Historical Football Kits

 

Cambridge United

Formed 1912

Elected to Division Four 1970. Relegated to the Conference 2005.

Kit History

 

 

 

Abbey United

 

1912

1924-1925 a

1926-1928 a

1928-1929 a

1932-1933 a

1933-1936 a

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1938-1939 a

1947-1948 a

abbey united 1948-49

1948-1949 l

abbey united 1949-50

1949-1950 l

 

 

 

Cambridge United

 

1951

1950-1951 l

1951-1952 a

1953-1954 a l

1954-1956 a

1956-1957 a

1957-1960 a l

cambridge united 1960-61

1960-1961 j l m

1961-1963 a

cambridge united 1963-64

1963-1964 l

1964-1965 a

1965-1967 a

1967-1968 a

cambridge united 1968-69

1968-1969 l p

1969-1971 a l

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cambridge united 1971-72

1971-1972 l

Umbro

1972-1974 a d l

1974-1975 a g

Admiral

1975-1976 g

Admiral

1976-1977 a g l

Umbro

1977-1978 a d g l

Umbro
cambridge united 1978-79

1978-1979 l

Umbro

1979-1982 a

Umbro

1982-1983 a

Mileta

1983-Feb 1985 a l

Mileta

Feb-Nov 1985 a l

Umbro

Nov 1985-1986 f k

Nike

1986-1987 a k l

Nike
cambridge united 1987-88

1987-1988 l

Scoreline

1988-1990 a f k l

Sponsored by Fujitsu away
Scoreline
cambridge united 1990-91

1990-1991 f k

Sponsored by Fujitsu away
Scoreline

1990-1991 late e f k

Sponsored by Fujitsu away
Influence

1991-1993 a e

Vandanel

1993-1995 a k n

Vandanel

1995-1996 a

Patrick

1996-1998 a q

Patrick

1998-1999 a k

Sponsored by Phillips Lighting away
Super League

1999-2001 a i

Sponsored by Phillips Lighting away
TFG Sports

2001-2003 b f

Sponsored by Kershaw away
Sporta

2003-2005 c f q

Sponsored by Kershaw away
Sporta
2005-2007 Cambridge Kit

2005-2007 c

Vandanel
2007-2008 Cambridge Kit

2007-2008 c h

Sponsored by Kershaw away
Vandanel
cambridge united 2008-09 home

2008-2009 c

Sponsored by Kershaw away
Vandanel
cambridge united 2009-10 home kit

Aug-Oct 2009 c

Sponsored by Kershaw away
Vandanel
cambridge united october  2009-10 home kit

Oct 2009-2010 c

Sponsored by Kershaw away. Oval logo from 30 November
Errea
cambridge united fc 2010-11 home kit

2010-2012 o

Burrda
cambridge united 2012-13 home kit

2012-2013 c q

Puma
cambridge united 2013-14

2013-2014 c

 

Background

The first Cambridge United FC was formed in 1908 followed four years later by a second club known as Abbey United. With the outbreak of the First World War both teams disbanded. When the young men who had survived the fighting returned, Abbey United was re-formed in 1919 and this date is taken as the formation of the modern football club. Until the Second World war, Abbey United were no more than a minor club on a par with a decent village or abbey united crest 1947 works side. The major team in the city was Cambridge Town (who became Cambridge City in 1951) and although the two clubs met frequently in local competition, it was not until 1952 that Abbey United recorded their first win over their rivals.

In 1947, Abbey United introduced a crest, a simple black shield with the letters "AU" superimposed in amber, which was used until 1951. After the war the mood of the club changed: United signed their first professional player in 1949 and a more ambitious approach brought a change of name to Cambridge United in 1951. The club now competed in the Eastern Counties League but later moved up to the Southern League. In 1956 they sensationally signed Wilf Mannion after he had been banned from the Football League after making allegations of illicit payments in the newspapers. During the 1960s United forged a reputation as one of the leading non-league sides in England with their sights firmly set on League status.

cambridge united crest 1974On 2 May 1970, United won the Southern League championship for the second season running and four weeks later the club was elected to the League at the expense of Bradford Park Avenue. United changed from their traditional amber and black to wear an all-white strip in their inaugural season. After narrowly avoiding re-election, they reverted to amber and black in 1972 and were rewarded with promotion to Division Three. Although they managed to stay only one season before they were back in the basement. The young Ron Atkinson took charge in 1974 and United stormed up to Division Two withcambridge united 1977 successive promotions in 1977 and 1978. Atkinson reintroduced the striped jerseys worn in the club's early days and this certainly appeared to inspire his team. Another innovation was the introduction of a crest, representing the connection between the club and academia, which appeared in 1974. The "book and ball" badge was dropped in 1977 and for the next nine seasons, a simple cypher (which appeared in several formats) was used.

cambridge united crest 1986After five seasons in the Second Division Cambridge plummeted back into Division Four and had to apply for re-election in 1986. Perhaps the board thought a change of image would help revive the team's fortunes: a new badge was introduced and over the next five seasons United's traditional amber was replaced by a paler shade of yellow. In the Nineties, history repeated itself when United gained successive promotions in 1990 and 1991 to return to Division Two. cambridge united crest 1996The following season they even qualified for the play-offs. They could not sustain their achievements, however, and in 1993 they started on the downward path that would take them back to the lowest division.

In 1996, Patrick designed quartered shirts inspired by those of Abbey United in the late 1940s. To complement this retro design an old-fashioned crest was designed but this failed to catch on and was replaced by the familiar "football badge" when this strip was cambridge united crest 1986retired in 1998.

After thirty-five years of League status, Cambridge United returned to non-league competition in 2005, having finished last in Coca Cola League Two (once the old Fourth cambridge united centenary crest 2012-13Division). Facing debts in excess of £1m, and with relegation inevitable, the club went into administration before the end of the season, taking a ten-point penalty rather than face sanctions in the Conference the following season.

For the clubs centenary in 2012-13, a smart retro strip was introduced while a re-creation of the white outfit worn when they first joined the Football League was used as their change kit. A commemorative crest was comissioned that combined elements from the old Abbey United badge with the modern version. This was worn only on the home strip.

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