Historical Football Kits

 

Barnsley

Formed 1887

Elected to Division Two 1898

Kit History

 

 

 

Barnsley St Peters

 

1887

1887-1889 a v w

barnsley fc 1890

1889-1891 b u w

Dark knickers also worn
barnsley fc 1898

1891-1897 h w

Knickers not confirmed

 

 

 

Barnsley

 

1897

barnsley fc 1898

1897-1898 h w

Knickers not confirmed
barnsley fc 1898

1898-1900 w

Knickers not confirmed
barnsley fc 1901

1901-1903 k

1903-1904 k

barnsley fc 1906-07

1904-1907 t x

1907-1908 h

1909-1912 a

barnsley fc 1914-15

1914-1915 t

barnsley fc 1916-17

1916-1917 t

barnsley fc 1920-21

1920-1921 t

barnsley fc 1921

1921-1923 b t

barnsley fc 1923-24

1923-1924 t

1926-1927 b t

barnsley fc 1927-28

1927-1928 t

barnsley fc 1928

1928-1929 q

barnsley fc 1929

1929-1930 t

1931-1932 g

barnsley fc 1933

1932-1936 b t

barnsley fc 1937-38

1937-1938 t

1938-1939 b t

barnsley 1939

1939-1940 s

barnsley fc 1946

1945-1947 q t

1947-1948 b

barnsley fc 1948-49

1948-1949 (1) t

barnsley 1948

1948-1949 (2) t

1949-1951 b f t

barnsley fc 1951

1951-1952 f

barnsley fc 1952-54

1952-1954 q t

barnsley fc 1954-55

1954-1955 t

Badge not always worn

1955-1960 q

barnsley fc 1960-61

1960-1961 q

barnsley fc 1962

1961-1962 t

barnsley fc 1962-63

1962-1963 t

barnsley fc 1963

1963-1964 j

barnsley 1964-65

1963-1965 t

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1965-1966 a

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1966-1968 c t

1968-1972 a m

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barnsley fc 1972

1972-1973 j n

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1973-1974 j n

1974-1975 n

1975-1976 n t

Litesome
barnsley fc 1976

1976-1977 n

Admiral

1977-1978 n

Admiral
barnsley fc 1978-79

1978-1979 r

Umbro

1979-1980 n o

barnsley 1980

1980-1981 (1) t

Umbro
barnsley fc 1980

1980-1981 (2) n o

Umbro

1981-1982 n o y

Umbro
barnsley fc 1982

1982-1984 n d o

Umbro

1984-1986 o

Lowfields
barnsley fc 1986

1986-1988 f j o w

Intersport

1988-1989 e o

Beaver International
barnsley fc 1989

1989-1990 j

Beaver International

1990-1991 j

Gola

1991-1992 o

Gola
barnsley fc 1992

1992-1993 d j o

Pelada

1993-1994 d o

Pelada

1994-1995 d o t w

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Admiral
barnsley fc 1995

1995-1996 d o

Admiral

1996-1997 d o

Admiral
barnsley fc 1997

1997-1998 d o

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1998-1999 d o

Admiral

1999-2000 d o

Admiral
barnsley fc 2000

2000-2001 d o

Admiral

2001-2002 d o

Admiral
barnsley fc 2002

2002-2003 d o

Red Flag

2003-2004 d l o

Koala
barnsley fc 2004

2004-2005 d o

Jako
barnsley fc 2005

2005-2006 a o

Jako

2006-2007 a o

Surridge

2007-2008 a p

Lotto
barnsley 2008-09 home kit

2008-2009 a

Lotto
barnsley 2009

2009-2010 a

Lotto
barnsley fc 2010-11

2010-2011 a

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barnsley fc 2011-12 home kit

2011-2012 a

Nike
barnsley fc 2012-13 home kit

2012-2013 a

Nike
barnsley fc 2013-14 home kit

2013-2014 a

Avec
barnsley 2014-15

2014-2015 a

 

Background

barnsley st peters team group circa 1889In the late nineteenth century, rugby was by far the most popular game in South Yorkshire. However, association football was gaining a following, not least because the risk of serious injury was considerably lower, an important factor for working men who could ill afford to lose wages because they were injured.

According to an early history of Barnsley FC posted on the BBC website the club was formed "For no good reason, other than he wanted to. The Reverend Tiverton Preedy, cleric at the church of St Peter in Barnsley decided he wanted to “build a soccer team that the Rugbyites will not crush!”. A committee was formed and less than two weeks later, Barnsley St Peters Football Club played their first friendly match against Manor House, a team from Worsborough Bridge. Barnsley won 4-0, and wore navy and maroon striped shirts. However, David Wood, the club's official historian believes that the team photograph shown here was taken in 1887 and clearly shows players in a variety of tops, the majority appearing to be light blue and maroon. We believe the player seated on the front row, left is wearing the striped shirts that would be adopted in 1889. A second point of interest, uncovered by David is that several players have numbers embroidered onto the front of their jerseys, almost certainly the first example of numbered shirts in the history of the game.

St Peter's won support from outside the parish and went on to compete in the Sheffield & District League in 1890 before joining the Midland League in 1895. In 1897 the club dropped its association with the church and as Barnsley FC, applied to join the Football League when the Second Division was enlarged. They were successful and joined Glossop and New Brighton in the expanded division. The visitors for Barnsley's opening game in the football league were Loughborough Town, who arrived with their usual blue and white striped shirts forcing Barnsley to change into a set of red jerseys. The Yorkshire side won 9-0 and have retained red tops ever since.

barnsley fc crest 1910 fa cup finalRemarkably, Barnsley were to remain in the Second Division until 1932, a consistent if unexciting mid-table side. In 1910, however, the club reached the FA Cup Final, losing to Newcastle United in a replay. A crest appeared in this match consisting of the central motif of the town's coat of arms. Two seasons later, "The Tykes" went one better to win the FA Cup, this time beating West Bromwich Albion in a replay.

Relegated twice in the Thirties (1932 and 1938), Barnsley bounced back quickly on each occasion. In the Fifties the club spent two seasons in Division Three (North) before barnsley fc crest 1954returning to the Second Division.

The Barnsley coat of arms, which include a miner and a glass-blower, symbolising the traditional heavy industries of the area were adopted as the club's official crest at some stage but did not appear on the players' shirts apart from during the 1954-55 season.

Relegation in 1959 proved a more serious matter and the club went into long term decline that took them down to the Fourth Division in 1965. The rest of the decade and all of the 1970s was spent in the lower divisions but fortunes changed in 1979 when ex-Leeds star Allan Clarke led the team to promotion from Division Four. Clark rebuilt the team the following year before returning to Leeds: his role was taken by another former Leeds star, Norman Hunter who took the club back into the Second Division in 1981.

barnsley crest 1981Barnsley wore a simple "BFC" monogramme on their shirts from 1978 until 1981 when they adopted a curious badge consisting of a wishing well with a pair of oak-leaves, a play on words for Oakwell, their ground. This was used for several seasons until it was replaced by a crest based on the white rose of Yorkshire in 1986.barnsley crest 1986

Throughout the Eighties and Nineties, Barnsley returned to their perennial role of a mid-table Second Division team.

In 1994 a sponsorship deal with FPW was cancelled and the entire stock of newly made shirts was destroyed (although a few survived and have been posted on the internet). The team played in plain shirts until December 1994 when the ORA logo appeared for the first time.

In 1997 Barnsley confounded everyone by winning promotion to the Premier League. A dramatic season followed which ended in relegation but few fans would ever forget seeing their favourites playing at the barnsley crest 2003highest level for the first time in their history. There would be no quick return and in 2002, Barnsley were relegated to (Nationwide) Division Two (third tier) and went into administration, narrowly avoiding the drop into the lowest division.

The mayor of Barnsley, Peter Doyle, bought the club, saving it from liquidation before handing it over to Gordon Shepherd and Patrick Cryne. The civic connection was marked by the reintroduction in 2003 of the traditional crest now surmounted by the club's name.

In 2006, The Tykes were promoted to the Championship (second tier) after winning a barnsley crest 2009penalty shoot-out against Swansea City in Cardiff. Then in 2007-08 they reached the FA barnsley fc 125th anniversary crestCup semi-finals, having knocked out both Liverpool and Chelsea but were beaten by Cardiff City.

For the 2010-11 season, the crest was slightly revised to appear out of a shield, edged in red, and the year of the club's formation was added. For their 125th anniversary, celebrated in 2013-14, a special commemorative version was worn. Unfortunately the season did not end well and ended with Barnsley being relegated to League One.

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Photograph courtesy of bbc.co.uk. Crests are the property of Barnsley FC.