Historical Football Kits

 

Blackpool

Formed 1887

Elected to Division Two 1896. Failed re-election 1899.

Elected to Division Two 1900.

Kit History

circa 1887 a

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1890-c1899 a k p v

blackpool fc 1900

1900 v

blackpool 1901

1901 t

1902 a k t x

1903 t

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blackpool fc 1904

1904-1908 v

blackpool 1908-09

1908-1909 v

blackpool fc 1910-11

1910-1913 v x

blackpool fc 1913-14

1913-1914 x

1914-1915 a t

1915-1922 a t v x

1922-1923 k

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1923-c1925 a

blackpool fc 1925-26

1925-1926 v

blackpool fc 1932-33

1927-1928 v x

blackpool fc 1928

1928-1930 v x

1930-1931 a t

blackpool fc 1931-32

1931-1932 v

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1933-1938 a h k v

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blackpool 1938-39

1938-1952 x A

1952-1955 b g k A

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blackpool 1955-56

1955-1956 g x A

blackpool fc 1956-58

1956-1958 v w x A

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1958-1962 b g x

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1962-1963 j

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blackpool fc 1963-64

1963-1964 v

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1964-1967 b v

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1967-1968 j

1968-1969 h

1969-1970 b

1970-1971 x

1971-1973 b g v

1973-1974 b g

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Umbro

1974-1976 i q

Umbro

1975-1976 alt v

Umbro

1976-1978 g j q v

blackpool fc 1978-79

1978-1979 v

Umbro

1979-1981 b h v

Umbro

1981-1983 b v

Hobott
blackpool fc august 1983

August 1983 y

Hobott

Sept 83-Feb 84 r s

Hobott
blackpool fc march 1984

March-May 1984 y

Umbro

1984-1985 c

blackpool fc 1985-86

1985-1986 y

Scoreline

1986-1987 i v

Lowfields

1987-1988 n o

Scoreline

1988-1989 c s v y

1989-1990 i v y

1990-1991 b

Gola

1991-1993 b i y

Pelada

1993-1994 o

Pelada

1994-1995 e o

Pelada
blackpool fc 1995

1995-1996 v

Pelada

1996-1997 d o v

Lotto

1997-1999 d

Super League

1999-2001 d

TFG Sports

2001-2003 d l o u

Sporta

2003-2004 d

Sporta

2004-2005 f u z

Uhlsport

2005-2007 f u

Carlotti
Blackpool 2007-2008

2007-Sept 2008 f

Carlotti
blackpool 2008-09 home kit

Oct 2008-2009 f

Carbrini
blackpool 2009 kit

2009-2010 f

Carbrini
blackpool 2010-11 home kit

2010-2011 f

Fila
blackpool fc 2011-12 home kit

2011-2013 f

Errea
blackpool fc 2013-14 home kit

2013-2014 f

 

Background

blackpool fc 1890 team groupBlackpool FC are forever associated with the "Stanley Matthews Final" of 1953, when the aging genius created the goals that led to the seaside club winning the FA Cup for the first and only time in their history. The famous tangerine jerseys worn in that epic match have become synonymous with the club. In fact they were a relatively recent innovation.

The club can trace its roots back to a church team, Victoria FC, founded in 1877 which folded after nine years. After another local team Blackpool St John’s rejected a proposal to drop the denominational title and represent the town, supporters in favour of re-forming Victoria met at the Stanley Arms in July 1887 and Blackpool Football Club as we know it today was formed. A year later the team was accepted into the Lancashire League, winning the title in the 1893/94 season. The seaside resort was then in its Victorian heyday and bursting with confidence. After a couple of unsuccessful attempts to join the Football League, Blackpool's application was finally accepted in 1896. Since at least 1890 Blackpool had played in blue and white shirts and were known as ’The Merry Stripes’. In 1899, Blackpool lost their League status after finishing third from bottom of Division Two. A merger with local rivals South Shore FC followed in December 1899 with the united club taking over South Shore's newly acquired Bloomfield Road ground. A year later Blackpool were re-blackpool fc crest 1908admitted to Division Two and the start of the 1901/02 season saw the club begin its permanent association with Bloomfield Road.

Between 1902 and 1914 Blackpool's tops were described as red and although some photographs suggest these were a very dark shade, we now believe this is due to the emulsions commonly used in film stock at the time. A crest appeared on the team's jerseys in 1908-09, which appears to be a monogram on a shield.

The 1914-15 season was played out against the background of war and in August 1914, a large number of Belgian refugees arrived in Blackpool. As a gesture of support, the football club adopted the red, black and yellow colours of the Belgian flag. This attractive kit may have only lasted a single season, the team turning out in white shirts and navy blue shorts for the first game of 1915-16. They wore this outfit when league football resumed in 1919 and became known locally blackpool fc crest 1923as "The Lilywhites," a nickname they shared with local rivals Preston North End.

Blackpool remained a doggedly mid-table Second Division side for the next 10 years and for the 1923/24 season the club first adopted deep tangerine shirts after one of their directors, Albert Hargreaves, also an international referee, had officiated at a game between Belgium and the Netherlands. He was impressed with the orange shirts of the Dutch side and on his return he persuaded his fellow directors that this would be a distinguished colour for their team. No other Football League had worn plain shirts in this colour before. The town's coat of arms was also emblazoned on the new tops.

blackpool fc crest 1938After winning the Second Division title in the 1929/30 season the club won promotion to the First Division, where they tenuously remained for three seasons. In 1937, now wearing dark and light blue striped shirts, the club were promoted once again and for the 1938/39 season they adopted tangerine jerseys once again, this time for good. (The shirts are never, ever described "orange.") The more familiar version of the town crest on the left was adopted around 1952 and worn right up until 1968.

The years immediately after the war were Blackpool's golden era. With players of the stature of Stanley Matthews and Stan Mortensen the club were regular challengers for the League title and reached two FA Cup finals (1948 and 1951) before that epic victory over Bolton Wanderers in their third Wembley appearance in 1953. Sadly there would be no more glory and blackpool fc crest 1970although the Seasiders held on to their First Division status until 1967, the abolition of the maximum wage meant that clubs of modest means like Blackpool could no longer afford to keep star players on their books. The club's decline was a long and protracted affair and for ten years they languished in Division Two (even returning briefly to Division blackpool fc crest 1979One in the 1970/71 season).

The fashion for modernism during the late-Sixties and Seventies was reflected in the decision to drop the traditional crest. Plain shirts became the order of the day until a simple cypher appeared in 1968. This was replaced in 1979 with a semi-abstract representation of Blackpool Tower standing above waves.

In the first part of the Seventies, Blackpool regularly finished in the top ten of Division Two but in 1978, they dropped into the Third Division for the first time in their history. The return of one their most famous sons, Alan Ball, in February 1980 could not halt the blackpool fc crest 1987decline and a year later Ball was sacked as the club headed into the Fourth Division.

The Seasiders spent the Eighties languishing in the lower two divisions while their debts mounted to such an extent that their future was in serious doubt. The team was rescued from bankruptcy when it was bought by local millionaire estate agent, Owen Oyston. Yet another new crest was introduced, incorporating a seagull on a tangerine background blackpool fc crest 1993superimposed on a red, Lancashire rose.

In 1990 Blackpool were struggling near the foot of the Fourth Division when Assistant Manager Billy Ayre took over and the team began a run of 13 consecutive blackpool fc crest 1997home wins that helped secure a place in the play-offs. Beaten in the final they made the play-offs again the following season and this time were successful in a final decided on a penalty shoot-out, and were promoted into the new Division Two (third tier). The Nineties brought a welcome return of the club's traditional crest.

Oyston was jailed for serious offences (not related to his role in the football club) in 1996 but his family, firstly through wife Vicki and then son Karl, retained their interest and kept blackpool fc crest 2005the club afloat.

The Seasiders spent time in the lowest two divisions until the 2006/07 season when they were promoted to The Championship (second tier) via the League One play-offs.

After 39 years in the wings, the Seasiders finally made it back to the blackpool fc crest 125th anniversarytop tier in 2010, becoming the first side ever to have won promotion from the bottom to top divisions via the play-offs each time. The 2009-10 season was the most memorable for the club since the 1953 FA Cup win and the 1955-56 campaign when they finished as runners-up in Division One. Sadly 'Pool were relegated on the final day of the season.

I am grateful to Gerry Wolstenholme and Peter Gillatt who have added considerable detail to this section.

You are welcome to Contact Me with corrections and additions.

Sources

  • (a) Blackpool Football: The Official Club History (Robin Daniels 1972)
  • (b) www.seasiders.net
  • (c) Tranmere Rovers FC - Images of Sport
  • (d) empics
  • (e) Crewe Alexandra FC - Images of Sport
  • (f) Blackpool FC Official Website
  • (g) Football Focus
  • (h) The Football Encyclopaedia (Associated Sporting Press 1934) - information provided by Arthur Fergus
  • (i) Ralph Pomeroy
  • (j) Pete's Picture Palace
  • (k) Association of Football Statisticians - provided by Pete Wyatt
  • (l) Keith Ambler
  • (m) London Hearts
  • (n) jumpers4goalposts
  • (o) David King
  • (p) Greger Lindberg
  • (q) Alick Milne
  • (r) Mark Alden
  • (s) Ralph Pomeroy
  • (t) Gerry Wolstenhome
  • (u) Tom Howcroft
  • (v) Peter Gillatt - HFK Research Associate. A collection of Peter's photographs is available at Blackpool on This Day
  • (w) The Lordprice Collection
  • (x) Keith Ellis (HFK Research Associate)
  • (y) Christopher Worrall
  • (z) Damian Feeney
  • (A) Billy Lewis
  • (B) Joshua Malpass provided crest details 1993-2005

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