Historical Football Kits

 

Bristol City

Formed 1894

Elected to Division Two 1901

Kit History

 

 

 

Bedminster

 

Formed as Southville in 1887. Merged with Bristol City in 1900.

1892-1898 a

1898-1899 a

1899-1900 a

 

 

 

Bristol City

 

Formed as Bristol South End in 1894. Changed name to Bristol City in 1897.

 

Merged with Bedminster in 1900.

1894-1895 a

1897-1898 a

1898-1899 a

1901-1903 a

1903-1905 a

1905-1906 a

bristol city 1906-07

1906-1907 a q

bristol city fc 1907-08

1907-1908 a

1908-1915 a

1919-1924 a

bristol city 1924-25

1924-1925 p

1926-1932 a

1932-1939 a

1945-1947 a

1947-1949 a

bristol city fc 1949-50

1949-1950 p

1951-1953 f p

1953-1954 a

1954-1955 a

1955-1957 a p

bristol city 1956-57

1956-1957 alt p

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bristol city fc 1957-58

1957-1958 s

1957-1958 a

Warm weather strip

1958-1961 a

Aug-Dec 1961 a

Dec-March 1962 a f

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April 1962 a

1962-1963 early a

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1962-1963 late a

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1963-1965 a

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bristol city 1965-66

1965-1966

bristol city 1966-69

1966-1969 b

1969-1971 b f i

1971-1973 b i u

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Aug-Oct 1973 b i

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Oct 73-Aug 74 b i

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1974-1976 b i

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Umbro
bristol city 1976

1976-1981 b i m

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Coffer Sports

1981-1982 b g k

Coffer Sports

Feb 1982 b g k

Lynx

1982-1983 b

Umbro

Aug-Dec 1983 b

Bukta

Dec 1983-1986 b n

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Bukta
bristol city 1986-87

Aug-Dec 1986 r t

Bukta

Dec 1986-1988 b j

Bukta

1988-1990 b j l

Bukta

1990-1992 b j

Nibor

1992-1993 b h l

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Nibor

1993-1994 b

Nibor

1994-1996 b

Lotto

1996-1997 b

Lotto

1997-1998 b

Uhlsport

1998-1999 b

Uhlsport

1999-2000 b

Admiral

2000-2001 h l

Admiral

2001-2002 b h

TFG Sports

2002-2003 c h

TFG Sports

2003-2004 c

TFG Sports

2004-2005 c

TFG Sports

2005-2006 c

Puma

2006-2007 c j

Puma

2007-2008 c

Puma

2008-2009 c

Puma
bristol city 2009-2010 kit

2009-2010 c

Adidas
bristol city 2010-11

2010-2011 c

Adidas
bristol city fc 2011-12 home kit

2011-2012 c

Adidas
bristol city fc 2012-13 home kit

2012-2013 c

Adidas
bristol rovers 2013-14 home kit

2013-2014 c

Bristol Sport
bristol city fc 2014-15 1st kit

2014-2015 c

 

Background

bristol city v manchester united 1909 fa cup finalOn 12 April, 1894, Bristol South End FC was formed. Three years later, the club turned professional and joined the Southern League, changing their name to Bristol City in the process. In 1900, after a disappointing campaign, the club merged with neighbours Bedminster FC, also a professional side. For a while the club used both City's St John's Lane and Bedminster's Ashton Gate grounds alternately for home matches. In 1901, the club finished second in the Southern League and successfully applied to join the Football League, replacing Walsall in Division Two. At this time it was unusual for teams to wear a crest but the coat of arms of the bristol city crest 1901City of Bristol was worn between 1901 and 1903, possibly in recognition of the club's elevation to the League.

After four solid campaigns, City were promoted in 1906 having won the Second Division championship. The following year they finished in second place three points behind champions Newcastle. In 1909, there was another near-miss when City reached the FA Cup Final only to lose to Manchester United 0-1. (The crest was worn in this match on the blue shirts worn for the occasion.) Two years later, City were relegated on the last day of the season: they would not return to the top flight for 66 years.

bristol city fc crest 1949In 1922, City were relegated to Division Three (South), returned the following season as champions only to be relegated for a second time the year after that. In 1928 they were promoted once more but in 1932 it bristol city crest 1951was back to the basement.

A crest was worn during the 1949-50 season that featured a robin standing on a football. This was replaced during the Fifties when the coat of arms crest was worn once again embroidered onto a white patch.

Their next promotion did not come until 1955 when they spent five years in the Second Division before being relegated once more. In 1965, City were promoted again and this time succeeded in consolidating and holding on to their place.

The city crest appeared once again in the 1969-70 season, now embroidered directly onto the bristol city crest 1969shirts, and was used until 1976. Pre-season photos for 1971-72 show the all-red shirts and socks worn with white shorts but this strip was never worn: the photographs were taken before the new kit with white trimmings and shorts was delivered.

In 1976, City finished in runners-up position and were promoted to the First Division. To mark the occasion, a new badge replaced the city's coat of arms on players' shirts, bristol city crest 1976featuring a robin (the club's nickname) and the Clifton suspension bridge, Bristol's most famous landmark. Predictably they struggled to survive at this level, narrowly avoiding relegation twice before finishing a respectable 13th in 1979. The following year, however, City were relegated and in successive seasons plunged all the way down to Division Four and bankruptcy. A new company was formed (Bristol City 1982 Ltd) and closure was narrowly avoided. The club was so strapped for cash that for the opening weeks of the 1983-84 season, an old set of shirts with the (now obsolete) Umbro diamond trim down the sleeves were pressed into service before a new set were delivered, made by Bukta. The crest was missing from the new set, replaced by "BCAFC" embroidered on the chest.

bristol city crest 1987In 1984, The Robins began the long climb back up the league, gaining promotion in fourth position. In 1987, the robin crest was reinstated but without the background shield.

By the early Nineties, City were back in the Second Division but, aside from an FA Cup win against Liverpool in 1994, there was little for the fans to cheer about. Indeed, following that cup win, the team were relegated to the third tier (now Division Two) at bristol city crest 1994the end of the season.

At the beginning of the 1994-95 season, a simplified version of the Bristol coat of arms once again became City's official crest, appearing with and without a white shield background. The team became stuck in the third tier and struggled to avoid relegation in 2005-06. The following season, however, they were promoted to the Championship (second tier) as runners-up in League Two.

In April 2013 City were relegated to League One.

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Sources

  • (a) Bristol City FC 1894-1967 (Images of Sport) by Tom Hopegood
  • (b) Bristol City FC 1966-2002 (Images of Sport) by Tom Hopegood & David Woods
  • (c) Bristol City Official Website
  • (d) Football Focus
  • (e) Tractor Driver of Somerset
  • (f) Pete's Picture Palace
  • (g) Mark Salisbury
  • (h) David King
  • (i) Alick Milne
  • (j) Dave Orr
  • (k) Martin Voisey
  • (l) jumpers4goalposts
  • (m) Christopher Worrall
  • (n) Mike Deady
  • (o) Mark Leech
  • (p) Keith Ellis
  • (q) Simon Monks
  • (r) Steven Thomas
  • (s) Pavel Shavalev
  • (t) Mark Leech
  • (u) Phil Rollings

Modern crests are the property of Bristol City FC.