Historical Football Kits

 

Colchester United

Formed 1937

Elected to Division Three (South) 1950. Relegated to the Conference 1990.

Promoted to Barclays Division Three 1992

Kit History

colchester united 1937

1937-1938 i s

colchester united 1947

1938-1948 s v w

colchester united 1948

1948-1949 s

colchester united 1949

1949-1956 a e s

colchester united 1956

1956-1960 i s

colchester united 1960-61

1960-1961 t

colchester united 1961

1961-1962 b s

colchester united 1962

1962-1963 s

colchester united 1963

1963-1965 s

colchester united 1965

1965-1966 s

colchester united 1966

1966-1967 c s

colchester united 1967

1967-1968 s

1968-1969 h s

colchester united 1969

1969-1970 s

1970-1972 a d e

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1972-1973 (1) q s

1972-1973 (2) q s

1973-1974 p s

1974-1975 l p t

Umbro

1975-1976 p

Umbro

1976-1979 l p

Adidas
colchester united 1979

1979-1980 k s

Adidas

1980-1982 l o p

Le Coq Sportif
colchester united 1982

1982-1983 s

Le Coq Sportif
colchester united 1983

1983-1984 l n s

Le Coq Sportif

1984-1986 r

colchester united 1986

1986-1987 s u

Olympic

1987-1988 o s

Spall

1988-1990 f s

Scoreline

1990-1991 o m

Ribero

1991-1992 j

Ribero

1992-1993 e g

Spall

1993-1994 o

Spall

1994-1995 e o

Vandanel

1995-1996 o

Vandanel

1996-1997 a o

Patrick

1997-1998 e s

Patrick

1998-1999 o

Patrick

1999-2000 e

Strike Force

2000-2002 e

Strike Force

2002-2004 e

Admiral

2004-2005 e m o

Admiral

2005-2006 i

Diadora

2006-2007 i

Diadora

2007-2008 i

Puma
colchester united 2008-09

2008-2010 i

Puma
colchester united 2010-11 home kit

2010-2012 i

Puma
colchester united fc 2012-13 home kit

2012-2013 i

Puma
colchester united fc 2013-14 home kit

2013-2014 i

 

Background

colchester united 1971-72 teamColchester United were formed in 1937 by the owners of the struggling Colchester Town (formed in 1873) who hoped to continue to run the older club as an amateur team alongside United, who would be professional. This was not permitted by Essex FA rules and Colchester Town folded a few months later.

United played in the same blue and white stripes as Town and took over their Layer Road stadium. As a nickname, they chose "The U's" to distinguish themselves from the older club, who had been known as "The Oystermen." United immediately joined the Southern League, winning the championship in 1939. colchester united crest 1937

The town crest was added to the shirts in 1938-39. This dates back to a royal charter granted by Henry V in 1413. The red represents the blood of Christ; the green cross, the living cross of Saint Helena (thought to have been born in Colchester); the three crowns symbolise the three kings from the nativity story and the nails holding the crown represent the nails that held Christ to the cross. That season Colchester reached the fifth round of the FA Cup and two years later they were elected to the Football League in 1950 when the Southern section of the Third Division was expanded.

The Essex club made a decent start but by the middle of the decade they were struggling and were forced to seek re-election in 1954 and 1955. In 1961 and 1965 they were relegated to the Fourth Division and came straight back up but relegation in 1968 was colchester united crest 1969the beginning of a longer spell in the basement. The traditional shirts were changed to the newly fashionable candy stripes: white on blue in 1967 and blue on white in 1968. In 1969, when stripes of any kind were out of favour, the club adopted a strip modelled on that worn by Chelsea, with blue shirts and shorts trimmed in white together with white socks. The crest was also modified the following season and now featured a white background.

In 1971 Colchester enjoyed their moment of national glory by beating League leaders Leeds United 3-2 in a dramatic FA Cup match. colchester roman crest

For the 1972-73 season the management decided to relaunch the club with a new badge (a Roman eagle standard), new nickname (The Eagles) and an all-white kit worn with red boots. The season was a disaster - the manager resigned and Colchester had to apply for re-election. The re-introduction of blue shorts and stockings mid-way through the season failed to stop the rot.

Traditional stripes were reinstated in 1973 (without a crest of any kind) worn with blue shorts. At the end of the season United were finally promoted back to the Third Division. Three years later they were down again only to win promotion yet again the following season.

colchester united crest 1979In 1979 the club adopted the popular striped Adidas shirt of the period, on which the stripes on the body echoed the trademarked three-stripe trim. These shirts were adorned with a simple CUFC cypher.colchester united crest

In 1981 the club was back in the Fourth Division and struggling. Several changes of image were perhaps symptomatic of desperate attempts to revive their fortunes. A new crest was adopted and plain blue shirts (with the obligatory pinstripes of the period) were adopted as well as sky blue and white stripes, all to no avail. This crest appeared, with variations in the colouring, until 1993.

In 1990 Colchester were relegated to the GM Vauxhall Conference and were only saved from extinction in March 1991 when the local borough council bought Layer Road for £1m and leased it back to the football club for a maximum of three years. When the club won the Conference League and FA Trophy in 1992, the council extended the lease to ten colchester united crest 1993years to comply with Football League regulations on financial viability and funded £100,000 of safety improvements.colchester united crest 1994

Another version of the roman eagle crest was introduced in 1993 and used for two seasons. The 1994-95 version was white and placed against a blue stripe. In 1995 the crest was modified to place the eagle (now in gold) against a shield in Colchester's traditional stiped motif. This proved more durable and popular than its predecessors and was used until 2004 when an updated version was introduced.

After several promising campaigns, Colchester were promoted to Nationwide Division Two via the play-offs in 1998 and remained at this level until promotion to The Championship in 2006, the first time they had reached the second tier. They were relegated back to the third tier in 2008.

colchester united crest 2008After several proposals for developing a new stadium foundered, plans were drawn up during 2000 for a brand new community stadium to be built at Cuckoo Farm. The council, who owned the site, agreed not only to donate the land but also the proceeds of the sale of Layer Road to the project as part of a wider plan to regenerate north Colchester. Work started in June 2007 and the club moved in at the beginning of the 2008-09 season. Although the work was funded by the club, the stadium is owned by the local authority: no bad thing when several clubs have fallen victim to predatory take-overs and then had their ground sold from under them for redevelopment. Offically known as the Colchester Community Stadium a ten-year spponsorship deal led it to be renamed the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

For the 2012-13 season the club announced a "unique" opportunity for local businesses to sponsor the home shirts on a match-by-match basis.

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Sources

Details of crests between 1983 and 2004 provided by Jeff Whitehead. Modern crests are the property of Colchester United FC.