for TV coverage. Sky blue shirts were worn when required until 1967 when white was restored.

In 1969 Tommy Docherty introduced the first flappy collars when setting about modernising the club's image. He also introduced a yellow and blue change kit, which lasted until 1975 when once again white shirts returned. White remained the alternative choice, with various trimmings, until a little known manufacturer, Henson, broke the mould in 1985 with a bold amber design featuring claret and blue horizontal bands on the upper chest, mirroring the home shirt.

Hummel took over in 1985, introducing first a blue and white version of their iconic halved shirt followed by a white shirt with black sleeves and violet trimmings. As the 90s wore on Villa's change kits became more radical and one of the most controversial was the green, black and red striped effort from 1993-95.

Diadora introduced an even more radical design in 2001 with a silver-grey shirt trimmed with fluorescent green piping matched with dark navy shorts. This was typical of the designs of the period that were created with an eye for the leisure wear market rather than what would be distinctive on the pitch.

White shirts combined with sky blue shorts have appeared regularly in the new millenium.

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