Historical Football Kits

 

Coventry City

Formed 1883

Elected to Division Two 1919

Kit History

 

 

 

Singers

 

1883

1883-1887

singers fc 1888-89

1887-1888 t

Various knickers probably worn
singers fc 1889 october

October 1889 t

Various knickers probably worn
singers fc 1889 november

November 1889

Recorded as "pink & blue"
singers fc 1890-91

1890-1891 a r t

singers fc 1891-92

1891-1892 t

singers fc 1892-98

1892-1898 a r t

 

 

 

Coventry City

 

1898

1898-1904 a r

1904-1906 a r

1906-1907 r

1907-1908 a

1908-1910 a r

1910-1915 a r

1919-1922 a

March 1922-1924 a

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1924-1928 a f

1928-1934 a g r s

1934-1937 a r

1937-1948 a r

1948-1951 a

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1952-1957 a e s

1957-1959 a

1959-1960 a o

1960-1961 early i o

1960-1962 o

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1962-1967 a

1967-1968 a

1968-1969 (1) a e

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1968-1969 (2)

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1969-1972 a e

1972-1974 a

Umbro

1974-1975 a

Admiral

1975-1978 a

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Admiral

1978-1980 a e

Admiral

1980-1981 e l

Talbot Sports

1981-1983 a

Talbot Sports

1981-1983 b

Alternate kit for televised games
Talbot Sports
coventry 1981-83 alternate kit

1981-1983 p

Rarely used alternate kit.
Umbro

1983-1984 a h j

Umbro

1984-1985 a h

Umbro

1985-1986 a h

Triple S Sport

1986-1987 a l q

Sponsor's logo also printed in black & white
Hummel

1987-1988 a l q

Hummel

1988-1989 h q

Asics

1989-1991 a j

Asics

1991-1992 a j l

Ribero

1992-1993 m

Ribero

1993-1994 a

Pony

1994-1996 a k l q

Le Coq Sportif

1996-1997 b l

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Le Coq Sportif

1997-1998 b l

Le Coq Sportif

1998-1999 b

Coventry City

1999-2000 b j l

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Coventry City

2000-2001 b j

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Coventry City

2001-2002 b

Coventry City

2002-2003 c q

Coventry City

2003-2004 d

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2004-2005 c q

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2005-2006 c q

Puma

2006-2007 c q

Puma
Coventry 2007-2008 Kit

2007-2008 c n

Puma
coventry city 2008-09 home kit

2008-2009 c

Puma
coventry city 2009

2009-2010 c

Puma
coventry city 2010-11

2010-2011 c

Puma
coventry city fc 2011-12 home kit

2011-2012 c

Puma
coventry city fc 2012-13 home kit

2012-2013 c

Puma
coventry city 2013-14 august-september home kit

Aug-Sept 2013 c

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coventry city september 2013 kit

Sept 2013-2014 c

coventry city fc 2014-15 1st kit

2014-2015 c

 

Background

singers fc 1891 (coventry city)The club was formed as a works team by employees of Singers, who manufactured bicycles. The team were known as "The Vocalists," a rather witty play on words.

In 1887, under the guidance of the club secretary, JG Morgan, the club moved into an enclosed ground and started charging 2d (less than 1p) admission.

In 1889 Singers FC adopted the corporate colours of pink and navy, although they appear to have worn light blue shirts earlier in the season (it is possible this was a change strip). The following season they turned out in an al-black outfit with white trim and, HFK believes, a large letter "S" on the left breast, giving rise to a new singers fc crest 1883nickname, "The Little Blackbirds."

In 1891 and 1892, Singers won the Birmingham Junior Cup twice in succession and on the back of this success were admitted to the Birmingham & District League in 1894. In 1898, Singers FC became Coventry City and a year later the club moved into their present home at Highfield Road. Despite mediocre performances, Coventry achieved election the Southern League in 1908, having reached the second round of the FA Cup the previous season. After a disastrous first season, Coventry went all the way to the FA Cup quarter-finals in 1909. There was little further progress and when the First World War brought the suspension of professional football, Coventry were languishing in the Second Division of the Southern League.

In 1919, the Football League was expanded and Coventry succeeded in being elected to one of the vacant positions. For 12 years the club fought against relegation on the pitch and boardroom instability off it. As an experiment, the club briefly adopted the municipal colours of red and coventry city crest 1922green in March 1922, painting the offices and stands to match. The crest based on that of the city of Coventry was worn on the halved shirts. Finally, in 1925, Coventry were relegated to Division Three (North). A year later they were transferred to the southern section and they remained there until 1936.

In 1937, with the club now in Division Two, complaints in the local press about the scruffy state of players' blue and white halved shirts led to the introduction of distinctive new blue shirts with a broad white stripe and white sleeves. Althoughcoventry city crest 1959 these were replaced after World War Two, this unusual design was revived in the mid-Fifties. In 1952, City were relegated back into Division Three (South) and in 1958 they were placed in Division Four when the regional divisions were scrapped, achieving promotion after only one season.

In 1959, Coventry retired their blue and white shirts, now considered old-fashioned, and wore all-white instead with an unusual V inset attached to the crew neck of the shirts. For the first and last time, a crest bearing a bantam cock was worn, representing the team's official nickname at the time, "The Bantams." (The image on the right is an approximation of this crest.)

In November 1961, the flamboyant Jimmy Hill was appointed manager. As general secretary of the Professional Footballers' Association, Hill had led the campaign that brought about the abolition of the maximum wage. He now set about a root and branch reorganisation of Coventry City. A new all-sky blue strip was introduced, the first time that matching shirts and shorts were worn (aside from white). Meantime the ground was modernised, young fans were encouraged to meet the players and collect autographs while chartered "Sky Blue Special" trains took fans to away fixtures. Hill proved to be just as shrewd with his players, leading them to the Third Division championship in 1964 and then in 1967, City clinched the Division Two title.

coventry city crest 1969Two days before their first ever game in Division One, Hill left to start a new career in television and most pundits wrote off the club's chances of retaining their place at the top. The Sky Blues proved to be inveterate survivors, surviving relegation scraps year after year. Three times they appeared in the top seven (1970, 1978 and 1989) and in 1987 they had their finest hour, when they came from behind to beat Spurs and win the FA Cup, the clubs only major trophy.

In 1969 navy trim was introduced to the all-sky blue strip, replacing the royal blue previously used. A new crest was also adopted, featuring the elephant and castle from the Coventry coat of arms. This popular motif appeared in black between 1972 and 1975, when the team played in sky blue and black, and a little later, in white and navy.

In 1975, Jimmy Hill returned to the club as Managing Director and later, Chairman, roles that he combined with his successful career as a TV commentator and pundit.

Coventry have always been innovative in their choice of playing strips. The most controversial was the so-called "Talbot coventry city crest 1983strip" of 1982. Shirt sponsorship had recently been accepted by the Football League but was banned in matches televised by the BBC. The blatant use of the Talbot logo as the main theme of the strip led to the BBC refusing to cover City's matches until they introduced an alternative strip worn only when the cameras were present. It is well documented that, had Hill had his way, the club would have been renamed "Coventry Talbot" at this time.

To coincide with the club's centenary in 1983, a new crest was adopted. This combined elements from the city crest coventry crest 2005(including the ubiquitous elephant and castle with a football motif.

In 2001, Coventry's 34 year stay in the top flight came to an end when relegation to (Nationwide) Division One finally overtook the club. Only three other clubs have stayed at the top level for longer.

After 106 years at Highfield Road, the club relocated to the 32,600 capacity Ricoh Arena in 2005. To mark the occasion, the club's board announced that a new, modern crest would be introduced for the new 2005-06 season. The design met with universal disapproval from supporters and after a vigorous campaign, the board was forced to back downcoventry city 2008 crest.

In 2007 the club faced a financial crisis and narrowly avoided entering administration when Ray Ranson, a former professional footballer who had gone on to make a fortune out of insurance and sports finance, bought the club and installed himself as chairman. coventry city fc crest 2010-11The following year the club celebrated its 125th anniversary. Rather than repeat the mistake of the previous board, the club consulted its supporters on the design of the commemorative crest that would be worn through the 2008-09 season.

For the 2011-12 season the club introduced a special crest based on the elephant and football design popular in the Sixties. This was worn on the home kit only and just for one season. Unfortunately the retro look had little effect on the field and Coventry were relegated to the third tier at the end of the season, having gone into administration with debts of £30m (incurring a ten-point penalty).

By this stage City were involved in a bitter row over back rent with Arena Coventry Ltd (ACL), who managed the Ricoh Arena on behalf of its owners, Coventry City Council and the Alan Higgins Trust. Despite an offer from ACL to reduce their rent from £1.2m to £150,000, the club was sold by SISU (a City hedge fund) the Otium Entertainment Group who announced, to the fury of supporters, that their home games would be played at Northampton Town's Sixfields Stadium until 2016. When ACL and HMRC rejected a Company Voluntary Agreement, the club faced a further 15-point penalty and the prospect of liquidation. Because of the uncertain future, the club was unable to sign a bulk order for replica kits so it was announced that the team would start the season wearing their 2012-13 kit with the sponsorship covered up pending the delivery of a limited number of new strips in September.

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