Historical Football Kits

 

Millwall

Formed 1885

Founder member of Division Three 1920

Kit History

 

 

 

Millwall Rovers

 

1885

1885-1886 a c

1886-1887 i

1887-1888 b c

1888 i

circa 1889 c

circa 1890-1892 c

1892-1893 i

 

 

 

Millwall Athletic

 

1893

1893-1894 c r

1894-1895 c

millwall 1895-96

1895-1896 m n p

Crew necks buttoned at the side also appeared

1896-1897 c

Centre-buttoned jerseys also used 1895-96

1899-1900 c

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1900-1906 c

1907-1910 c

 

 

 

Millwall

 

1910

millwall 1910-11

1910-1911 n

1911-1923 c

millwall fc 1923-24

1923-1924 i

millwall fc home kit 1924-33

1924-1933 c

1933-1935 c f

1935-1936 c

millwall 1936-37

1936-1937 c i

1937-1940 c n

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milwall 1945-46 kit with badge

1945-1946 (1) i

1945-1946 (2) c i

1945-1946 (3) i

1945-1946 (4) i

1946-1949 d h

cAug-cSept 1948 i

cSept'48-1949 d h

1949-1950 g h i

1950-1953 h

1953-1954 i

millwall 1954-55

1954-1955 h i n

millwall fc 1955-56

1955-1956 i

Shirts retained for floodlit friendlies until 1959

1956-1957 h

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1957-1959 h

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1959-1960 i

1960-1961 h

1961-1963 d h

1963-1964 h

1964-1967 a h

1967-1968 h

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1968-1972 d h k

1972-1973 d h

1973-1974 h k

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1974-1975 h

Bukta

1975-1977 h l

Bukta

1977-1978 d h l

Bukta

1978-1980 e h l

Osca

1980-1981 b h

Osca

1981-1982 h

Osca

1982-1983 h

Osca

1983-1984 d h

Osca

1984-1985 b h

Gimer

1985-1986 b h i

Spall

1986-1987 b h

Spall

1987-1989 b h

Spall

1989-1990 b h j

Spall

1990-1991 b h j q

Spall

1991-1992 b h j

Bukta

1992-1993 early b

Bukta

1992-1993 late b h j

Bukta

1993-1994 b h j

Asics

1994-1996 b h

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Asics

1996-1997 b h

Asics

1997-1999 d h i

Strikeforce

1999-2001 b h

Strikeforce

2001-2003 d

Strikeforce

2003-2004 d j

Strikeforce

2004-2005 d j

Lonsdale

2005-2006 a

Lonsdale

2006-2007 a

Bukta

2007-2008 a

Bukta
millwall 2008-09 home kit

2008-2009 a

Bukta
millwall 2009

2009-2010 a

Macron
millwall fc 2010-11 home kit

2010-2011 a

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Macron
millwall fc 2011-12 home kit

2011-2012 a

Macron
millwall fc 2012-13 away kit

2012-2013 a

Macron
millwall fc 2013-14 home kit

2013-2014 a

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millwall 2014-15

2014-2015 a

 

Background

millwall athletic 1894-95Millwall Rovers were originally a works side, formed in the summer of 1885 by workers at Morton's Cannery on the Isle of Dogs, where various products were canned for export. Since most of the staff were emigre Scots, the natural choice was to play in navy and white, with "MRFC" embroidered across the chest.

Rovers became Millwall Athletic in 1893 and turned professional, joining the Southern League where they were to become a leading side, reaching the FA Cup semi-finals in 1903. The team wore a distinctive all-navy kit with a white stripe sewn into their britches until 1895. millwall rovers crest 1885In 1910 the club, now known simply as Millwall, relocated to The Den in New Cross, south of the Thames. In 1920, along with the rest of the Southern League Division One clubs, Millwall became founder members of the new Division Three.

In 1928, "The Lions" were promoted to Division Two and managed to consolidate until, following the death of their manager, Bob Hunter, morale went to pieces and Millwall were relegated in 1933. In 1936 the club dropped navy blue in favour of "royal blue" shirts emblazoned with a red lion badge. Photographs suggest that the shirts worn in that first season were a rather lighter shade of blue than those used from 1938 on. The new image seemed to do the trick."The Lions" returned to Division Two in 1938 but millwall fc 1936their progress was cut short when the League was suspended during World War Two.

Millwall reached the 1944 southern region war time cup final against Chelsea. As Millwall had no change strip, a set of white shirts were borrowed from the FA and the pre-war crest was temporarily sewn over the three-lions badge. The badges were removed afterwards and later appeared on the early post-war shirts.

In 1948, Millwall were relegated back into Division Three (South) and ten years later, when the regional divisions were scrapped, the club millwall fc 1956found itself in Division Four. The original lion rampant badge was replaced in 1956 with the more familiar version with two lions. Fashionable shiny rayon shirts were worn between 1954 and 1956 when modern V neck shirts were adopted. The shiny shirts were, however, worn in floodlit friendly matches until 1959 because it was thought they would show up better under the primitive lights of the period.

In the early Sixties, wearing white shirts with a blue chest band, Millwall battled their way back to Division Two, setting a record of 59 home League games without defeat in December 1966.

Between 1968 and 1975 the team wore all-white alternating between the two-lion crest and a simple "MFC" monogramme.

millwall fc 1972In 1972 the Lions narrowly missed out on promotion to millwall fc 1975Division One, finishing in third place. Three years later they were back in traditional royal blue shirts, now emblazoned with a white lion rampant but dropped into Division Three. They bounced back straight away, only to drop back again in 1979.

The lion rampant was replaced in 1978 with a leaping version, a motif that has proved as popular and enduring as the two-lion crest.

millwall fc 1978Fortunes changed in 1985 when the club were promoted back into the Second Division. In 1988, Millwall won the Second Division championship to take their place in the First Division for the first time. After a creditable 10th place finish in 1989, it all went wrong millwall fc 1992and Millwall were relegated in 1990.

In May 1993 the club moved into a new 20,000 all seater stadium at Senegal Fields, christened the New Den. With Mick McCarthy in charge, Millwall were regularly challenging for promotion but the side became unsettled when, in 1995, McCarthy left to manage the millwall fc 1994Republic of Ireland. A year later Millwall were relegated to Nationwide Division Two (the old Third Division). In January 1997 trading in Millwall's shares was suspended and the club went into administration. A rescue package was put in place and the clubmillwall fc 1999 survived. During this period several versions of the leaping lion badge appeared before the older crest was reinstated in 1999.

Four year later, in 2001, Millwall returned to Nationwide Division One and narrowly missed out on promotion to the Premiership the following season, losing out in the play-offs. In October 2003 Dennis millwall fc 2007Wise and Ray Wilkins took charge and, after a remarkable run, Millwall reached their first ever FA Cup Final in May 2004, losing 0-3 to Manchester United at the Millennium Stadium. Once Wise and Wilkins moved on, success was hard to find and in millwall fc 125th anniversary crest2006, the Lions were relegated from the Championship to League One (once the Third Division). Perhaps in an attempt to improve their fortunes, the leaping lion returned the following season.

Millwall celebrated their 125th Anniversary in 2010 in the Championship after winning the play-off final the previous season. They also adopted a navy and white strip similar to their original from 1885, produced millwall fc crest 2011a limited edition version with the names of every player to have turned out for the club and a special crest.

For the 2011-12 season Millwall retained the navy and white colours revived for the previous season millwall fc crest 2013-14and introduced a slightly modified version of the leaping lion badge. In 2013 the club turned down shirt sponsorship by a payday loan company stating that such enterprises exploit the least able to afford their astronomical interests and instead donated the space to the Prostrate Cancer charity. That same season a special crest was worn to mark the twentieth anniversary of the opening of the New Den.

 

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Sources

  • (a) Millwall Official Website
  • (b) Millwall Club History
  • (c) Millwall FC 1885-1939 - Images of Sport (Chris Bethell, David Sullivan & Millwall FC Museum)
  • (d) empics
  • (e) Football Focus
  • (f) The Football Encyclopaedia (Associated Sporting Press 1934) Information provided by Arthur Fergus
  • (g) Pete's Picture Palace
  • (h) Millwall FC 1940-2001 - Images of Sport (Millwall FC Museum)
  • (i) Bill Bridges
  • (j) David King
  • (k) Football League Review provided by Simon Monks
  • (l) Alick Milne
  • (m) My photo library
  • (n) Keith Ellis (HFK Research Associate)
  • (o) Del
  • (p) Richard Essen
  • (q) Neil Andrews
  • (r) Brian Webb

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