Historical Football Kits

 

Brighton & Hove Albion

Formed 1900

Founder member of Division Three 1920

Kit History

 

 

 

Brighton United

 

1898-1900

 

Club wound up

brighton united 1898-1899

1898-1899 s

brighton united 1899-1900

1899-1900 s

 

 

 

Brighton & Hove Rangers

 

1900

brighton & hove rangers 1900

1900-1901 s

 

 

 

Brighton & Hove Albion

 

1901

 

Formerly Brighton & Hove Rangers

brighton 1901 kit

1901-1903 m s

1903-1904 m s

brighton 1904 kit

1904-1905 b m s

1905-1907 m s u

brighton 1907-1910

1907-1908 s

brighton & hove albion 1909-10

1908-1910 s

brighton 1910-14

1910-1912 s

brighton & hove albion 1912-14

1912-1914 s

brighton 1914-15

1914-1915 s

brighton & hove albion 1917-18

1917-1918 v

brighton 1919-1922

1919-1922 s

1922-1924 s

brighton 1925-1932

1924-1932 s v

brighton 1932-33

1932-1933 c m s

brighton 1933-34

1933-1934 s

Central white or blue stripes also worn
brighton 1934-35

1934-1935 s u

brighton 1935-36

1935-1936 s

1936-1938 s

brighton 1938-39

1938-1939 s

brighton 1939-45

1939-1944 s

brighton & hove albion 1944-45

1944-1945 s

brighton 1947

1945-1946 s

brighton & hove albion 1946-47

1946-1947 s

brighton & hove albion 1948-50

1948-1950 m s

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brighton 1950 kit

1950-1951 m

1951-1952 m s

1952-1953 m

1953-1954 m

brighton & hove albion 1954

1954-1955 s

1955-1956 s

Also worn without crest

1956-1957 s

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brighton 1957

1957-1958 s

Previous kit used in cold weather
brighton & hove albion 1958

Aug-Sept 1958 b m s

brighton & hove albion 1958-59

Sept 1958-1959 s

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brighton 1959

1959-1960 s

brighton & hove albion 1959-60 alternate strip

1959-1960 alt s

Worn in several home games

1960-1961 e m s

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1961-1962 s

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brighton & hove albion 1962

Aug-Dec 1962

Dec 1962-1964 f m

brighton 1964-68

1964-1967 m v

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brighton & hove albion 1966-68

1967-1968 s

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brighton 1968

1968-1969 s

1969-Jan 1970 s

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brighton & hove albion 1970

Jan-May 1970

1970-1971 m s

Bukta

1971-Jan 1972 i

brighton & hove albion 1972

Jan-March 1972 s

March-May 1972 b m s

Aug-Nov 1972 s

brighton & hove albion 1972-73

Dec 1972-Feb 1973

March-May 1973

brighton 1973 kit

August 1973 r s

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brighton january 1974

Sept 1973-1974 s x

brighton fc 1 december 1973 v bristol rovers

1 Dec 1973 x

Televised home match v Bristol Rovers

April 1974 g s

Admiral

1974-1975 m r

Umbro
brighton 1975 kit

1975-Jan 1977 b m q r

early 1977 s

Umbro/Bukta

April - May 1977 s

Unbranded & Bukta shirts used as well
Bukta

1977-1978 b l r s

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Bukta

1978-March 1979 s

Badge also placed in white stripe
Bukta
brighton 1979-1980

March 1979-1980 s

Adidas
brighton 1980 kit

1980-1983 b l s

Adidas

1983-1984 l s

Sponsored from October 1983
Adidas

1984-1985 l s

Adidas
brighton 1985 kit

1985-1986 l s

Adidas
brighton 1985-86 alternative kit

1985-1986 alt s

Worn in several home games
Adidas

1986-1987 l s

Spall
brighton 1987-88

1987-1988 h s

Spall
brighton 1988-89

1988-1989 s

Sports Express

1989-1991 b s

Blue centred stripes also appeared
Ribero
brighton 1991 kit

1991-1993 b o s

Ribero

1993-1994 l s

Admiral

1994-1997 b j o

brighton & hove albion 1997 august strip

Aug 1997 s

Super League

Sept 1997-1998 h p s

Super League

1998-1999 k s

Errea

1999-2000 k s

Errea
brighton 2000 kit

2000-2002 k s

Errea

2002-2004 k s

Errea
brighton 2004 kit

2004-2006 k

Errea
brighton 2006 kit

2006-2008 a

Errea
brighton & hove albion 2007 special kit

7 April 2007 s

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Errea
brighton skint kit 2008

May 2008 a

Kit to celebrate 9 years partnership with Skint
Errea
brighton & hove albion 2008-09 home kit

2008-2010 a

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Errea
brighton & hove albion 2010-11

2010-2011 a w

Errea
brighton & hove albion fc 2011-12 home kit

2011-2013 a

Errea
brighton & hove albion 2013-14 home kit

2013-2014 a

Nike
brighton & hove albion 2014-15 1st kit

2014-2015 a

 

Background

brighton 1904-05 team groupTowards the end of the nineteenth century Brighton grew in importance through association with the Prince of Wales who built the famous Brighton Pavilion and as a seaside retreat for Londoners. In 1898 the town's first professional association football club, Brighton United, was formed and was elected to the Southern League First Division. United folded in March 1900 but some of the former members and players formed a new team which combined with North End Rangers and was named Brighton & Hove Rangers.

Chris Worrall's research for HFK indicates that the original Brighton United wore green and white and that when the new Brighton & Hove Rangers were formed, they adopted black and white stripes. After a season playing friendly and cup games, the club dropped "Rangers" from its name and was briefly was known as Brighton & Hove FC before adding "Albion" immediately before they joined the Southern League Second division for the 1901-02 season.

In John Vinnicombe's book, Albion - An Illustrated History (1978), the author suggests the new name may have been inspired by the association that one of the founders, John Jackson, previously had with West Bromwich Albion. Carder & Harris, describe Albion's colours in 1901-02 as "fisherman's blue" in their book, Seagulls - The Story of Brighton & Hove Albion (1993). Photographs in this book suggest these were a pale colour and were superceded in 1903 by darker shirts before the familiar stripes were adopted in 1904.

Albion were soon promoted to the Southern League First Division and moved into the Goldstone Ground in Hove, a genteel town adjoining Brighton itself. In 1904 they adopted the blue and white stripes that have become the club's trademark but in a distinctly paler shade than worn today.

In 1911 Albion were Southern League champions and then defeated Aston Villa the champions of the Football League to win the Charity Shield and were dubbed, locally at least, "Champions of England." Ten years later, the Southern League First Division was absorbed into the Football League and Brighton became founder members of the new Third Division. It took 38 years for the club to win promotion but in the interim they earned a reputation as cup giant killers, having beaten Everton, Sheffield United and Chelsea at the Goldstone Ground.

The Football Encyclopedia of 1934 records the club's colours as red, white and blue stripes but it has not been possible to corroborate this. Worrall has, however, established that a local gents' outfitter sponsored an FA Cup match in 1934 against Bolton and kitted out the Albion players in checkered (probably argyle pattern) stockings. These were met with universal derision by the crowd and never seen again (until they were reproduced in HFK's Room 101).

brighton & hove albion crest 1948After the Second World War the club played in their old striped shirts until 1947 when they switched to royal blue shirts with white sleeves. Clubs had to collect clothing rations to replace their kits at the time and it is possible that they were unable to source their usual tops. The traditional twin crest of Brighton and Hove was adopted as the club badge, appearing on players' shirts for the first time in 1948. This reappeared several brighton & hove albion crest 1956times in the Fifties and Sixties while a shield with the club's initials in calligraphic style was used in 1956-57 and 1958-59.

In 1958, Brighton won the Third Division South championship and for the next four seasons they played in Division Two only to fall all the way down to the Fourth Division in 1963. A change of strip had the desired effect in 1964-65 when Albion were Division Four champions with a remarkable average home gate of 18,000, proof of the potential brighton & hove albion crest 1968drawing power of this south coast club. The twin crests were used for some seasons while a simple monogramme appeared in others up brighton & hove albion crest 1970until 1972. (The lettering was initially in block capitals but after 1970 a more elaborate script font was used.)

In 1972 they won promotion to Division Two for the second time but they were relegated immediately. Between August 1972 and May 1977, no crests were worn at all.

In 1973 the club's ambitious chairman, Mike Bamber, caught the national media's attention when he persuaded Brian Clough and Peter Taylor to take over fresh from guiding Derby County to the League championship. Clough moved on quickly but Taylor stayed to lay the foundation of a strong side. In 1974, wearing all-white (a kit worn for a single season four seasons earlier) the club was nicknamed "The Dolphins" (Brighton's coat-of-arms features the marine mammal) but this name did not stick. A crest was designed with a dolphin but it never appeared on the team's shirts.

Prior to a home game with their strongest rivals, Crystal Palace, visiting fans in the Bo'sun pub started a brighton & hove albion crest 1977chant of "Eagles! Eagles!" A group of Brighton supporters responded with "Seagulls! Seagulls!" and this immediately became their recognised nickname. That season Alan Mullery took the team back into Division Two and the following year Albion narrowly missed out on promotion, Spurs taking the honours on goal difference. A new badge was introduced, featuring a seagull, which remained their official crest until 1998. At this time, an average of 25,000 fans packed themselves into the Goldstone Ground every other Saturday. In 1979, the club was promoted to the First Division where they would remain for four seasons.

brighton & hove albion crest 1980In 1980 Adidas became the club's kit supplier and for some reason, the traditional striped shirts were abandoned in favour of plain blue. The crest was slightly modified with "The Seagulls" added. In 1983, The Seagulls reached the FA Cup final and, despite having been relegated, famously held Manchester United to a 2-2 draw before crashing 0-4 in the replay.

Serious decline followed and in 1992, Brighton were relegated to the new Endsleigh Division Two, the old Division Three. This was the season that they adopted striped shorts to complement their striped shirts, a kit that was universally derided. Worse was to follow: a financial crisis led to the directors selling the Goldstone ground for development without a viable alternative stadium. Relegation followed and supporters mounted a two-year campaign to oust the board. In 1996 Albion narrowly avoided relegation to the Conference and almost certain oblivion in their final match. That year supporters created the Clubs in Crisis web site, which successfully mobilised community support not only for The Seagulls but for other League clubs faced with extinction because of the clash between financial interests and local supporters.

brighton-crest-1998With a new board in control, a revised badge was introduced to mark a fresh start in 1998 but nevertheless the club endured a two-year ground share arrangement with Gillingham FC, some 70 miles away in Kent. A campaign to return the club to their home town met with limited success when the temporary use of the Withdean Stadium was negotiated. While facilities were far from adequate, it did allow the club to return to Sussex in 1999.

Despite all these problems, Brighton is fortunate in having the strong support of the local community, which includes celebrity fans such as Norman Cook, otherwise known as DJ Fat Boy Slim, whose company, Skint Records, sponsored the club. In 2000-2001, the club celebrated its brighton-crest-2000centenary and to mark the occasion, the twin crests were revived, this time in full colour and much larger than usual. After storming to successive championships 2001 & 2002, they climbed back to Nationwide Division One and moved between the second and third tiers since then.

Meanwhile the campaign to secure a permanent home continued. In September 2007, some seven years after the first application for planning permission was submitted, and with £1m spent on legal fees, work began on detailed construction plans for Brighton's new stadium.

brighton & Hove albion 2011For the final game of the 2007-08 season, the team wore a specially commissioned kit to mark the end of the club's ten-year partnership with Skint Records.

Promoted to the Championship at the end of the 2010-11 season, on July 31 2011, Albion officially opened their brand new home, The American Express Community Stadium, (usually known as the Amex) with a friendly against Spurs. Once again a special kit was worn for the occasion and a new crest unveiled. This revived the popular circular badge from the Seventies but with the gull flying in the opposite direction. The regular strips adopted that season reinstated 2" striped shirts with blue shorts with old gold trim to emphasise the occasion.

The club made a point of welcoming visiting supporters, lighting the wide concourses in their team's colours, importing local beers and opening up the bars after the match so supporters could mingle. With average attendances of 25,500 in 2012-13, capacity was increased to 30,000 in January and the team finished in the play-offs.

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Sources

  • a Seagulls Official Website
  • b Football Focus
  • c The West Ham United Collection 2003
  • e Rotherham United FC - Images of Sport Gerry Somerton & Chas Robinson 2000
  • f Gillingham FC - Images of Sport Roger Triggs 1999
  • g Aldershot Has It Website
  • h Kit Classics
  • i Football Cards
  • j Crewe Alexandra FC - Images of Sport Harold Finch 1999
  • k empics
  • l Kuen-Wah Cheung
  • m Seagulls - The Story of Brighton & Hove Albion Tim Carder and Roger Harris - information provided by Kuen-Wah Cheung
  • n The Football Encyclopaedia (Associated Sporting Press 1934) - information provided by Arthur Fergus
  • o "Albion the First 100 years" Paul Camillin and Stewart Weir - information provided by Kuen-Wah Cheung
  • p David King
  • q Ralph Pomeroy
  • r Alick Milne
  • s Chris Worrall - HFK Research Associate
  • t Fabrizio Taddei (Errea)
  • u My photo library
  • v Keith Ellis
  • w Stuart Knight
  • x Nick Szczepanik

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